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Senator Jeff Schoenberg Backs Rep. Daniel Biss for Illinois Senate

State Rep. Daniel Biss (D-Evanston)

(Evanston, IL) – December 7, 2011. State Senator Jeff Schoenberg (D-Evanston) today endorsed first-term State Rep. Daniel Biss (D-Evanston) for the north shore state Senate seat that Schoenberg is vacating.

At a press conference this morning at the Hilton Orrington Evanston, Schoenberg, who has held the seat since 2003, credited Biss’ commitment to “accountability” and “transparency” to explain his support.

“Throughout my career at the State Capitol, I’ve consistently fought to achieve reforms that provide taxpayers with greater accountability and transparency for how their hard-earned dollars are spent,” said Schoenberg.

“I know that Daniel Biss shares that same deep commitment, which is why I enthusiastically support his candidacy to succeed me in representing the North Shore in the Illinois Senate.”

In November, the veteran lawmaker surprised political observers with his decision to forgo another term in the Senate. Instead, Schoenberg said that he would concentrate exclusively on his philanthropy career.

Biss filed his senate nominating petitions–with 3000 signatures–on Monday of last week.

“Daniel has the intellect, integrity, and independence that the residents of the North Shore demand of their public officials,” said Schoenberg. “I’m confident we’ll all be exceptionally proud to have him represent us as our state Senator both here in the community and in Springfield.”

Biss has also received endorsements from other local officials including: U.S. Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, State Representative Robyn Gabel (D-Evanston), Cook County Commissioner Larry Suffredin (D-Evanston), Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl, Skokie Mayor George Van Dusen, and others.

“I am honored to have the support of Senator Schoenberg,” said Biss. “For more than 20 years, his distinguished service in the General Assembly has been characterized by a tireless and creative pursuit of the goal of efficient and accountable government.”

Biss’ likely Republican opponent–if he survives a possible petition challenge–will be Marc Levine of Wilmette. Levine is an activist with a right-wing GOP-advocacy group, the Illinois Policy Institute. The group’s board of directors is made up of ex-GOP candidates, donors, and political operatives.

The 9th Legislative District includes all or parts of the communities of Evanston, Glencoe, Glenview, Golf, Kenilworth, Morton Grove, Northbrook, Northfield, Skokie, Wilmette, and Winnetka.

About David Ormsby

David, a public relations consultant and blogger at The Huffington Post, is an ex-Press Secretary of the Illinois Democratic Party.

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