Joe Biden & Kamala Harris
US President & Vice President
Fair Tax Amendment
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Cook County State’s Attorney
- 10 Sen. Rob Martwick (D)
- 11 Sen. Celina Villanueva (D)
- 13 Sen. Robert Peters (D)
- 1 Rep. Aaron Ortiz (D)
- 2 Rep. Theresa Mah (D)
- 4 Rep. Delia Ramirez (D)
- 9 Lakesia Collins (D)
- 10 Rep. Omar Williams (D)
- 16 Denyse Wang Stoneback (D)
- 19 Rep. Lindsay LaPointe (D)
- 20 Michelle Darbro (D)
- 26 Rep. Kam Buckner (D)
- 27 Rep. Justin Slaughter (D)
- 29 Rep. Thaddeus Jones (D)
- 31 Rep. Mary Flowers (D)
- 32 Rep. André Thapedi (D)
- 35 Rep. Frances Hurley (D)
- 37 Michelle Fadeley (D)
- 40 Rep. Jaime Andrade (D)
IL Federation of Teachers Endorsements
The CTU’s statewide affiliate union, the Illinois Federation of Teachers, has endorsed candidates across the state, including in US Senate and Congressional races, as well as for Illinois Supreme Court.
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Election News from CTU
Endorsed by the Chicago Teachers Union and
The eight candidates below have been endorsed by both the Chicago Teachers Union and United Working Families. The CTU is a proud founding member of the United Working Families independent political organization. Along with other union locals, community organizations and individual activists, the CTU is helping UWF win a government that provides for the many, not the few. UWF members believe that this project encompasses winning elections with candidates from the rank-and-file of our movements, organizing that builds people-powered infrastructure, and campaigns that shift the prevailing narratives and recruit people to our politics. The organization is guided by a vision that includes: Quality Public Education, High Quality Jobs, Affordable Housing, Civic Engagement, as well as Direct Action and Corporate Accountability. Visit the United Working Families website to learn more.
State’s Attorney Kim Foxx
Cook County State’s Attorney
Kim Foxx is a veteran prosecutor—for 12 years she served as Assistant State’s Attorney in Cook County. She led the county’s criminal justice reform agenda…
She’s seeking re-election to continue that work, and to restore public faith in a criminal justice system that has failed so many families. Born to a teenage mother who struggled to make ends meet, and raised on Chicago’s Near North Side by her mother and grandmother, Kim’s life experience has given her a deep understanding of the impact of crime, violence and poverty on our communities. That consciousness fueled her to pursue a career in public service as she sought to improve life in communities like the one in which she was raised.
Rep. Aaron Ortiz
1st District State Rep
Rep. Aaron Ortiz is a CTU member and a college counselor at Back of the Yards High School turned Illinois State Representative. Last session, Aaron passed a bill to…
Rep. Theresa Mah
2nd District State Rep
Rep. Delia Ramirez
4th District State Rep
Delia Ramirez is an accomplished social service director, community leader and coalition builder who has dedicated much of her life and career to the Humboldt Park and Logan Square …
for 9th District State Rep
Lakesia Collins is a mother, nursing home worker and, now, organizer for SEIU Healthcare. Through her work at SEIU, she’s been involved in vital fights in Springfield, working to pass the $15/hour…
Sen. Celina Villanueva
11th District State Senator
In addition to her work with ICIRR, Senator Villanueva served as the Director of Organizing at Chicago Votes and as Outreach Coordinator for then-Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia.
Sen. Robert Peters
13th District State Senator
Sen. Robert Peters was a fixture at events during our recent strikes and supports issues crucial to working people, like the Fair Tax amendment to raise revenue for schools, the $15/hour minimum wage, and protecting retirement…
Endorsed by the Chicago Teachers Union
Sen. Rob Martwick
10th District State Senator
Sen. Rob Martwick has been a longtime champion for CTU issues. He is the lead sponsor of the bill for an elected school board in Chicago, which he passed through the House…
Rep. Omar Williams
10th District State Rep
Rep. Jawaharial “Omar” Williams has been a consistent supporter of CTU issues. He supports our bill for an elected school board in Chicago and our bill to restore our bargaining rights…
Denyse Wang Stoneback
for 16th District State Rep
Denyse Wang Stoneback is the daughter of a former teacher at Mather High School who supports issues of vital importance to working people, like the $15/hour minimum wage and Illinois’ Fair Tax…
Rep. Lindsey LaPointe
19th District State Rep
Rep. Lindsey LaPointe, a social worker by training, supports issues of vital importance to working people, like the $15/hour minimum wage and Illinois’ Fair Tax constitutional amendment to raise revenue…
for 20th District State Rep
Michelle Darbro, a Chicago firefighter, will work for more affordable healthcare and prescription drugs, support for first responders, and middle class tax relief. Darbro supports the State’s new funding formula…
Rep. Kam Buckner
26th District State Rep
Rep. Kam Buckner, a Morgan Park HS alumnus, is the CTU’s endorsed candidate in House District 26. He is the chief sponsor of HB 3917, the CTU’s bill to force CPS to end Student Based Budgeting and fund schools equitably, and…
Rep. Justin Slaughter
27th District State Rep
Rep. Justin Slaughter was the chief sponsor of our bill that requires school districts to have an appeals process for unsatisfactory evaluation ratings, and he also voted for key CTU issues, namely our bill for an elected school board…
Rep. Thaddeus Jones
29th District State Rep
Rep. Thaddeus Jones is the CTU’s endorsed candidate in House District 29. He has a strong CTU track record and is a co-sponsor of our bills for an elected school board and restoring our bargaining rights. He supports the Fair Tax…
Rep. Mary Flowers
31st District State Rep
Rep. Mary Flowers is the CTU’s endorsed candidate in House District 31. She has long been a champion for working people, sponsoring legislation for universal health care, the $15/hour minimum wage, Illinois’ Fair Tax…
Rep. André Thapedi
32nd District State Rep
Rep. André Thapedi is the CTU’s endorsed candidate in House District 32. Rep. Thapedi has been a consistent CTU supporter. He has voted for the elected school board and bargaining rights bills multiple times, the Fair Tax, our bill to…
Rep. Frances Hurley
35th District State Rep
Fran Hurley represents parts of the far southwest side of Chicago (Beverly, Mount Greenwood) and parts of the southwest suburbs. She has been a consistent supporter of CTU’s key legislative agenda: Fair Tax, our bargaining rights bill, ERSB…
for 37th District State Rep
Michelle Fadeley is the Democratic candidate for an open seat in the 37th State Legislative district, covering much of the suburbs from Joliet east through New Lenox, Mokena, and other suburbs along Interstate 80. A former president of…
Rep. Jaime Andrade
40th District State Rep
Jaime Andrade is the Chicago Teachers Union’s endorsed candidate in House District 40. Andrade supports a progressive tax that will force billionaires and the ultra wealthy to pay their fair share. As a husband, father, and…
Fair Funding? Fair Tax!
The Illinois Fair Tax amendment is on the November election ballot. It’s the first question you’ll see, and you should vote yes. The Fair Tax will make it possible to have a fairer system where essential workers don’t have to pay the same taxes as millionaires and billionaires. In fact, the tax only applies to those making more than $250,000 per year (or 3 percent of Illinois’ population). Everyone else has no change or receives a tax cut.
Under our current system, everyone in the state pays the same rate, which gives millionaires and billionaires a special deal that the average Illinoisan can’t get. But with the Fair Tax, 97 percent of people in Illinois get a tax cut or pay the same. It’s only those select few at the top who would pay more.
That’s why people like Ken Griffin, a billionaire who said we should close 125 schools back in 2013, put $20 million into opposing the tax. It’s cheaper for him to spend money on TV commercials than it is for him to put his fair share into supporting schools, universities, mental health services and public safety. Those at the top like Griffin have not only made billions during the COVID-19 pandemic, but received huge federal tax cuts, too. At the same time, thousands of our neighbors have lost their jobs and livelihoods.
We need additional funding to make sure our schools can serve the needs of our students who may be recovering from the trauma of losing loved ones,and need additional supports, technology and even basic needs like meals.
The Fair Tax would raise $3 billion each year in Illinois, and a significant portion of that money goes to public schools. That new money means stable funding and support for our students, in a district that is more than 80 percent Black and Latinx. Voting yes on Fair Tax means they can have lower class sizes, more counselors and better special education to serve some of our most vulnerable populations. A yes vote also means students can have increased bilingual education, more nurses and sustainable community schools.
Fair Tax means change we can all stand behind because it’s change for the many, not the few. Voting yes to Fair Tax means Illinois will be able to raise $3 billion in additional money for schools, universities, child care and health care—money we desperately need to provide real equity to the students and families we serve.
The choice is clear. Please vote yes for the Fair Tax amendment.
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