Grassroots Progressive Efforts Quadruple Turnout in Bolingbrook Election

Suburban Voters Fire Warning Shots for Trump, Rauner, Complacent Dems BOLINGBROOK – United Working Families, an independent political organization powered by progressive labor and community organizations, congratulates mayoral candidate Jackie Traynere and the progressive grassroots organizing efforts that powered the Bolingbrook United slate's historic turnout levels.

Following is the statement of Emma Tai, Executive Director of United Working Families, on Tuesday’s unofficial results:

“United Working Families congratulates Jackie Traynere, the progressive Bolingbrook United slate, and the grassroots volunteers who powered historic turnout levels on Tuesday despite being significantly outspent by a Republican super PAC.

“This matters for 2018. Progressive grassroots organization quadrupled municipal election turnout from the last election, turning out over 6,000 Bolingbrook voters for a union organizer and Bernie delegate who rejected Trump's rhetoric and instead projected a vision of robust public services and government by and for the people.

"Tonight’s historic turnout is a warning shot. In Bolingbrook, Berwyn, Chicago, and across Illinois, people are coming together to take politics back from the 1% and fight for the future we deserve. Trump, Rauner, and complacent members of both parties should be worried.

“This is only the beginning."


United Working Families is an independent political organization by and for the 99%, established in 2014 by Action Now, Chicago Teachers Union, Grassroots Illinois Action, and SEIU Healthcare.