Editorial: For the Illinois House: Gong-Gershowitz, Matlis, LaPointe, Hurley, Ozinga, Meyers-Martin, Wehrli, Mejia-Beal, Lewis

If voters want to decrease the domination of Democrats in the Illinois House led by Speaker Michael Madigan, they’ll get their opportunity on the November ballot when 66 of the chamber’s 118 districts will feature a contested race. Currently the House has 74 Democrats and 44 Republicans. The candidates we like best — Democrats as well as Republicans — are independent-minded, fiscally prudent and […]

ENDORSEMENT: Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz for Illinois House in 17th District

The district is in the fine hands of an immigration lawyer who looks out for children and calls out House Speaker Michael Madigan. Soon after being elected to her first term two years ago, Democratic state Rep. Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz, an immigration lawyer, went to work on legislation to help protect children when they must contend with our nation’s antiquated immigration system. One bill, co-sponsored […]

Seventh House Democrat calls on Madigan to hand over speaker’s gavel now: ‘It’s the right thing to do’

The freshman North Shore legislator has received nearly $247,000 from Madigan. She said she called the speaker to let him know she’d be calling for him to step down, but didn’t offer more details about their call. A north suburban legislator who has benefited from nearly $247,000 in contributions from House Speaker Michael Madigan is now calling for the beleaguered political powerhouse to step […]

Local state Rep. Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz kicks off 2020 campaign

GLENVIEW — State Rep. Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz (D-Glenview) kicked off her campaign for the 2020 election Thursday with a formal gathering of supporters. Gong-Gershowitz and her team hosted the celebration at the Ten Ninety Brewing Co. in Glenview. She and state Sen. Laura Fine (D-Evanston) both delivered speeches after they gathered signatures to petition for Gong-Gershowitz’s official nomination. “Tonight was a night to be surrounded […]

Candance Chow Endorses Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz for IL-17

Today, IL-17 Democratic nominee Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz and former opponent Candance Chow released the following statements: Candance Chow: “Over the past few months, I have had a series of discussions with Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz and shared my concerns for the changes we need in Springfield to better serve our communities and face our challenges as a state. Jennifer’s recent statements on the need for continued pressure […]

IL House Candidate Gong-Gershowitz Releases Statement on Sexual Harassment

What began as a march has evolved into a movement where women from around the country and across the political spectrum have come together to say #MeToo and #TimesUp. I marched too in the hope that our voices would be heard and our stories validated by action. Since then, there have been positive steps in the right direction—but not enough. On May 30, 2018, […]

IL House Candidate Gong-Gershowitz Releases Springfield Reform Platform

At our best, America stands for more than nationhood; it is a promise. What binds us together is not necessarily a shared ancestry but a shared set of core values and ideals. While we may not always agree on how best to achieve those ideals, America believes in liberty, equality, democracy, individualism, unity and diversity. The foundation of American democracy is that we each […]

Candidate for IL House Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz Calls on Rauner to Stop Profiting on Immigrant Children

GLENVIEW, Ill. – Why would Governor Rauner support Trump’s policies that jail immigrant families despite more humane, cost-effective alternatives that ensure due process? Tragically, the answer is profit. ICE detention is a billion-dollar business, and Rauner is personally profiting from it. This is a clear conflict of interest given policy decisions he has the power to make regarding immigration and prison privatization in Illinois. […]

Candidate for IL House Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz Speaks Out Against Sexual Harassment and Abuse

GLENVIEW, Ill. – The recent harassment allegations against leaders in Springfield have made one thing abundantly clear – we need change. Harassment, abuse and retaliation of any kind have no place in our political system. We must demand better. As a human rights attorney who has defended victims of sex trafficking, forced marriage and domestic violence for over 20 years, I will not tolerate […]

State Rep. Laura Fine Endorses Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz

GLENVIEW, Ill. – State Rep. Laura Fine, D-Glenview, announced her endorsement of Jen Gong-Gershowitz, D-Glenview, in the Democratic primary race for 17th District State Rep. Fine is running for the state Senate seat being vacated by Daniel Biss. “In the 15 years I have known Jen Gong-Gershowitz, I have known her to be loyal to her community, relentless in her fight for justice, and […]

Gong-Gershowitz Receives Endorsement from Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois

GLENVIEW, Ill. – Showing a commitment to improve public safety and stand up for working families, candidate for State Representative Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz, earned the endorsement of the Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois in the March 20th Democratic Primary. “Fire fighters and paramedics put their lives on the line every day to protect our families and keep our communities safe and they deserve to have […]

Indo-American Democratic Organization Endorses Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz

GLENVIEW, Ill. – Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz, Democratic candidate for State Representative, earned the endorsement of the Indo-American Democratic Organization last week. As State Representative, she would be only the second Asian American to serve in the Illinois General Assembly. “As the granddaughter of Chinese immigrants who faced discrimination and deportation, I am appalled by the offensive rhetoric and dangerous policies being pushed by Donald Trump […]

Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz Receives AFL-CIO Endorsement

GLENVIEW, Ill. – Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz, Democratic candidate for State Representative, received the formal endorsement from the Illinois AFL-CIO on Wednesday. “I’m proud to be endorsed by the AFL-CIO, an organization that works to protect the rights of thousands of working families in Illinois,” Gong-Gershowitz said. “Frontline workers including tradesmen, service employees, teachers and first responders all provide critical services to our communities. It’s important […]

State Rep. Candidate Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz Issues Statement after House Fails to Pass “Bump Stock” Ban in Wake of Las Vegas Massacre

GLENVIEW, Ill. – Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz, Democratic candidate for State Representative, issued the following statement after the House failed to pass House Bill 4117 to ban trigger modification devices and explosive materials similar to those used in the Las Vegas massacre earlier this month: “Like many in our community, I was horrified when I woke up the morning after the Las Vegas shooting and learned […]

Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz, Glenview Resident and Human Rights Attorney, Announces Candidacy for State Representative, Endorsements

GLENVIEW, Ill. – Longtime Glenview resident and human rights attorney Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz announced her candidacy in the Democratic primary for state representative of the 17th District, which includes all or parts of Glenview, Northbrook, Evanston, Skokie and Wilmette. “I am a mom, community leader and non-profit attorney who refuses to stand on the sidelines while extreme politicians in Springfield and D.C. threaten the future […]