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2012 NASW IL PAC Primary Endorsement Slate:

Additional endorsements for the general election will occur after the primary election.

Edward Acevedo – Illinois House 2nd District: A longtime advocate for the aging community and sponsor of KidsCare, Rep. Acevedo’s work in the social services and protecting Medicare is well-respected. He scored a 90% on the NASW Illinois Scorecard, with his only non-supportive vote coming with his approval of the ComEd bill (SB1652). Rep. Acevedo is the right choice for the 2nd District. The NASW IL PAC endorses.

Emanuel “Chris” Welch – Illinois House 7th District: In a candidate-rich primary, the NASW IL PAC endorses Chris Welch for 7th District. His strong support for education funding, healthcare for Illinois’ most vulnerable, and his commitment to keeping people in their homes aligns his candidacy incredibly well with the legislative agenda and ideals of the NASW IL PAC.

Kelly Cassidy – Illinois House 14th District: Kelly is easily one of the most progressive and aggressive freshman representatives in Springfield in quite some time. Her legislation runs the gamut from expanded protection for children, LGBT advocacy, defense of pro-choice, nursing home reform, and reasonable gun control efforts. Rep. Kelly Cassidy scored 100% on the NASW Illinois Scorecard. Kelly is a strong supporter of the social work profession and advocates for prompt payment to social service providers. NASW IL PAC strongly endorses Rep. Kelly Cassidy for 14th District.

Robert Martwick – Illinois House 19th District: As a former domestic violence prosecutor, Robert Martwick has a long history working with social workers in child abuse and neglect and domestic violence. Martwick’s strong support for education funding and a progressive tax system impresses, but the progressive from Norridge ultimately wins our support for his unequivocal support for the women’s right to make health decisions with the advice of her doctor and without the intrusion of politicians. In light of recent legislation from the 19th District’s current office holder, the NASW IL PAC can’t endorse Robert Martwick for 19th District fast enough.

Rudy Lozano – Illinois House 21st District: As a former service provider for families and youth from low income communities, Rudy Lozano knows the importance of the social work profession. He has been a longtime advocate for fully funding social services and a vocal opponent for budget reductions in communities needing assistance. He has also been a strong advocate for cultural and linguistic services to the state’s immigrant community. The NASW IL PAC anticipates working closely with Rudy Lozano and strongly endorses him for state representative of the Illinois House 21st District.

Elizabeth “Lisa” Hernandez – Illinois House 24th District: A strong advocate for health care for all and additional education funding, Elizabeth Hernandez has been a solid supporter of the social work profession. She scored a 90% on the NASW IL Scorecard with her only nonsupportive vote coming with her approval of the ComEd bill (SB1652). We feel Rep. Hernandez will continue to be an important ally to the profession and should return to Springfield. The NASW IL PAC endorses her for 24th District Representative.

Christian Mitchell – Illinois House 26th District: Christian Mitchell is a community organizer and policy advisor whose focus is on assisting single mothers and general members of the community to fight for living wage jobs, adequate housing, improved transportation, and equitable schools. A true progressive in the mold of former State Rep. Will Burns, NASW IL PAC strongly endorses him for State Representative for the 26th District House.

Elgie R. Sims, Jr., – Illinois House 34th District: As strong supporter of expanding educational funding, Elgie Sims, Jr., has a record that is already impressive. As a progressive who was Budget Director to former Illinois Senate President Emil Jones, Jr., we think Elgie Sims will bring a valuable skill set and knowledge base to Springfield that is needed at this time of economic difficulty. The NASW IL PAC endorses Elgie Sims, Jr., for 34th District State Representative.

Ron Sandack – Illinois House 81st District: As current State Senator, Ron Sandack has managed to balance his fiscally conservative views with socially responsible legislation. While we would prefer to see Senator Sandack embrace additional borrowing to pay for money due to social services, we were impressed with his support for the Dream Act, ending the death penalty in Illinois, and ultimately his sponsorship of the Emergency Medical Services Access Act which will no doubt save lives in our community. It is his willingness to work with the other side of the aisle on important and fiscally sound social issues that makes him an invaluable asset in Springfield to his conservative constituents and to the social work profession’s clients which we serve. The NASW IL PAC endorses Ron Sandack for State Representative for the 81st District.

Additional information on current legislators can be found in the 2012 NASW IL PAC Scorecard

PAC RELEASES 2012 LEGISLATIVE SCORECARD

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 9, 2012

Contact: Kyle Hillman

E-mail: khillman@naswilpac.org

Phone: 312.212.3717 x120

SOCIAL WORK PAC RELEASES 2012 LEGISLATIVE SCORECARD

 

The National Association of Social Workers Illinois Chapter Political Action Committee (NASW IL PAC) is pleased to present its 2011Legislative Scorecard. The NASW IL PAC advocates for over 20,000 social workers (8,000 of which are active members) working in the state of Illinois who practice in the social work profession.

Twenty-one Illinois legislators were placed in the PAC’s Jane Addams Group. This was a distinction awarded to members of the Illinois Legislature who voted 100% with the NASW IL PAC. The complete scorecard can be found by [Clicking Here]

  • Sen. Dan Kotowski (D-Park Ridge)
  • Sen. Heather A. Steans (D-Chicago)
  • Sen. Ira I. Silverstein (D-Chicago)
  • Sen. James F. Clayborne, Jr.(D-East St. Louis)
  • Sen. Jeffrey M. Schoenberg (D-Evanston)
  • Sen. John M. Sullivan (D-Quincy)
  • Sen. Michael W. Frerichs (D-Champaign)
  • Rep. Al Riley (D-Hazel Crest)
  • Rep. Ann Williams (D-Chicago)
  • Rep. Daniel Biss (D-Skokie)
  • Rep. Deborah Mell (D-Chicago)
  • Rep. Eddie Lee Jackson, Sr.(D-East St. Louis)
  • Rep. Elaine Nekritz (D-Des Plaines)
  • Rep. Esther Golar (D-Chicago)
  • Rep. Greg Harris (D-Chicago)
  • Rep. Kelly Cassidy (D-Chicago)
  • Rep. La Shawn K. Ford (D-Chicago)
  • Rep. Lisa M. Dugan (D-Kankakee)
  • Rep. Michael J. Zalewski (D-Summit)
  • Rep. Sara Feigenholtz (D-Chicago)
  • Rep. William Cunningham (D-Chicago)

The NASW IL PAC Legislative Scorecard is a source for Illinois social workers to learn how their legislators voted on key issues that impacted the social work profession and their clients. The NASW IL PAC releases its scorecard at the end of each year to ensure that members know legislator’s records on key economic and social work–related public policy issues, and to also recognize lawmakers who understand the importance of a strong and funded social service industry.

As you can see, the 2011 Legislative Scorecard shows numerous perfect scores and reflects the success that the NASW IL PAC and its members received in persuading lawmakers to vote in the interests of the social work profession and our clients. However, budget constraints and current legislation being presented will require continued diligence and participation from the social work profession. For more information, check out the NASW IL PAC website at http://www.naswilpac.org and join our advocacy alert e-mail list.


The National Association of Social Workers Illinois Chapter (NASW IL) Political Action Committee (PAC) is the non-partisan political arm of NASW IL. As a political action committee, NASW IL PAC endorses and financially contributes to candidates from any party who support the NASW Illinois Chapter’s policy agenda.

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