Citizen Action, the multi-issue advocacy organization, has released its endorsements for the 2011 municipal elections in Chicago. The group will make no endorsement for the all-important mayoral race, but has selected 25 aldermanic candidates to back. Among the incumbents getting the nod from Citizens Action's political committee are many of the council's more progressive and independent members, including Alds. Pat Dowell (3rd Ward), Ricardo Munoz (22nd Ward), Scott Waguespack (32nd Ward), and Joe Moore (49th Ward). The organization also likes would-be first-time aldermen like Will Burns, who is running the 4th, Chuks Onyezia, an attorney running in the 18th Ward, and Marina Faz-Huppert, the legislative and political director for United Food and Commercial Workers International Union Local 881.
Speaking of organized labor, Gery Chico will announce this afternoon that a slew of unions representing skilled workers are endorsing his campaign for mayor. Chico will get support from the International Union of Operating Engineers, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 9, Sheet Metal Workers Local 73, Ironworkers Local 1, Laborers' District Council of Chicago & Vicinity, and Painters District Council #14, according to a press statement. Before Chico announced this list, Rahm Emanuel had pulled in most of the endorsements from the skilled trades, including that of Ironworkers Local 63 and the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers.