Progressive Leaders Steans, Cassidy Add Their Support for Chow’s Candidacy; Call Her Potential Ally in Quest to Fight Harassment and Discrimination

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February 27, 2018                                                                               ​

Progressive Leaders Steans, Cassidy Add Their Support for Chow’s Candidacy;
Call Her Potential Ally in Quest to Fight Harassment and Discrimination

Evanston, IL - Two progressive women legislators who are leading the response to sexual harassment controversies in Springfield today backed Candance Chow (D-Evanston) in the Democratic primary for the 17th House District. This follows the Chicago Tribune’s endorsement of Candance yesterday.
State Senator Heather Steans and State Representative Kelly Cassidy, both from Chicago’s North Side, said that Chow would be a strong ally in bringing needed change to state government.


“Candance is the kind of independent force we need more of in Springfield,” Steans said. “As an advocate for women and girls and a strong leader on education, she will stand up against business-as-usual and fight for families and children.”
“It’s easy to claim you’re independent, but it’s harder to prove it,” said Cassidy. “Throughout her life and career, Candance has shown the gumption to take on powerful forces and defeat them.”


“When we invited candidates to meet with us for an interview, the so-called front-runner, Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz of Glenview, didn’t respond or show up,” the Chicago Tribune Editorial Board wrote. “That made us nervous about her, as did the gobs of money flowing to her from Madigan and his allies. The most independent candidate for this seat is Candance Chow of Evanston, a local school board member who would be a contrarian voice in the group-think of Springfield.”


Rep. Cassidy has become a leading figure in demanding an independent investigation of sexual harassment and bullying in Springfield. Meanwhile, Sen. Steans has been part of an ongoing, bipartisan effort to strengthen the state’s ethics laws and add protections for harassment victims.


“I am proud and grateful for the support of two of the finest legislators in Springfield, who have built strong records of independence and accomplishment,” Chow said. “I hope the voters of the 17th District will give me the chance to join their fight for real and lasting change in Illinois politics and government.”


The Steans, Cassidy, and Tribune endorsements follow those last week from former-State Senator Carol Ronen and Democratic Party of Evanston chairman, Eamon Kelly.