CHICAGO – Illinois Democrat leaders condemned incumbent State Rep. Ken Dunkin (D-Chicago) Thursday and endorsed instead his challenger Juliana Stratton.
Secretary of State Jesse White said Dunkin – who received a $500,000 donation from Illinois Opportunity Project earlier this week – said Dunkin didn't represent his constituents. Dunkin's absence during a vote last spring successfully blocked House Speaker Mike Madigan's attempt to override Governor Rauner's veto, setting Dunkin up to be alienated by Madigan and his Democratic colleagues.
In an unusual political strategy, Capitol sources say the Republican governor's operatives are encouraging pro-Turnaround Agenda groups to write checks supporting Democrat Dunkin's re-election.
Along with Secretary White, Chicago Teacher Union president Karen Lewis and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle endorsed Dunkin's challenger in the March 15th Democrat primary.