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Equality Illinois announces general election endorsements
--From a press release
2020-09-18

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CHICAGO - Equality Illinois, the state's civil rights organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer Illinoisans, today announced endorsements for the November 3, 2020 general election.

"Equality Illinois is excited to announce our endorsements today as we continue to make our state fairer and more just for LGBTQ people," said Justin DeJong, Board Chair of Equality Illinois, a 501( c )( 4 ) organization. "In recent years, Illinois has been a beacon of equality and inclusion but we have so much more work to do. These endorsed candidates will continue to advance our progress as we keep fighting for equality and inclusion for all LGBTQ Illinoisans."

Of the 99 endorsed candidates, Equality Illinois endorsed 60 incumbent state legislators.

"We especially thank our legislative incumbents for advancing justice for LGBTQ people," said DeJong. "Last year, the Illinois General Assembly passed the Inclusive Curriculum Law, which ensures the stories of LGBTQ people will be included in history taught in public schools across Illinois. LGBTQ youth will now see themselves reflected in history, and Illinois will continue to convey that a diverse group of people have contributed to society."

Legislators also supported key bills to ensure single-occupancy restrooms are designated as gender neutral, to affirm LGBTQ elders and older adults living with HIV, to prohibit discrimination in jury service, and to allow for individuals to select a non-binary designation on state driver's licenses.

Equality Illinois, a 501( c )( 4 ) organization, engages in the advocacy and electoral processes to defend and advance full equality, justice, and fairness for LGBTQ individuals and their families in Illinois. Endorsements are based on responses on candidate questionnaires and voting records. Below is the list of Equality Illinois' endorsements today for the November 3, 2020 general election. More candidates may be added at a later date.

( i ) denotes an incumbent

Illinois House of Representatives

HD 1 — Aaron Ortiz ( i )

HD 2 — Theresa Mah ( i )

HD 3 — Eva Dina Delgado ( i )

HD 4 — Delia Ramirez ( i )

HD 5 — Lamont Robinson ( i )

HD 7 — Emanuel Chris Welch ( i )

HD 9 — Lakesia Collins ( i )

HD 10 — Jawaharial Omar Williams ( i )

HD 11 — Ann Williams ( i )

HD 12 - Margaret Croke

HD 13 — Greg Harris ( i )

HD 14 — Kelly Cassidy ( i )

HD 15 — John D'Amico ( i )

HD 16 — Denyse Wang Stoneback

HD 17 — Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz ( i )

HD 18 — Robyn Gabel ( i )

HD 19 — Lindsey LaPointe ( i )

HD 20 — Michelle Darbro

HD 22 — Michael J. Madigan ( i )

HD 23 — Michael J. Zalewski ( i )

HD 32 — Andre Thapedi ( i )

HD 35 — Frances Ann Hurley ( i )

HD 36 — Kelly Burke ( i )

HD 37 — Michele Fadeley

HD 39 — Will Guzzardi ( i )

HD 40 — Jaime Andrade ( i )

HD 41 — Janet Yang Rohr

HD 42 — Ken Mejia-Beal

HD 43 — Anna Moeller ( i )

HD 44 — Fred Crespo ( i )

HD 45 — Diane Pappas ( i )

HD 46 — Deb Conroy ( i )

HD 47 — Jennifer Zordani

HD 48 — Terra Costa Howard ( i )

HD 49 — Maura Hirschauer

HD 50 — Kate Monteleone

HD 51 — Mary Edly-Allen ( i )

HD 52 — Marci Suelzer

HD 53 — Mark Walker ( i )

HD 54 — Maggie Trevor

HD 56 — Michelle Mussman ( i )

HD 57 — Jonathan Carroll ( i )

HD 58 — Bob Morgan ( i )

HD 59 — Daniel Didech ( i )

HD 60 — Rita Mayfield ( i )

HD 61 — Joyce Mason ( i )

HD 62 — Sam Yingling ( i )

HD 63 — Brian Sager

HD 64 — Leslie Armstrong-McLeod

HD 65 — Martha Paschke

HD 66 — Suzanne Ness

HD 67 — Maurice West ( i )

HD 68 — Dave Vella

HD 70 — Paul Stoddard

HD 71 — Joan Padilla

HD 72 — Mike Halpin ( i )

HD 77 — Kathleen Willis ( i )

HD 79 — Charlene Eads

HD 81 — Anne Stava-Murray ( i )

HD 83 — Barbara Hernandez ( i )

HD 84 — Stephanie Kifowit ( i )

HD 85 — Dagmara "Dee" Avelar

HD 88 — Karla Bailey-Smith

HD 90 — Seth Wiggins

HD 91 — Josh Grys

HD 93 — Scott Stoll

HD 94 — Angel Smith

HD 95 — Chase Wilhelm

HD 100 — Brandon Adams

HD 102 — Mitchell Esslinger

HD 104 — Cynthia Cunningham

HD 105 — Chemberly Cummings

HD 108 — Kacie Weicherding

HD 110 — Kody Czerwonka

HD 112 — Katie Stuart ( i )

HD 113 — Jay Hoffman ( i )

HD 114 — LaToya Greenwood ( i )

Illinois Senate

SD 1 — Antonio Munoz ( i )

SD 4 — Kimberly Lightford ( i )

SD 6 — Sara Feigenholtz ( i )

SD 7 — Heather Steans ( i )

SD 10 — Rob Martwick ( i )

SD 11 — Celina Villanueva ( i )

SD 13 — Robert Peters ( i )

SD 16 — Jacqueline Collins ( i )

SD 19 — Michael Hastings ( i )

SD 22 — Cristina Castro ( i )

SD 25 — Karina Villa

SD 28 — Laura Murphy ( i )

SD 31 — Melinda Bush ( i )

SD 34 — Steve Stadelman ( i )

SD 40 — Patrick Joyce ( i )

SD 43 — John Connor

SD 46 — Dave Koehler ( i )

SD 49 — Meg Loughran Cappel

SD 52 — State Sen. Scott Bennett

SD 55 — Cynthia Ann Given

Cook County

State's Attorney — Kim Foxx ( i )

McLean County

County Board District 7 — Val Laymon

County Board District 9 — Jackie Gunderson

About Equality Illinois

At Equality Illinois we envision a fair and unified Illinois where everyone is treated equally with dignity and respect and where all people live freely regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression. We work hard to promote legislation to protect the rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning ( LGBTQ ) individuals; maintain the visibility of LGBTQ issues; oppose legislation which seeks to limit the civil rights of the LGBTQ community; and expand statewide grassroots support.


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