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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

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.

Congratulations to James Cappleman, LCSW and NASW member!

Congratulations to James Cappleman, LCSW and NASW member, for becoming the newest alderman of the 46th Ward in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood. James was endorsed last fall by the NASW Illinois Chapter Political Action Committee (NASW IL PAC) and will serve the next four years in city council. It is an exciting time as we will have several new social work supporters and now a licensed social worker providing a unique insight to legislation.

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