Governor JB Pritzker Endorses IL-12 Candidate Margaret Croke

Chicago – Today, Margaret Croke, candidate for Illinois State Representative in the 12th district received the endorsement of Governor JB Pritzker.

“Today I’m proud to endorse Margaret Croke as my home State Representative here in the 12th district. We need leaders in Springfield who have a deep knowledge and understanding of the challenges facing residents and families of our state,” said Illinois Governor JB Pritzker. “Margaret has been a leader and activist fighting to protect women’s health and reproductive rights. She is a thoughtful and engaged advocate for early childhood education, college affordability, and more economic opportunities – the kind of leader you and your family can depend on. I’ve known Margaret for years, and I’m grateful for the key role she played in my campaign for governor. Margaret is my choice and the best candidate to represent the people of our great 12th district.”

Croke currently serves as a member of the leadership team at the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity where her work includes supporting small business opportunities and job creation.

“I am honored and grateful to receive the support of Governor Pritzker who has provided the leadership and vision needed to help steer our great state through a very challenging time, but much more work remains,” said Margaret Croke. “While I was given an incredible opportunity to join the Governor in this fight as a member of his administration, my skills and passion for this work can be far more impactful representing the residents and families of the 12th district. We need leaders in Springfield who have a depth of knowledge around the issues we must tackle in order to fix our financial challenges while ensuring critical services are provided to our most vulnerable citizens. I offer a level of experience and tenacity that we must demand in our next representative and hope to earn the support of the residents and families of this district to serve as their voice in Springfield.”

Croke is a progressive activist who is committed to stimulating the state’s economy, protecting women’s reproductive rights, and expanding early childhood education. Croke began her political career as a community organizer, standing up against campus sexual assault and supporting women running for office.

In addition to support from Governor Pritzker, Croke has received several endorsements from Democratic elected officials, including Cook County Commissioner Bridget Gainer, City Clerk of Chicago Anna Valencia​ and State Senator Andy Manar, among others. Croke has also received the endorsement of the ​Illinois AFL-CIO and the Chicago Federation of Labor.

Margaret Croke is a progressive activist who will work to keep our economy humming. She got her start as an organizer for the Hillary Clinton campaign, standing up against campus sexual assault and supporting women running for office. Now, as a leader at the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, Margaret works closely with Governor Pritzker and his staff to help small businesses thrive and to create new jobs. In Springfield she will fight for women, the LGBTQ community and everyone in our diverse community who share our progressive values.

Margaret lives in Old Town with her husband, Patrick, son PJ, and her two rescue dogs Winston and Charlie.

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