CHICAGO - Here's an Illinois political trivia question: "What do left-wing Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky and Republican State Comptroller Judy Baar-Topinka have in common?"
Aside from being women, they were both endorsed this week by Illinois AFL-CIO, and are both AFL-CIO union members -- according to the Illinois AFL-CIO's 2014 primary endorsement list.
And while at the gubernatorial level one Republican candidate is targeting union bosses, at the Illinois House level, Republicans are snuggling up to them.
In their primary endorsement list released this week, eight House Republican primary candidates were among those the AFL-CIO picked for 2014:
- Mike McAuliffe (Chicago)
- Rich Brauer (Springfield)
- Raymond Poe (Springfield)
- Bill Mitchell (Decatur)
- Adam Brown (Champaign)
- John Cabello (Loves Park)
- Don Moffitt (Galesburg)
- Adam Johnson (Challenging GOP incumbent State Rep. Jeanne Ives)
The Illinois AFL-CIO is part of the "We Are One" Coalition that continues to fight the pension reform package that passed the Illinois General Assembly and Governor Pat Quinn signed into law in December.
“Senate Bill 1 is attempted pension theft, and it’s illegal. Once overturned, its purported savings will evaporate, and the state’s finances and pension systems will be left in worse shape," We Are One said in a press release.
“Our coalition has been consistently in contact with our attorneys, and today we directed them to prepare to file suit. We will challenge SB 1 as violating the constitution and ask for a stay of the legislation's implementation pending a ruling on its constitutionality.”
How did those on Illinois AFL-CIO primary endorsement list vote on SB 1? Every one of the Republicans endorsed, except Rep. McAuliffe, voted against the pension reform December 3.