This Week on the Campaign Trail with Margaret

Chicago Tribune Endorses Margaret, while she calls out back room political deals
Lake View Citizens Forum

Chicago – With three weeks left before the March 17 primary, Margaret Croke’s campaign continues to build momentum and pick up key endorsements in her race to become the next state representative from Illinois’ 12th district.

Just last Wednesday Margaret received the coveted endorsement of the Chicago Tribune, which praised her focus on higher education, saying “she correctly points out that Illinois will continue to bleed population as long as it cannot convince the next generation to attend college in state, and then stay in Illinois after graduation.” You can read the endorsement ​here​. On February 24​th​, at the ​Lake View Citizens’ Council Candidate Forum​, she called out the party’s hand picked candidate, Jonathan “Yoni” Pizer, for the backroom process in which he was appointed.

“Appointing a candidate currently running for that very office, just a few weeks from Election Day, is undemocratic. It’s another example of party leaders putting their thumb on the scale to decide the outcome of an election. It’s time to move away from the old boys club and shake up the status quo.”

Croke also called attention to potential conflicts of interest arising from Pizer’s role as a luxury real estate developer. “Being a state legislator is technically a part-time job, and that can be a problem when you have elected officials making millions of dollars in the private sector and making decisions in Springfield that impact those industries. My opponent is a luxury real estate developer and that raises real questions about his conflicts of interest regarding property tax reform.”

Croke has recently received many other high-profile Democratic endorsements, including Governor JB Pritzker, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos, former Illinois House Majority Leader Barbarie Flynn Currie, Alderman Brendan Reilly, and Cook County Commissioner Scott Britton.

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 Winstonand Charlie.