Equality Illinois PAC announces picks for state, local races

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The Equality Illinois Political Action Committee, a branch of Chicago-based LGBT rights advocacy organization Equality Illinois, announced its endorsements for candidates in state and local legislative races Friday, listing candidates who have indicated strong support for LGBT issues leading up to the Nov. 6 election.

The new endorsements included legislators who have been longtime advocates of LGBT rights in Springfield like Sen. Heather Steans (D-Chicago) and Rep. Sara Feigenholtz (D-Chicago) as well as newcomers throughout the state. Candidates were chosen based on their answers to the PAC’s survey, interviews, community input and previous voting records, according to a media release.

The PAC scoured races from all of the state to find the candidates most attuned and supportive of LGBT issues like marriage equality and emphasized the importance of voting “down ballot,” or in races other than the U.S. presidential election, because local legislators have the “most direct impact” on statewide LGBT issues, according to the release.

The Equality Illinois PAC endorsements for Illinois Senate:

Antonio “Tony” Munoz (D-1)
William “Willie” Delgado (D-2)
Mattie Hunter (D-3)
Kimberly A. Lightford (D-4)
John J. Cullerton (D-6)
Heather A. Steans (D-7)
Daniel Biss (D-9)
John G. Mulroe (D-10)
Martin A. Sandoval (D-11)
Kwame Raoul (D-13)
Emil Jones III (D-14)
Jacqueline “Jacqui” Collins (D-16)
Donne E. Trotter (D-17)
Iris Y. Martinez (D-20)
Michael Noland (D-22)
Thomas E. Cullerton (D-23)
Corinne M. Pierog (D-25)
Amanda Howland (D-26)
David R. Page (D-27)
Daniel W. Kotowski (D-28)
Julie A. Morrison (D-29)
Terry Link (D-30)
Melinda Bush (D-31)
Mike Jacobs (D-36)
Don Harmon (D-39)
Toi W. Hutchinson (D-40)
Linda Holmes (D-42)
Dave Koehler (D-46)
Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-49)

The Equality Illinois PAC endorsements for Illinois Representative:

Daniel J. Burke (D-1)
Edward J. Acevedo (D-2)
Luis Arroyo (D-3)
Cynthia Soto (D-4)
Kenneth “Ken” Dunkin (D-5)
Esther Golar (D-6)
Emanuel “Chris” Welch (D-7)
La Shawn K. Ford (D-8)
Ann M. Williams (D-11)
Sara Feigenholtz (D-12)
Gregory Harris (D-13)
Kelly M. Cassidy (D-14)
Lou Lang (D-16)
Laura Fine (D-17)
Robyn Gabel (D-18)
Robert F. Martwick, Jr. (D-19)
Bruce Randazzo (D-20)
Michael J. Madigan (D-22)
Michael J. Zalewski (D-23)
Elizabeth “Lisa” Hernandez (D-24)
Barbara Flynn Currie (D-25)
Christian L. Mitchell (D-26)
Monique D. Davis (D-27)
Robert “Bob” Rita (D-28)
William “Will” Davis (D-30)
Mary E. Flowers (D-31)
Andre Thapedi (D-32)
Elgie R. Sims, Jr. (D-34)
Al Riley (D-38)
Maria A. “Toni” Berrios (D-39)
Deborah L. Mell (D-40)
William R. Adams (D-42)
Keith Farnham (D-43)
JoAnn Franzen (D-45)
Andrew Bernard (D-50)
Dee Beaubien (I-52)
Curt Renz (D-53)
Richard S. Rudd (D-54)
Martin J. Moylan (D-55)
Elaine Nekritz (D-57)
Scott Drury (D-58)
Sam Yingling (D-62)
Carl R. Wasco (D-68)
Mike Smiddy (D-71)
Angelo “Skip” Saviano (R-77)
Camille Y. Lilly (D-78)
Anthony DeLuca (D-80)
Jehan Gordon (D-92)
Naomi D. Jakobsson (D-103)
Michael Langendorf (D-104)

The PAC has also endorsed Anita Alvarez for another term as Cook County State’s Attorney, Karen Yarbrough for Cook County Recorder of Deeds and Debra Shore for Metropolitan Water Reclamation Commissioner.