Equality Illinois PAC Hosts David Axelrod
CHICAGO (November 6, 2015) – The Equality Illinois Political Action Committee (EQIL PAC) will host a conversation on November 17 with renowned political strategist David Axelrod about the stakes and opportunities for Illinoisans in the 2016 election.
“We are excited to host David Axelrod and hear his thoughts about electoral strategy in 2016,” said Nicole Bashor, Chair of the Equality Illinois PAC. “The ballot box is one of the most important tools to achieving equal rights. But, as we saw this week, the opponents of LGBT equality are more determined than ever to stop progress towards lived equality. We must be vigilant and vigorous in our work to secure and defend equal rights.”
The reception with Axelrod will take place in the Riverside Room of 300 N. LaSalle St., Chicago on the evening of Tuesday, November 17. Details and tickets are available at www.EQILPAC2016.eventbrite.com.
Axelrod is uniquely qualified to provide analysis about electoral and political activities and trends in Illinois and the United States. A former political reporter for the Chicago Tribune, Axelrod has managed strategy for more than 150 political campaigns, was Senior Strategist for President Obama’s 2008 and 2012 campaigns, and served as Senior Advisor to the President. He is now Director of the Institute of Politics at the University of Chicago.
Through candidate questionnaires, endorsements, campaign contributions and field support, the Equality Illinois PAC works to secure and defend the equal rights of LGBT people in Illinois. The Equality Illinois PAC is the only political action committee in Illinois that is dedicated to electing individuals to public office who will fight for the equal rights of LGBT Illinoisans.
Leading to the 2014 election, the Equality Illinois PAC mobilized to protect our pro-equality majorities in the Illinois legislature. To support those legislators who stood with the LGBT community, the Equality Illinois PAC directly contributed over $150,000 to candidates, pursued an aggressive public education campaign, and engaged more than 400 volunteers to make over 60,000 phone calls to voters. With that assistance, 88 percent of candidates endorsed by the Equality Illinois PAC won in the November 2014 general election. And no state legislator was defeated because of his or her support for equal rights for LGBT Illinoisans.
The Equality Illinois PAC will engage in the 2016 primary and general elections in Illinois. This effort will involve evaluating candidates based on their support of policies and proposals that advance LGBT equality. More information about the Equality Illinois PAC is available at www.EQILPAC.org.