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    Where Was This Picture Taken?

    Over the weekend, a campaign mailing from Patrick Daley Thompson hit our mailbox.

    Because Patrick is a candidate for 11th Ward Alderman, we were surprised to see a bunch of high-rise buildings printed on it.

    So we asked ourselves: where exactly are the high-rises in the 11th Ward?

    Is this over by Freddie’s?

    No.

    Is this the Appleville apartments? Or over by Shinnick’s?

    No and no.

    Maybe it’s by Sox park?  The old Amp? University Village?

    Nope.

    It’s downtown. Which is where Patrick Daley Thompson does his job as real estate attorney and lobbyist for big business. Where he helps the connected get their hands on our tax money.

    So the next time you take a walk down our Haslted St. and wonder why there are so many empty storefronts in our neighborhood with Thompson signs mounted inside the empty windows, remember where Patrick Daley Thompson is coming from. Remember what he’s thinking about.

    It’s not the 11th Ward.

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    Announcing January’s 11th Ward Aldermanic Forums

    In a town that could use some heating up in January, a pair of political forums* are guaranteed to raise the temperature on the insider leadership responsible for mismanaging the 11th Ward for decades. Two debates in the 11th Ward Aldermanic race are announced:

    At least one additional forum is planned for Feburary.  Watch our website for details.

    * [CORRECTION: The original version of this post characterized these events as debates, but in fact their formats are not debate-style. The formats are instead panels with Q&A directed to the candidates individually. We regret the error.]

    (Photo credit: Bridgeport Alliance)

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    Patrick Daley Thompson Accepts Sullivan’s Call For Unity

    Following Maureen Sullivan‘s December 18th call for unity against campaign hate attacks in the 11th Ward Aldermanic race, Patrick Daley Thompson two days later posted upon his website a call for all candidates to “run a fair, positive campaign”.

    In the December 20th post entitled “Fair Campaign Pledge”, Daley Thompson wrote “Let’s have spirited dialogue. Let’s engage in the free exchange of ideas. Let’s challenge one another. But in doing so, let’s all be positive, professional and respectful.  Our voters and our residents deserve nothing less”

    The message from the candidate appeared two days after Sullivan called for “resolve to focus on the issues that are important to voters” after the appearance of anonymous hate attacks on her in the form of street stickers leveling moral charges.  “There are significant differences between the candidates, but I don’t believe that any of us endorses this kind of deeply disrespectful personal attack,” said Sullivan in a post that day.

    “Our campaign has never used anonymous street postings and we never will,” said Sullivan today. “I’m glad to hear that Patrick Daley Thompson has chosen to distance himself from these hate stickers, and I’m encouraged that our campaign continues to set the tone in dialog.”

    “I absolutely welcome all fair comparisons of candidates based upon on record and history in this race,” she added.

     

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    Sullivan Denounces Hate Attacks, Calls For Unity

    Responding to an anonymous sticker campaign in the Bridgeport neighborhood, Aldermanic candidate Maureen Sullivan called for unity in the face of a hate attack, the first of the political season in the 11th Ward.

    Stickers reading “Maureen Sullivan Bad For Bridgeport Bankrupt Financially And Morally” went up on area light poles at some point in the last few days.

    “There is no place for hatred in this or in any election,” said Sullivan.  “There are significant differences between the candidates, but I don’t believe that any of us endorses this kind of deeply disrespectful personal attack. I call upon my electoral opponents Patrick Daley Thompson and John Kozlar to join me in denouncing these hate stickers and resolve to focus on the issues that are important to voters.”

    Since launching in August, Sullivan’s campaign website has detailed the personal bankruptcy in her history, triggered by the 2008 housing crisis.

    An online attack came with the stickers, when in a web comment, Ed Marszewski, owner of Maria’s on 31st St. and a Thompson supporter, called Maureen “a crazy cat lady” (photo).

    Sullivan’s campaign has collected dozens of volunteers, thousands of dollars of donations and has snagged key endorsements including Democracy For America, the People’s Lobby, Reclaim Chicago and National Nurses United.

    “We’re seeing again how women are singled out for terrible abuse in electoral politics,” said Sullivan campaign spokesman Rob Warmowski.  “But our neighbors know that Maureen has always been up front, and has always stood up to bullies. This neighborhood loves a fighter.”

    Debates among all three candidates are scheduled to take place January 21st in Canaryville and January 25th in Bridgeport.

     

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    Sullivan, Candidates Address Bridgeport Village Homeowners Association

    Last night at Polo Cafe, during the first event of the campaign season attended by all three candidates for 11th Ward Alderman, the questions flowed like beer from Polo’s cash bar.

    Addressing a gathering of the Bridgeport Village Homeowners Association was Maureen Sullivan and her election opponents John Kozlar and Patrick Daley Thompson. The event planned 20 minutes for each candidate to deliver remarks followed by questions from association members.

    After drawing straws, Maureen led off, letting the homeowners know why she’s running for office:

    “There are many reasons why I’m running for Alderman, but the number one reason I’m running is because my neighbors demanded it. For the past ten years, I’ve been a highly visible community volunteer stepping up to improve our neighborhoods by providing leadership, creativity, experience and successful community organizing. Time and time again over that ten years, I have been asked ‘why don’t you run for Alderman? We need you. You already do what the Alderman is supposed to do.’ This year was the year I finally gave in and stepped forward.”

    Questions for Maureen included how she would shape the business development in the neighborhood. “At Archer and Halsted,” she said,  “there should be commuter-related businesses such as a day care, and we should consider a drive-through coffee place.  I envision Halsted Street and Archer Avenue as walkable small business districts, that look inviting.”

    After remarks by Kozlar including a round of applause for his work with the Canaryville Little League, Patrick Daley Thompson took the stage to present a very different vision for Halsted’s business district and its shuttered storefronts. He said retail wasn’t the right focus.

    “You don’t need as much retail on Halsted.  You shop on the internet now,” said Thompson.

    On Alleys And Designation

    The Q&A for Daley Thompson got a little fractious. Feeling neglected by Jim Balcer, current Alderman, Daley machine appointee and office-mate of Thompson’s, association members pressed Thompson on issues including the arrangements in the development for garbage pickup.  One homeowner said he had been asking the Alderman for eight years to have city garbage pickup arranged in Bridgeport Village’s alleys.

    “That’s easy to do,” said Daley Thompson. “We have to create a designation for the alleys.”

    The crowd, familiar with the process but having gotten no response on it for years from Alderman Balcer, did not like that answer.

    “If it’s so easy to do, why hasn’t it been done?” shot back another homeowner.

    “You’d have to talk to Jim Balcer,” responded Daley Thompson.

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    (Above: The office on 37th St. where Patrick Daley Thompson and Alderman Jim Balcer have desks.)

     

    (Photo credits: Planet99.com, HGJones.org)

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    It’s Official: Maureen Sullivan Is On The Ballot!

     It’s Official

    It’s official: all the hard work — unpaid field volunteer work going back months — has been worthwhile. All the careful planning, all the management, all the communications and all the detail work — has paid off.  There are no petition challenges, all the I’s have been dotted and all the T’s have been crossed.

    We couldn’t be more proud to report the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners has announced that Maureen Sullivan is on the ballot for the February 24th election.

    As a groundswell of support for real change increases across the 11th Ward and the campaign’s red window signs appear in ever-greater numbers from University Village to Canaryville, the message is clear: Maureen Sullivan is for real.

    It’s Time To Step It Up

    Now is the time to step it up. Here’s how you can help:

    Don’t let this chance pass — our first in decades — to elect a responsive, independent and experienced community leader.

    Show your support for the lady who you’ve seen out there actively improving our community for ten years, not just out there knocking on doors at election time.

    Show your support for the candidate who stood up to the old-boy leadership on 37th Street and Halsted and said “enough is enough”.

    Get behind a leader.  Get behind Maureen Sullivan for 11th Ward Alderman.

    Photo credit: CBS2Chicago

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    11th Ward Tax Tricks Written Up In DNAChicago

    Casey Cora in today’s DNAChicago spotlights the 11th Ward Tax Tricks event we are sponsoring Thursday along with 11th Ward Neighbors.  Casey writes:

    “Hosted by The Civic Lab co-founder Tom Tresser, the ongoing, citywide seminars are for residents looking to learn how money is being collected and spent under the oft-misunderstood economic development tool of TIFs.

    “Here’s how it works: When an area is declared a TIF district — by law it’s supposed to be in a “blighted” area — the county sets a “base value” by totaling the property values within the district.”

    “Then, the amount of property tax money public agencies like schools and parks can take from that area is calculated using that base value for 23 years. Any additional property tax money generated from an increase in property values within the TIF district is instead sent to the TIF fund overseen by the city.”

    […]

    “The event is sponsored by Friends of Maureen Sullivan, the political group backing the candidacy of 11th Ward aldermanic candidate Maureen Sullivan.

    “In a statement, Sullivan criticized TIF misuse and what she’s labeled the 11th Ward’s “old-boy leadership,” citing her decade-long crusade to renovate the long-shuttered Ramova Theater, which is owned by the city.”

    “The city in 2012 spent $330,000 shoring up the building but hasn’t secured a developer to renovate it.”

    About That Shoring-Up Of The Ramova

    City ownership of the Ramova has been a major topic of Maureen’s community work since she created and led Save The Ramova in 2005. It was Maureen who called attention to the specific architectural damages to the building and it was her work that forced the appropriation of  remediation funds. Before her pressure, the city had let the property deteriorate.

    “It’s just one chapter in a ten-year long story of fighting for that theater,” Sullivan said. “But it’s an important one.”

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    Sullivan Puts Mayor Emanuel, Thompson On Notice: Quit Stealing Credit

    Maureen Sullivan, independent progressive candidate for 11th Ward Alderman addressed the media at City Hall today along with Reclaim Chicago and Bridgeport Alliance to demand that Mayor Rahm Emanuel withdraw his campaign commercial claiming credit for closing the nearby Fisk and Crawford coal plants in 2012.

    In a crowded press conference before television and print media, Sullivan, a candidate whose own community work has been claimed by her political opponents, fired at Mayor Emanuel over his own attempt to portray himself as the reason the coal plants were closed.

    “What Mayor Emanuel’s commercial doesn’t mention is that during the first year of his term, he had activists who were protesting the coal plants arrested,” said Sullivan, referencing the May 2011 arrests of anti-coal plant protesters early in Emanuel’s term.

    “There’s a reason his commercial doesn’t mention this. It’s because it’s much tougher for the Mayor to claim credit for the hard work of community activists when the truth is that he put the activists who were doing the work in jail.”

    Sullivan, a ten-year community organizer and business owner, appeared with 25th Ward Aldermanic candidate Byron Sigcho and representatives from community groups including PERRO, Rising Tide Chicago, Bridgeport Alliance. She worked with Bridgeport Alliance on opposing the plants in 2011.

    Afterward, Sullivan reflected on the problem of inactive politicians taking credit for the work of community activists.

    “Community activists get out there, unpaid, and get things done, and it’s wrong for politicians who had nothing to do with it to get the credit. When I won the grant to fund the new playground equipment at McGuane Park in 2012, it was the result of months of solitary work. But when the cameras came out on the dedication day, suddenly there’s my opponent Patrick Daley Thompson standing next to me in the picture. It’s wrong, it’s transparent, and the voters aren’t going to stand for it.”

    Sullivan’s next community event is “11th Ward Tax Tricks” on December 4th, a workshop explaining how the community’s tax money is being misspent using TIFs.

    Photo credit: Reclaim Chicago

     

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    Who Cleans Up The 11th Ward? Not The 11th Ward Office

    While usually a quality source of fair-minded coverage about the 11th Ward, writer Casey Cora at DNAChicago made a small mistake with his photo yesterday.

    It happens: doing local news well is a tough job, and sometimes a detail will slip.

    But when a small mistake points to a big leadership problem in our community, it’s worth talking about the problem.

    In Casey’s story “You Can Help Clean Up The 11th Ward,” as published Wednesday morning, he unwittingly spread confusion about who cleans up the 11th Ward’s streets — and who doesn’t.

    It’s about the picture he used. Here’s how the story and original picture appeared at publication time:

    Original DNAChicago Story

    (Above: Wednesday’s DNAChicago story mistakenly using photo of Maureen Sullivan and volunteer crew, 2012)

    The problem is that the story talks about a cleanup event “co-hosted by the 11th Ward and the city’s Streets and Sanitation Department”.  But the photo doesn’t show that event. It shows instead an entirely independent and effective, home-grown neighborhood operation. It shows the 2012 “Bridgeport Clean And Green” created, hosted and managed by Aldermanic candidate Maureen Sullivan and Rene Paquin of the Bridgeport Alliance. It shows the hundreds of pounds of garbage their team took off the streets and the crew of awesome volunteers they organized to do it.

    This matters, because who you don’t see in this photo is anybody from the 11th Ward office. They were all no-shows. No Patrick Daley Thompson, no Alderman Balcer, no John Daley.  Not even anybody from the South Loop Chamber of Commerce could be bothered to show up and lend a hand.

    Which is par for the course, because they had nothing to do with it.

    This photo reminds us that under Patrick Daley Thompson and Alderman Balcer, the 11th Ward office doesn’t actually get the streets cleaned up. It reminds us that real cleanup takes organization, community activism and hands-on work to accomplish, and that’s not what they do.

    That’s what Maureen Sullivan does. And the picture Casey ran shows her just getting started, launching the first of a multi-year effort.

    Again, this isn’t to bash Casey Cora. But it is time we all got clear about who actually works for the people of the 11th Ward, and who pretends to.

    There’s A Right Way And A Wrong Way To Do It

    On one hand, there’s activism — organizing, leading, following through. That’s what Maureen Sullivan does.

    And on the other hand there’s what Patrick Daley Thompson and Alderman Jim Balcer prefer: inactivism.

    At the 11th Ward office, “cleaning up” the neighborhood streets is a strictly hands-off process, and it shows.  The 11th Ward office merely publishes a flyer, tells you to call 311 and then never follows up, never organizes volunteers, and most importantly, does not remove any trash.

    This approach doesn’t clean garbage off the streets, and here’s the proof.

    The last time they promoted a local cleanup was on August 23. We were paying attention, so we took pictures at the end of that day.

    See the difference for yourself.

    Comparison of 11th Ward Office cleanup and Maureen Sullivan cleanup

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    The choice is clear. Community organization and leading volunteers is what works.

    Pretending to clean up the streets doesn’t.

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