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Social Workers Endorse Toni Preckwinkle for Cook County President
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Social Workers Endorse Toni Preckwinkle for Cook County President

Chicago, IL—On behalf of the over 6,000 members of the National Association of Social Workers, Illinois Chapter, the Political Action Committee (NASW-IL PAC) and the over 20,000 licensed social workers in the state of Illinois, it is our pleasure to emphatically endorse Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle in the upcoming 2018 Illinois primary election.

The Cook County Board President is a critical position in promoting the delivery of human services and protecting the social workers the county employs. We believe strongly that the advocate and manager of this critical county office should be Toni Preckwinkle.

Our association has endorsed President Toni Preckwinkle in 2010 and again in 2014, and we see no reason she should not be endorsed for another term. Her work to reform county government, improve county healthcare delivery, and push for meaningful criminal justice reform should be enough, but we can’t help but go back to the scandal-plagued county board of 2009 and notice how we are better off today.

We get that the sugar tax wasn’t well received, but the truth is the county needs new revenue to provide the safety net services Cook County is charged to provide. The sugar tax was not wrong, it was just unpopular. Her opponent, on the other hand, has expressed questionable ideas including reducing monitoring for nonviolent offenders, stressing a tough-on-crime platform for Michigan Avenue thefts, and refusing to present new revenue ideas he would support. We  just can’t support a candidate whose entire platform is – I wouldn’t have done with Preckwinkle did. We need leadership, even on unpopular tasks.

Toni Preckwinkle can continue to provide that leadership in Cook County as she has for the last 8 years.


Additional Cook County Endorsements:

For Cook County Commissioner, 1st District: The NASW-Illinois Chapter endorses – Brandon Johnson

For Cook County Commissioner, 6th District: The NASW-Illinois Chapter endorses – Donna Miller

 

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