The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) congratulates President-Elect Barack Obama of Illinois on his historic election as the 44th President of the United States.

“The board and staff of the AIDS Foundation of Chicago are proud to see a longtime friend and supporter ascend to the highest office in the land,” said AFC President/CEO Mark Ishaug. “We stand ready to assist President-Elect Obama in pursuing his comprehensive, results-oriented agenda on HIV/AIDS, which includes national healthcare reform and creation of a National AIDS Strategy.”

Longtime AFC supporters Barack and Michelle Obama joined AFC’s “Red Ribbon Society” of major donors in 2007. In 2005, AFC honored Senator Obama and Michelle at AFC’s 20th anniversary gala and that same year Michelle joined PBS senior correspondent Gwen Ifill for a community forum that AFC co-sponsored with the Chicago Foundation for Women.

As a lawmaker, Sen. Obama has worked closely with AFC to champion sound HIV policy and law for more than a decade. MORE