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NASW IL PAC 2014 State Senate and House Endorsements


 

Chicago, IL— The National Association of Social Workers Illinois Chapter Political Action Committee (NASW IL PAC) Announce 2014 State Senate and House Endorsements. The following list was chosen based on voting record, questionnaire answers and personal interaction of the NASW IL PAC members and members of the NASW Illinois Chapter. Representing over 8,000 social work members and over 20,000 licensed social workers in Illinois the NASW IL PAC endorses:

Illinois Senate:

John J. Cullerton – 6th Senate

Daniel Biss – 9th Senate

Terry Link – 30th Senate

Don Harmon – 39th Senate

Andy Manar – 48th Senate

Illinois House:

Ken Dunkin – 5th Rep

Ann Williams – 11th Rep

Sara Feigenholtz 12th Rep

Greg Harris – 13th Rep

Kelly Cassidy – 14th Rep

Lou Lang – 16th Rep

Laura Fine – 17th Rep

Rob Martwick 19th Rep

Michael Zalewski – 23rd Rep

Christian Mitchell – 26th Rep

Thaddeus Jones – 29th Rep

Marcus Evans, Jr 33rd Rep

Elgie Sims – 34th Rep

Frances Ann Hurley – 35th Rep

Al Riley – 38th Rep

Will Guzzardi – 39th Rep

Deb Conroy – 46th Rep

Patti Bellock – 47th Rep

Elaine Nekritz – 57th Rep

Sam Yingling – 62nd Rep

Mike Smiddy – 71st Rep

Ron Sandack – 81st Rep

Lawrence Walsh, Jr – 86th Rep

Jehan Gordon-Booth – 92nd Rep

Carol Ammons – 103rd Rep

Jay Hoffman – 113th Rep

 

Previous Endorsements:

 

Governor – Pat Quinn

Lt. Governor: Paul Vallas

Attorney General – Lisa M. Madigan (D)

 Secretary of State – Jesse White (D)
 Treasurer – Sen. Mike Frerichs (D)
 Comptroller – Judy Baar Topinka (R)

National Association of Social Workers Illinois Chapter Political Action Committee (NASW IL PAC) Announce 2014 Endorsement

EP-711209694.jpg&updated=201311202108&MaxW=800&maxH=800&updated=201311202108&noborderChicago, IL— More than any other race in Illinois, the candidates for the 2014 Illinois gubernatorial race each present the most contrasting visions for the future of Illinois. Whatever the result, the impact of the pending election and how each candidate will approach the funding of the human services sector will drastically effect the fate of the state’s less fortunate. After a formal review, the National Association of Social Workers Illinois Chapter Political Action Committee (NASW IL PAC) announces its strong endorsement of Governor Pat Quinn and Lieutenant Governor Paul Vallas.

The greatest issue facing the next Illinois governor is without question the revenue shortfall and the resulting structural deficit in the Illinois state budget. Pat Quinn’s opponent’s budget proposal shows at best a complete lack of understanding of the realities of the state budget or at worst a callous approach regarding the needs of Illinois citizens. The last thing small business owners (who make up a sizable portion of our membership) and social service providers need is additional uncertainty in regards to where the state is headed and how the budgetary issues will be addressed.

The NASW IL PAC recognizes there will need to be a comprehensive approach to solving the state’s budget crisis. Gutting an already stretched 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 is 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 in a comprehensive budget approach that will look at better efficiencies in state government and a revenue increase that takes a logical, responsible, and humane approach to the state budget crisis. 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 successfully implemented the early aspects of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in Illinois, making access to physical and behavioral healthcare 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 that in order for people’s lives to improve, they have to be paid a fair wage to pull themselves out of poverty. Governor Quinn understands the enormous challenges and potential sacrifices that lay ahead for Illinois. But he also understands that overcoming those challenges must be carried out humanely and responsibly. It is for those reasons and more that the National Association of Social Workers Illinois Chapter Political Action Committee (NASW IL PAC) announces its strong endorsement of Governor Pat Quinn and Paul Vallas.

 

Other Constitutional Offices:

Attorney General – Lisa M. Madigan (D)

Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s work protecting consumer rights, prosecuting elder abuse, and protecting Illinois children from predatory practices has been made her into one of Illinois’ finest constitutional officers. The NASW IL PAC strongly endorses Attorney General Lisa Madigan for another term.

 

Secretary of State – Jesse White (D)

The NASW IL PAC endorses Secretary of State Jessie White for another term.

 

Treasurer – Sen. Mike Frerichs (D)

As a longtime advocate of social services and veteran issues, the NASW IL PAC feels this state office will be well served and will undergo a much needed modernization under Sen. Frerichs.  NASW IL PAC endorses Sen. Mike Frerichs for State Treasurer.

 

Comptroller – Judy Baar Topinka (R)

Comptroller Topinka has been instrumental to the success of the social service and nonprofit industry in Illinois. The very programs her opponent criticizes have saved social service agencies from taking on additional debt and from even closing for good. She has been an advocate for social service priority payments, and her door is always open to agencies needing help navigating the state payment system. The NASW IL PAC strongly endorses Judy Barr Topinka for another term.

 

Additional Illinois State Senate and House endorsements will be announced in the future. 

The 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.

 

2014 NASW Illinois PAC Endorsemets

NASW ILLINOIS CHAPTER PAC ANNOUNCES 2014 PRIMARY ENDORSEMENTS

November election vital to human services

Chicago, IL—The crucial upcoming 2014 November election will greatly impact social work and human services in Illinois. Elected leaders will make decisions regarding funding along with a vast array of services that help our communities. Therefore it is important to elect leaders who support policies that are consistent with the social work profession.

Supporting responsible candidates is one of the main goals of the NASW Illinois Chapter Political Action Committee (NASW IL PAC). The PAC is separately incorporated and supported by NASW member contributions, not association dues. The candidate selection process is member-driven, with social workers engaging with incumbents and candidates throughout the state. In addition to candidate endorsements, the PAC adamantly promotes political education and participation by social work professionals in the electoral process.

The NASW Illinois PAC is proud to announce the following candidate endorsements:

Governor: Pat Quinn

Attorney General: Lisa Madigan

Secretary of State: Jesse White

Treasurer: Michael Frerichs

Senate

Senate District #39: Don Harmon

House

House District #26: Christian Mitchell

House District #29: Thaddeus Jones

House District #39: Toni Berrios

House District #81: Ron Sandack

House District #48: Sandra Phios

House District #73: David Leitch

House District #77: Kathleen Willis

House District #103: Sam Rosenberg

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The 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 national NASW Political Action for Candidate Election (PACE) Board endorses and contributes to federal candidates running for U.S. House and Senate seats; the NASW IL PAC is responsible for endorsement decisions in local and state races in Illinois.

2012 NASW IL PAC Endorsements

NASW IL PAC ANNOUNCES 2012 HOUSE/SENATE ENDORSEMENTS

November election vital to human services

Chicago, IL – The crucial upcoming November election will greatly impact social work and human services in Illinois. Elected leaders will make decisions regarding funding, along with a vast array of services that help our communities. Therefore it is important to elect leaders who support policies that are consistent with the social work profession.

Supporting responsible candidates is one of the main goals of the NASW IL Political Action Committee. The PAC is separately incorporated and supported by NASW member contributions – not association dues. The candidate selection process is member driven, with social workers engaging with incumbents and candidates throughout the state. In addition to candidate endorsement, the PAC adamantly promotes political education and participation in the electoral process by social work professionals.

NASW IL PAC is proud to announce the following candidate endorsements:

House

Naomi Jakobsson – 103rd district

Camille Lilly – 78th district

Elaine Nekritz – 57th district

Robert Martwick – 19th district

Michael Langendorf – 104th district

Sid Mathias – 59th district

Senate

Corinne Pierog – 25th district

Amanda Howland – 26th district

Dan Biss – 9th district

Daniel Kotowski – 28th district

Andy Manar – 48th district

Michael Frerichs – 52nd district

Steve Stadelman – 34th district

Dave Koehler – 46th District

Toi Hutchinson – 40th District

Julie Morrison – 29th District

Previously Endorsed Candidates: (The following were endorsed in the primary and are therefore endorsed for the general election).

Edward Acevedo -2nd District

Emanuel “Chris” Welch –  7th District

Kelly Cassidy – 14th District

Robert Martwick – 19th District

Rudy Lozano – 21st District

Elizabeth “Lisa” Hernandez – 24th District

Christian Mitchell – 26th District

Elgie R. Sims, Jr., – 34th District

Ron Sandack – 81st District

ADDITIONAL ENDORSEMENTS FORTHCOMING

 

 

 

 

 

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


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