The political arm of Planned Parenthood issued its endorsements today for the Feb. 2 Democratic primary, backing Alexi Giannoulias for U.S. Senate, Gov. Pat Quinn for election to a full term and Chicago Ald. Toni Preckwinkle, 4th, for the Cook County Board president nomination.
The endorsement of Giannoulias, the state’s first-term treasurer, could assist him in a contest in which Cheryle Robinson Jackson, a former Chicago Urban League president and once a top aide to disgraced former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, is the lone woman on the Democratic side. Jackson has pushed women’s advocacy and her opposition to abortion-funding restrictions in the federal health care reform debate.