FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 21, 2018
North Side/North Shore Progressive Leaders Join Together to Endorse Chow
Evanston, IL - 17th District candidate Candance Chow (D-Evanston) received the endorsement of two progressive, independent leaders on the North Side/North Shore today: current Evanston Township Democratic Committeeman, Eamon Kelly, and former State Senator and current Democratic State Committeewoman, Carol Ronen.
These endorsements follow a call from Candance Chow for Mike Madigan to step down as the Chairman of the Illinois Democratic Party and for Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz to return over $50K in contributions from Madigan, as reported in Crain’s Chicago Business, the Wilmette Patch,
and Evanston Roundtable.
“As a proven, independent fighter for public education, Candance will bring a strong voice to Springfield for children and families,” said Ronen. “And as someone who started her career as an advocate for women, Candance will end the culture of sexual harassment in Illinois government and politics. She’s the exact antidote we need to business-as-usual in Springfield.”
"Candance is a passionate, persistent, and persuasive advocate for those with the quietest voices: our children. I've seen her tackle the hardest issues, while also building consensus around creative solutions,” said Kelly. “That willingness to speak truth to power has been missing from Springfield for far too long. Candance has my full support because she is an independent, progressive problem solver.”
Carol Ronen is an experienced leader locally and nationally on a wide range of progressive issues. As a State Senator (2000 – 2008), Ronen led the successful effort to increase the minimum wage in Illinois, pass the Equal Pay Act, and guarantee healthcare to every child and universal pre-k to every four year old. She was the lead Senate sponsor of landmark legislation protecting Illinoisans from discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
Eamon Kelly previously served as the chief of staff at the Illinois State Board of Education and special assistant to the Illinois Deputy Governor, where he worked to expand preschool to 40,000 children and helped Illinois become the first state to offer free preschool for every three year old. Kelly currently serves as the Committeeman for the Democratic Party of Evanston, where, at its January endorsement session, Candance Chow received 247 votes (49 percent) or, more votes than all the other candidates combined. Madigan-backed candidates, Joe Berrios and Jen Gong-Gershowitz, received 6% or less.
“I am honored to receive these important endorsements from two leading progressive and independent voices in our community,” said Candance Chow. “Carol Ronen has served as a personal inspiration to me for years, and I have worked side by side with Eamon Kelly, advocating for public schools and working families throughout our district,” said Chow.
Ronen and Kelly join a growing list of independent progressive Democrats fed up with Madigan machine politics endorsing Candance Chow, including current Evanston Mayor Steve Hagerty, former Evanston Mayor Liz Tisdahl, former 5th ward Alderman and community activist Delores Holmes, former 6th Ward Alderman Mark Tendam, and many current and former school board members and community leaders from across the district.