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NASW-Illinois Chapter Endorsements for 2019 Chicago Municipal Election

NASW-IL Endorses Toni Preckwinkle for Chicago Mayor 

Chicago, IL—Today the National Association of Social Workers, Illinois Chapter (NASW-IL), announced its support of mayoral candidate Toni Preckwinkle for Chicago mayor. “As social workers, our members strive to live up to the words of former NASW President Whitney Young in being 'the voice of the voiceless and effective hope of the hopeless.' In this we see that same charge in the accomplishments of Toni Preckwinkle,” said Kyle Hillman, spokesperson for NASW-IL. “Chicago has a menu of choices for our next mayor—we choose the only person who can be that champion to the people we serve."

Of the endorsement, the mayoral candidate said, “Whether it was working to expand access to health and mental health care for over 350,000 people, working to making our education system more equitable, or fighting back against legislation that preyed on the most vulnerable, I have always been proud to stand with NASW-IL. And I’m humbled and honored to have the social workers’ endorsement for mayor of Chicago.”

NASW-IL Announces 2019 Chicago Aldermanic Endorsements

Chicago, IL—The National Association of Social Workers, Illinois Chapter (NASW-IL), announces their 2019 Chicago aldermanic endorsements with a mixture of new faces and some longtime progressive champions.

The candidate selection process is member-driven, with candidate questionnaires and with social workers engaging with incumbents and candidates throughout the city. In addition to candidate endorsements, the association adamantly promotes political education and participation by social work professionals in the electoral process.

The NASW-Illinois Chapter is proud to announce the following candidate endorsements:

As an association, the NASW-Illinois Chapter works to promote and support social work professionals in their efforts to effect change, particularly in their efforts to run for office. That was true in 2011 when the association endorsed and supported former social worker and former NASW member James Cappleman. Unfortunately, not all social workers share our value system and beliefs. We were wrong in 2011, but the residents of the 46th Ward have a champion in Erika Wozniak Francis to right that wrong. An alderman can improve safety while maintaining the cultural and economic diversity of a community like Uptown. We reject James Cappleman’s efforts to displace the economically disadvantaged under the ruse of social work best practices. The 46th Ward deserves better which is why we fully endorse Erika Wozniak Francis for 46th Ward Alderman.

In the 47th Ward, Eileen Dordek provides an opportunity for the Chicago City Council to have a true representative of the social work profession.  Her time on boards of progressive organizations (Personal PAC, Equality Illinois),  her work addressing the behavioral health needs of her clients, and her work as a leader on Women’s Issues in Cook County have positioned her to be a true champion of the voiceless at a time when city hall doesn’t seem to be listening.  The 47th has a true social work champion, which is why we fully endorse Eileen Dordek for 47th Ward Alderman.

Other Ward Alderman Endorsements:

4th Ward - Sophia King

5th Ward - Leslie A. Hairston

10th Ward - Susan Sadlowski Garza

14th Ward - Tanya Patiño

15th Ward - Rafael Yanez

16th Ward - Toni Foulkes

20th Ward - Jeanette B. Taylor

31st Ward - Milagros "Milly" Santiago

32nd Ward - Scott Waguespack

35th Ward - Amanda Yu Dieterich

45th Ward - John Arena

49th Ward - Maria Hadden


The National Association of Social Workers, Illinois Chapter (NASW-IL) advocates for over 20,000 licensed social workers in the state of Illinois, 7,000 of whom are active association members. These individuals are deeply woven into our society, in state government, schools, universities, social service agencies, communities, owning and operating numerous private practice small businesses, corporations, the military, and in health care and mental health settings. Together the social work profession is dedicated to enhancing well-being and helping meet the basic needs of all people, especially those who are vulnerable, oppressed, and living in poverty.

Posted on 02/06/19 at 07:15 PM

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