SEIU Illinois State Council endorses Kim Foxx for State’s Attorney

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Dec. 3, 2015

Contact: Izabela Miltko miltkoi@seiu1.org 708-655-9681

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SEIU Illinois State Council endorses Kim Foxx for State’s Attorney

Major Labor Union Representing More than 150,000 in Illinois Calls Foxx the Choice for Working Families

CHICAGO (December 3, 2015)— The SEIU Illinois State Council today announced its endorsement of Kim Foxx for Cook County State’s Attorney over embattled incumbent Anita Alvarez.

“Anita Alvarez shattered what little faith the public had left in our criminal justice system,” said SEIU Illinois State Council President Tom Balanoff. “There is an urgent need for reform, not only in our criminal justice system, but across all levels of society.  As communities of color are being victimized, Kim Foxx is our choice to bring the transformative change we need to keep our neighborhoods safe, and to restore the public’s trust in the State’s Attorney’s office.”

“Anita Alvarez has become a national symbol of the failed policies of our criminal justice system. Kim Foxx will restore trust and integrity to that office and will listen.” said SEIU HCII Executive Vice President Greg Kelley.

Foxx, a veteran prosecutor and former Chief of Staff to Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, thanked the SEIU Illinois State Council for their support.

“I am humbled to have the support of the 150,000 service employees represented by the SEIU Illinois State Council,” said State’s Attorney Candidate Kim Foxx. “I am committed to implementing the top-to-bottom reform our criminal justice system our communities so urgently need, and I look forward to working hand in hand with SEIU and other allies in the labor movement to make that change happen.”

Representing more than 150,000 workers, the SEIU Illinois Council rallies behind candidates who have demonstrated a strong record on issues important to all working families.  The SEIU Illinois State Council is dedicated to achieving economic justice for all workers; part of that fight is recognizing that no one leads a single-issue life; social and racial justice are crucial in improving the lives of our members and achieving economic fairness in our country.

The SEIU Council represents workers including home care and child care providers, security officers, janitors, as well as public employees, medical professionals, first responders and social service workers. SEIU members are winning better wages, health care, and more secure jobs, while ensuring that workers, not just corporations and CEOs, benefit from today’s economy.

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