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Chicago Citizen Newspaper Endorsements

10/29/2014, 5:08 p.m.

Pat Quinn, Candidate for Illinois Governor

The Chicago Citizen Newspaper fully supports the re-election of Gov. Pat Quinn. Quinn was sworn in as the 41st Governor of Illinois on Jan. 29, 2009. He won election to a full term on Nov. 2, 2010.Governor Quinn has focused on restoring integrity to state government and, in his first official act, signed an executive order establishing the Illinois Reform Commission to examine ethics rules and practices in state government. He also led passage of fundamental legislation to return integrity to the state pension boards, ensure state agency compliance with Freedom of Information laws and increase transparency of state boards and commissions.

Richard “Dick” Durbin, Candidate for U.S. Senate

The Chicago Citizen Newspaper proudly endorses, incumbent U.S. Sen. Richard “Dick” Durbin (D-Ill.), elected to the United States Senate in 1996, re-elected in 2002, and again in 2008 for the term ending January 3, 2015, Durbin’s congressional record includes participation in health insurance reform that extended access to affordable health insurance to those without insurance, successfully fought to increase the share of federal funding dedicated to combating AIDS worldwide, putting forth a plan to give small businesses affordable choices among private health insurance plans and expand access to coverage for their employees.

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Ill. Secretary of State Jesse White

Jesse White, Candidate for Illinois Secretary of State

The Chicago Citizen Newspaper endorses, Jesse White Illinois' 37th Secretary of State. White was first elected to the office in 1998 and won landslide victories in 2002, in which he won all 102 counties, and again in 2006. On Nov. 2, 2010, White was re-elected to a fourth term, winning another landslide victory in which he earned over 2.5 million votes statewide – more than any statewide constitutional candidate in over 34 years. White became Illinois’ longest serving Secretary of State on May 30, 2014. Prior to his election as Secretary of State, White served as Cook County Recorder of Deeds — a job to which he was first elected in 1992 and re-elected in 1996.

Lisa Madigan, Candidate for Illinois Attorney General

The Chicago Citizen Newspaper supports the re-election of Illinois Attorney General, Lisa Madigan. Madigan’s public service record is one of many “firsts.” The first woman elected to serve as Attorney General of Illinois, Madigan is now the senior most female Attorney General in the country. She is also the first Illinois Attorney General to argue a case before the U.S. Supreme Court in nearly three decades. Since taking office in 2003, Madigan has established herself as a national leader through her aggressive actions to protect consumers, safeguard communities, advocate for working men and women, ensure access to affordable, quality healthcare, and fight for open, honest government.

Toni Preckwinkle for Cook County Board President

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle has been a dedicated community leader for over two decades, providing independent and progressive leadership founded on experience, know-how and a commitment to practical results.

Preckwinkle has the integrity and forward-thinking ideas that are needed to transform county government into a world-class institution of which the people of Cook County can be proud.