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Two major Illinois police unions endorse Bailey for Governor



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CHICAGO – Monday, the Illinois Fraternal Order of Police and the Chicago Fraternal Order of Police announced they are endorsing Republican state Senator Darren Bailey for governor in November, unhappy with incumbent Governor JB Pritzker's anti-law enforcement public policy. 

Darren Bailey supports public safety, law enforcement and sanity," said Chris Southwood, president of the Illinois Fraternal Police. Three things definitely not priorities in the current administration. It's time we had a governor who places the rights of citizens before those of criminals. A governor that helps police do their jobs rather than punishing them, and who will help us all feel safe again in our neighborhoods and streets." 

The Chicago Fraternal Order of Police echoed Southwood's sentiments at the press conference.

Senator Bailey responded: "It is an absolute honor to have the endorsement of The Chicago Fraternal Order of Police and the Illinois Fraternal Order of Police. JB Pritzker has turned his back on law enforcement and failed to keep our communities safe. I will always stand with law enforcement and fight for safer communities for EVERY Illinoisan." 

The rest of the press conference (via Illinois Channel) is here: 


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  1. Illinois is a hard state for Republicans… but Darren Bailey is running a strong campaign… he has activated the base… it’s going to be a great year for the GOP…
    And unions are endorsing a Republican for governor in Illinois? In case people don’t realize what a big deal that is… it is.
    These unions wouldn’t be endorsing him if they didn’t think he had a shot. I’m optimistic.
    It’ll certainly take unanimity on the Republican side. If we stick together, the middle will more than break our way.