State Sen. Mike Noland (D-Elgin) picked up the endorsement of AFSCME Local 31 Tuesday afternoon in his race for Congress.
Noland is running for U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth's 8th congressional district seat, which is up for grabs due to her run for U.S. Senate.
"At a time when public employees are constantly under appreciated and under attack I've been proud to stand up for the working men and women that keep our state running," said Senator Mike Noland. "Bruce Rauner has made AFSCME and public employees his number one scapegoat. I've stood up against his turnaround agenda and when I go to Congress I will continue to stand up for policies that support working families."
Noland has secured the endorsement of over 75 elected officials, according to his campaign, as well as several other unions, including the American Postal Workers Union Local 3140's executive board, Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois, Bricklayers Administrative District Council of Illinois, Sheet Metal Workers State Council, SMART Transportation Division (formerly United Transportation Union), Fox Valley Building Trades, Elgin Trades Council, IFT Local 1211 (Northwest Suburban Teachers Union), Operating Engineers Local 399, Painters District Council 14 & 30, and Teamsters Joint Council 25.
Noland is going up against businessman Raja Krishnmoorthi, who has also garnered a nuber of labor and legislative endorsements, and Villa Park Mayor Deb Bullwinkel for the Democratic nomination for the seat.