Medicare for All press release


Mary Rita Luecke Endorses Medicare For All,

Encourages Sens. Durbin and Duckworth

to Co-sponsor Sanders’ Bill


Contact: Josh Kilroy, 312.593.1886


September 12, 2017

Skokie - On the eve of the introduction of U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders’ Medicare for All legislation, Mary Rita Luecke announced her support for the bill and urged Illinois’ two senators, Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth, to become co-sponsors. 

Luecke, a Democratic candidate for the Illinois House of Representatives in the 17th District, is a longtime resident of Skokie and a former member of the District 65 Board of Education.

“Health care is a right, not a privilege. Getting health care should not depend on how much money you have. That is why I proudly support Medicare for All, which provides health care for everyone, regardless of income.

“I urge Senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth to join with Senator Sanders as co-sponsors of this bill. This legislation will help Illinois families improve their access to health care and will result in less economic hardship. Medical expenses are the leading cause of personal bankruptcy.

“As someone who has represented hundreds of clients in disability matters, I understand the critical importance of health care to people’s lives. I have also watched family members navigate the complicated insurance marketplace and know there is a better way. That way is through Medicare for All.

“This bill is the result of a large movement of ordinary Americans who have mobilized for this common sense idea. We need to keep building this movement until this legislation becomes the law.”

Luecke ran to be a Sanders delegate at the 2016 Democratic Convention and is a longtime progressive activist. She litigated several major civil rights cases in the 1980s, including the first case to award damages for Chicago police strip-searching women.