Our latest round-up from the race to replace Rahm Emanuel in the 5th Congressional District: A couple weeks ago EMILY's List announced its endorsement of Sara Feigenholtz and yesterday president Ellen Malcolm touted Feigenholtz's candidacy on Huffington Post: ...
Our latest round-up from the race to replace Rahm Emanuel in the 5th Congressional District:
Sara's record is dazzling. She's behind laws guaranteeing equal pay, requiring insurance companies to cover contraception, and increasing access to breast and cervical cancer screening and treatment. She led the fight to expand the state's FamilyCare program to cover low-income parents. She increased funding for AIDS treatment and for in-home care for the elderly. She is 100 percent pro-choice and cosponsored legislation codifying reproductive rights in Illinois should Roe v. Wade be overturned. She sponsored the law protecting Illinois citizens from discrimination based on sexual orientation and has consistently supported hate crimes legislation. And Sara has consistently received high ratings from both the AFL-CIO and the Sierra Club. Sara Feigenholtz is a true blue progressive with a record of results.
Speaking of HuffPo, Mike Quigley penned a column on the Chicago site highlighting his record as a Cook County commissioner:
Since 2003, my budget cuts and government restructuring would add up to a minimum of $700 million. This year alone, those cuts would have saved $143 million. Clearly if these were in place, we wouldn't have needed the record tax hike - in fact, we could be on a path toward returning money.
Saving $700 million is not just about doing things like minimizing overtime expenses, capping consultant fees, and saving energy. It's about changing the mindset of government. It's about challenging the status quo. It's about putting taxpayers' needs ahead of government's needs. It's about reinventing government.
Meanwhile, Tom Geoghegan received an endorsement from The Nation:
By day he is a Chicago labor lawyer, representing clients caught in the bear trap of deindustrialization, downsizing and unionbusting. He has represented folks who have lost their pensions or been denied their rightful benefits--even union members taking on corrupt union bureaucracies. As the unionized workforce has dwindled and the possibility of making a living in labor law along with it, Geoghegan has branched out, suing payday lenders for their usurious exploitation of the poor and helping represent the City of Chicago in its suit against gun manufacturers.
The Geoghegan campaign has also released a series of videos featuring the Chicago labor lawyer. Below, he talks about how the $700 billion Wall Street bailout represents a "catastrophic waste":
You can also watch video from Geoghegan's press conference this week announcing the settlement of a major class action suit on behalf of the uninsured against Advocate Health Care. Finally, be sure to read Kathy G.'s blog post, "How Tom Geoghegan Saved My Dog."
Finally, John Fritchey announced on NBC 5 yesterday that he has signed on as a co-sponsor to Rep. Harry Osterman's campaign finance reform bill. Read more about that measure in our latest feature article.