CHICAGO, Ill. - The Equality Illinois PAC is endorsing 32 incumbent legislators in its first round of endorsements as the state heads into the 2018 election cycle, the statewide LGBTQ political action committee announced Thursday.

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“Elections matter, now more than ever for our community,” said John Litchfield, chair of the Equality Illinois PAC. “At a time when the Trump Administration is rolling back civil rights protections for LGBTQ people, we in Illinois are moving forward. Just this year, LGBTQ communities and our allies in the General Assembly have advanced justice by banning the anti-LGBTQ panic defense in murder cases, modernizing state law so transgender people born here can access corrected birth certificates, and creating systems to ensure LGBTQ visibility and representation on public boards and commissions. The pro-LGBTQ legislators we are endorsing today were critical champions in these legislative efforts.”


The endorsements announced today constitute the first round of endorsements made by the Equality Illinois PAC regarding the 2018 election cycle. The Equality Illinois PAC will make more endorsements in advance of the 2018 primary election, which is on March 20, 2018.


The Equality Illinois PAC is the only statewide political entity dedicated to defending and securing the rights of LGBTQ Illinoisans though engagement in the electoral process. Endorsements are 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 our endorsements at www.eqilpac.org.


2018 Election Endorsements by the Equality Illinois PAC


Illinois Senate (district number – city of residence)


Omar Aquino (2 – Chicago)
John Cullerton (6 – Chicago)
Tom Cullerton (23 – Villa Park)
Bill Cunningham (18 – Chicago)
Don Harmon (39 – Oak Park)
Linda Holmes (42 – Aurora)
Mattie Hunter (3 – Chicago)
Emil Jones III (14 – Chicago)
Terry Link (30 – Vernon Hills)
Andy Manar (48 – Bunker Hill)
Julie Morrison (29 – Deerfield)


Illinois House of Representatives (district number – city of residence)


Carol Ammons (103 – Urbana)
Jaime Andrade (40 – Chicago)
Kelly Cassidy (14 – Chicago)
Deb Conroy (46 – Villa Park)
Sara Feigenholtz (12 – Chicago)
Robyn Gabel (18 – Evanston)
Will Guzzardi (39 – Chicago)
Mike Halpin (72 – Rock Island)
Greg Harris (13 – Chicago)
Jay Hoffman (113 – Collinsville)
Stephanie Kifowit (84 – Aurora)
Lou Lang (16 – Skokie)
Michael J. Madigan (22 – Chicago)
Theresa Mah (2 – Chicago)
Christian Mitchell (26 – Chicago)
Anna Moeller (43 – Elgin)
Michelle Mussman (56 – Schaumburg)
Katie Stuart (112 – Edwardsville)
Chris Welch (7 – Hillside)
Ann Williams (11 – Chicago)
Sam Yingling (62 – Grayslake)

 

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