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ENDORSEMENT: Meg Loughran Cappel for Illinois Senate in 49th District

She has a record of advocating for vulnerable students as a special education teacher and board member for Joliet Township High School District 204.

ENDORSEMENT: Meg Loughran Cappel, Illinois Senate, 49th District, 2020 election
The Sun-Times endorses Meg Loughran Cappel for Illinois Senate in the 49th District.
Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Sun-Times

When Democrat Meg Loughran Cappel of Shorewood says she will push for equity in education as a member of the state senate, we believe her. She has a track record of advocating for vulnerable students as a special education teacher and board member for Joliet Township High School District 204. As a school board member, she oversaw the implementation of a program designed to help students who struggle in traditional classrooms because of emotional, academic or behavioral problems.

The Joliet school board also acquired land for a transition center for students with disabilities. A goal of the center is to help students find careers.

Loughran Cappel, who is known for consensus-building on the school board, would likely bring a thoughtful tone to Senate debates. We have no doubt she would be a strong voice for underserved communities. She has our endorsement for this open seat. Also running is Republican Thomas McCullagh of Shorewood.


Illinois Senate 49th District map, 2020 election
Illinois Senate 49th District map.
Illustration by Caroline Hurley

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