WAUKEGAN, IL (January 30, 2012)–Continuing a spate of major endorsements in recent weeks, Ilya Sheyman earned the endorsement of the Illinois Federation of Teachers on Monday in his race for the Democratic nomination in the 10th Congressional District.
Sheyman, the former national Mobilization Director at MoveOn.org and former community organizer with education advocacy group A+ Illinois, is a front-runner in the race to turn the 10th District Democratic for the first time in 32 years.
“After years of working alongside educators across the 10th district to improve the funding for our public schools here in Illinois, I am proud to have the Illinois Federation of Teachers’ endorsement as we charge forward to March 20,” said Sheyman. “I’m grateful to have the support of 103,000 educators behind our campaign to restore the American Dream.”
“We at the IFT have worked with Ilya Sheyman for years, and have watched him build a proven track record of standing up and fighting for the progressive ideas that built the middle class in this country,” said IFT President Dan Montgomery. “Ilya is a strong ally for teachers and other educators, and we are fired up and ready to get out the vote for him.”
The IFT is affiliated with the 1.5 million-member American Federation of Teachers, the 10 million-member AFL-CIO, and the 1 million-member Illinois AFL-CIO.
Sheyman also overwhelmingly won the endorsement vote on Sunday of the New Trier Democratic Organization (NTDO), with 64 percent of the vote. NTDO is one of the largest and most active Democratic precinct organizations in the 10th District.
“I have found his organizing skills to be some of the best I’ve seen in my time in politics,” Cook County Commissioner Larry Suffredin said at the endorsement session. “He’s ready to step into Congress and be a progressive leader.”
Sheyman was endorsed by AFSCME Council 31 and the Independent Voters of Illinois-Independent Precinct Organization last week.