The Illinois Federation of Teachers has endorsed Democrat Lauren Underwood, the registered nurse challenging Republican U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren.
“Lauren Underwood shares our values and is committed to ensuring that every child gets a great education, from pre-K through college,” Dan Montgomery, president of the Illinois Federation of Teachers, said in a statement. “As a nurse, she has spent her life caring for those who need her. That’s what our members do every day across this state in classrooms, cafeterias, school buses, state offices and more. The IFT is proud to support Lauren Underwood in her bid for Congress.”
Underwood also has been endorsed by Democrat Sen. Dick Durbin, former President Barack Obama, the AFL-CIO Illinois, the League of Conservation Voters and Emily’s List.
“I grew up in Naperville and sincerely believe the lessons I learned at Neuqua Valley High School laid the foundation for my congressional campaign,” Underwood said in a statement. “I believe that every child in our community should have access to an excellent public education, just as I did. Further, at a time of soaring college costs, I believe we should be making it easier for students to afford college through increased funding for Pell Grants, affordable, subsidized student loans and the continuance of the public service loan forgiveness program.”
Hultgren, of Plano, is seeking a fifth term in Illinois’s 14th Congressional District. It includes parts of DeKalb, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry and Will counties.
The race is shaping up to be a multimillion-dollar contest, with both camps raising funds before the Nov. 6 election.