Equality Illinois PAC endorses Pritzker for governor

Thu. February 8, 2018 3:20 PM by GoPride.com News Staff

jb pritzker attends lgbt event at sidetrack on nov. 29

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Chicago, IL - The Equality Illinois PAC, the only statewide political action committee dedicated to defending and securing the rights of LGBTQ Illinoisans, has to endorsed JB Pritzker for Governor and his running mate Juliana Stratton for Lieutenant Governor.

"JB Pritzker has been a strong and public champion of the LGBTQ community since long before support for LGBTQ equality was the norm among Democratic political leaders," said John Litchfield, Equality Illinois PAC Board Chair. "Going back decades, he has marched in Pride parades, worked to elect LGBTQ people to office, and supported civic organizing efforts of LGBTQ community groups to broaden support for LGBTQ equality. There are few leaders in our state who have served as courageously and consistently for LGBTQ equality over recent decades as JB Pritzker."

All candidates for governor were asked by the Equality Illinois PAC to fill out and return our questionnaires. No questionnaires were returned by the Republican candidates, and therefore the Equality Illinois PAC could not consider their candidacies for endorsement in the Republican gubernatorial primary.

"The nearly 100 endorsement surveys returned to the Equality Illinois PAC from candidates throughout the state show how strong support for LGBTQ equality exists throughout Illinois," said Brian C. Johnson, CEO of Equality Illinois.

The Equality PAC also endorsed three incumbent statewide officeholders in the Democratic primary who have been consistent champions for LGBTQ Illinoisans: Secretary of State Jesse White, state Comptroller Susana Mendoza, and state Treasurer Michael Frerichs. The Equality Illinois PAC is also endorsing 80 legislative candidates for the March 2018 primary elections. (full list online)

The Equality Illinois PAC is a distinct entity, with separate boards of directors, from Equality Illinois Institute and Equality Illinois.

Endorsements were based on a candidate's record in office and responses submitted on the Equality Illinois PAC's candidate survey. Voters can learn more about the Equality Illinois PAC and its endorsements at www.eqilpac.org.

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