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2016 NASW Illinois Chapter Political Action Committee Endorsements

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Below are the following NASW Illinois Chapter Political Action Committee (NASW IL PAC) endorsements for the upcoming 2016 election.

Cook County State’s Attorney: Kim Foxx

“As social workers we see firsthand the very real effects the state’s attorney’s office has on the welfare of children and our clients. We had hoped the current officeholder would have shared our ideals of social justice as reflected in the NASW Code of Ethics. However her track record and (most glaringly) her lack of a response make abundantly clear that Cook County needs a new voice and a new direction.

We believe strongly that this new voice should be Kim Foxx.”

See full NASW IL PAC endorsement letter here: http://naswilpac.org/2016/01/11/nasw-illinois-pac-endorses-kim-foxx/

Senate District 19: Senator Michael Hastings

Senator Hastings is a strong social work supporter who has worked hard at saving funding for mental health services in Illinois. He received a 90 percent on the social work legislative scorecard for 2015. Of particular note, his tireless work to pass the anti-harassment bill around revenge porn shows his commitment to justice and fighting for women in the state of Illinois. Michael Hastings is strongly endorsed for Senate District 19.

House District 3: Rep. Louis Arroyo

Representative Arroyo was once again honored with the NASW Illinois Chapter Spirit of Jane Addams Award for receiving a perfect score on the NASW Illinois Chapter Legislative Scorecard. He is a strong supporter of women’s health access and issues important to our clients. Louis Arroyo is strongly endorsed for House District 3.

House District 3: Rep. Cynthia Soto

Representative Soto is a longtime social work issue advocate particularly in the areas of Mediciad expansion for low income applicants. She was honored with the NASW Illinois Chapter Spirit of Jane Addams Award for receiving a perfect score on the NASW Illinois Chapter Legislative Scorecard for 2015. Cynthia Soto is strongly endorsed for House District 3.

House District 5: Juliana Stratton

While a former social worker, Representative Ken Dunkin—who we have endorsed for several years—has taken tough votes over the previous assemblies, his recent shift away from supporting social work issues, particularly childcare, leaves the NASW IL PAC looking for someone new to endorse in the 5th District. Thankfully there isn’t just a replacement running but a true champion for criminal justice reform and education in Juliana Stratton. Stratton is executive director of Cook County Justice for Children and serves as officer on the local school council. Rep. Dunkin scored a 67 percent on the NASW Illinois Chapter Legislative Scorecard, one of the lowest scores of any Democrat in Illinois and even lower still than six Republicans. Juliana Stratton is emphatically endorsed for House District 5.

House District 7: Chris Welch

The NASW IL PAC endorsed Representative Welch in previous elections and is proud to stand with him again for the 2016 election. He is a longtime advocate for social services and has been an invaluable asset to Illinois. Rep. Welch was once again honored with the NASW Illinois Chapter Spirit of Jane Addams Award for receiving a perfect score on the NASW Illinois Chapter Legislative Scorecard. We emphatically endorse Chris Welch for House District 7.

House District 8: LaShawn Ford

Representative Ford was once again honored with the NASW Illinois Chapter Spirit of Jane Addams Award for receiving a perfect score on the NASW Illinois Chapter Legislative Scorecard. We strongly endorse LaShawn Ford for House District 8.

House District 26: Christian Mitchell

Representative Mitchell was once again honored with the NASW Illinois Chapter Spirit of Jane Addams Award for receiving a perfect score on the NASW Illinois Chapter Legislative Scorecard. While his opponent is a promising candidate, we endorse Christian Mitchell for House District 26.

House District 27: Monique Davis

Representative Davis was once again honored with the NASW Illinois Chapter Spirit of Jane Addams Award for receiving a perfect score on the NASW Illinois Chapter Legislative Scorecard. We endorse Monique Davis for House District 27.

House District 29: Thaddeus Jones

Representative Jones was once again honored with the NASW Illinois Chapter Spirit of Jane Addams Award for receiving a perfect score on the NASW Illinois Chapter Legislative Scorecard. We endorse Thaddeus Jones for House District 29.

House District 33: Marcus Evans

Representative Evans was once again honored with the NASW Illinois Chapter Spirit of Jane Addams Award for receiving a perfect score on the NASW Illinois Chapter Legislative Scorecard. While his opponent is a promising candidate, we endorse Marcus Evans for House District 33.

House District 40: Jamie Andrade Jr.

Representative Andrade was co-sponsor for almost every bill we pushed in Springfield in 2015 including a ban on conversion therapy. He was once again honored with the NASW Illinois Chapter Spirit of Jane Addams Award for receiving a perfect score on the NASW Illinois Chapter Legislative Scorecard. While his opponent is a promising candidate, we strongly endorse Jamie Andrade Jr.

House District 67: Litesa Wallace

Representative Wallace’s advocacy efforts on many social work ideals are tough to match. Her impassioned speech on the Illinois House floor around childcare and why this state needs to provide it at a maximum level only reaffirms our belief in her as state legislator. She received a 90 percent on the NASW Illinois Chapter Legislative Scorecard. We strongly endorse Litesa Wallace for House District 67.

Additional endorsements may be coming in races in which the NASW IL PAC has requested additional information and/or candidate interviews.

NASW Illinois PAC Endorses Kim Foxx

Kim Foxx for Cook County State's AttorneySocial Workers Stand for a New Cook County State’s Attorney

Chicago, IL − On behalf of the over 7,000 members of the National Association of Social Workers Illinois Chapter 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 Kim Foxx for Cook County State’s Attorney in the upcoming 2016 General Primary Elections.

As social workers we see first-hand the very real effects the state’s attorney’s office has on the welfare of children and our clients. We had hoped the current office holder would have shared our ideals of social justice as reflected in the NASW Code of Ethics. However her track record and (most glaringly) her lack of a response make abundantly clear that Cook County needs a new voice and a new direction.

We believe strongly that this new voice should be Kim Foxx.

Her childhood background as well as her early work as a guardian ad litem with the Cook County Public Guardian’s Office tell us she will understand the context around future juvenile cases, a skillset which seems to be lacking in that department as life-altering decisions are being made.

Her over twelve years’ of experience supervising dozens of assistant state’s attorneys in Cook County assures us she understands the culture of this office which needs dramatic change.

Her commitment and experience to criminal justice reform seals our confidence in Kim Foxx to understand that the winds of the office have changed toward a holistic approach to transforming the system. For far too long this position has been used for future public office by politicians who are only reactive to crimes after media attention, while focusing too many efforts to increase their tally of non-violent drug convictions. This pattern of ignoring justice for personal gain needs to stop. No one should be above the law, nor should the goals of the department be to find a way to get a conviction on the innocent at any cost.

There is no candidate running for this office we trust more than Kim Foxx to bring life-altering improvements to this department.

As social workers, we understand that political candidates cannot simply overnight become advocates for criminal justice reform. When reviewing other candidates in the race for Cook County State’s Attorney, the NASW IL PAC had serious concerns about other candidates’ sudden commitment to social justice, their previous careers, as well as their political endorsements which do not share the social worker’s commitment to justice and community.

For these reasons and so many more the NASW IL PAC enthusiastically endorses Kim Foxx for Cook County State’s Attorney.


 

Learn more and get involved at: www.kimfoxx.com

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.


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