Local House Candidate

Democrat Joan Padilla announced her candidacy for 71st District state representative.

“Partisan labels break down the lines of communication, and that’s a big part of why nothing is getting done in Springfield,” Padilla said, a statue of Abraham Lincoln looking over her shoulder. “Everyone has to be willing to sit down, talk and find common ground.”


Joan is honored to receive the endorsement of AFL-CIO.

The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) works tirelessly to improve the lives of working people.

The AFL-CIO is democratic, voluntary federation of 55 national and international labor unions that represent 12.5 million working men and women.

Equality Illinois

Joan is honored to receive The Equality Illinois endorsement. 

Equality Illinois builds a better Illinois by advancing equal treatment and social justice through education, advocacy, and protection of the rights of the LGBT community.

Teamsters Joint Council 25

Joan is pleased to receive the endorsement of The Teamsters Joint Council 25. 

"Joan's support of workers' rights, strong record of public service and commitment to your community and other matters affecting working families are significant reasons Teamsters Joint Council 25 is dedicated to your campaign."

Founded in 1911, Joint Council 25 represents over 100,000 labor union members throughout Illinois and Northwest Indiana. From Airline Pilots to Zoo Keepers, Teamster membership spans all job industries and includes all walks of life. 

Citizen Action Illinois

Joan is pleased to receive the endorsement of the Citizen Action Illinois. 

"We look forward to working with you to win real improvements in the lives of the people of Illinois and to promote public interest."

 Citizen Action/Illinois is the state's largest public interest organization. Building on over a decade of experience, Citizen Action/Illinois is a key player in the fight for social and economic justice at the state and national levels.

Citizen Action/Illinois has led campaigns for lower utility rates, fair taxes, affordable and quality health care, insurance and campaign finance reform, and stronger environmental and food safety protections.

Illinois Nurses Association

Joan is honored to receive the Illinois Nurse Association endorsement.


INA is the nurses' union, at the forefront, fighting for nurse's rights to empower them to be the best advocates for their patients and their community.

"The Illinois Nurses Association (INA) represents over 3500 Professionals and nurses from the state of Illinois. Your support of issues affecting professional nurses has earned you our endorsement." 

 The Illinois Nurses Association will be recognized as the nursing union in the State of Illinois, providing professional representation, improving wages and terms and conditions of employment for nurses in bargaining units represented by the INA, creating an environment where all RN's can participate and lead in protecting patient care by organizing unorganized RN's that do not have the professional standards that INA represented members have gained.