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IFT Endorses Chuy Garcia for Mayor of Chicago

2/23/2015
WESTMONT – By a vote of its Executive Board, the Illinois Federation of Teachers (IFT) has endorsed Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia for Mayor of Chicago in the February 24th Municipal Election.

Elected leaders of the 100,000-member organization said that Garcia is the best candidate to fight for the high-quality public schools and services our children deserve.

"Throughout his career, Chuy has been devoted to working with teachers and students to ensure they have the tools they need to succeed,” said Dan Montgomery, President of the Illinois Federation of Teachers. “We share his commitment to thriving public schools, fewer high-stakes standardized tests, and an elected, representative school board. Chuy will be a strong voice for all of Chicago’s families, and we're proud to support his campaign."
 "I'm honored to receive the IFT's endorsement because they are the people on the front lines every single day providing a brighter future for every child," said mayoral candidate Jesus "Chuy" Garcia.

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The Illinois Federation of Teachers (IFT) represents 103,000 teachers and paraprofessionals in PreK-12 school districts throughout Illinois, faculty and staff at Illinois’ community colleges and universities, public employees under every statewide elected constitutional officer, and retirees. 

The Chicago Teachers Union (CTU), Local 1, is an affiliate of the IFT and the largest local teachers union in Illinois. The IFT is a state affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and AFL-CIO. 

 
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