Commissioner-Elect Makes History As First Openly Gay Cook Board Member

Craig Dellimore
November 08, 2018 - 9:45 pm

Cook County Commissioner Kevin Morrison (courtesy: Kevin Morrison)


CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Cook County Commissioner-elect Kevin Morrison said it took a lot of support from a diverse group of people to where his is today, about to make history. 

When he is sworn in next month, Democrat  Morrison will be the youngest and the first openly gay member of the board. 

The 28-year-old unseated incumbent Republican Commissioner Tim Schneider, chairman of the Illinois Republican Party. Morrison said voters were ready for a change and rejected the kind of divisive language and actions coming from President Trump.

He said the 15th District is diverse and, as a proud member of the LGBTQ community, he wants any bias training for all Cook County employees to reflect that diversity.

He said he'll also champion issues of affordable health care, fixing the property tax system and uplifting middle-class families.