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Illinois State Representative Delia Ramirez in the 3rd Congressional District, and businessman and activist Jonathan Jackson in the 1st, lead a number of election night wins for CTU-endorsed candidates.

CHICAGO, June 29, 2022The Chicago Teachers Union issued the following statement tonight following Election Day voting in the June 28 Illinois primary:

The Chicago Teachers Union made history tonight in helping two of our endorsed candidates, Illinois State Representative Delia Ramirez in the 3rd Congressional District, and businessman and activist Jonathan Jackson in the 1st, move one step closer to the U.S. Capitol. These victories, along with a number of wins in contested races in the Illinois Senate, House and Cook County Board, mean that Chicago public school educators will have more voices in every level of government — from city to federal — advocating for students’ rights, anti-racist curriculum, fully funded classrooms and safer school communities.

Our union’s power comes from when we unite to speak as one, and tonight, the voice of thousands speaking as one, was heard. Voters affirmed fearless, visionary leadership. They affirmed the willingness to challenge racial, social, housing, health care and environmental injustice. They affirmed the work of real champions for education, and for workers, families and the needs of all of our school communities.

This is a movement from the ground up; from the grassroots of neighborhoods and communities throughout our city. We thank all of our endorsed candidates for their vulnerability, their strength and their sacrifice. We thank United Working Families, a coalition dedicated to the humanity of the many, and not the desires of the privileged few.

Our movement is growing, both here at home and in Washington D.C. It is a movement that has made tonight an historic night for our union, and a movement that will continue to grow as we remain united in our work for the schools our students deserve.

The Chicago Teachers Union represents more than 25,000 teachers and educational support personnel working in Chicago Public Schools, and by extension, the nearly 400,000 students and families they serve. The CTU is an affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers and the Illinois Federation of Teachers and is the third-largest teachers local in the United States. For more information please visit the CTU website at www.ctulocal1.org.