Terry Link Wins Endorsement from Congressman Phil Hare and Others in Quad Cities

Announcement continues wave of endorsements from elected officials, community leaders and civic and business organizations throughout state

Jan 11, 2010, 14:12 ET from Friends of Terry Link

EAST MOLINE, Ill., Jan. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- State Senator Terry Link today won the endorsement of Congressman Phil Hare (D-17th) in his run for Lieutenant Governor of Illinois.

"I'm proud to support Terry Link for Lieutenant Governor," said Hare. "Terry has a track record of accomplishment and leadership, of getting things done that really matter for the people of Illinois. That's what we need in Springfield and that's why he has my vote."

Joining Hare in endorsing Link on Friday afternoon at the American Legion Hall in East Moline were State Senator Mike Jacobs, County Board Chairman Jim Bohnsack and Rock Island Alderman Terry Brooks.

"I am proud to have the support of a great representative for Illinois and a good friend, Phil Hare," said Senator Link. "I'm very proud of the work I've done as a State Senator, fighting on behalf of hard-working families across the state. And as Lieutenant Governor, I will continue to advance an agenda that lifts every family in Illinois by focusing on the kind of tangible initiatives that will affect real change in state government and have a positive affect on your quality of life."

This endorsement is part of an ongoing wave of endorsements from elected officials, community leaders, and business and civic organizations representing all corners of the state. Link, a Democrat from Lake County, also won the endorsement of the Illinois Chapter of the Sierra Club. He has also won the support of, among others, former State Senate President Emil Jones, Cook County Commissioner Forrest Claypool and the Illinois AFL-CIO.

Others that have officially endorsed Senator Link include: James Clayborne, State Senator, Gary Forby, State Senator, Bill Haine, State Senator, Mike Jacobs, State Senator, Emil Jones III, State Senator, David Koehler, State Senator, Ed Maloney, State Senator, Ira Silverstein, State Senator, John Sullivan, State Senator, Denny Jacobs, Former State Senator, Carol Ronen, Former State Senator, George Shadid, Former State Senator, Jay Briney, Mason County Democrats Chairman, Jim Eaton, Franklin County Democrats Chairman, Mark Guethle, Kane County Democrats Chairman, Brian McPartlin, Elk Grove Township Democrats Chairman, Kathleen Bergan Schmidt, McHenry County Democratic Party Chairman, PJ Cullerton, Committeeman, 38th Ward, Tom Sharpe, Committeeman, 46th Ward, Larry Walsh, Will County Executive, Illinois AFL - CIO, Planned Parenthood Illinois Action (PPIA), Personal PAC Illinois, il-democrats.org, Fox Valley Building and Construction Trades Council, Illinois Federation of Teachers, Lake County Federation of Teachers, Lake County Building Trades Council, Madison County Democrats, St. Clair County Democrats, Vernon Township Democrats, Wheeling Township Democrats, Democrats of Northfield Township, 46th Ward Democrats.

"There's no doubt that today, there are far too many politicians in Springfield that are far better at helping themselves than the people they were elected to fight for in Springfield. And this is a problem," said Senator Link. "But out of this problem, I see a real opportunity to redefine the office of Lieutenant Governor and effect change in politics-as-usual in Springfield. I think we can accomplish great things that will make life better for the people of Illinois. I want to be that person fighting for you in the Lieutenant Governor's office."

Link wants the Lieutenant Governor's office to take on the quarterback role for economic and consumer issues. He wants the office to have a greater focus on "kitchen table" economics - doing more to protect Illinois consumers and taxpayers while stimulating the economy.

"I think we can bring more strategic focus to statewide economic development efforts, taking the time to aggressively pursue the kinds of companies and jobs we need in Illinois," said Link.

Senator Link was first elected to the State Senate in 1996. Today, he serves as the Illinois State Senate's Majority Caucus Whip, Chair of the Senate's Committee on Gaming and Vice-Chair of the Committee on elections. Link also serves as a member of the Committees on Financial Institutions, Judiciary and Local Government.

Visit Senator Link's campaign website at www.LinkforIllinois.com or his pages on Facebook and www.evoter.com.

SOURCE Friends of Terry Link