Thanks To My Supporters And Opponents
Recently this evening the last two precincts finally reported in. Barring an unlikely reversal based on absentee ballots which are yet to be counted, the final vote count has 51.61% of 11ith Ward voters coming together to oppose Patrick Daley Thompson, forcing him into a runoff with John Kozlar on April 7th.
I am very proud to claim a significant hand in this outcome, even though my campaign for Alderman in 2015 is over. I want to thank my beloved team and my 1,519 supporters for coming out in the brutal cold and making history in our ward. Our campaign always had an uphill battle, and the great amount we accomplished with the fewest dollars and least campaign experience will be studied for as long as there are women who want to change the status quo. I thank you all for that victory.
I next want to thank my opponents John and Patrick for their strong and positive candidacies and also for the good judgement both showed during the campaign in repeatedly echoing pieces of my own platform. May the ideas that I brought become policy, for the good of all of the 11th Ward.
What the future holds is unclear, but two things are certain:
For now, business as usual is over in the 11th.
And I will be back.
Congratulations To The Next Mayor Of Chicago: Chuy Garcia
(While the 19th and 29th precincts are still out with zero results as of this time, I am withholding comment on the 11th Ward race. What follows is my statement on the Mayoral race.)
The Rahm Emanuel administration has been a disaster for the 11th Ward and for Chicago. From the far north of our ward, where Emanuel’s closures of mental health facilities have dumped patients seeking services at the Pacific Garden Mission, to the far south, where crime and the economic health of our neighbors get an indifferent shrug from City Hall, the 11th Ward needs to stand with the rest of Chicago and send Rahm Emanuel back to Wilmette.
I was in the streets with Chicago teachers fighting Emanuel’s public school closings, and when I saw the teachers union back Chuy Garcia for Mayor, I immediately invited Garcia to the 11th Ward to the same kind of events I appeared at with Bob Fioretti throughout my campaign. I am sad that Bob’s message didn’t get out, but today I join my many friends who already work for Chuy’s campaign for Mayor.
Today, I am wholeheartedly endorsing and supporting Jesus “Chuy” Garcia for Mayor of Chicago in the April runoff. We have a chance to elect a bona fide progressive who withstood millions of dollars of attacks from Emanuel’s obscenely huge war chest stuffed with pay-to-play cash. We have a chance to retake City Hall from the forces that attack working families every day. We need someone who sees Chicago as the world-class city that it is, not a springboard for national office or a profit center for privatization.
For these reasons and more, I urge all 11th Ward voters to cast their ballot on April 7th for Jesus “Chuy” Garcia for Mayor of Chicago.
Video: Saving The Ramova Grill
Did you know that the interior of Bridgeport’s beloved Ramova Grill is still around? In 2012, when it closed, I worked with the owners and other preservationists to keep it in the neighborhood so our community could enjoy it. That’s when I found a solution and led the project to land it at Benton House on Gratten Ave.
I love our neighborhood so much, and I know so many of my neighbors share that love. Because you might not know that the Ramova Grill isn’t really gone, I thought I should mention it — and ask that you keep it in mind when you’re voting on February 24th for 11th Ward Alderman. Thanks.
White Sox Pitchers And Catchers Report To Spring Training!
— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) February 20, 2015
Yes, it’s a political campaign. Yes, the issues are incredibly important. Yes, the election will have far-reaching implications for the future of the city and the 11th Ward.
But today the White Sox pitchers and catchers have reported to Glendale! The offseason is over! White Sox spring training has begun!
Chris Sale! Johnny Danks! José Quintana! Jeff Samardzija! Tyler Flowers!
Word is lots of position players have already reported too — Conor Gillaspe! Jose Abreu(!!), Mica Johnson!
The Sox pickups have been stupendous this offseason (Emilio Bonifacio, Adam LaRoche, Melky Cabrera, Samardzjia) both Garcias are back online, and David Robertson, replacement to no less than Mariano Rivera is closing it up.
This year the AL Central is guaranteed to be a madhouse, and our beloved White Sox will be on the top floor!
DNAInfo: Rahm Emanuel Supports Patrick Daley Thompson With $16,000
[Image: Rahm Emanuel celebrates with Bruce Rauner. Chicago Tribune/David S. Lewis]
In the wake of campaign filing reports that Rahm Emanuel has donated at least $16,000 to Patrick Daley Thompson’s campaign through his PAC Chicago Forward, and further reports from our supporters that they are receiving Thompson phone calls on personal cell phones that have been placed on the National Do Not Call Registry, we provide two facts:
1) At the last 11th Ward candidate forum in University Commons, all three candidates were asked what Mayoral candidate they supported. John Kozlar and Patrick Daley Thompson, the two politicians, did not answer.
But Maureen Sullivan spoke clearly, saying in plain English that she supports Bob Fioretti.
2) In order to complain about any phone calls you receive on cellular phones that are on the National Do Not Call Registry, click here and file that complaint with the Federal Trade Commission.
Check On Your Neighbors In This Brutally Cold Weather
As some truly brutal and very cold weather settles on Chicago, I implore you to check on your neighbors, especially the elderly, to make sure that heating is working in their homes. If you or your neighbors have problems with heat, call 3-1-1- immediately. Don’t mess around with this weather, because it can kill.
Remember that landlords must heat residential buildings to at least 68 degrees during the day and 66 degrees overnight. If you are unable to resolve a heating problem with your landlord, call 3-1-1.
CITY WARMING CENTERS
A Warming Center is a heated facility where Chicagoans can go to find safe refuge from extreme weather.
The Chicago Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS) operates six Warming Centers during work weekdays when temperatures dip below 32 degrees. Additional facilities are opened as needed including Senior Centers, libraries, and Park District buildings. The Warming Centers that DFSS operates are not open on weekday holidays unless specifically indicated. This is why it is so important to contact 3-1-1 for Warming Center information, especially during off hours or on holidays.
The Garfield Center, located at 10 S. Kedzie Avenue, is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to connect residents to emergency shelter.
Call 3-1-1 to locate a Warming Center in your area.
Today’s Ad In The Bridgeport News
Kind of says it all, I think.
11th Ward Potholes Are Tearing Our Cars Apart
We all know it. The state of the pavement on 11th Ward streets is terrible. And the responsibility lies with the Ward office on 37th and Halsted where Patrick Daley Thompson has his desk.
Worse, we pay through the nose for these potholes twice – first in ever-increasing property tax on our homes (or in heightened rent payments), then once more when we need to pay mechanic bills for work on our cars due to the constant smashing and bashing of our wheels.
While I’m a big fan and supporter of Jay and Don over at Herman’s Quality Service in Canaryville, I don’t want to see them more than I have to for wheel alignment, struts, shocks, etc.
When elected Alderman, I will address head-on the problem of our bad street and viaduct conditions. You can tell I will because the 11th Ward’s most effective activist for viaducts, Dr. Michelle Fennessy, is a supporter of mine. Michelle and I share an interventionist outlook on the street problems our ward faces and we do not let gridlock stop us from getting results.
The problem is about service. You have seen me serving our community for ten years.
I will only step it up — and fix our streets — when elected Alderman.
In Memoriam: Ald. JoAnn Thompson
I was distressed to hear the news of the passing of Alderman JoAnn Thompson of the 16th Ward.
Alderman Thompson and I worked together on helping the St. Rose Center, a community center for disabled adults in the Back Of The Yards neighborhood. While assisting the Center as an administrative volunteer, I needed Alderman Thompson’s help on a variety of issues.
Because she held regular Ward Nights in the 16th, it was easy to set up meetings with her. She gave us help with Illinois state funding the Center was due but had not received, and she wrote letters to state officials including Governor Quinn to get things moving once again. I will always remember her availability and effectiveness.
I offer my sincerest condolences to her family, friends and her constituents. She will be missed.
Ten Reasons Bob Fioretti Is A Badass
Bob Fioretti and I fought together on the front lines to keep threatened public schools open. We’re a pair of South Siders who reject pay-to-play government, and for that reason among many others I support Bob’s bid for Mayor.
When we saw it last week, everybody in the Sullivan camp loved the Buzzfeed article “Nine Reasons Bob Fioretti Is A Badass” and we decided to republish it.
But we noticed they overlooked at least one reason Bob is a badass. We’ll add that tenth reason here:
#10: Bob Fioretti has never wavered in his demand for an elected school board. He opposes the Deborah Quazzos and the David Vitales who weigh down CPS with their utter lack of qualification, monumental conflicts of interest, and reliance on wasteful bond issues including toxic interest rate swaps. Everybody in Chicago with a stake in sustainable public education has always had a true blue ally in Bob Fioretti.