Who We Are
Originally founded in 2015 to support Senator Bernie Sanders’ historic presidential run, Illinois for Bernie relaunched in March 2019 to once again play an active role in building the momentum that led Sanders to win 24 of 50 wards in Chicago, 79 of Illinois’ 102 counties, 11 of 18 congressional districts and almost a million votes across the state in 2016.
Illinois for Bernie is a grassroots campaign and is not affiliated with Senator Sanders’ national campaign team. The group’s Steering Committee consists of former Bernie 2016 staff and super volunteers, Illinois delegates to the DNC Convention, and other prominent progressive organizers across the state.
Building upon the successes and lessons since the 2016 cycle, Illinois for Bernie plans to organize earlier and better than before in advance of 2020 to help ensure a stronger foundation and base for the national campaign’s arrival in the state as well as to ensure the grassroots have a seat at the table.