Toni Preckwinkle Wins SEIU, Jesse Jackson, Jr., Chicago Reader Endorsements

The endorsements keep rolling in for Toni Preckwinkle.

After the Tribune released a poll Friday morning giving her a commanding lead in the Democratic race for Cook County Board President, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Illinois State Council endorsed Preckwinkle in the race.

The endorsement follows a number of other high-profile nods to the Alderman, including those from the Sun-Times, the Tribune, and the Daily Herald just this Thursday. Representatives Jesse Jackson, Jr. joined fellow U.S. Representatives Jan Schakowsky and Luis Gutierrez in endorsing Preckwinkle on Tuesday. And the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky also added his voice to the chorus, endorsing her in a lengthy and somewhat ambivalent column.

The SEIU is a very powerful union, representing roughly 1.8 million workers in the United States and overseas. With the endorsement should come significant contributions, adding to an already rosy fiscal outlook for the Preckwinkle campaign.

Executive director Jerry Morrison told WBEZ, "She's a strong, independent progressive. She's the right person to lead the board."