ChicagoPersonal PAC Board of Directors announced that longtime President & CEO Terry Cosgrove will be retiring from his post after the November 2022 election. The board is extraordinarily grateful to Terry for his 33 years of leadership and his lifelong dedication to protecting reproductive rights for people in Illinois.
Under his guidance, Personal PAC has surpassed the vision of its founders and has delivered upon its mission of improving access to reproductive healthcare, transforming Illinois into a 100 percent pro-choice state. Terry's tireless political work and advocacy led to the passage of bills such as HB40 and the Reproductive Health Act, the repeal of the parental notification law, and the election of countless pro-choice elected officials, including Gov. J.B. Pritzker. This work has expanded low-income people's access to healthcare and enshrined the protections of Roe v. Wade into Illinois law.
Personal PAC's work is not done. Reproductive rights have been severely curtailed in states across the country, and as soon as this summer, the U.S. Supreme Court is poised to remove the constitutional protection on the right to safe and legal abortion care guaranteed by Roe. The leadership transition at Personal PAC will not distract us from the critical work aheadensuring that we elect pro-choice candidates to state and local office in the 2022 election is more important than ever and is critical to Illinois remaining the safe haven for reproductive healthcare in the Midwest.
Terry adds, "It has been the greatest honor of my life to serve as President and CEO of Personal PAC for the past 33 years and to be able to devote my life to protecting the reproductive rights and the ability of all women to shape their lives, dreams and aspirations in the same manner as men. Reproductive rights are fundamental human rights, without which we cannot claim to be a real democracy." Read his full personal note: files.ctctusercontent.com/3cc59c56401/3508dcbd-a528-4b46-8e6c-88b8d33e0e6b.pdf .
On behalf of Personal PAC's Board of Directors, we thank Terry for his exemplary stewardship. We will miss his leadership, strength, tenacity, and vision, and we hope to honor his legacy by building upon the standard of excellence in advocacy he has established. We look forward to continuing to ensure that every person in Illinois can access the reproductive healthcare they need.