SEIU endorses Chicago city council candidates
Some races have no endorsements
Neighborhood issues played a part in aldermanic endorsements by SEIU Illinois State Council in the 2011 Chicago city council races.
The service employees union played a big role in the same elections four years ago.
SEIU officials said they again plan to spend millions of dollars in the aldermanic races. The union represents more than 100,000 workers in Chicago.
Keith Kelleher is SEIU vice president. Questionnaires were distributed to the hundreds of candidates and some in-person interviews were done.
"The issues in the neighborhoods, issues around TIFs, home foreclosures, those are some of the big items that we talked about; education reform and the whole citywide economic development and how it’s been geared toward downtown and not the neighborhoods," Kelleher said.
The union isn’t endorsing any candidates for mayor unless there’s a runoff election in April.
SEIU ENDORSED CANDIDATES FOR FEB. 22nd Chicago Municipal Election
Mayor of Chicago: No Endorsement.
Chicago City Clerk: Susana Mendoza.
Chicago City Council
Ward 2: Bob Fioretti
Ward 3: Pat Dowell.
Ward 4: William D. “Will” Burns.
Ward 5: Leslie A. Hairston.
Ward 6: Freddrenna M. Lyle.
Ward 13: Marty Quinn.
Ward 14: Edward M. Burke.
Ward 15: Toni L. Foulkes.
Ward 19: Matthew J. O’Shea.
Ward 21: Sheldon L. Sherman.
Ward 22: Ricardo Munoz.
Ward 24: Sharon Denise Dixon.
Ward 25: Ambrosio “Ambi” Medrano , Jr.
Ward 26: Roberto Maldonado.
Ward 27: Walter Burnett, Jr.
Ward 28: Jason C. Ervin.
Ward 29: Deborah L. Graham.
Ward 30: Ariel E. Reboyras.
Ward 32: Scott Waguespack.
Ward 35: Rey Colon.
Ward 38: Timothy M. Cullerton.
Ward 41: Mary O’Connor.
Ward 42: Brendan Reilly.
Ward 45: Marina Yolanda Faz-Huppert.
Ward 49: Joe Moore.
Ward 50: Debra L. Silverstein.