As an alternative to a lot of former Illinois governors doing spectacularly corrupted political acts that put them in prison (the most egregious of which was recently pardoned by Donald Trump), the following elected officials are all very clear on the fact that Bernie's integrity, consistency, and dedication to the common people, rather than to ever-increasing corporate kleptocracies. It is refreshing and inspiring to read them, perhaps more than the sentiments of any other state. I spent a lot of time in Illinois as an elementary school and junior high student, and these comments really mean a lot to me.
U.S. Rep. Jesus "Chuy" Garcia: "I stand with Bernie Sanders because we need a president who is consistent, who has the courage to pursue real change, and who will always choose the people over political gain or expediency. For me and for a majority of communities across our country, defeating Donald Trump and reversing his inhumane immigration policies is not only urgent, it is personal. Bernie Sanders is the only person who can unite a coalition capable of defeating Donald Trump and can ensure that our country never again rips children from the arms of their families."
Chicago Alderman. Daniel La Spata, 1st: "Not Me. Us. It's the ethos that drove my solidarity and activism in the community of Logan Square. It's the understanding that fueled my campaign for alderman in the diverse and struggling communities of the first ward. It's the mindset of a movement. And it's why I'm proud to endorse Bernie Sanders to be the next president of the United States."
Chicago Ald. Rossana Rodriguez Sanchez, 33rd: "I am a Puerto Rican whose community was devastated by Hurricane Maria and saved itself only through solidarity and deep-rooted traditions of popular organization. Bernie's policies resonate deeply with me, but just as important is his clarity on how we win these policies: through building our movements from below. I'm proud to endorse Bernie and his vision of change that's already animating millions of working people: Not me, us."
Chicago Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa, 35th: "Bernie understands better than any other candidate, that defeating Trump, his party, and the billionaire class requires a mass people's movement, led by those directly impacted by social and economic inequity. I look forward to the day we have Bernie, a lifelong champion of working people in the White House."
Chicago Ald. Michael Rodriguez, 22nd: "Bernie will be a president who will boldly work on behalf of working-class people. He clearly understands the solutions to the inequities in our economy and on so many issues that matter. I'm proud to once again support Bernie Sanders for president. ¡Si Se Puede!"
Chicago Ald. Sue Sadlowski Garza, 10th: "I'm supporting Bernie because for over 40 years he has never wavered on his commitment to the working class. His message is inspiring millions of working people who've been left behind to hope for and demand better for themselves and their families. My neighbors on the South Side of Chicago need a president who will not only fight for a Green New Deal and Medicare for All, but who knows the kind of movement it will take to get us there."
Chicago Ald. Byron Sigcho Lopez, 25th: "Bernie Sanders has never hesitated to challenge the billionaire class and has always fought to empower and unify working class Americans. He stands alone as a visionary who is building a mass movement to bring self-determination and justice to workers and ordinary American families."
Chicago Ald. Jeanette B. Taylor, 20th: "Sen. Sanders is not in this to do the popular thing but to do the right thing, even when it's not easy or inconvenient. This is why I support his candidacy for president of the United States."
Chicago Ald. Andre Vazquez, 40th: "I am proud to announce my endorsement for Bernie Sanders, the person who ignited my civic engagement and inspired me to run for office. Bernie Sanders is a once-in-a-generation leader who has fought for working families, brought more people into the political process, and challenged the status quo."
Cook County Commissioner Alma Anaya, D-Chicago: "Bernie has never been shy about advocating for true social justice. His track record says it all a lifetime of being on the correct side of the issues. Bernie has always supported the working-class, and now, I am proud to support him."
State Sen. Robert Peters, D-Chicago: "I'm endorsing Bernie Sanders for president, because we need a political revolution in this country. There are a lot of good candidates in this race, but I believe that Bernie is the most committed to truly ending mass incarceration."
State Rep. Carol Ammons, D-Urbana: "America needs a political revolution and no candidate for president embodies that spirit more than Sen. Sanders and the millions of people who support him! Sen. Sanders has demonstrated his commitment to freedom, justice, and equality and he is the right person to take on the HUGE problems we face as a nation."
State Rep. Aaron Ortiz, D-Chicago: "I'm endorsing Sen. Bernie Sanders for president, because he has dedicated his entire career to fighting for the issues that matter most to working-class families. Bernie has always stood up for and empowered marginalized communities."