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IFT endorses Toni Preckwinkle for Mayor of Chicago

3/18/2019

WESTMONT – By a vote of its Executive Board, the Illinois Federation of Teachers (IFT) has endorsed Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle for Mayor of Chicago in the April 2nd Election.

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

“As a former teacher, Toni Preckwinkle understands firsthand the joys and the challenges in our public schools and shares our commitment to make sure Chicago students have what they need to succeed,” said Dan Montgomery, president of the Illinois Federation of Teachers and a high school English teacher. “This classroom experience, combined with her many years of public service, will enable her to hit the ground running as mayor. We value Toni’s commitment to keeping neighborhood schools open and well-resourced as well as her support for an elected school board. Toni is the leader who will help build the city that all of Chicago’s citizens deserve, and we are proud to endorse her campaign.”

“As a former teacher, I’m proud to have the support of IFT, who work tirelessly to make sure every child is receiving the best education possible,” said Toni Preckwinkle. “As mayor, I will pursue our shared goals of full and equitable funding for all levels of education, economic and social justice in communities anchored by strong public schools and giving respect and a voice for all working families.”

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.

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