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CTU Blasts Mayor Emanuel for Fingerprint Disaster – and Exploiting Student Safety for Political Gain

Posted by Admin On August - 31 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

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Disastrous background check process has banned teachers who taught through the summer – as well as activist teachers arrested for protesting for more school funds

CHICAGO,IL — Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s political grandstanding has done nothing to protect public school students, and instead has locked out committed, caring educators from their classrooms, charges the Chicago Teachers Union. The CTU has received dozens of calls from alarmed veteran educators who have been told they are not ‘cleared’ to return to their classrooms on the first day of school this Tuesday – and it’s feared that as many as several hundred have been impacted by a disastrous CPS roll-out of fingerprinting and background checks for around 6,000 educators.

CPS banned one educator after the vendor botched her fingerprints. Another teacher and CTU delegate with no arrest record was scrambling late Thursday to fight CPS’ notification that she was barred from teaching. And at least three educators who are also CTU delegates were arrested in 2016 for civil disobedience at a protest demanding that Bank of America pay their fair share of taxes to support public schools. Their charges were dropped, but this week CPS notified them that they were not approved to return to the classroom – even though they’d previously been cleared by CPS and returned to their classrooms. CPS emailed one teacher who was re-fingerprinted in June this week, stating that she was not approved to teach – with no further instructions on how she might follow up, provide additional information or challenge the ruling.

“As a father of two boys in CPS schools, I share parents’ outrage and concern, both for the abuse that CPS swept under the rug to protect the mayor, and for Rahm’s crass political exploitation of this crisis,” said CTU Acting President Jesse Sharkey. “This is not a school safety plan – this is political cover for a mayor who’s failed our students. Teachers who taught students this summer are now being told they’re not fit to return to the classroom on Tuesday. Members who were re-fingerprinted in June and July are just now learning they’re being turned out of their classrooms. One educator who was fingerprinted and cleared to work as a new employee last January is now being told she is not approved for the new school year. There’s no evidence that anything that’s been flagged in this train wreck of a background check process presents a threat to students.”

CPS’ process to re-fingerprint and re-run background checks on thousands of educators has been plagued with problems and false starts. Issues range from long lines in sweltering conditions with few workers at fingerprint sites to CPS’ unilateral move to push back the deadline for fingerprinting by roughly a month – at a time when many educators had scheduled vacations with family members. The CTU started receiving alarmed calls and emails from members in the last week, as CPS sent out notices that they were barred from their classrooms. CTU staff have been rushing to get members’ records to CPS and challenge those rulings by the first day of school – a process that CPS should have begun weeks earlier, charge CTU officials.

“It’s outrageous that some of our most caring educators are being targeted for putting their bodies on the line to demand that big banks pay their fair share to public education – and NOT for any actions that could remotely impact the safety of students,” said CTU Political Director Stacy Davis Gates. “We always knew this process would be political and punitive – and that’s exactly what we’re seeing now. We protect students in our classrooms, and now this mayor is turning us away out of political retribution – and the incompetence of Rahm’s hand-picked school bosses.”

AFSCME Endorses Pritzker for Governor

Posted by Admin On May - 31 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

AFSCME People Committee Endorses Pritzker for Governor

 

The AFSCME PEOPLE Committee voted unanimously to endorse J.B. Pritzker for governor and Juliana Stratton for lieutenant governor. The PEOPLE Committee, comprised of rank-and-file union members from every part of the state, met April 27 to follow up on a resolution unanimously adopted at AFSCME Council 31’s biennial convention last October which committed our organization to work to defeat Bruce Rauner.

“Bruce Rauner has caused conflict, refused to compromise and can’t be trusted. Working families are unquestionably worse off now than when he took office,” AFSCME Council 31 Executive Director Roberta Lynch said.

“Repairing the damage done by Rauner is a big job. Illinois needs leaders like J.B. and Juliana who will bring people together and who care about working families,” Lynch said. “They’ve taken the time to travel the state and to listen to working people. They know the importance of public services and they value the women and men who provide those services in our communities every day. We look forward to working with J.B. and Juliana to rebuild our state.”

“I’m honored to have the support of AFSCME and the tens of thousands of workers it represents in Illinois,” Pritzker said. “While Bruce Rauner undercuts our workers and attacks their families at every chance, I will restore the respect our public service workers deserve. I will defend collective bargaining rights for our unions and protect hard earned pensions. With the support of AFSCME members throughout Illinois, we will build on our statewide, grassroots campaign that is ready to put Springfield back on the side of working families and get our state back on track.”

Union members on the committee shared their views on the endorsement of Pritzker and Stratton.

“Everybody who works for a living has been harmed by Bruce Rauner. We need someone who will sit down with everyone and come up with solutions that are fair,” said Garry Cacciapaglia, a water plant operator in Rockford. “J.B. has already gone out and built bonds with many different groups all over the state. We’re excited to stand together to beat Bruce Rauner.”

“For working people tired of the last three-plus years of Bruce Rauner attacking us and never being on our side, J.B. Pritzker will bring dramatic and welcome change. For state employees, I believe J.B. will be someone who’s open and willing to work together and treat us fairly,” said Stephen Mittons, a child protective investigator in Chicago. “J.B. has a progressive platform to raise the revenue Illinois needs from those who can afford it.”

“Bruce Rauner starved universities, doing incalculable damage to university employees and the students we serve. We need a governor who will prioritize higher education,” said Ellen Larrimore, an archivist at Northeastern Illinois University. “I know that J.B. Pritzker believes in funding public higher education and understands the important role it plays in our state.”

“Under Rauner we’ve had to fight just to get a living wage. He doesn’t understand the work we do and never walked in our shoes,” said Yolanda Woods, a caregiver for children with disabilities in Springfield. “We need someone like J.B. Pritzker who’s compassionate enough to take the time and understand a single mother who works two jobs and still can’t make ends meet. We need someone who’s willing to stand up for what’s right and get the job done.”

Madigan, House Democrats Call for Fair Tax that Eases the Burden on the Middle Class

Posted by Admin On April - 27 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois House Speaker Michael J. Madigan, House Democrats and advocates for the middle class are calling out Gov. Bruce Rauner and Republicans for refusing to consider fair tax reform that would provide relief for the middle class while making the ultra-wealthy pay their fair share.

Madigan and Democratic lawmakers from across the state introduced House Resolution 1025 Wednesday, challenging Republican lawmakers to stop protecting millionaires, billionaires, and big corporations and instead work with Democrats to enact a fair system that cuts taxes on middle-class and low-income taxpayers. Rauner and legislative Republicans are defending a status quo that allows Rauner to pay at least $5 million less than he would in a state like Iowa.

“Governor Rauner is willfully misleading taxpayers because he doesn’t want anyone to see that he’s blocking tax relief for the middle class, all in an effort to protect a special deal for millionaires and billionaires like himself,” Madigan said. “Today, we set the record straight: A fair tax for Illinois is about putting more money in the pockets of middle-class families. If our Republican colleagues are serious about cutting taxes, creating jobs, and strengthening our economy, they will join us in creating a fair tax system that rewards families who work hard and play by the rules, instead of one that benefits Bruce Rauner, Donald Trump and their billionaire friends.”

Madigan’s resolution cites findings from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy that Illinois’ constitutionally mandated “flat tax” is one of the most regressive tax structures in the country, forcing low- and middle-income residents to pay a larger share of their incomes in taxes than the very wealthy. A taxpayer earning less than $19,000 pays 13.2 percent of their income in state taxes, while those with an income of $498,000 pay only 4.6 percent of their income in taxes.

House Democrats are calling for a progressive tax like those currently in place in 33 other states—including Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri and Indiana—which would put more money in working families’ pockets, allowing them to reinvest in local economies and stimulate business growth and economic development.

“There’s no excuse for the current tax system that forces struggling families to pay more than the very wealthy,” said Roberta Lynch, executive director of AFSCME Council 31. “Illinois working families need fair tax reform. By standing in the way, Governor Rauner and the politicians who follow him are protecting a status quo full of loopholes for those who are already at the top.”

“Last year Democrats and Republicans stood together because they knew we cannot continue to follow Bruce Rauner’s agenda of slashing critical services for our communities so his billionaire and millionaire buddies can get a tax cut,” said Greg Kelley, president of SEIU Healthcare Illinois. “Their votes to end the Rauner budget crisis were votes to put middle-class families ahead of the ultra-wealthy. Now we need a tax system that reflects this same value. I applaud House Democrats’ stand for a fairer system, and we look forward to working with them to get a progressive income tax passed in the future.”

“Throughout our state, parents who want their children to receive a world-class education and homeowners who want relief from rising property taxes can agree on one thing: the system is unfair and needs to change,” said Dan Montgomery, president of the Illinois Federation of Teachers and a high school English teacher. “This is the change we need, and this is the opportunity for all who claim they’re on the side of taxpayers and educators to prove it.”

“As Donald Trump stacks the deck even more in favor of the ultra-wealthy, Governor Rauner and his allies can no longer pretend to stand with the middle class while also protecting a tax system that so clearly reinforces inequality,” said Clem Balanoff, chair of Our Revolution Illinois. “If they are ready to build an Illinois that works for everyone instead of just the top 1 percent, they will stand with us to enact a fair tax system that reflects that.”

Democratic Party to Hold Organizational Meeting

Posted by Admin On April - 23 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Democratic Party of Illinois Chairman Michael J. Madigan announced that the party would be holding an organizational meeting for the State Central Committee on Monday, April 23 in Springfield.

“Voters in the March primary elected new members of the State Central Committee, and now it is our job to choose party officials and begin planning to elect Democrats up and down the ballot in November,” Chairman Madigan said.

The meeting will take place on Monday, April 23 at 1 p.m. in the Gallery Room on the first floor of the State House Inn, located at 101 East Adams Street in Springfield. Members of the public are welcome to attend.

The Democratic State Central Committee is composed of 36 members, one man and one woman elected from each congressional district. Each member will have a weighted vote that is equal to the number of Democratic ballots cast in their congressional district in the March 20, 2018 primary election.

8th Ward Residents Facing Mounting Challenges Head-On

Posted by Admin On April - 5 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

Concerned Citizens Organization and 8th Ward residents are facing head-on challenges in the 8th Ward

 

By Pamela Bratcher-McMillan

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”- MLK

Concerned Citizens of the 8th Ward

Concerned Citizens of the 8th Ward

Once again, the Concerned Citizens of the 8th Ward and some 8th Ward residents have overcome tactics to thwart their activities when trying to inform the community of unwanted developments that only serve a few, but are being forced on the 8th Ward community overall. The Concerned Citizens scheduled meeting at St. Ailbe Church to inform the community of a development that many in the area don’t want was canceled without notice. Reportedly, an unknown caller had called the church sometime ago to reserve the meeting room and falsely used the name of a person several people at the church was familiar with. When the falsely accused woman called the church and complained the meeting was canceled. When attendees arrived at the meeting, and after standing in the rainy-cold for awhile, they were told by an 8th Ward alderman’s staff person stationed in the parking lot passing out brochures about Montclare, that the meeting had been canceled. It was a full-parking lot of cars and disappointed people due to the meeting being canceled. The proposed 134-unit, 8 story low income Montclare building for senior citizens is defiantly opposed by the community but very much sanctioned by the alderman. The Concerned Citizens of the 8th Ward were disappointed but not discouraged that the meeting had been canceled. They quickly relocated everyone to an alternate location because they felt it was too important to let the mishap obliterate them or stand in the way of getting the word out about what was taking place in the community, including a new seven story 1-2 bedroom low-income senior housing development without input from the community. That was quick thinking on the part of Linda Hudson, a candidate for alderman of the 8th Ward, who understands the importance of not letting a situation that some would have given up on and gone home stop her from informing the community. This instantaneous recovery shows that Hudson thinks on her feet (even in the rainy-cold).  That is why we need Hudson for 8th Ward alderman. She won’t give up on getting the community involved and empowered. Let’s hope St Ailbe learned from this and will develop a fail-safe system to confirm persons who call in to use the meeting room. Perhaps a confirmation number could be issued when a meeting is scheduled, and it would have to be used to cancel the meting or with a follow-up call. Elect Linda Hudson for 8th Ward Alderman  

Sol Flores on Election Results: “…There is No Doubt in My Mind That we Need More Diverse Voices at the Table…”

Posted by Admin On March - 22 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

Sol Flores’ Statement:

“I congratulate Commissioner Garcia on his historic election as the Democratic nominee to replace Rep. Luis Gutierrez in the 4th Congressional District. I am confident that he will serve our community well,” said Sol Flores. “I am humbled by the outpouring of support I received over the last three months. I raised my hand to run because I believed Congress needs someone from my gender and my generation and with my experience in the community if we are going to change the culture and the policies that affect women and families. I have dedicated my life’s work to serving young people and families, and I will continue to fight for the issues our community cares about: affordable and accessible health care, equal pay for women, immigration reform, and so much more. There is no doubt in my mind that we need more diverse voices at the table, and I will continue to encourage women, especially women of color, to raise their hands like I did to fight for the issues we care about.”

 

Sol Flores was born and raised in Chicago by a single mother who came to Chicago from Puerto Rico and worked hard to climb out of poverty. By age 13, Sol was working to help support her family and eventually pay her way through college. Fifteen years ago, Sol gave up a business career to create La Casa Norte, a nonprofit organization that provides services to thousands of homeless Latino and African American youth and families. Sol was recognized by the Obama White House as a national Champion of Change for her work. Sol also serves on the boards of the Latino Policy Forum, Hispanic Housing Development Corporation, the Chicago Low Income Housing Trust Fund and Kuumba Lynx. She is an appointed member of the City of Chicago Zoning Board of Appeals. Sol was endorsed by Emily’s List, Kirsten Gillibrand’s Off the Sidelines PAC, PODER PAC, NOW PAC and Illinois NOW as well as State Senators Toi Hutchinson and Iris Martinez, State Representatives Kelly Cassidy, Sara Feigenholtz, and Ann Williams, Aldermen Deb Mell and Ameya Pawar, Cook County Commissioner Bridget Gainer, and Committeeman Lucy Moog.

49th Ward Recommendations for Tuesday’s Election

Posted by Admin On March - 19 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

Tomorrow, Tuesday, March 20th) is Primary Election Day.  If you haven’t done so already, please vote.  Polls will be open from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

To find your polling place location, CLICK HERE and type in your address only.  Please note some polling place locations have changed since the last election, so it’s always a good idea to verify your location before you go to vote.

You also can vote early today (Monday) at sites across the City, including the Pottawattomie Park Fieldhouse, 7340 N. Rogers (open 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) and downtown at 16 W. Adams (open 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.).

For a list of our recommended candidates in the Democratic Primary, scroll to the bottom of this e-mail. They are the candidates endorsed by the members of the 49th Ward Democratic Party.

In the 49th Ward Democratic Party, the members of the party, not the elected officials, make the endorsement decisions.  They are progressive-minded volunteers, not paid political workers. They make their endorsement decisions after hearing from all the candidates in an open and democratic process.

Print the list and take it to the polls–or display it on your Smart Phone when you vote–to help you make an informed decision.

When you vote, you will notice one of the races for Water Reclamation District Commissioner has no candidates listed. This is due to the unexpected death of Commissioner Tim Bradford, who passed away just a day before the candidate filing deadline. As a result, the vacancy in his seat can be filled only by a write-in candidate.

We are supporting Barack Obama’s Great Lake’s Liaison, Cam Davis, who is endorsed by the Sierra Club, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, and Water Reclamation District Commissioner Debra Shore.

Here’s how you write (or type) in Cam Davis’ name:

When you get to the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District portion of the ballot, you will see “Vacancy of Bradford” with no candidates listed. This is where you write in Cam Davis’ name.

On a paper ballot: Write “Cam Davis” on the line between the arrows.

On a touch screen: Tap on the blank space under “No Candidate.” Using the keyboard, type “Cam Davis” and press “OK.”

Regardless of whom you support, we strongly encourage you to vote.

Sincerely,

JOE MOORE
Committeeman

DAVID KOGAN
President
49th Ward Democratic Party

STEPHANIE WILLIS
Vice President
49th Ward Democratic Party

The Endorsed Candidates of the 49th Ward Democratic Party 

Print this list and take it with you to the polls or refer to it on your smartphone when you vote

Governor and Lieutenant Governor
(3) Daniel Biss & Litesa E. Wallace

Attorney General
(8) Pat Quinn

Secretary of State
(16) Jesse White

Comptroller
(17) Susana A. Mendoza

Treasurer
(18) Michael W. Frerichs

U.S. Representative, 9th District
(21) Janice D. Schakowsky

State Central Committeewoman, 9th District
(31) Carol Ronen

State Central Committeeman, 9th District
(32) Michael Cabonargi

State Representative, 14th District
(52) Kelly M. Cassidy

Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Full 6-Year Term (Vote for 3)
(62) Debra Shore
(63) Kari K. Steele
(64) Martin J. Durkan

Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Unexpired 2-Year Term
(69) Kimberly Neely Dubuclet

Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Commissioners (Bradford Vacancy)
Write (or type) in “Cam Davis”

President of County Board
(71) Toni Preckwinkle

County Clerk
(73) Karen A. Yarbrough

County Sheriff
(76) Thomas J. Dart

County Treasurer
(79) Maria Pappas

County Assessor
(81) Frederick “Fritz” Kaegi

County Commissioner, 10th District
(91) Bridget Gainer

County Commissioner, 13th District
(92) Larry Suffredin

Board of Review, 2nd District
(101) Michael Cabonargi

Judge of the Circuit Court
(121) Oran F. Whiting (Vacancy of Brewer)
(127) Jonathan Clark Green (Vacancy of Clay)
(130) Tom Sam Sianis (Vacancy of Dooling)
(133) Rosa Maria Silva (Vacancy of Egan)
(134) Thomas F. McGuire (Vacancy of Dunford)
(136) Preston Jones, Jr. (Vacancy of Flanagan)
(139) Cecilia Anne Horan (Vacancy of Hartigan)
(141) Clare Joyce Quish  (Vacancy of Jordan)
(145) Peter Michael Gonzalez (Vacancy of McGinnis)
(147) Jack Hagerty (Vacancy of Prendergast Rooney)

Judge, 8th Subcircuit
(151) James “Jamie” Shapiro (Vacancy of Fabri)
(157) Lindsay Huge (Vacancy of Liu)
(161) Jeanne Marie Wrenn (Vacancy of Pethers)

Advisory Referenda

“Shall the State of Illinois legalize the cultivation, manufacture, distribution, testing, and sale of marijuana and marijuana products for recreational use by adults 21 and older subject to state regulation, taxation and local ordinance?”

Vote “YES”

“Should Governor Rauner act to protect the 650,000 Illinois residents who obtained health insurance through the Affordable Care Act by supporting legislation amending the Illinois Insurance Code to preserve important benefits like pediatric services and maternity care, and by investing in outreach campaigns to encourage residents to sign up for health insurance?”

Vote “YES”

“Should Governor Rauner support Illinois legislation to ban firearm bump stocks and strengthen penalties on illegal gun traffickers?”

Vote “YES”

“Should the State of Illinois develop a comprehensive strategy to address the recent rise in opioid-related and heroin-related deaths including committing additional state resources for addiction treatment and requiring health insurers to cover opioid alternatives and limitations on prescription length?”

Vote “YES”

Early Voting Hours Extended

Posted by Admin On March - 12 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

Early voting hours extended to 7:00 p.m. Check out our sample ballot.

 

Early voting for the March 2018 Primary Election continues this week at locations throughout the City, including the Pottawattomie Park Fieldhouse, 7340 N. Rogers (just west of the Metra tracks). For your convenience, early voting is extended from 9:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. Monday through Friday this week at all early voting locations. 

Early voting also is taking place next Saturday, March 17th, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Sunday, March 18th, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Monday, March 19th, from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

For more information on early voting and voting by mail, CLICK HERE.

As usual, the ballot contains many candidates running for many offices. To assist in your voting choices, I am providing a list of the candidates endorsed by the members of the 49th Ward Democratic Party.

SCROLL TO THE BOTTOM OF THIS EMAIL AND YOU WILL FIND OUR ENDORSED CANDIDATES, INCLUDING CANDIDATES FOR JUDGE.

In the 49th Ward Democratic Party, the members of the party, not the elected officials, make the endorsement decisions.  They are progressive-minded volunteers, not paid political workers. They make their endorsement decisions after hearing from all the candidates in an open and democratic process.

The candidates below are the ones that the members of the 49th Ward Democratic Party believe are best equipped to lead the battle for our progressive values and defeat the Trump/Rauner Republicans in November.

As the 49th Ward Democratic Committeeman, I strongly support their recommendations.

When you vote, you will notice one of the races for Water Reclamation District Commissioner has no candidates listed. This is due to the unexpected death of Commissioner Tim Bradford, who passed away just a day before the candidate filing deadline. As a result, the vacancy in his seat can be filled only by a write-in candidate.

We are supporting Barack Obama’s Great Lake’s Liaison, Cam Davis, who is endorsed by the Sierra Club, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, and Water Reclamation District Commissioner Debra Shore.

Here’s how you write (or type) in Cam Davis’ name:

When you get to the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District portion of the ballot, you will see “Vacancy of Bradford” with no candidates listed. This is where you write in Cam Davis’ name.

On a paper ballot: Write “Cam Davis” on the line between the arrows.

On a touch screen: Tap on the blank space under “No Candidate.” Using the keyboard, type “Cam Davis” and press “OK.”

Finally, we can use your help in the final weeks leading up to the election, as well as Election Day itself. These endorsements mean nothing unless people know about them. Your help is critical in getting the word out. Please reply to this email or call the 49th Ward Democratic Party at 773-973-4949 and we’ll sign you up!

Regardless of whom you support, I strongly encourage you to vote.

Sincerely,

Joe Moore

The Endorsed Candidates of the 49th Ward Democratic Party and Alderman/Committeeman Joe Moore

Print this list and take it with you to the polls or refer to it on your smartphone when you vote

Governor and Lieutenant Governor
(3) Daniel Biss & Litesa E. Wallace

Attorney General
(8) Pat Quinn

Secretary of State
(16) Jesse White

Comptroller
(17) Susana A. Mendoza

Treasurer
(18) Michael W. Frerichs

U.S. Representative, 9th District
(21) Janice D. Schakowsky

State Central Committeewoman, 9th District
(31) Carol Ronen

State Central Committeeman, 9th District
(32) Michael Cabonargi

State Representative, 14th District
(52) Kelly M. Cassidy

Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Full 6-Year Term (Vote for 3)
(62) Debra Shore
(63) Kari K. Steele
(64) Martin J. Durkan

Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Unexpired 2-Year Term
(69) Kimberly Neely Dubuclet

Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Commissioners (Bradford Vacancy)
Write (or type) in “Cam Davis”

President of County Board
(71) Toni Preckwinkle

County Clerk
(73) Karen A. Yarbrough

County Sheriff
(76) Thomas J. Dart

County Treasurer
(79) Maria Pappas

County Assessor
(81) Frederick “Fritz” Kaegi

County Commissioner, 10th District
(91) Bridget Gainer

County Commissioner, 13th District
(92) Larry Suffredin

Board of Review, 2nd District
(101) Michael Cabonargi

Judge of the Circuit Court
(121) Oran F. Whiting (Vacancy of Brewer)
(127) Jonathan Clark Green (Vacancy of Clay)
(130) Tom Sam Sianis (Vacancy of Dooling)
(133) Rosa Maria Silva (Vacancy of Egan)
(134) Thomas F. McGuire (Vacancy of Dunford)
(136) Preston Jones, Jr. (Vacancy of Flanagan)
(139) Cecilia Anne Horan (Vacancy of Hartigan)
(141) Clare Joyce Quish  (Vacancy of Jordan)
(145) Peter Michael Gonzalez (Vacancy of McGinnis)
(147) Jack Hagerty (Vacancy of Prendergast Rooney)

Judge, 8th Subcircuit
(151) James “Jamie” Shapiro (Vacancy of Fabri)
(157) Lindsay Huge (Vacancy of Liu)
(161) Jeanne Marie Wrenn (Vacancy of Pethers)

Advisory Referenda

“Shall the State of Illinois legalize the cultivation, manufacture, distribution, testing, and sale of marijuana and marijuana products for recreational use by adults 21 and older subject to state regulation, taxation and local ordinance?”

Vote “YES”

“Should Governor Rauner act to protect the 650,000 Illinois residents who obtained health insurance through the Affordable Care Act by supporting legislation amending the Illinois Insurance Code to preserve important benefits like pediatric services and maternity care, and by investing in outreach campaigns to encourage residents to sign up for health insurance?”

Vote “YES”

“Should Governor Rauner support Illinois legislation to ban firearm bump stocks and strengthen penalties on illegal gun traffickers?”

Vote “YES”

“Should the State of Illinois develop a comprehensive strategy to address the recent rise in opioid-related and heroin-related deaths including committing additional state resources for addiction treatment and requiring health insurers to cover opioid alternatives and limitations on prescription length?”

Vote “YES”

Early Voting Starts Today (March 5): Chicago Teachers Union’s Endorsement

Posted by Admin On March - 5 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

Early voting begins March 5. Support the CTU’s endorsed candidates!

Early voting begins on March 5 in all neighborhoods, and runs through March 19 – so don’t miss your chance to register your vote! The CTU’s political action committee has assessed dozens of candidates in races across the ballot, from governor to Cook County board, and the CTU Executive Board and House of Delegates overwhelmingly voted to approve candidates in the following races. Please support these champions of public education, collective bargaining, and the rights and needs of students and their families.

Illinois Attorney General

  • State Senator Kwame Raoul

Illinois State Senate

  • 8th District: Ram Villivalam

Illinois House of Representatives

  • 1st State House District: Aaron Ortiz
  • 2nd State House District: Representative Theresa Mah
  • 4th State House District: Delia Ramirez
  • 5th State House District: Lamont Robinson
  • 6th State House District: Representative Sonya Harper
  • 14th State House District: Representative Kelly Cassidy
  • 19th State House District: Representative Robert Martwick
  • 25th State House District: Adrienne Irmer
  • 31st State House District: State Representative Mary Flowers

Cook County Board

  • 1st County Board District: CTU member Brandon Johnson
  • 12th County Board District: Bridget Degnen
  • 13th County Board District: Commissioner Larry Suffredin

You may early vote at any of the City’s early voting locations. To find all early voting locations, hours, and requirements, click this link. Election Day is March 20th; find your polling place at this link. To volunteer to help our endorsed candidates between now and election day with canvassing or phone banking, please email martinritter@ctulocal1.com.

Thank you for your service to Chicago’s children and your continued advocacy for the schools that our students deserve. See you at the polls!

Leading Black Legislator Calls for Economic Unity, Action as Black Wealth 2020 Celebrates Second Year

Posted by Admin On March - 2 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

Rep. Gregory Porter tells voters: ‘You can’t be the invisible.’

By Hazel Trice Edney

Indiana Rep. Gregory Porter, president, National Black Caucus of State Legislators
Indiana Rep. Gregory Porter, calls for unity behind direction of Black Wealth 2020.
PHOTO: Rodney Minor

(TriceEdneyWire.com) – The president of America’s largest organization of Black legislators has called for unity behind economic development initiatives prioritized by Black Wealth 2020, a movement launched two years ago to forge progress for Black-owned businesses, banks and homeowners.

“Economic development is the cornerstone for everything. It’s kind of interesting to talk to you all because you’re living it every day. You know what it takes,” said Indiana Rep. Gregory W. Porter, president of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators (NBCSL).

 

He was speaking to Black Wealth 2020 founders, executives and associates at its second anniversary luncheon. “What it takes is for a community to get along. Also, we don’t spend with our people like we should and we know that. The bottom line is this: We know the whereases. We know what the problems are. Therefore, what are we going to do? Jesse [Jackson] said years ago ‘Can’t nobody save us but us.’… That’s what we’re doing right now, saving us.”

 

Backing from the NBCSL adds significant momentum to Black Wealth 2020, founded two years ago by Ron Busby, president/CEO of the U.S. Black Chambers Inc.; Michael Grant, then president of the National Bankers Association; and Jim Winston, president of the National Organization of Black Owned Broadcasters. At least a dozen other major Black organizations have either joined or expressed support for its economic initiatives.

“We own too little land. We have too lower median income than other Americans. We have much lower family wealth than our White brothers and sisters and we’ve got to make that change,” Porter said to shouts of “Amen” and applause from the audience.

A strategy to unify with other organizations will be the key to success, said Porter, a Democrat serving his 13th term in the Indiana General Assembly.

“We’re working with the NAACP, Urban League, other groups and National Organizations because if we do that we’ll be strong together. We can’t continue to be silos. So, I know as we go forth, we will do it as a community. And so, remember, you have 600 legislators, we represent 60 million people. We’re in 45 states, plus U. S. Virgin Islands and the District of Columbia. We have the means. It’s up to all of us to come together and have the will.”

Speaking to the luncheon gathering at HomeFree-USA, Porter listed a number of economic policies currently being pushed by NBCSL, which has a membership that blankets the nation; plus the U.S. Virgin Islands and Washington, DC. “We represent about 60 million people in rural communities and we come together two or three times a year in an annual conference.”

Pointing to long-held discussions about Black wealth, Porter, ranking minority member on Indiana’s Ways and Means Committee, stressed that the most important need now is less talk and more strategic action. “The bottom line is that we can talk all we want to, but we’ve got to have our independence in regards to economics,” he said.

As an example of action, he said he and like-minded legislators have had to hold up certain projects in order to assure Black participation.

“We’re the super minority, so a lot of us are fighting to stay relevant in this whole process,” he said. “They always go to the big company, but we’ve got to know how we’re going to build our capacity by choosing minority companies…We’ve worked very hard in dealing with minority access for sustainable financial institutions through our resolutions. As Black Caucuses across the country, we’re increasing our fair contracting opportunities and practices for economic parity. These are resolutions that we’ve passed.”

Among key economic issues being dealt with in legislatures daily are homeowner protection, anti-predatory lending, home affordability resolutions, anti-discrimination and gentrification issues. Preparation for the 2020 Census and making sure African-Americans are fully counted will also be key, he said. NCBSL’s next legislative conference will be held Nov. 28 at which time they will “look at Black wealth.”

Echoing the importance of unity in order to accomplish economic goals, HomeFree-USA President/CEO Marcia Griffin appealed to those in the room to “be our ambassadors, our messengers, etc. because we need to reach thousands with a sense of understanding and get people to wrap their arms around our goals. … We’re from all sorts of different segments of the Black community, but we’ve come together to work together to empower ourselves and empower our community and empower our country.”

Grant, now based in Nashville, where he is regional president of United Security Financial, a mortgage banking company, agreed with the appeal for harmony. “We’re not trying to upstage anybody,” he said at the Feb. 15 event. “We’re not trying to compete with anybody. What we’re trying to do is pull our strength together so that when we speak with one voice, they’re looking at all of these organizations coming together and it’s hard to say no to that kind of power.”

Porter also underscored the importance of constituents holding lawmakers – including Black legislators – accountable and not taking for granted that they will automatically push for economic inclusion. He suggested that constituents:

  • Have their own kitchen cabinet and invite legislators to neighborhood and community meetings.
  • Come to state houses, visit the representatives’ offices.
  • Attend and speak at public hearings.

“You can’t be the invisible,” he said. “We’ve got to stay woke about economic development and the process that we have. We did build this country. We need to manage this country.”

Expressing the importance of this year being the 50th anniversary of the beginning of Dr. King’s Poor People’s Movement, Porter said, “It does mean a lot to us…You’ve got to know where you came from to know where you’re going.”

 

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