'Forward Illinois' Group Says About 70 Percent Of Voters Support Their Agenda

Nancy Harty
October 09, 2018 - 1:45 pm

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A group of progressives calling themselves "Forward Illinois" said voters strongly support their agenda ahead of the November elections. 

The coalition is made up of a mix of labor, environmental, gay rights and other liberal groups.

Last month, they polled a thousand likely Illinois voters and found 68 percent approve of their agenda and politicians who support it. It includes a $15 minimum wage, access to abortion, a pathway to citizenship and universal health care.

Jennifer Welch, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Illinois Action, said they aim to tap anger over President Trump to motivate people to vote next month.

"Since 2016, one in five people across the county have taken to the streets to protest this Administration's discriminatory and dangerous policies," she said. 

Stevie Valles, executive director of the group Chicago Votes, said he's hopeful talking about this issues will especially motivate millennials, who make up the largest voting block in the city.

"We believe in this forward agenda and we believe this is a path in the right direction to engage more young people in the political process," he said.