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Social Workers Endorse Susana Mendoza for State Comptroller

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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 Chicago City Clerk Susana Mendoza for Illinois Comptroller in the upcoming 2016 general election.

The Illinois Comptroller position, while obscure to many, is a critical position for social service agencies and the social workers they employ. Whether it is determining priority for payment, ushering social service agencies through the state payment process, or being an advocate for prompt payment of services rendered, the Illinois Comptroller must understand the complexities and the crisis our delayed payment situation is causing to our social service infrastructure and mental health safety net.

We believe strongly that the advocate and manager of this critical state office should be Susana Mendoza.

In 2014, the NASW-IL PAC endorsed Republican Judy Barr Topinka for this post. We did so based on her strong advocacy for the social service industry, her innovative staff, and her ability to rise above party politics and “tell you how it is.” While the current comptroller has retained some of that staff and has made inconsistent efforts to reach the social service community, her attempts to avoid party politics has come up woefully short.

While we are cautiously encouraged that both candidates have run on prioritizing human service payments, we are also justifiably nervous about when human services fall out of favor.

We are also disappointed both candidates continue to support the publicly popular (yet likely illegal) practice of delaying politician payroll. Our members understand the very real crisis a lack of a state budget is having on their businesses and the clients they serve. However, we believe in a fundamental policy principle that if you work, you should get paid for that work. While we join thousands of advocates in being disappointed in the lack of progress legislators made to produce a fair and equitable state budget, we cannot support political points over paying for work rendered. It is not right to withhold payroll from state legislators as it wouldn’t be right when the state withholds payroll from future employees the chief executive deems unworthy of payment.

The Illinois Comptroller office not only has to be efficient, but it also has to be above the daily squabbles that have turned Springfield into a partisan standstill. We are not confident the current appointed officeholder with such strong financial ties to the chief executive can or will be that person.

NASW-IL has a long relationship with Clerk Mendoza going back to her early days running against Speaker Madigan’s preferred candidates. She was a strong social service advocate in the Illinois General Assembly who constantly stood up to party leaders on issues of critical importance.

Her work modernizing the Chicago City Clerk’s office and accessibility to the public gives us renewed hope for what she can do for a still inefficient state office.

She is also a tireless advocate for social service issues important to our profession, which gives us confidence that while in office she will work to re-establish the communication lines the late Comptroller Topinka worked so hard to create.

As we enter year two of what can only be described as a state in total chaos, we need strong, independent leadership in this office. Clerk Mendoza is our pick to be the next Illinois Comptroller.

2016 NASW ILLINOIS PAC ENDORSEMENTS

2016 NASW ILLINOIS PAC ENDORSEMENTS

The NASW IL PAC endorses candidates in state and local races who we feel best represent the social work ideals and legislative agenda.  For federal endorsements, members can view the separately organized federal PACE endorsements by clicking here: https://www.socialworkers.org/pace/default.asp

 

LAST NAME       FIRST NAME                               POSITION

MENDOZA        SUSANA                             ILLINOIS COMPTROLLER

FOXX                    KIM                                        COOK COUNTY STATE’S ATTORNEY

CASTRO                CHRISTINA                         22ND SENATE

CULLERTON        THOMAS E.                         23RD SENATE

PIEROG                CONNIE                                25TH SENATE

MURPHY              LAURA                                  28TH SENATE

MORRISON         JULIE A.                                29TH SENATE

BUSH                     MELINDA                             31ST SENATE

ALTHOFF               PAMELA                             32nd SENATE

BENNETT             SCOTT M.                            52ND SENATE

HARPER                SONYA MARIE                  6TH REPRESENTATIVE

WILLIAMS           ANN M.                                11TH REPRESENTATIVE

FEIGENHOLTZ    SARA                                  12TH REPRESENTATIVE

CASSIDY               KELLY M.                           14TH REPRESENTATIVE

D’AMICO             JOHN C.                               15TH REPRESENTATIVE

GABEL                   ROBYN                               18TH REPRESENTATIVE

MARWIG             MARY                                   20TH REPRESENTATIVE

HERNANDEZ       ELIZABETH “LISA”        24TH REPRESENTATIVE

HURLEY FRANCES ANN                               35TH REPRESENTATIVE

MOELLER             ANNA                                43RD REPRESENTATIVE

CRESPO               FRED                                    44TH REPRESENTATIVE

CONROY              DEB                                      46TH REPRESENTATIVE

MOYLAN              MARTIN J.                         55TH REPRESENTATIVE

MUSSMAN         MICHELLE                          56TH REPRESENTATIVE

MAYFIELD           RITA                                   60TH REPRESENTATIVE

YINGLING            SAM                                    62ND REPRESENTATIVE

SMIDDY                MIKE                                  71ST REPRESENTATIVE

SHUGART            MARTHA                           75TH REPRESENTATIVE

WILLIS                   KATHLEEN                      77TH REPRESENTATIVE

HOSE                    GREG                                   81ST  REPRESENTATIVE

KIFOWIT              STEPHANIE A.                 84TH REPRESENTATIVE

STUART               KATIE                                  112TH REPRESENTATIVE

HOFFMAN          JAY                                       113TH REPRESENTATIVE

 


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.

PAC

  • Mobilizes thousands of social workers to vote by informing NASW Illinois Chapter members of which candidates the NASW IL PAC endorsed in upcoming elections
  • Hires and coordinates field organizers to get out the vote in targeted races
  • Compiles valuable facts relating to local and statewide candidates who are social workers or support the concerns of the social work profession
  • Makes contributions to political campaigns of candidates who support the NASW policy agenda.

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)

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