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Election 2020

Your vote is your voice.
Together, we build our power.

Fair Funding? Fair Tax!
Endorsed by CTU
Election News from CTU

CTU Endorsements

Joe Biden & Kamala Harris

US President & Vice President

Fair Tax Amendment

Vote YES to fair funding

Kim Foxx

Cook County State’s Attorney

State Senate

  • 10  Sen. Rob Martwick (D)
  • 11  Sen. Celina Villanueva (D)
  • 13  Sen. Robert Peters (D)

State House

  • 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.

Judicial Elections

Find a voting guide with clear and in-depth analysis of each judicial candidate at Injustice Watch. Use their interactive guide to create a voting list you can download and print for your convenience.

Fair Tax Sign Pickup Saturday October 10 10 AM to 1 PM CTU Headquarters 1901 West Carroll Avenue

Pull the lever and keep on fighting.

Voting is one important lever of change. When combined with direct action, strikes, organizing and social protest it is transformational. Cast your ballot between now and November 3 to take an important step in fighting for the funding, the policies and the leadership that our schools deserve.

Make a plan, magnify your vote.

Casting your ballot can mean more than just one vote. If your entire household makes a plan to vote together and to model engaged voting in social media, each ballot can inspire more.

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Election News from CTU

The 2020 LSC elections are taking place during report card pick-up for elementary on Wednesday, November 18 and for high school on Thursday, November 19 from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. This election has obviously been hampered by the COVID-19 crisis, but CPS has also not handled it well.
Today we reflect, but tomorrow we get back to work and continue to push our leaders in fighting for the schools our students deserve.
Groups call for end to legal shenanigans designed to suppress the vote, as unions commit to take whatever non-violent action is required to ensure a free and fair election in which all votes are counted, and that ensures peaceful transition of power. 1:00 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 7: Rally/March to protect the vote, Union Park, Ashland Ave. just north of Washington. Social distancing will be practiced. CHICAGO—Chicago-area grassroots groups and unions will rally and march beginning at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 7, to defend the election and demand democracy. With Trump ramping up lies and legal challenges to the outcome

Vote By Mail for Safety and Convenience

This year, you can vote for the Fair Tax and for our education champions from the comfort and safety of your home. If you have not already requested a mail ballot, you can still request a mail ballot for the City of Chicago or a mail ballot for suburban Cook County. You can also drop off your mail ballot securely at any of the early voting sites.

Early Voting

Vote now at the Loop Super Site or, starting Oct. 14, at sites in each ward. And return your ballot at any of Chicago’s dropbox locations.

Endorsed by the Chicago Teachers Union and
United Working Families

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

State’s Attorney Kim Foxx

Cook County State’s Attorney

Campaign Website
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…

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to address racial disparities in the criminal and juvenile justice systems as Chief of Staff for Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle.

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

Rep. Aaron Ortiz

1st District State Rep

CTU Member!
Campaign Website
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…

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address the substitute teacher shortage in Chicago through extending the time retirees can sub without losing their pension benefits. He is a co-sponsor of the bill for an elected school board in Chicago and a co-sponsor of the bill to restore our bargaining rights for things like class size and appropriate school staffing. Rep. Ortiz also voted in favor of Illinois’ Fair Tax constitutional amendment to raise revenue for schools. Aaron also has a clear record of opposing charter school expansion, as he voted for the law that ended the state’s charter school commission. Aaron Ortiz is the best choice for Representative of House District 1.
Rep. Theresa Mah

Rep. Theresa Mah

2nd District State Rep

Rep. Theresa Mah has been a consistent supporter of CTU issues. She is a co-sponsor of our bill for an elected school board in Chicago and our bill to restore…

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our bargaining rights for things like class size and appropriate school staffing. She is a strong supporter of Illinois’ Fair Tax constitutional amendment to raise revenue for schools. Rep. Mah has been a champion for providing additional support and funding for homeless services in Chicago. She also voted to end the state’s charter school commission. Rep. Theresa Mah is the best choice for Representative of House District 2.
Rep. Delia Ramirez

Rep. Delia Ramirez

4th District State Rep

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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 …

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communities. A daughter of Guatemalan immigrants, Delia resides on the same block where she grew up – Central Park Avenue between North and Bloomingdale in Humboldt Park. A graduate of Sabin Magnet Elementary school in the eastern part of the district and Northeastern University Delia recognizes the importance of public education and is committed to fighting for high quality, equitable education for all our children.
Lakesia Collins

Lakesia Collins

for 9th District State Rep

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Lakesia Collins is a mother, nursing home worker and, now, organizer for SEIU Healthcare. Through

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her work at SEIU, she’s been involved in vital fights in Springfield, working to pass the $15/hour minimum wage and Illinois’ Fair Tax constitutional amendment to raise revenue for schools. She also supports key CTU issues, like our bill for an elected school board in Chicago and our bill to restore our bargaining rights for things like class size and appropriate school staffing. Lakesia Collins is the best choice for Representative of House District 9.
her work at SEIU, she’s been involved in vital fights in Springfield, working to pass the $15/hour…

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minimum wage and Illinois’ Fair Tax constitutional amendment to raise revenue for schools. She also supports key CTU issues, like our bill for an elected school board in Chicago and our bill to restore our bargaining rights for things like class size and appropriate school staffing. Lakesia Collins is the best choice for Representative of House District 9.
Sen. Celina Villanueva

Sen. Celina Villanueva

11th District State Senator

Celina Villanueva has served as state representative for the 21st Illinois House District since 2018 and was appointed to serve as Senator for the 11th District this year. Before her public service in the state legislature, Villanueva…

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was a Civic and Youth Engagement Manager at the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR). At ICIRR Villanueva worked to develop leadership skills in young people and to expand voting rights, including leading the largest immigrant civic engagement program in Illinois. As a State Representative, Villanueva was the chief sponsor for legislation that legalized adult-use cannabis and prevents local police from being deputized by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

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

Sen. Robert Peters

13th District State Senator

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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…

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to working people, like the Fair Tax amendment to raise revenue for schools, the $15/hour minimum wage, and protecting retirement to working people, like the Fair Tax amendment to raise revenue for schools, the $15/hour minimum wage, and protecting retirement security for public employees. He also supports key CTU issues, namely our bill for an elected school board in Chicago and our bill to restore our bargaining rights for things like class size and appropriate school staffing. Sen. Robert Peters is the best choice for Senator in District 13.

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to working people, like the Fair Tax amendment to raise revenue for schools, the $15/hour minimum wage, and protecting retirement to working people, like the Fair Tax amendment to raise revenue for schools, the $15/hour minimum wage, and protecting retirement security for public employees. He also supports key CTU issues, namely our bill for an elected school board in Chicago and our bill to restore our bargaining rights for things like class size and appropriate school staffing. Sen. Robert Peters is the best choice for Senator in District 13.

Endorsed by the Chicago Teachers Union

The CTU is proud to endorse these education champions. Candidates demonstrated through both word and deed that they support our fight for the schools our student’s deserve and for the kind of city in which CTU members will be proud to live and work.
Sen. Rob Martwick

Sen. Rob Martwick

10th District State Senator

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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…

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of Representatives three times, as well as the lead sponsor of Illinois’ Fair Tax constitutional amendment to raise revenue for schools. Sen. Martwick has a long record of opposing charter school expansion, regularly voting to end the state’s charter school commission, and he is a co-sponsor of the bill to restore our bargaining rights for things like class size and appropriate school staffing.
Rep. Omar Williams

Rep. Omar Williams

10th District State Rep

Campaign Website
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…

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for things like class size and appropriate school staffing. He is a strong supporter of Illinois’ Fair Tax constitutional amendment to raise revenue for schools. He also voted to end the state’s charter school commission. Rep. Omar Williams is the best choice for Representative of House District 10.
Denyse Wang Stoneback

Denyse Wang Stoneback

for 16th District State Rep

Campaign Website
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…

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constitutional amendment to raise revenue for schools. She supports key CTU issues, like our bill for an elected school board in Chicago and our bill to restore our bargaining rights for things like class size and appropriate school staffing. Denyse is also the founder of an organization to fight gun violence. Denyse Wang Stoneback is the best choice for Representative of House District 16.
Rep. Lindsey LaPointe

Rep. Lindsey LaPointe

19th District State Rep

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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…

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for schools. She also supports key CTU issues, namely our bill for an elected school board in Chicago and our bill to restore our bargaining rights for things like class size and appropriate school staffing. Lindsey LaPointe is the best choice for Representative of House District 19.
Michelle Darbro

Michelle Darbro

for 20th District State Rep

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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…

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to provide greater funding so schools can decrease class sizes and increase student access to nurses and social workers in their schools, which will make sure that our children are given the support that they need to succeed.
Rep. Kam Buckner

Rep. Kam Buckner

26th District State Rep

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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…

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he also voted for key CTU issues, namely our bill for an elected school board in Chicago and our bill to restore our bargaining rights for things like class size and appropriate school staffing. Additionally, he voted in favor of issues of vital importance to working people, like the $15/hour minimum wage, Illinois’ Fair Tax constitutional amendment to raise revenue for schools, and protecting retirement security for public employees. Rep. Kam Buckner is the best choice for Representative of House District 26.
Rep. Justin Slaughter

Rep. Justin Slaughter

27th District State Rep

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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…

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in Chicago and our bill to restore our bargaining rights for things like class size and appropriate school staffing. Additionally, he voted in favor of issues of vital importance to working people, like the $15/hour minimum wage, Illinois’ Fair Tax constitutional amendment to raise revenue for schools, and protecting retirement security for public employees. Rep. Justin Slaughter is the best choice for Representative of House District 27.
Rep. Thaddeus Jones

Rep. Thaddeus Jones

29th District State Rep

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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…

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, and he voted for our bill to eliminate the State’s Charter School Commission, our bill to increase retiree substitute days, and the bill to end the racist and discriminatory basic skills test. Rep. Thaddeus Jones is clearly the best choice for Representative of House District 29.
Rep. Mary Flowers

Rep. Mary Flowers

31st District State Rep

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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…

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constitutional amendment to raise revenue for schools, and protecting retirement security for public employees. She has also repeatedly supported key CTU issues, including being the chief co-sponsor of our bill for an elected school board in Chicago and our bill to restore our bargaining rights for things like class size and appropriate school staffing. Rep. Mary Flowers is clearly the best choice for Representative of House District 31.
Rep. André Thapedi

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…

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increase retiree substitute days without a pension penalty, and he is a strong advocate for increase opportunities for students of color to learn skilled trades. He passed a bill to guarantee that students graduating in the top 10% of their high school class would be admitted to a public university in Illinois. Rep. André Thapedi is clearly the best choice for Representative of House District 32.
Rep. Frances Hurley

Rep. Frances Hurley

35th District State Rep

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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…

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(Elected Representative School Board), additional school funding for Chicago, and limits on charter school expansion, and defending retirement security as well as key labor initiatives. She has already been endorsed by the IFT.
Michelle Fadeley

Michelle Fadeley

for 37th District State Rep

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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…

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the National Association of Women – Illinois Chapter, Michelle is a supporter of restoring our bargaining rights, the Elected Representative School Board, the Fair Tax, defending retirement security, and fully funding Illinois’ schools. She has already been endorsed by the IFT.
Rep. Jaime Andrade

Rep. Jaime Andrade

40th District State Rep

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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…

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long-time community leader, Jaime Andrade understands that our neighborhoods need someone who will hold politicians and public servants accountable, fight right-wing attacks against the middle class and struggling families, and protect our wages and standard of living.

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.

Take the Pledge

Help Win Fairness

We need everyone to vote for the Fair Tax. That means we also need folks roll up their sleeves, to talk to their friends and neighbors; to be leaders in this fight for fairness.

Help Win Fairness

We need everyone to vote for the Fair Tax. That means we also need folks roll up their sleeves, to talk to their friends and neighbors; to be leaders in this fight for fairness.
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