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Elect Education Champions

Stand for Children’s mission is to ensure that all children, regardless of their background, graduate from high school prepared for, and with access to, a college education.

We work to elect legislators who are deeply committed to improving educational opportunities for children and who put students at the forefront of education policies. We do this through our Illinois Political Action Committee (PAC), which is independent and non-partisan.

We support candidates who believe in these tenets to building better public schools:

  • Every child deserves an education system with funding equity and fairness
  • Every child deserves a 21st century education
  • Every child deserves an excellent teacher
  • Every child deserves high-quality public school options

We endorse in contested races where there is a clear difference in the candidates’ stances on education. We invited every candidate in a contested state House or Senate race to complete our questionnaire and to be interviewed. We also gathered input from Members of Stand and conducted strategic analyses of each race.  Here are our 2014 endorsed candidates for the Primary election (a ** by the name means the candidate won their race on March 18th):

Rep. Jaime Andrade (HD 40) **

Rep. John Anthony (HD 75) **

Mark Batinick (HD 97) **

Peter Breen (HD 48) **

Sen. Don Harmon (SD 39) **

Rep. Thaddeus Jones (HD 29) **

Seth Lewis (HD 45)

Margo McDermed (HD 37) **

Rep. Christian Mitchell (HD 26) **

Former Rep. Chris Nybo (SD 24) **

Rep. Ron Sandack (HD 81) **

Rep. Ed Sullivan (HD 51) **

(Paid for by Stand for Children IL PAC)