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NASW Illinois Chapter PAC Endorses Governor Pat Quinn for Governor

National Association of Social Workers Illinois Chapter Political Action Committee Endorses Governor Pat Quinn for Governor

More than any other race in Illinois, the 2010 Illinois gubernatorial race presents two very different visions for the state of Illinois in how it will approach the funding of the human services sector and ultimately the fate of the state’s less fortunate. After speaking with both candidates, the National Association of Social Workers Illinois Chapter (NASW IL) Political Action Committee (PAC) announces its strong endorsement of Governor Pat Quinn.

The greatest issue facing the next governor is without question how to deal with the revenue shortfall and the structural deficit in the Illinois state budget. Senator Bill Brady’s proposal to cut all services to Illinois citizens by 10% across the board, without regard of its impact, either shows a complete lack of understanding of the realities of the state budget, or a callous approach regarding the needs of Illinois.

When asked about his budget proposal during his candidate interview, Senator Brady replied, “Like the state, people on assistance are going to have to reimagine themselves.” While this may make for a quick campaign sound bite, that statement alone reflects the lack of recognition and understanding Senator Brady has about the very real needs of the people of Illinois and how vital certain types of state assistance is to those who are less fortunate.

Is Senator Brady going to tell an abused mother seeking assistance to get out of an abusive relationship that she needs to reimagine herself? Is Senator Brady going to tell the foster child requiring mental health services to just reimagine him- or herself and that everything will be fine? How about our state’s out-of-work families, aging population, veterans, and the hundreds of thousands of other people who rely on state assistance—is Senator Brady serious that all these individuals need to reimagine themselves? Social workers understand what is takes for those less fortunate to raise themselves out of adversity. And it goes well beyond reimagining oneself.

The NASW IL PAC recognizes that there will need to be a comprehensive approach to solving the state’s budget crisis. Gutting an already stretched-too-thin human services budget, when more and more Illinois families are reluctantly turning to the state to keep their families fed and their heat on—seems unconscionable.

The NASW Code of Ethics notes that “…the primary mission of the social work profession is to enhance human well-being and help meet the basic human needs of all people, with particular attention to the needs and empowerment of people who are vulnerable, oppressed and living in poverty.” To accomplish the mission, the state requires a leader who understands the needs of the less fortunate.

We strongly believe that the only logical, responsible, and humane approach to the Illinois state budget crisis is a comprehensive budget approach that will look at better efficiencies in government as well as increased revenue. This is an approach Governor Pat Quinn strongly supports and an approach that will best serve the people of Illinois.

Governor Quinn has also shown his ability to support policies that will positively impact Illinois citizens across the state. He has already gotten to work implementing the Affordable Care Act in Illinois, making access to physical and behavioral health care a reality for Illinois citizens. Governor Quinn has supported important nursing home reform in Illinois and is committed to making sure choices in care are available. Governor Quinn understands the enormous challenges and potential sacrifices that lay ahead for Illinois. But he also understands that overcoming those challenges can be carried out humanely and responsibly.

NASW IL PAC is the nonpartisan political arm of the National Association of Social Workers Illinois Chapter. As a political action committee, the NASW IL PAC endorses and financially contributes to candidates from any party who support NASW’s policy agenda. The NASW Illinois Chapter is the largest professional association of social workers in the state of Illinois numbering over 7,000 members.

ELECTION 2010 – EARLY VOTE NOW!

Election 2010 has begun. You can already request an Absentee ballot, and today marks the start of early voting across the great State of Illinois.  Any registered voter can participate, you just need a valid driver’s license, state issued ID card, or another government issued ID card with a photograph. You no longer need a reason why you are early voting…just go and vote. To find your nearest early voting location click here.
Voting is easier than ever, and by casting a vote today, you can help our endorsed candidates on the ballot by giving the campaign one less person to contact on Election Day. Early voting will also free you up to spend the day helping us Get Out The Vote.

Without question cuts to Human Services are coming, the question you have to ask yourself is who do you want to make those cuts? We want candidates who understand the value of human services and the value that social workers provide. The only way to make sure these candidates win is to make sure social workers TURNOUT to vote.  We need you to cast your vote TODAY for our slate of Democrats and Republicans who support our social work legislative agenda.  

See a list of candidates the NASW IL PAC has endorsed for the 2010 elections by clicking here.
You can also see our 2010 Election Guide at http://il.socialworkers.capwiz.com/election/home/
Thank you for making the social worker’s voice heard.

NASW IL PAC

NASW IL PAC ENDORSES TONI PRECKWINKLE

NASW ILLINOIS POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE ENDORSES
PRECKWINKLE FOR COOK COUNTY BOARD PRESIDENT

Chicago, IL— Citing her commitment to all citizens of Cook County and her desire to fix the county government while paying attention to the needs of the county’s less fortunate, the National Association of Social Workers Illinois Chapter (NASW IL) Political Action Committee (PAC) has announced its endorsement of Toni Preckwinkle for Cook County Board President.

In an election where state and county candidates are willing to decimate human services in order to balance their respective budgets, the NASW Illinois PAC finds Toni Preckwinkle’s careful and empathetic approach to Cook County issues to be refreshing and innovative.

“Toni Preckwinkle is a leader that the citizens of Cook County need. An effective, proven legislator, she will work to ensure that county health services are efficient and effective, that vital human services are supported throughout the county, and that social workers will play a part in providing these vital services,” noted NASW Illinois PAC Chair Joe Harper.

NASW IL PAC is the nonpartisan political arm of the National Association of Social Workers Illinois Chapter. As a political action committee, the NASW IL PAC endorses and financially contributes to candidates from any party who support NASW’s policy agenda. The NASW Illinois Chapter is the largest professional association of social workers in the state of Illinois numbering over 7,000 members. Over 3,000 NASW IL members work in Cook County alone.

If you would like to schedule an interview regarding the NASW Illinois PAC endorsements, please contact, NASW IL PAC, at pac@naswilpac.org .


NASW Illinois PAC State House/Senate Endorsements -2010

While every year’s election seem pivotal, the upcoming November 2010 elections will greatly determine the future of social work and the human services in Illinois. Many of the crucial decisions that impact funding for human services in the state will be made leaders elected by Illinois citizens next month. It is therefore crucial to endorse candidates who support legislation and policies consistent with the goals of the social work profession.

This is one of the main purposes of the NASW Illinois Chapter’s Political Action Committee (PAC) which is separately incorporated and supported by voluntary contributions from NASW members, not association dues. Our endorsement process for much of the past decade has been member-driven, with social workers conducting face-to-face interviews all summer with candidates and incumbents around the state. This process fulfills another purpose of our PAC, that of promoting political education and full participation in the electoral process by members of the social work profession.

At its endorsement session, the NASW Illinois PAC made the following endorsements. The races selected were targeted by the PAC in the spring.

Click the candidate’s name to learn more about them. If you would also liek to volunteer your time to help one of our endorsed candidates please click the Volunteer button above.

Governor

Cook County Board President

Senate

House

NASWIL PAC is the non-partisan political arm of the Illinois Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers.  As a political action committee, NASW IL PAC endorses and financially contributes to candidates from any party who support NASW’s policy agenda. The national PACE Board of Trustees * endorses (endorsement process and criteria)* and contributes to federal candidates running for U.S. House and Senate seats; state chapter PAC units decide on local and state races.

NASW PAC Illinois would like to thank the following members who interviewed candidates this summer:

  • Sue Murphy
  • Joel L. Rubin
  • Gary Kenzer
  • Nancy Hanson
  • Ireta Gasner
  • Mary Gollings
  • Chasity Wells-Armstrong
  • Quincy Jenkins
  • Joan Lodge
  • Vicki Alden
  • Marc Feldstein
  • Linda Simkins

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