Schakowsky’s win offers hope for environmentalists

by Grace Eleyae

Supporters of Governor Quinn gather at the Allegro Hotel to await the results
Democratic supporters including Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky’s gathered at the Allegro Hotel to await gubernatorial results. The crowd turned somber with the victory of GOP opponent Bruce Rauner in the race against Gov. Pat Quinn. Schakowsky won early in the evening with 67 percent of the vote in the 9th district race.

Environmental and health care advocates can rejoice. Incumbent Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D-9th district) was elected Tuesday for her ninth consecutive term to the U.S. House of Representatives, based on 66 percent of precincts reporting. The newly re-elected congresswoman defeated opponent Susanne Atanus with almost 67 percent of the vote.

Schakowsky’s 9th district straddles the North Side of Chicago and a swathe of northern and northwestern suburbs. But her environmental and consumer concerns blanket national consumer issues involving vehicle safety, removal of various chemicals from cosmetics and improved safety for children’s products and cosmetics.

“My political career began as a consumer advocate when I led the successful campaign in 1969 to put freshness dates on products sold in the supermarket,” Schakowsky notes on her website.

In her 16-year tenure, Schakowsky has introduced environmentally-conscious legislation to combat climate change, and she has supported numerous bills to reduce the pollution that causes global warming.

As a self-proclaimed champion of the middle class, Schakowsky was instrumental in helping to pass the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. She is a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Health, and is “committed to building a health care system that works for everyone,” according to a statement on the congresswoman’s website.