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The Daily Whale: Political newcomers face veteran lawmaker seeking to regain seat in state House District 5

Chicago Sun-Times: Democratic candidate for Illinois House in the 5th District: Dilara Sayeed

Chicago Sun-Times: ENDORSEMENT: Dilara Sayeed for ILL. House in the 5th District Democratic Primary

Chicago Tribune: Endorsements for the Illinois House

SCENE Chicago: The Vision for a New 5th Legislative District: A Candid Conversation with Dr. Dilara Sayeed Candidate IL State Representative

Chicago Reader: State rep candidate Dilara Sayeed wants you to see her

Chicago Crusader: Candidate Ken Dunkin Goes Off

CBS Chicago: Ken Dunkin Wants His Job Back

Chicago Defender: Is Illinois’ 5th District Ready for Dilara Sayeed?


Press Releases 



Elected Officials and Organizations Endorsing Dilara

Congressman Bobby Rush (IL-01)

“Dilara’s got passion, she’s got insight. She is the only candidate that is really dealing with the issues…and has risen above the fray. She’s shown what real, true, political leadership is all about.”

Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi (IL-08)

“Dilara’s background as an educator and community activist makes her the kind of public servant Illinois needs in the General Assembly.”

Congressman Keith Ellison (MN-05)
Deputy Chair of the Democratic National Committee

“You’ve got to be able to have state legislators who are willing to stand up for the right to vote, stand up for public education, stand up for the environment, and be unrelenting and not back down…and I hope you step into it with [Dilara] because I think you’re rolling with the right person.”

Congressman Ellison’s remarks at the campaign launch:


State Representative Theresa Mah (HD-2)

“I am proud to stand beside and endorse Dilara Sayeed for State Representative.  Dilara will be a fighter for change and a beacon of hope for communities which have been underserved.”

State Representative Will Guzzardi (HD-39)

“I’m proud to endorse Dilara Sayeed in her race for state representative,” said Guzzardi. “The challenges facing our city and state are real, from economic inequality to educational opportunities to community safety. We’ll need fighters like Dilara who have the courage and integrity to challenge the status quo, stand up to Bruce Rauner, and fight for all of us. I’m eager to have her join us in Springfield.”


Alderman Rod Sawyer (6th Ward)
Chairman of the Aldermanic Black Caucus

““With the problems our schools face today, we need someone with her background fighting for us so every parent, regardless of where they live, can send their children to a safe and welcoming school with a well-trained teacher who can help them reach their potential. Dilara believes, as I do, that strong, well-resourced public schools are a crucial anchor of a strong and safe community.”


Carol Moseley Braun
U.S. Senator, U.S. Ambassador, retired

“I am pleased to add my voice in support of Dilara Sayeed for State Representative. In these times, it is particularly important that we encourage people of competence and quality to take up  public service. Dilara has stepped forward to offer her considerable skills and capacity to the people of the 5th District and Illinois.  I not only applaud her, but endorse her effort.  I hope you choose to vote for her.”

Chicago Sun-Times

“Sayeed has a solid grasp of the problems the state faces.”

The Chicago Tribune 

Sayeed has “a progressive agenda and policy smarts” and is “running her campaign without the help of the House Democratic machine.”

Sierra Club Illinois 
Deputy Director Kady McFadden

“On behalf of Sierra Club Illinois Chapter’s 100,000 members and supporters, I am proud to announce our endorsement of Dilara Sayeed for State House in the 5th District. Dilara knows that leadership from Illinois in protecting our environment is critical for the future we provide for our children and the health of our economy.”

Illinois Political Action Committee for Education Association 
IEA President Kathi Griffin

“During her candidate interview, Dilara expressed a strong commitment to funding K-12 education as well a promise to invest in higher education. She supports labor on the need to protect collective bargaining rights and would vote to enact a progressive income tax that matches our goals for public education in Illinois.”

Indian-American Democratic Organization
Executive Director Shajan Kuriakose

“Given the hateful rhetoric and dangerous policies that have drastically targeted the rights of women and minorities, it has never been more important to have women of color at the table to be a part of solving the challenging issues we face. Dilara has the experience and work ethic to be the progressive voice that the people in the 5th District deserve.”

Illinois Nurses Association
Executive Director Alice Johnson

“The Illinois Nurses Association proudly endorses Dilara Sayeed. She is a proven leader and educator who stands strong on the issues important to nurses, like stopping workplace violence against nurses and supporting legislation to ensure patient safety. She shares the INA’s core values of creating an environment where nurses are empowered to provide the best patient care possible. Her impressive credentials and education, along with her inspiring vision, make her an excellent choice for office.”

Illinois National Organization for Women
President Michelle Fadeley

“The Illinois NOW Political Action Committee is pleased to endorse Dilara Sayeed, Democrat, for the 5th Illinois Representative District. As a passionate advocate for women and minorities, including her past work with local women’s organizations, we are confident that Dilara will be a strong supporter of women’s rights, equality, and justice.”

Patricia Jones Blessman, PhD
Clinical psychologist, 5th District resident, and social justice advocate

“Dilara Sayeed is the only candidate in this race who has had fiduciary responsibility of a seven digit budget. Dilara is the only one in this race with executive level c-suite experience. Dilara is the only candidate in this race who has had executive leadership of heading up a team with direct reports that are two or more levels deep. Dilara is the only person in this race who has had a proven track record of leadership that is at least two decades of more. Thus Dilara is the only candidate in this race that has the leadership skills and experience needed to be effective in Springfield.”

Anthony L. McPhearson
The McPhearson Group, 5th District resident

“Change is not always easy but is often required for meaningful transformation to take place. Dilara Sayeed is the ‘change’ that we need in Illinois’ 5th district.  She is smart, hardworking, caring and passionate about improving how we live and work in the 5th District.  I encourage you all to vote for Dilara on March 20th to effect the change that we need and deserve in this city.”