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About INA’s Political Action Committee:

About INA’s Political Action Committee:

The Illinois Nurses Association Political Action Committee (INA-PAC) is focused on candidate work. The PAC seeks to support and represent the interests of INA members. The INA-PAC interviews, endorses and supports candidates of both political parties for office who share the vision of the Illinois Nurses Association. These endorsements are also based on the candidate’s support for the nursing profession and quality access to healthcare for all of Illinois. The INA-PAC organizes grassroots activities to support endorsed candidates, including member communication, phone banks, and canvassing. The INA-PAC also supports many initiatives related to health policy, or revenue measures for programs important to nurses.

The INA PAC is funded through voluntary individual contributions from INA members and other donors who understand the importance of nursing in Illinois.

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About INA’s Political Action Committee:
PAC Committee Members:

Paul Pater, RN – Chair

Doris Carroll, RN, – Vice Chair

Jing Kong, RN – Treasurer

Tori Dameron, RN – Secretary

Donna-Marie King, RN

Candidate Endorsement Process:

Candidates for the Illinois Legislature or statewide office are sent a candidate questionnaire. Based on the questionnaire responses an interview may be scheduled to ask more questions and get a better feel for how the candidate can help advance nursing in Illinois. The INA-PAC will decide on an endorsement based on the candidate questionnaire and/or interview, the candidate’s past voting record, and the candidate’s viability. Candidates running for re-election may receive an automatic endorsement based on their voting record and past support of INA’s legislative agenda, or may also be asked to go through the interview process.

Interested in Joining the INA-PAC?

Active full INA members are eligible to serve of the PAC per the INA-PAC bylaws. If you are interested in joining the INA-PAC or want more information, please contact Staci Moore, Associate Director.

INA-PAC Legislative Accomplishments

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PAC Accomplishments:

ILLINOIS HEALTHCARE WORKPLACE VIOLENCE PROTECTION ACT

Led the charge to pass the Healthcare Workplace Violence Prevention Act to combat the
violence that regularly occurs against health care workers in nearly all care settings. Amidst
state legislative gridlock, the INA scored a monumental victory in helping create and pass the
Act which fundamentally affects the way in which hospitals and other health care providers
design workplace violence efforts, train staff and care for committed persons.

BLOCKED NURSE LICENSURE COMPACT

The INA, in partnership with the AFL – CIO, have successfully blocked the passage of the Nurse
Licensure Compact, which has been continuously pushed by Hospitals and non-union nursing
organizations. The legislation would make it easier for out-of-state, non-unionized nurses from
states with less stringent licensing standards and lax education requirements to enter the
Illinois’ workforce.

NEGOTIATED NURSE PRACTICE ACT RE-WRITE

The Illinois Nurses Association helped lead the discussion on the Nurse Practice Act Re-Write,
the Act which governs the licensing authority and standards for all nurses in Illinois. The INA
made major gains on delegating authority for nurses as well as helped to streamline the
licensing process for all nurses in the state.

Currently Working on:

SAFE PATIENT LIMITS

The INA is undertaking a major fight in Springfield by pushing for safe patient-to-nurse ratios.
As a way to improve quality of care and working conditions for nurses, the INA introduced the
Safe Patients Limit Act, which will save lives by designating limits on how many patients can be
assigned to a registered nurse in acute care settings. Under current law in Illinois, there is no
limit on how many patients an RN is responsible for.

If the INA is successful in its efforts, it would make history as one of only two states to have
limits on patient-to-nurse ratios.

INA-PAC Endorsements 2020

IL State House
  • 1st – Aaron Ortiz
  • 2nd – Theresa Mah
  • 3rd – Nidia Caranza
  • 4th – Delia Ramirez
  • 5th – Lamont Robinson
  • 6th – Sonya Harper
  • 7th – Chris Welch
  • 8th – La Shawn Ford
  • 9th – Lakesia Collins
  • 10th – Omar Williams
  • 11th – Ann Williams
  • 12th – Margaret Croke
  • 13th – Greg Harris
  • 14th – Kelly Cassidy
  • 15th – John D’Amico
  • 16th – Yehiel “Mark” Kalish
  • 17th – Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz
  • 18th – Roby Gabel
  • 19th – Lindsey LaPointe
  • 20th – Michelle Darbro
  • 21st – Edgar Gonzalez
  • 22nd – Michael Madigan
  • 23rd – Mike Zalewski
  • 24th – Lisa Hernandez
  • 25th – Curtis Tarver
  • 26th – Kam Buckner
  • 27th – Justin Slaughter
  • 28th – Bob Rita
  • 29th – Thaddeus Jones
  • 30th – Will Davis
  • 31st – Mary Flowers
  • 32nd – Andre Thapedi
  • 33rd – Marcus Evans
  • 34th – Nick Smith
  • 35th – Frances Hurley
  • 36th – Kelly Burke
  • 38th – Debbie Meyers-Martin
  • 39th – Will Guzzardi
  • 40th – Jaime Andrade
  • 41st – Janet Yang Rohr
  • 42nd – Ken Mejia-Beal
  • 43rd – Anna Moeller
  • 44th – Fred Crespo
  • 45th – Diane Pappas
  • 46th – Deb Conroy
  • 47th – Jennifer Zordani
  • 48th – Terra Costa Howard
  • 49th – Maura Hirschauer
  • 51st – Mary Edly-Allen!
  • 53rd – Mark Walker
  • 54th – Maggie Trevor
  • 55th – Mary Moylan
  • 56th – Michelle Mussman
  • 57th – Johnathan Carroll
  • 58th – Bob Morgan
  • 59th – Daniel Didech
  • 60th – Rita Mayfield
  • 61st – Joyce Mason
  • 62nd – Sam Yingling
  • 64th – Leslie Armstrong-McLeod
  • 65th – Martha Paschke
  • 67th – Maurice West
  • 68th – Dave Vella
  • 70th – Paul Stoddard
  • 71st – Joan Padilla
  • 72nd – Mike Halpin
  • 74th – Christopher Demink
  • 76th – Lance Yednock
  • 77th – Kathleen Willis
  • 78th – Camille Lilly
  • 79th – Charlene Eads
  • 80th – Anthony DeLuca
  • 81st – Anne Stava-Murray
  • 83rd – Barbara Hernandez
  • 84th – Stefanie Kifowit
  • 85th – Dagmara “Dee” Avelar
  • 86th – Larry Walsh Jr
  • 88th- Karla Bailey-Smith
  • 90th – Seth Wiggins
  • 92nd – Jehan Gordon-Booth
  • 93rd – Scott Stoll
  • 95th – Chase Wilhelm
  • 96th – Sue Scherer
  • 97th – Harry Benton
  • 98th – Natalie Manley
  • 103rd – Carol Ammons
  • 104th – Cynthia Cunningham
  • 105th – Chemberlu Cummings
  • 107th – David Seiler
  • 108th – Kacie Weicherding
  • 111th – Monia Bristow
  • 112th – Katie Stuart
  • 113th – Jay Hoffman
  • 114th – LaToya Greenwood
  • 115th – Johnie Smith
  • 116th – Nathan Reitz
IL Senate
  • 1st – Antonio Munoz
  • 7th – Heather Steans
  • 10th – Robert Martwick
  • 11th – Celina Villanueva
  • 13th – Robert Peters
  • 16th – Jacqui Collins
  • 19th – Michael Hastings
  • 22nd – Cristina Castro
  • 25th – Karina Villa
  • 28th – Laura Murphy
  • 31st – Melina Bush
  • 34th – Steve Stadelman
  • 40th – Patrick Joyce
  • 43rd – John Connor
  • 46th – Dave Koehler
  • 49th – Meg Cappel
  • 52nd – Scott Bennett
U.S. House
  • 1st – Bobby Rush
  • 2nd – Robin Kelly
  • 3rd – Marie Newman 105th
  • 4th – Jesus “Chuy” Gacia
  • 5th – Mike Quigley
  • 6th – Sean Casten
  • 7th – Danny Davis
  • 8th – Raja Krishnamoorthi 9th – Jan Schakowsky
  • 10th – Brad Schneider
  • 11th – Rachel Ventura
  • 13th – Betsy Dirksen Londrigan
  • 14th – Lauren Underwood
  • 16th – Dani Brzozowski
  • 17th – Cheri Bustos
U.S. Senate

Dick Durbin

Ballot Questions

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U.S. President

Elizabeth Warren