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    Early Voting Begins Today

    Early voting begins Monday February 9th and runs until Saturday, February 21. You can vote early at the District 9 Police Station (pictured) at 3120 S. Halsted. Voting hours are from 9AM to 5PM.

    [Above: 9th District Police Station. Note: Horses may not vote.]

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    Patrick Thompson Was Partner At Law Firm That Sells Out Working Families

    Do you know what outsourcing is?

    That’s when a company takes away jobs from Americans and sends them overseas where they pay workers less.

    The company doesn’t care how much the American working family is hurt when the job is taken away. The company doing outsourcing doesn’t feel it owes the worker anything.

    Outsourcing is what lawyers like Patrick Daley Thompson call it.

    But I like plain language, so I just call it what it is: selling out our working families.

    Companies look for help selling out working families. They come to the law firm where Patrick Daley Thompson was a partner to get that help.

    DLA Piper is the law firm Patrick was partner at before 2011.

    It’s a firm that makes a lot of money hurting our working families. They make money by helping their clients take away good paying jobs from American workers to send those jobs to places like Asia and Europe.

    DLA Piper makes so much money hurting working families, they have a whole website dedicated to their outsourcing practice. It’s called dlapiperoutsourcing.com

    It’s where they brag about how good they are at sending jobs overseas. About how easy they make it for their clients to do.

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    And if they hurt enough American working families, they even win awards at it.

    Patrick Daley Thompson worked at DLA Piper when it won its 2010 Outsourcing Advisory Of The Year award.

    Patrick was a partner at DLA Piper, which means he should have known what the firm was doing, why, and to whom.

    Never Forget Why This Matters

    Look around you. Think of the last ten, twenty, thirty years in the 11th Ward.

    Do you see more economic opportunity or less? Do you see more crime or less? Are people working crazier hours, more part-time jobs, just to make ends meet?

    Are working people struggling more, or less?

    You know the answer. Things are worse, not better for working families.

    There is a reason things are worse and jobs are fewer.

    There are fewer jobs because there is big money to be made taking them away. That’s what Patrick Daley Thompson’s law firm does and did when he was partner there.

    American working families just aren’t important to DLA Piper, its clients or its partners, like Patrick Daley Thompson.

    I’ve talked about this since Labor Day.  February 24 is our chance to remember who stands up for working families in our community.

    And to remember who steps on them.

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    Sullivan Responds To Sun-Times, Imitators

    Fact: The ideas the Sun-Times credits to my opponents in this weekend’s piece have been part of my platform since Day One.

    Fact: I am the only candidate who released a platform on the day I announced.

    Fact: I am the only candidate who hasn’t changed my platform to match my opponents.

    What does this say to you?

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    My thanks to the Sun-Times Editorial board for the chance to interview last week. To the board, I’d like to mention an editorial item.

    There is a missing word in the above Sun-Times article. The word is “also”.

    It belongs after the words “John Kozlar” and before “wants to the restore the Ramova Theater”.

    That word should be there, because as our neighbors are very well aware, for no less than ten years, I have been fighting for that theater –and I’ve been winning funds and awards for it.

    So it’s only fair to say Mr. Kozlar also wants to restore it.

    More importantly, it needs to be said that Mr. Kozlar has to date fielded no realistic nor even professional-grade plan.

    Meanwhile, my plans have been honored twice by the Illinois Institute of Technology, and my own stewardship of the building is what resulted in $330,000 in damage stabilization funds to repair holes in its roof.

    With all due respect, the fact is my opponent John Kozlar is a Johnny-come-lately to the Ramova cause.

    And our neighbors know it, even if the Sun-Times doesn’t.

    Patrick Daley Thompson: Simply Not Focused On The 11th Ward

    It was about one week ago when I reminded the packed crowd at the Trinity candidate forum that I was the only candidate who had translated any part of my campaign website into Chinese and Spanish.

    Sure enough, look at what has magically appeared at Patrick Daley Thompson’s campaign website in the time since: language translation.

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    This says two things to me:

    First, it says that I lead this campaign. I literally lead it, meaning that I show the challengers what to do — then we all watch them do it.

    Like my Ramova work, this imitation is a sincere form of flattery.

    Second, it says very loudly that for the first five months of this campaign, Patrick Daley Thompson never considered the thousands of 11th Ward residents who speak Chinese or Spanish. He did not notice them. He did not think of them. The needs of thousands of our neighbors did not cross his mind.

    This is totally unacceptable from someone who claims to represent the 11th Ward and is asking for the job.

    It speaks to a mindset focused anywhere but here. It suggests he’s thinking about somewhere else.

    Where is he focused?  I think it’s on downtown.

    I think he’s focused on his big shot legal clients who come seeking easy tax treatment and handouts of our hard-earned tax money. Focused on the Wacker Drive high rise condo developments that he prints and sends pictures of in his mailings.

    But we need an Alderman who is focused on us — not past us.

    I will be that Alderman. That is exactly why I’m running.

    Running Out Of Time 

    We have three weeks before the election on February 24th. That means my opponents are running out of time to take my work and pretend it’s their own.

    Go ahead, guys — there’s plenty more where that came from.

    Just remember: we all see you doing it.

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    Chicago Green Party Endorses Sullivan Over Water Commissioner Opponent

    Winning the Chicago Green Party endorsement in the race for 11th Ward Alderman over her opponent Metropolitan Water Reclamation Commissioner Patrick Daley Thompson is Maureen Sullivan, parks leaderpublic health activist, author and businesswoman.

    Sullivan’s resume on environmental issues is strong. She is the three-time elected President of the Palmisano Park Advisory Council. She has been highly active on environmental and public health issues in the ward, including leading the volunteer effort called Bridgeport Clean And Green (click here for details). Sullivan was also highly active in the multi-neighborhood effort to end the health hazard of the nearby coal plants (click here for details.)  She also created and manages the annual summer festival Bridgeport Air And Water Show in Palmisano Park.  She has spearheaded capital and safety improvements to the park and to its sister McGuane Park.

    In the wake of the Illinois Green Party’s announcements earlier in the month, the Chicago Green Party (CPG) announced their endorsements this week which included Mayoral Candidate Bob Fioretti, who Sullivan has appeared with on the campaign trail.

    “Stewardship of our water and air is critically important to me, and I am proud to accept this latest Green Party endorsement in recognition of my hands-on work,” said Sullivan. “The balancing act needed to protect our environment in a densely populated Ward is one my record shows I am uniquely qualified for.”

     

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