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January 15, 2009

EMILY's List makes first endorsement

Illinois State Rep. Sara Feigenholtz (D), one of the only female candidates running in a crowded primary field to succeed Rahm Emanuel in Congress, received a key endorsement by the influential feminist group EMILY’s List today.

Feigenholtz represents the affluent lakefront communities around Chicago in her state legislative district, and is expected to get additional support from progressive organizations. She has been a leading advocate of the gay rights community during her legislative career.

“Illinois needs Sara’s leadership in Congress to work with President-elect Obama to create real change for our nation,” EMILY’s List president Ellen Malcolm said in a statement.

Feigenholz is among the first tier of candidates in what is expected to be a crowded primary field, as I report in today’s Politico. She will face serious opposition from Cook County Commissioner Mike Quigley and state Rep. John Fritchey.

Chicago-area politicos expect to her to be the leading fundraiser in the crowded primary field -- and she will be aided in those efforts with the EMILY's List endorsement.  Feigenholtz announced that she raised $300,000 to date for the campaign .

The primary will be held on March 3.