The Equality Illinois PAC has endorsed incumbent Mayor Rahm Emanuel in the upcoming Chicago elections.
"Mayor Emanuel has been a leader on LGBT issues in Chicago, and that's why he's the choice of Equality Illinois PAC," said Bernard Cherkasov, CEO of Equality Illinois. "He has led the city forward and ensured Chicago is welcoming to LGBT families, seniors, workers, and immigrants. Mayor Emanuel was also a crucial ally in our successful fight for the freedom to marry in Illinois."
The LGBT political action committee detailed the following impact they feel the mayor has had on the community:
- Secured funding and worked with the Chicago City Council to develop and complete the city's first affordable housing complex for LGBT seniors
- Developed the LGBT Community Action Plan to enhance the health and access to services of Chicago's LGBT community
- Under the Emanuel Administration, the Chicago Police Department established rules regarding how police officers should respectfully interact with transgender individuals
- Invested more resources to combat youth homelessness. About 40% of homeless youth identify as LGBT
The group also endorsed four openly gay aldermen in the upcoming municipal elections in Chicago and Springfield. In Chicago's February 24 election, the PAC has endorsed Alds. Deb Mell (33rd), Tom Tunney (44th), and James Cappleman (46th).
"We are fortunate to have three LGBT people serving on the Chicago City Council. Aldermen Mell, Tunney, and Cappleman have been strong advocates for the LGBT community, and we want to ensure they have the opportunity to continue working on behalf of all Chicagoans," said Nicole Bashor, chair of Equality Illinois PAC.
In the April 7 Springfield election, Equality Illinois PAC endorsed Ald. Cory Jobe (6th).
"In Springfield, we are excited to endorse Alderman Cory Jobe for re-election. Alderman Jobe is the first openly gay member of the Springfield City Council, where he has been a forceful advocate for the LGBT community in central Illinois," Bashor added.