SEIU to give Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle $1 million toward her mayoral bid

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The Service Employees International Union state council will put its money where its mouth is in the race for mayor, following its endorsement of Toni Preckwinkle with a $1 million contribution to her campaign.

The seven-figure donation ratchets up the fundraising arms race among the mayoral contenders, and shows why the backing of a union such as SEIU can be important as the candidates try to find the money to pay for advertising to get their messages out and separate themselves from the crowded field. There are 21 candidates for mayor trying to get on the Feb. 26 ballot.

The SEIU state council is the political arm of the union in Illinois, and includes SEIU locals 1 and 73 and SEIU Healthcare Illinois & Indiana.

SEIU Local 1 spokeswoman Izabela Miltko-Ivkovich said the union would make the contribution Monday.

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December 10, 2018 at 05:06AM

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