By Bob Bong
Cong. Dan Lipinski (D-3rd), who has been under fire by opponents for being one of two Democrats to sign the amicus brief asking the Supreme Court to reconsider the Roe v. Wade ruling, announced Tuesday he had been endorsed by 28 mayors who represent municipalities in the 3rd District in the March Democratic primary.
Lipinski is facing a rematch with LaGrange consultant Marie Newman, who narrowly lost to Lipinski in the 2018 Democratic primary. Also in the race is Palos Hills businessman Rush Darwish.
The mayoral endorsements cover nearly every region in Lipinski’s district, which sprawls from the Bridgeport neighborhood in Chicago to southwest suburban Lockport.
Among the mayors and village presidents endorsing Lipinski, several of whom have supported him in each and every election, include Palos Hills Mayor Gerald Bennett, Oak Lawn Mayor Dr. Sandy Bury, La Grange Village President Tom Livingston, Lemont Mayor John Egofske, Romeoville Mayor John Noak and Western Springs President Alice Gallagher.
Bury said Lipinski has been a partner and leader in helping to deliver major developments and improvements to local and regional infrastructure and transportation, including securing more than $4 million to improve local roads, pedestrian walkways and to construct a public parking facility.
“I am proud to have worked with Congressman Lipinski to tackle significant issues for the residents of Oak Lawn and all of the Southland,” said Bury. “He is a tireless supporter of our veterans and makes sure their benefits are preserved and utilized. Dan Lipinski is someone who brings people together and represents the values of our community and I am proud to endorse his re-election."
Bennett said, “Congressman Lipinski has proven himself to be a workhorse rather than a show horse and he makes things happen to improve the quality of life for his constituents.
“As chairman of the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning and President of the Southwest Conference of Mayors, I understand the critical importance of having an advocate like Dan Lipinski working for us in Congress to secure federal funding for our highways, the CTA, PACE and Metra. In the City of Palos Hills, he has consistently been there for our seniors, veterans, first responders, and all of our residents. I’m proud to support his re-election.”
Lipinski, who serves as the most senior member from Illinois on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, said the support from the local leaders of his home district is the best possible endorsement he could receive.
“I am honored to have the continued support of so many elected officials in my district who work so hard every day to make their communities great places to live,” said Lipinski.
“We all share a calling to public service that benefits the residents we represent and I have made it my highest priority to work to resolve local issues and to make sure our communities have the best possible access to the federal resources they need.”
Lipinski also serves as chair of the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials and he has focused significant attention to secure federal funding to improve public transit and infrastructure across the communities that he represents.
Over the course of his career he has secured more than $700 million in federal funds for local transportation projects for roads, bridges, public transit, rail, and bikes/pedestrians. This Congress he inserted a provision into a transportation funding bill directing the Federal Railroad Administration to identify potential issues contributing to the frequency and length of delays on Metra trains, and develop recommendations on addressing these challenges.
Other mayors and village presidents endorsing Lipinski includes: Bob Straz of Palos Heights; Chuck Tokar of Chicago Ridge; Dan Foy of Burbank; Dave Brady of Bedford Park; Dennis McGee of Merrionette Park; Jeff Walik of Stickney; John Carpino of Willow Springs; John Mahoney of Palos Park; John Ryan of Alsip; Kevin Casey of Hometown; Kris Wasowicz of Justice; Mary Werner of Worth; Mike Howley of Hickory Hills; Noel Cummings of Hodgkins; Steve Landek of Bridgeview; Tom Heller of Forest View; and Tom Hinshaw of Indian Head Park.
Newman picks up endorsements of her own
Newman has picked up endorsements from local lawmakers, including: Rep. Jan Schakowsky, Chicago aldermen Stephanie Coleman (16th), Carlos Ramirez-Rosa (35th), Byron Sigcho-Lopez (25th), Marie Hadden (49th); Chicago City Clerk Anna Valencia; Cook County Commissioner Kevin Morrison (15th); state representatives Theresa Mah, Lisa Hernandez, Kelly Cassidy and Ann Williams; state Sen. Laura Fine; Stickney Trustee Jeff White; LaGrange Trustee Lou Gale; and Berwyn Township Assessor David Avila.
She was also endorsed by the Illinois SEIU, Southwest Suburban Activists and Southwest Suburban Snowflakes.