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2020 Election Endorsements

Political endorsements made by the Sun-Times editorial board following a rigorous investigation of all candidates.

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ENDORSEMENT: Camille Y. Lilly for Illinois House in 78th District

Chair of the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus, Lilly intends to make police reform a priority.

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Illinois general election candidate endorsements

These are the candidates endorsed by the Sun-Times editorial board in the upcoming general election.

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For clean water, dry basements and a better environment, we urge a vote for these three MWRD candidates

The Sun-Time endorses M. Cameron ‘Cam’ Davis, Kimberly Neely DuBuclet and Eira L. Corral Seplúveda for the board of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District

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ENDORSEMENT: Mark Batinick for Illinois House in 97th District

We like that Batinick wants to act as a check on state spending, yet he’s not a slash-and-burn type who’d face an uphill battle against Democrats next session.

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ENDORSEMENT: Dagmara ‘Dee’ Avelar for Illinois House in 85th District

Avelar seeks improved health care access and the rebuilding of municipal water departments. She also wants term limits on legislative leadership positions.

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ENDORSEMENT: Laura Hois for Illinois House in 81st District

She has an impressive background in local government and the private sector as an in-house counsel to a major corporation.

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ENDORSEMENT: Suzanne Ness for Illinois House in 66th District

Ness is willing to stand on principle and has a strong commitment to the environment and to education.

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ENDORSEMENT: Martha Paschke for 65th Illinois House

Paschke’s smart, issues-oriented campaign should earn her a spot in the General Assembly.

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ENDORSEMENT: Michelle Mussman for Illinois House in 56th District

Mussman emphasizes direct service to her district but she sees the bigger picture, too.

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ENDORSEMENT: Martin J. Moylan for Illinois House in 55th District

Expect him to sponsor and support common-sense laws to prevent gun violence.

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ENDORSEMENT: Maggie Trevor for Illinois House in 54th District

Trevor, who lost this race two years ago by 43 votes, might actually get things done in Springfield. 

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ENDORSEMENT: Barbara Hernandez for Illinois House in 83rd District

Hernandez has managed to sponsor three modest bills, but she’s got to become more assertive and knowledgeable about the issues.

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ENDORSEMENT: Jim Durkin for Illinois House in 82nd District

Durkin is a sensible legislator and a strong leader for his party.

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ENDORSEMENT: Anthony DeLuca for Illinois House in 80th District

DeLuca is an experienced legislator who cares about life in ‘the Southland.’

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ENDORSEMENT: Kathleen Willis for the Illinois House in 77th District

She has worked on important legislation to address gun violence.

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ENDORSEMENT: Brian Sager for Illinois House in 63rd District

His priorities include economic growth, job creation and full restoration of local government distributive funds.

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ENDORSEMENT: Tom Weber for Illinois House in 64th District

He has worked with state and federal agencies to improve the Chain O’Lakes, a recreational and economic powerhouse for the district.

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ENDORSEMENT: Jim Walsh for Illinois House in 62nd District

He is inquisitive, non-doctrinaire and up for collaboration.

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ENDORSEMENT: Joyce Mason for Illinois House in 61st District

She has voted the interests of her district, which is along the Wisconsin border.

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ENDORSEMENT: Marci Suelzer for Illinois House in 52nd District

Among her priorities are ethics reform, assisting small businesses, strengthening local schools, environmental protection and clean-energy jobs.

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ENDORSEMENT: Chris Bos for Illinois House in 51st District

He is collaborative, willing to reach out to other lawmakers.

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ENDORSEMENT: Keith R. Wheeler for Illinois House in 50th District

Wheeler has been a reasonable voice in the state’s fight against the coronavirus and also has a feel for the bread-and-butter issues of his district.

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ENDORSEMENT: Maura Hirschauer for Illinois House in 49th District

Her background lends itself well to a socially-driven legislative tack.

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ENDORSEMENT: Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz for Illinois House in 17th District

The district is in the fine hands of an immigration lawyer who looks out for children and calls out House Speaker Michael Madigan.

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ENDORSEMENT: Robyn Gabel for Illinois House in 18th District

She has crafted laws on behalf of seniors and the medical community.

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ENDORSEMENT: Lindsey LaPointe for Illinois House in 19th District

LaPointe’s background in social justice and social work has left a clear and compassionate stamp on her efforts in Springfield.

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ENDORSEMENT: Brad Stephens for Illinois House in 20th District

Democrats have failed to field a candidate who could do a better job down in Springfield.

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ENDORSEMENT: Frances Ann Hurley for Illinois House in 35th District

Hurley strongly advocates for suicide prevention among first responders.

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ENDORSEMENT: Tim Ozinga for Illinois House in 37th District

As Illinois recovers from the economic devastation of COVID-19, Ozinga promises to be an effective voice in shoring up small and family-owned businesses.

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ENDORSEMENT: Debbie Meyers Martin for Illinois House in 38th District

Meyers-Martin has brought experience and enthusiasm to attracting new businesses since her election in 2018.

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ENDORSEMENT: Grant Wehrli for Illinois House in 41st District

Even allowing for his advantage as an incumbent, he’s well-versed on a wide range of topics.

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ENDORSEMENT: Ken Mejia-Beal for Illinois House in 42nd District

Mejia-Beal has worked in DuPage County Democratic politics and on lobbying campaigns for non-profit Howard Brown Health.