Major local, national endorsements in the weeks ahead of Chicago mayoral race

Between Feb. 8 and Feb. 13, The Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Tribune, and a former vice president endorsed candidates in the February 26 Chicago mayoral race.
On Feb. 13, the Tribune editorial board endorsed Bill Daley. It said in its endorsement, “We’re drawn…toward a candidate who speaks broadly of building Chicago. Toward a native Chicagoan who looks outward to a nation and world that wrongly think they already have Chicago figured out: It’s that glassy, glossy downtown flanked by neighborhoods rife with poverty and crime.”
On Feb. 8, the Chicago Sun-Times editorial board endorsed Lori Lightfoot, writing, “More than any of the other 13 mayoral candidates, she has the vision, values, qualifications and policies to be an effective leader for the whole city, from the hedge fund managers to the fast food workers.”
Also on Feb. 8, former Vice President Al Gore (D) endorsed Bill Daley, citing Daley’s positions on climate change. Daley served as U.S. commerce secretary from 1997 to 2000 while Gore was vice president.
Other noteworthy endorsements from the past month:
  1. Crain’s Chicago Business endorsed Daley
  2. Former candidate Dorothy Brown backed Amara Enyia
  3. Illinois Education Association Region 67 endorsed Lightfoot
  4. Illinois Nurses Association backed Susana Mendoza
  5. Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards endorsed Toni Preckwinkle
  6. Cook County Republican Party Chairman Sean Morrison endorsed Willie Wilson (a Democrat)
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