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Illinois AFL-CIO endorses 129 Democrats, 1 Republican for March 15 primary




SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois AFL-CIO met with union members and leaders Wednesday and endorsed 129 Democrats and 1 Republican on Illinois March 15th primary ballots. 

Illinois AFL-CIO President Michael T. Carrigan made no bones about the focus of those considering the candidates for endorsement – they are aiming to shoot down one and all of Governor Rauner's allies.

“One year to the day after Bruce Rauner was sworn in as Governor, we began the work of defeating Rauner’s allies in the General Assembly. Labor is united and ready to mobilize,” Carrigan said in a statement. “We endorsed against a Democrat that stood with Rauner and his anti-worker agenda and we supported one of the only Republicans to stand up to the Governor. It’s not about political parties, it’s about who is willing to invest in middle class working families. The delegates understood the clear choices in front of them.”

In December, the Illinois AFL-CIO endorsed Juliana Stratton in the 5th State House District against incumbent Democrat Ken Dunkin, who has sided with Rauner on multiple issues and prevented veto overrides by not voting on key measures.

Wednesday, the state federation endorsed Sen. Sam McCann in the 50th District Senate GOP Primary. After publicly sparring with Rauner on labor issues, McCann now faces Republican opposition from a Rauner-backed opponent.

“We expect Rauner to continue poisoning progress with his obsession on passing his so-called Turnaround Agenda,” Carrigan added. “He will give money to candidates. We will knock on doors and talk to our co-workers and neighbors. Rauner has a fat checkbook to buy TV ads, but workers and their unions have thousands of volunteers that will visit neighbors and call friends and co-workers to discuss why his plans only benefit those in the boardroom, not families around the kitchen table.”

The Illinois AFL-CIO, which represents unions with 1.5 million registered voters, endorsed statewide candidates Tammy Duckworth for U.S. Senate and Susana Mendoza for Comptroller in September.

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  1. They are supporting more taxes, more spending, more regulation, and more borrowing. How can this be good for a regular working man or woman? These unions have just become a self serving group forcing growth of government.