For the first time in its 33 years of publishing, Gay Chicago Magazine
has offered political endorsements as the gay entertainment weekly expands coverage of local LGBT news.
When gay weekly Chicago Free Press
lost its core editorial board in December, Gay Chicago
publisher Craig Gernhardt recognized a need for LGBT endorsements in this active primary. Gernhardt contacted former CFP
employees Gary Barlow, Amy Wooten
, Matt Simonette to form the Gay Chicago Magazine
Editorial Board. They were joined by community activist Blaine Roberts. GCM
Editor Jonathan Lewis oversaw the process.
The board interviews all candidates except Governor Pat Quinn and Democratic Senate candidate Cheryle Jackson.
The following Gay Chicago Magazine
candidate endorsements were published in the January 21 issue of Gay Chicago
, still available in locations throughout Chicago.Illinois Senate, 7th District
Jim Madigan"Our expectations need to be higher," Madigan says, and we agree. That's why we wholeheartedly endorse Jim Madigan and urge voters in the 7th district to elect him to the Illinois Senate.Illinois House of Representatives, 5th District
David SchroederWe strongly endorse David Schroeder for state representative and hope, for Illinois' sake, that voters in the 5th district agree.Illinois House of Representatives, 11th District
Ed MullenWe are proud to endorse Ed Mullen for Illinois state representative and urge the voters of the 11th district to do the same.Illinois House of Representatives, 40th District
Deb MellWe're proud to endorse Deb Mell for another term as state representative and urge voters of the 40th district to give her that opportunity. United States Senate
Alexi GiannouliasGiannoulias would be one of the Senate's strongest supporters of GLBT equality, as he has been throughout his career. We are proud to endorse Alexia Giannoulias for the United States Senate and urge our readers to give him their support.Governor
Dan HynesHynes has also been a consistent supporter of LGBT equality throughout his political career and is a solid and vocal backer of equal marriage rights for gays and lesbian couples. We believe LGBT voters have a clear choice in this race. That choice is Dan Hynes, and we wholeheartedly endorse him for governor of Illinois.Cook County Board President
Terrence O'BrienIn short, we think Terrence O'Brien offers the executive experience and commonsense solutions Cook County government needs to get through these tough times. That's why we endorse O'Brien for Cook County Board President and urge voters to elect him to that office.Illinois House of Representatives
These endorsements were made by the Gay Chicago Magazine
Editorial Board and were published in the January 21 issue of Gay Chicago
, still available at locations throughout Chicago and available online at www.gaychicagomag.com
ChicagoPride.com does not endorse political candidates, but we hope these interviews with Alexis Giannoulias
, Jacob Meister
and Robert Marshall
The Windy City Times
, which does not make political endorsements, has also prepared an excellent chart indicating candidate positions
and endorsements from various gay groups to help you make an informed decision when voting.
The Illinois primary is Tuesday, Feb. 2.