Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. Endorses Preckwinkle

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Congressman calls Preckwinkle the only candidate who can restore faith in Cook County government

Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. today endorsed Alderman Toni Preckwinkle for Cook County Board President, saying only she possesses the independence, innovation and experience to clean up Cook County government. 

“Toni Preckwinkle is the only candidate with the political independence and the progressive vision to fix Cook County’s broken government and get people back to work. She’ll fight to get rid of patronage, repeal the Stroger tax increase and help restore our faith in county government. I’m proud to endorse Toni Preckwinkle as the next Cook County Board President.”

I am grateful for Congressman Jackson‘s support,” said Preckwinkle. “He has been a prominent leader for working families in his district and throughout the state. The Congressman and I share a commitment to identifying real opportunities to stimulate job creation and economic development throughout the region.”

Earlier this month, Congressman Jackson appeared on Fox News and credited Preckwinkle with having “the acute acumen and the budget skills necessary to rein in a government clearly out of control.”

Firmly believing that reform must start at the top, Preckwinkle has publicly pledged that, as Cook County Board President, she will take a 10 percent pay cut, effective from her first day in office.








Since announcing her candidacy last January, Preckwinkle has committed to running a campaign about the issues.  She has been heralded by the Chicago Sun-Times as someone who has studied the county carefully and, as a result, has crafted a “plan for reform [that] includes nuts-and-bolts improvements as well as a real vision for the county’s future”

As Cook County President, Preckwinkle will use her experience to address the critical issues facing our County: the need to repeal the sales tax increase and stimulate economic development, the responsibility to make our neighborhoods safe and the drive to improve our health care and criminal justice systems. 





Congressman Jackson’s endorsement joins a growing coalition of support from individuals and organizations throughout the County, including, most recently, the endorsements of both the Chicago Tribune and Sun-Times as well as Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky and Congressman Luis Gutierrez. 

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