From the Karpen campaign:
CHICAGO (September 29, 2010) - On Wednesday, the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) endorsed Jeremy Karpen, Green Party candidate for 39th District State Representative. The union based their support for Karpen on their support of what the CTU called his "comprehensive plan to improve state funding... including education," his support for an elected school board, and his opposition to voucher programs. "I'm honored to have the endorsement of the Chicago Teachers Union," said Karpen. "I work on the front lines with those most affected by underfunded schools, but, unlike my opponent, I reject the notion that it is time to give up on public education. I've stood in solidarity with public school teachers for a long time, and I am proud to have them stand with me." The Chicago Teachers Union endorsed a selective slate of only 39 candidates across the state. Karpen is the first Green Party candidate to receive an endorsement from the CTU. “Our members, through their delegate representatives, voted to endorse candidates who have the promise to hear the reality about public education," said Karen Lewis, President of the Chicago Teachers Union in a press release about the endorsement. The Chicago Teachers Union endorsement is the latest indicator of momentum swinging towards Karpen in this highly contested race. Last week, the Chicago Tribune also endorsed Karpen. The paper highlighted Karpen's independence from politics-as-usual in Illinois, and slammed Democratic incumbent Maria "Toni" Berrios as a "loyal soldier protecting entrenched power in Springfield." To date, Jeremy Karpen has received the endorsement of the Chicago Teachers Union, the Chicago Tribune, Independent Voters of Illinois Independent Precinct Organization (IVI-IPO), single-payer health care activist Dr. Quentin Young, immigrant rights activist Jorge Mujica, and the support of the Chicago chapter of the Progressive Democrats of America.