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IVI-IPO Press Release: Judge Cynthia Y. Cobbs Endorsed by IVI-IPO!

February 22, 2014

IVI-IPO’s endorsed candidates for the March 18, 2014 Primary Election

 

February 17, 2014 Press Conference

 

 

Governor

Pat Quinn (D)

For nearly four decades, Pat Quinn has served as an outspoken advocate for consumer rights, tax fairness, and honest, efficient government. Under his leadership as Governor, Illinois’ ethics laws have been strengthened and, at long last, the patronage-based General Assembly scholarship program abolished. Quinn is a stalwart supporter of equal rights and championed the successful campaign to establish marriage equality in Illinois. In difficult economic times, he has pursued policies to alleviate the financial burden of ordinary people: establishing community outreach to inform laid off workers of their eligibility for social services, working with employers to develop job opportunities and job training programs in under-developed communities, and creating the Building Blocks program to return abandoned foreclosed properties to productive use as affordable housing. We especially commend him for his courageous leadership in support of raising the state’s minimum wage, a measure that is necessary for Illinois’ workers to live lives outside of penury.

 

Pat Quinn has served the public with honesty and integrity in every office he has held.  He does not shirk his responsibility or put off politically unpopular decisions until after the election is over.  Quinn is willing to speak the truth and put his trust in the voters rather than polls and political consultants.  IVI-IPO commends this approach and enthusiastically supports his election.

 

Cook County Sheriff

Thomas J. Dart (D)

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart has been an innovative leader since his election in 2006, bringing an aggressive yet compassionate approach to law enforcement. IVI-IPO applauds his many reforms: complying with the Shakman Decree, working with the US Justice Department to bring the Jail in full compliance with the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act, introducing body-scanning machines to replace the use of strip searches to prevent contraband from getting inside the Jail, stopping wrongful evictions during the mortgage crisis and bringing national attention to the issue, and ending unjust detention and deportation of immigrants who were charged with, but not convicted of, nonviolent offenses. We especially praise Dart’s efforts to develop a program to screen inmates upon intake for diagnosed mental illness and divert them to community based mental health services, and agree wholeheartedly with his assertion that being sick should not be punished as a crime in Cook County.

 

Metropolitan Water District Commissioner

Frank Avila (D)

Commissioner Avila has an exemplary record in communicating the District’s laudable environmental aims and actions to the public through public access television, the internet, and public speaking opportunities.  His professional experience as an engineer gives him a unique perspective in understanding many of the technical aspects of the District’s work.  Avila has shown an enduring commitment to the improving the region’s water quality and promoting overall environmental health.

 

Metropolitan Water District Commissioner

Timothy (Tim) Bradford (D)

Tim Bradford wants the District to start disinfecting now, and to promote watershed management using permeable pavements, rainwater recapture and other green technologies that will reduce the run-off burden on the MWRD system.  Bradford brings decades of private sector work experience to the MWRD Board.  With his administrative and budgetary experience he is aptly qualified to provide the critical oversight needed to maintain the fiscal health of such a large governmental taxing body.

 

Metropolitan Water District Commissioner

Josina Morita (D)

Josina Morita, an urban planner and non-profit executive, cares about water.  She possesses a proven track record in promoting environmental justice and community involvement that will serve her well as she pushes for clean water, green jobs, flood prevention, and fairness in business practices.  Morita’s regional planning and land use background makes her ideally suited for ensuring that the District, one of the largest land owners in the county, maintain responsible stewardship over its public resources.

 

Congress

7th District – Danny K. Davis (D)

For 18 years, Congressman Davis has been consistently and intimately involved in the economic, social and political development and growth of the greater Chicago area, advocating for an agenda based on fairness, justice and maximizing opportunity for all. His focus has been on eliminating disparities in services and opportunities and has called for creation of a federal jobs program which would provide a living wage job for everyone able and willing to work but unable to find a job in the private sector. Davis supports affordable and accessible health care, including reproductive services; safe, affordable housing; quality education; and security from violence and crime.

 

Congress

13th District – George Gollin (D)

Physics Professor George Gollin would bring a social conscience and progressive agenda, along with a teacher’s eagerness to listen and engage, to the bitterly partisan and obstructionist House of Representatives. Calling for economic policies directed toward investment in education and research, innovation as a primary driver of job growth, and infrastructure repair and improvements, he supports a government surge to help businesses create jobs, including a robust public works program.

Congress

14th District – Dennis Anderson (D)

Dennis Anderson has been an effective administrator of a variety of public health programs and agencies, demonstrating an intelligent and thoughtful understanding of the role of government in people’s lives. We like his compassionate and common-sense approach to fighting poverty – fund programs at the level necessary to ensure people in need are housed and fed, but also create good-paying jobs to ensure they will not have to rely on government assistance. To that end, Anderson supports an infrastructure rebuilding and maintenance program and government assistance to small businesses to ensure they have access to credit to expand their operations.

 

State Senate

39th District (D) – Don Harmon

IVI-IPO endorsed Don Harmon for his first term in 2002 for his ardent support of a progressive agenda and he has been a champion of social justice and equal rights throughout his tenure.  A standard bearer for civil rights and civil liberties, he was a chief sponsor of the Equal Marriage bill. Harmon is also a strong supporter of election reform and increased opportunities for voter registration and participation, such as recently enacted online voter registration and allowing 17 year olds to vote in primary elections.

 

State Representative

38th District (D) – Al Riley

Former urban planner and statistician Representative Al Riley makes economic opportunity and development a mainstay of his legislative work in the 38th District.  Educational funding equity is also a priority and he proposes legislation to insure that all children in the state receive an equal, high quality education, irrespective of where they live. Toward that end, Riley supports a graduated income tax, decoupling of the individual/corporate ratio, and re-examination of the entire Illinois tax code for fairness and to identify potential new revenue sources.

 

Al Riley is also endorsed as Democratic State Central Committeeman of the 2nd Congressional District, a post he was appointed to last year.  With poise, collegiality, and resolve, Riley has done a superb job of helping the district recover its reputation in the electoral process.

 

 

State Representative

40th District (D) – Mel Ferrand

Mel Ferrand has spent her adult life as an activist and organizer for the public good, working for equal rights and for social and economic justice. Her diverse background – as a Jewish Latina Lesbian, and unique life experiences – as a former union carpenter and current teacher-librarian in Chicago Public Schools, give her a broad perspective few others can claim. Ferrand’s legislative goals include implementation of a progressive tax, extension of appropriated funding to social organizations, fixing our broken pension system, reorganizing our troubled public school system, and protection of women’s and LGBT rights. She also ambitiously plans to reestablish a caucus of independent progressive voices in the Illinois State Legislature, a goal we heartily endorse.

 

State Representative

103rd District (D) – Carol Ammons

Urbana City Council member and former Champaign County Board member Carol Ammons is the clear independent, progressive choice for the open seat in the 103rd District. An activist who has participated in movements for workers’ rights, immigration reform, racial justice, a living wage, and alternatives to incarceration, she also is committed to good government and will stand up to the “go along-get along” regime in Springfield. Ammons’ priority legislative goals are

enacting a graduated income tax, shifting public resources from the enforcement aspect of the war on drugs to drug treatment, creating alternatives to incarceration for non-violent offenders to reduce the cost of prisons, and exploring new revenue sources, all of which will enable the State to increase funding for education and human services so desperately needed at this time.

 

State Representative

115th District (R) – Bob White

Jefferson County Chairman Bob White is a businessman and US Army veteran with a proven record of bi-partisanship. Although he does not share IVI-IPO’s positions on many social issues, he is an unwavering advocate of government accountability, election and campaign finance reform, and TIF reform. We are also impressed with White’s balanced approach to economic development and environmental protection in his district; while supporting increased oil and coal extraction, he is careful to caution that it must be done in a safe, sustainable manner, and that it must not be seen as a long-term solution to the area’s economic problems. We like his thoughtful, non-ideological approach to issues and recommend him for the primary election.

 

Cook County Board

1st District (D) – Richard Boykin

Richard Boykin is running for the open seat in the first district calling for criminal justice reform, reform of the juvenile detention center, promoting economic development, ensuring quality health care, and protecting the forest preserves. He will also push for increased transparency of how County Board Members are voting and improving opportunities for communication with County Board Members via the internet.

 

Cook County Board

3rd District (D) – Jerry Butler

Jerry Butler has been a champion of the Cook County hospital system for those who have no other healthcare option to turn to when they have a health issue or crisis.  His efforts to corral the proliferation of TIF’s through his proposals to require the county’s advance approval for any new TIF district will help Cook County residents by reducing the diversion of county revenues.

 

Cook County Board

4th District (D) – Stanley Moore

Stanley Moore, a rising star on the south side, has done well during his interim appointment, to help the 4th district get the representation that it deserves on the Cook County board.  His cooperation with the other Board commissioners, and the president of the Cook County Board, in moving legislation and passing budgets, will bring much needed resources to the 4th district.  This young man is a rising star on the south side, who has earned our support for a full term.

 

Cook County Board

8th District (D) – Edwin Reyes

First term incumbent Eddie Reyes has been a diligent and responsive legislator, supporting affordable housing initiatives in his community and performing education outreach for the Affordable Health Care Act. His opposition to nepotism and patronage puts him firmly in the new guard of County Commissioners and he has called for closer scrutiny of outside contracts.

 

JUDICIAL CANDIDATES

1st Appellate (Steele)

John Simon

1st Appellate (Gordon)

Freddrenna Lyle

Cook County (Arnold)

Alfred Swanson

Cook County (Connors)

Kristal Rivers

Cook County (McDonald)

Cynthia Cobbs

Cook County (Neville)

Mary Melchor

Cook County (Reyes)

Diana Rosario

Cook County (Veal)

Andrea Buford

Cook Subcircuit 4 (Billik)

John Mahoney

Cook Subcircuit 7 (Taylor)

Judy Rice

Cook Subcircuit 9 (Preston)

Michael Strom

Cook Subcircuit 11 (A)

Joanne Rosado

Cook Subcircuit 12 (Jordan)

James Kaplan

Cook Subcircuit 15 (Doody)

Diana Embil

 

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