Thursday, December 17, 2009

Forys receives endorsement of IVI-IPO in 17th District Democratic race

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Dr. Victor Forys, the Democratic candidate for the 17th District seat on the Cook County Board, received the endorsement today of the IVI-IPO, a powerful Democratic organization that backs independent and progressive candidates in Illinois.

The organization's endorsement gives Forys a major boost in his candidacy against Patrick Maher, the president of the Orland Fire Protection District, which has been criticized for its bloated tax budget. Maher has received the endorsement of some regional Democratic leaders, including Orland Township Committeeman and Orland Mayor Dan McLaughlin, who this week also sent out a fundraiser letter seeking support for Maher's candidacy.

But Maher came under criticism recently when he claimed the endorsement of the "Village Board of Trustees -- Tinley Park." (Read column?)

A Forys spokesman, Rick Bohn, said, "a formal release will be out later today. Citizens for Forys doesn't need to make up fake endorsements because we get them the old fashion way, we earn them."

Maher has also received the endorsement of several unions, while Forys has received the endorsement of most of the district's Democratic heavy-hitters. he also has received the endorsement of Gov. Pat Quinn.

The winner of the February 2, 2010 Democratic primary will face a grueling battle against popular incumbent Cook County Commissioner Elizabeth "Liz" Doody Gorman, who championed the fight against Board President Todd Stroger's sales tax hike.

Click HERE to read the IVI-IPO endorsement release.

-- Ray Hanania

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