Tom Walsh, Campaign Manager for Mary Rita Luecke, a candidate for State Representative of the 17th District, issued a press release on March 13, saying that the Illinois Education Association (IEA) told the Candance Chow campaign to cease and desist from using IEA’s logo in her campaign literature. Mr. Walsh provided the RoundTable with a copy of IEA’s letter in which the demand was made.
In the letter, James P. Nally, an attorney for IEA, said it was brought to his client’s attention that a recent flyer from the Candance Chow campaign includes a logo of the IEA. He alleged that the flyer contained “a misleading reference to appear to indicate that the Illinois Education Association is supporting Candance Chow for the office of State Representative in the 17th Representative District.” Mr. Nally attached the flyer to his letter.
The flyer contains at the top in bold letters, “WHAT DO LAURA FINE, CANDANCE CHOW, AND THE ILLINOIS EDUCATION ASSOCIATION ALL HAVE IN COMMON?” Below that is a logo of the IEA and below that are photos of “Democrat Candance Chow” and “State Representative Laura Fine.” The photos and logo are overlaid on a circle. Below that are the words in bold letters: “THEY ALL OPPOSE CUTTING $830 MILLION ANNUALLY FROM PUBLIC SCHOOLS.”
Mr. Nally’s letter does not dispute that his client, IEA, opposes cutting $830 million annually from public schools.
The flyer does not state that IEP supports or endorses Ms. Chow for State Representative, although it does state she is endorsed by the Chicago Tribune.
Mr. Nally’s letter advises the Friends of Candance Chow “to CEASE AND DESIST from using the name, logo or any other reference to the Illinois Education Association in your campaign advertising.” It also states, “As you are aware, the Illinois Education Association does not support Candace (sic) Chow and in fact supports another candidate, Mary Rita Luecke, for this office.”
When asked to comment on Mary Rita Luecke’s press release, Gabe Frankel, Campaign Manager for Candance Chow said, “At no point did our campaign claim endorsement from the IEA.
“The fact is, Candance Chow is being falsely attacked by Speaker Madigan’s candidate, Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz, for having the same position as the IEA and current State Representative Laura Fine against cutting $830 million annually from public schools,” said Mr. Frankel. “These twisted, completely untrue attacks have been denounced by the Evanston RoundTable and even the New Trier Democratic Organization, which clearly regrets having endorsed Gong-Gershowitz.”