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Mayoral Candidate Toni Preckwinkle Honored to be Endorsed by 20,000 Illinois Members of National Association of Social Workers

Press Release
Feb 6 2019

Association says Toni exemplifies the words of NASW-IL President Whitney Young — she’s the voice of the voiceless

Today, mayoral candidate Toni Preckwinkle is honored to accept the endorsement of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW-IL), the largest membership organization of professional social workers in the world.

NASW-IL advocates for over 20,000 licensed social workers in the state of Illinois, 7,000 of which are active members who are present throughout our state deeply woven into our society — in state government, schools, universities, social service agencies, communities, owning and operating numerous private practice small businesses, corporations, the military and in health care and mental health settings. The social Work profession is dedicated to enhancing well-being and helping meet the basic needs of all people, especially those who are vulnerable, oppressed and living in poverty.

“As social workers, our members strive to live up to the words of former NASW President Whitney Young in being ‘the voice of the voiceless and effective hope of the hopeless.’ In this, we see that same charge in the accomplishments of Toni Preckwinkle,” said Kyle Hillman, spokesperson for the National Association of Social Workers, Illinois Chapter. “Chicago has a menu of choices for our next mayor — we choose the only person who can be that champion to the people we serve. That is why today we are proud to announce that the National Association of Social Workers, Illinois Chapter, endorses Toni Preckwinkle for Chicago mayor.”

“Whether it was working to expand access to health and mental health care for over 350,000 people, working to making our education system more equitable, or fighting back against legislation that preyed on the most vulnerable, I have always been proud to stand with NASW-IL,” said Toni Preckwinkle. “And I’m humbled and honored to have the social workers’ endorsement for mayor of Chicago.”

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