Chicago Tribune Endorses Jeremy Karpen


CHICAGO (September 29, 2010) – This morning, the Chicago Tribune endorsed Jeremy Karpen, Green Party candidate for 39th District State Representative. The paper highlighted Karpen’s independence from politics-as-usual in Illinois, and slammed Democratic incumbent Maria “Toni” Berrios as a “loyal soldier protecting entrenched power in Springfield.”

The Tribune endorsement is the latest indicator of the momentum swinging towards Karpen in this highly contested race. Last week, the Huffington Post profiled Karpen, saying he may be able to “pull off one of the most surprising electoral upsets of the season.”

“Obviously, it’s an honor to receive the endorsement of the Chicago Tribune,” said Karpen. “The paper is one of the strongest voices for change in Springfield, and I am pleased they recognized a candidate who will bring public service back to the Illinois General Assembly.”

Karpen has also received the endorsement of the Independent Voters of Illinois Independent Precinct Organization (IVI-IPO), Dr. Quentin Young, and has received the support of the Chicago chapter of the Progressive Democrats of America.


Jeremy Karpen is the Green Party candidate for 39th state representative. He previously ran in 2008, taking 21% of the vote despite being hugely outspent. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor, working as a counselor with at-risk youth at a residential treatment center in Chicago. Mr. Karpen volunteers his time working against partner abuse with a local domestic violence agency. He has been a consistent and outspoken community activist, fighting for housing, health care, equitable education funding, and immigrant rights.

Ronald Hardy


  1. That is great news for Mr. Karpen, if he wins that will be one of hell of huge shock to Democrat Machine in Chicago if Karpen wins.

  2. The Green Party’s Mr. Karpen has already “won”. Mr Karpen has won support, endorsements, attention for the Green Party by being on the ballot as Green with a winning message, positive, attractive program, and personality.

    If Mr. Karpen is ELECTED it will indeed be a great victory for all the good hearted Green Party people, and supporters working for Mr. Karpen and realistic, pragmatic idealist Green Party candidates around the globe.

    Congrats Mr. Karpen.

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