(Chicago, IL) — December 9, 2009. Citing his many years of leadership on education funding reform, the Illinois Federation of Teachers (IFT) today endorsed State Rep. David Miller (D-Dolton) for Illinois Comptroller.
IFT represents over 103,000 teachers and staff statewide, and its endorsement is a critical win in the state’s short primary season.
“David Miller has been a vocal champion for public education since his very first days as a State Representative,” said IFT President Ed Geppert, Jr.
Miller is the chief sponsor of legislation in the State House to address the structural funding inequities in Illinois’ education system.
The IFT endorsement is Miller’s second labor endorsement in as many weeks; last week the Amalgamated Transit Union, Local 241, also announced its support.
The Illinois AFL-CIO, however, declined to endorse either Miller or his primary opponent Raja Krishnamoorthi.
The AFL-CIO, like the IFT, is among the crown jewel of endorsements. It propels candidates forward in primaries. Miller will have a longer, tougher slog against Krishnamoorthi.