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Local 150 Endorsed Candidates Win Big in Illinois Primary

On March 20th, many of Local 150’s endorsed candidates scored resounding victories at the polls, sending a clear message that voters have rejected the anti-union, anti-middle class policies of Governor Rauner’s failed administration.

J.B. Pritzker won his primary election, defeating challengers Chris Kennedy and Daniel Biss. Pritzker has committed to opposing any efforts to sneak “right to work” legislation into Illinois at any level. Additionally, he has pledged his support for prevailing wage protection and a capital investment plan to put Illinoisans to work and modernize the state’s infrastructure.

In an unexpected though unsurprising result, Governor Rauner nearly lost his primary to State Representative Jeanne Ives. Widely regarded as the most vulnerable governor in the United States, this narrow victory showed the degree to which Republicans have abandoned Rauner’s ineffective leadership.

Another important statewide victory was Kwame Raoul’s in the Democratic primary for Attorney General. Raoul’s opponent, Pat Quinn, is a vocal opponent of the utility upgrade projects that have created thousands of good paying jobs in Illinois over the past several years. 

Local 150 member Lance Yednock cruised to victory in his primary for District 76 State Representative against Jill Bernal. Yednock will now face off against disgraced Teamster Jerry Long, who turned against his brothers and sisters in labor by siding with Governor Bruce Rauner in favor of local “right to work” ordinances.

Another Local 150 member, Martin Durkan, narrowly lost his primary for re-election as Commissioner of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District. In that office, Durkan was instrumental in the passage of the District’s multi-project labor agreement and was a good friend to all in labor.

“Voters are sick of the gridlock that has Governor Rauner’s agenda,” said Local 150 President-Business Manager James M. Sweeney. “Holding the budget hostage for the last four years as he sought to punish working families has left our state in need of new leadership, and voters made clear that they intend to put those new leaders in place this November.”