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    Another Fundraiser Smash Success Sunday Night

    Last night at Moxee Kitchen on Maxwell St: the second in a series of fundraisers for Maureen Sullivan for 11th Ward Alderman.

    How’d it go?

    Even better than last time, and last time was great.

    Over delicious BBQ and craft beer from Mad Mouse Brewery, the in-house purveyor of suds at Moxee, dozens of supporters again came out to contribute to the campaign, get caught up on what’s happening and continue to plot, plan and prepare for the Maureen’s election as the next Alderman of the 11th Ward.

    Supporters of this campaign know the dollar costs are high. There’s too much money in politics and funds just don’t raise themselves.

    Progressives who support Maureen and want an 11th Ward that actually serves the voters: donate what you can online today and help her win on February 24th!

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    Always watch our site for the latest events and announcements. The next fundraiser will be at the venerable community center Benton House in November.  Details to follow.

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    Palmisano Park Advisory Council Wins Award Under Sullivan Leadership

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    The campaign is proud to announce the Palmisano Park Advisory Council (PAC) has been selected by Friends Of The Parks for the 2014 Volunteer In The Parks Award for Outstanding Park Advisory Council.

    The PAC is headed by its elected President and 11th Ward Aldermanic candidate Maureen Sullivan.  The council was cited for “creating unique events such as the Bridgeport Air And Water Show, hosting clean up days, and helping to restart the McGuane PAC”.

    In a message to Sullivan, Friends Of The Parks Director Maria Stone said “The work the PAC does truly shows the passion you have for this unique park. It is a pleasure to honor you with this award. Thank you for all that you do for Chicago’s parks and public open spaces!”

    Sullivan, a declared candidate for 11th Ward Alderman and a longtime neighborhood volunteer and community organizer, has led the PAC for three years, winning election to President three times. Under her leadership and organization, the park has played host to the neighborhood’s most popular family events including music, nature, science and public health efforts.

    “I’m grateful for the recognition of our team,” said Sullivan. “We filled a leadership void to bring our beautiful park and the community closer, and I’m very proud of our creative and hands-on approach.”

    Since 1975, Friends Of The Parks have advocated for the parks and monitors the condition and safety of the Chicago Park District and forest preserves of Cook County.

    The Palmisano PAC leadership includes Sullivan as President, Vice President Rob Warmowski and Secretary-Treasurer Dan Pugh-Barnett.

    A celebration of the award is planned on Saturday, October 25th by Friends Of the Parks.

  • Revelers at Sullivan Fundraiser Tuesday Night

    Sullivan Fundraiser A Big Hit

    Revelers at Sullivan Fundraiser Tuesday Night

    Dozens of Sullivan supporters came out last night at our fundraiser, and we can’t thank them enough. The party kicked off at 6 with cocktails by the inimitable Ian Tuggle of the storied Gold Star tavern, and a musical program of wall-to-wall surf rock courtesy of a shadowy lurking figure known only as DJ Harrumph. A terrific time was had by all.

    “It was a great time. We had a big turnout and we needed it because running for office is expensive. Outreach and research costs really add up,” said candidate Maureen Sullivan.  “We’re working every day to get the message out and it’s so incredible and welcome to see our supporters line up to help out a progressive campaign.”

    The North Side-South Side event served sandwiches from Bridgeport’s Soluri Italian Deli and supporters from all over the city came out to show their love for the Sullivan campaign.

    The fundraiser was the first in a series.  The next bash has been scheduled for Sunday October 19th at Moxee Kitchen at 724 W. Maxwell. The ongoing fundraiser schedule will be published at our website.

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    Big Turnout At Maureen Sullivan’s Town Hall Meeting In University Village

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    At Wednesday night’s town hall meeting, Maureen Sullivan addressed a crowded house at Powell’s Books, touching on the special issues of University Village including development, the homeless, architectural and historic preservation, transportation, dog parks and others. She took a wide range of questions from a lively group interested in the political future of their ward in the era after redistricting.

    The University Village area along with University Commons and UIC now lie in the boundaries of the 11th Ward, after the 2012 redistricting. These areas extend the 11th Ward to the north along Halsted St. to Harrison. Questions about redevelopment along the entirety of South Halsted (from Harrison to 47th) were answered and issues such as abuse of TIFs and SSAs and the right way to create sustainable economic development were touched on.

     

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    NDFA Endorses Maureen Sullivan For Alderman

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    On Thursday night before a packed house at Chief O’Neil’s, Maureen Sullivan received her first major endorsement in her campaign for 11th Ward Alderman. Progressive political action committee Democracy For America‘s North Side chapter cast 35 votes to endorse Maureen amid wild cheers and applause.

    Sullivan, who had addressed NDFA the month before, missed a unanimous vote by only one delegate who abstained for not having seen her address to the group.

    At the endorsement, supporters spoke in favor of her campaign and even had some choice words for a competitor whose late-entry platform had been noticed to have striking similarities to her own.  Maureen has received campaign training from DFA’s national team in the past and has worked on NDFA-endorsed candidacies including that of Rob Martwick (IL-19th) and Jay Travis.

    Democracy For America is a progressive political action committee headquartered in South Burlington, Vermont and was founded by former Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean.

    Said Sullivan: “I’m thrilled to accept this endorsement and I’d also like to mention another candidate who was also endorsed that night. My congratulations go out to CM Winters, who is running for 21st Ward Alderman. She’s a friend, a fellow South Sider and a big part of the progressive wave coming to retake the City Council in February.”

  • Maureen Sullivan Will Use Technology To Improve Service

    In her ten years of unpaid public service to the people of the 11th Ward, and in her multi-decade business career, Maureen Sullivan‘s command of computer technology has enabled and empowered her every step of the way. From building websites to mounting giant online petition drives, from managing email lists to building databases, it’s Maureen Sullivan who knows that technology is key to public service effectiveness. When she is elected the Ward’s next Alderman, she will put her deep knowledge to work for our community.  How exactly? Here are the specifics:

    • When someone calls Maureen’s office needing help, their request will be entered into our database, called CiviCRM. The single most powerful open source application for constituent relationship management, CiviCRM will track the requests and all related information for her staff.
    • All requests will be assigned to a staff member who will be responsible for managing the outcome. If someone needs a garbage can, a tree branch trimmed or attention with a problem building, our system will collect and focus the details and steps necessary to get the job done — fast.
    • Using email, phone and SMS contact methods, Maureen’s Ward office will stay in touch with constituents, reacting to changes in the situation and seeing the work through.
    • The days of the Ward office ignoring requests will be finally over.  Her database systems already manage thousands of records and track jobs routinely: we will apply her management technology experience to the problem of unresponsive government.

    Government is an incredibly important job. This is not a time to elect anyone who doesn’t understand the best technology tools for that job. This is a time to elect someone who has spent decades using specific technology to solve problems.

    This is a time to elect Maureen Sullivan.

     

  • Maureen Sullivan: Progressive Activist Poised To Beat The Daley Machine

    Screenshot of Curtis Black article on Maureen SullivanCurtis Black‘s profile piece published today in the Chicago Reporter says it all:  Maureen Sullivan is the popular progressive activist poised to beat the downtown Daley machine on its own turf.

    In the first major piece on her Aldermanic race, Sullivan’s clear alternative to the 11th Ward leadership and its tendency to do nothing but claim credit is illustrated by Black:

    “Bridgeport native Maureen Sullivan, who has founded civic, business and park groups, and organized against school closings in Bridgeport, describes a local political elite that has become too comfortable with the status quo and neglected the neighborhood.

    Sullivan may represent an approach we’ll see from more aldermanic candidates this year: emphasizing the local impact of citywide policy issues like education and TIFs along with ward service concerns — and tapping into the growing sentiment against Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s policies.

    She calls the mayor “a Wall Street banker from Wilmette who wants to help his friends become even wealthier at our expense” and attacks the “rubber stamp City Council” including retiring Ald. James Balcer, who’s backed Emanuel in 100 percent of contested council votes.”

    “Balcer announced his retirement shortly after Sullivan entered the race, throwing his support to Patrick Daley Thompson, grandson of the original Mayor Daley and a commissioner of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District since 2012. Thompson’s name is featured prominently, along with Balcer’s and that of his uncle’s, ward committeeman John Daley, in the windows of the 11th Ward Democratic Party building at 36th and Halsted.

    downtown corporate attorney who handles property tax appeals and represents developers seeking TIF money, Thompson said his real estate and development experience would be an asset to the ward. But it didn’t seem to help a few years ago, when the Better Government Association identified Thompson as one of several politically-connected individuals who’d been granted homeowner exemptions for investment properties. Thompson pled ignorance and paid the back taxes.”

    Read the entire Curtis Black article on Maureen Sullivan here.

     

  • Alderman Balcer Steps Aside

    Jay Levine at CBS2Chicago.com reports that 11th Ward Alderman Jim Balcer will not run for re-election, owing to health issues stemming from his service in Vietnam.

    Balcer tells CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine that he’s stepping down to pursue treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder stemming from his military service in Vietnam.

    Balcer, a former Marine, was awarded a Bronze Star for heroic acts during combat.

    Upon hearing the news, Maureen Sullivan, candidate for 11th Ward Alderman, issued a statement:

    “Along with so many in our Ward, I salute Jim Balcer for his distinguished service to our country and for his sacrifice of his health. I am saddened that he faces this personal challenge today and it is my sincere hope that he recovers as soon as possible. Get well, Jim.”

     August 8, 2012: Maureen Sullivan shares a copy of her book with Alderman Jim Balcer

    Above: In happier times: Maureen Sullivan and Alderman Jim Balcer share a copy of Maureen’s new book at a 2012 CTA Board meeting. Both addressed the board that day on the topic of the 31st St. bus.

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  • Gathering Volunteers, Petitions And Momentum

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    The popular progressive challenger receives a sharp expansion of support, gathers volunteers

    After kicking off her bid for 11th Ward Alderman one week ago, Maureen Sullivan‘s campaign is already reaching thousands of voters.

    Gathering dozens of cheering supporters in front of the ailing Ramova Theater last Monday, Sullivan started things off by calling for a major change in the local political leadership, unveiling her campaign platform and promising to  bring accountability to the Alderman’s office.

    The message is very well-received.  Online engagements are off the charts for the campaign, says campaign Communications and Policy Director Rob Warmowski.

    “We’ve reached nearly ten thousand people in only the first week,” said Warmowski.  “Social media, web and community channels are buzzing about her candidacy, and the conversation is in her favor.  People in the 11th Ward are already excited about her thanks to her many years of community service, and people who are just learning about her are impressed by her record and platform. She’s inspiring volunteers to stand up and ask to help.”

     Gathering Volunteers On The Eve Of Petition Circulation

    Snagging over 600 likes on Facebook right out of the gate is great, but the campaign runs on real-world support — and that means showing up and helping out.

    The campaign’s volunteer force will be hitting the streets starting this week to gather signatures for Sullivan’s position on the February 24th election ballot. Readers wishing to join up and help Sullivan get on the ballot can sign up at the campaign volunteer page.

    How many volunteers does the Sullivan campaign have currently?

    “Dozens and growing every day” says Warmowski. “But there’s always room for more.”

     

  • Sullivan Kicks Off Campaign In Front Of Ramova Theater

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    Casey Cora’s DNAChicago piece yesterday really did justice to our kickoff rally yesterday in front of the Ramova Theater.  Way to pick up on the symbolism, Casey!

     

    BRIDGEPORT — Maureen Sullivan, the homegrown activist, author, organizer and neighborhood historian, has announced her candidacy for 11th Ward alderman.

    At a campaign kickoff event outside the shuttered Ramova Theater on Monday, Sullivan came out swinging against sitting alderman James Balcer and the Daley clan — political heavyweights who she said have an icy grip on the city’s oldest neighborhood.

    Choosing the rundown theater as the backdrop couldn’t be more poignant. 

    The city-owned building is surrounded by boarded-up storefronts on an ailing stretch of Halsted Street, and it’s also located within eyeshot the 11th Ward offices and next to Cook County Commissioner John Daley’s private insurance business.

    On Monday, about 50 supporters gathered outside the theater to back Sullivan’s candidacy.

    Among them were Kieran Delaney, 40, a graphic designer who said he’s been frustrated with Balcer for about a dozen years.

    “When we ask the alderman for anything it feels like we’re imposing,” he said.

    Sullivan said she’s hoping to turn that pent-up frustration into votes. 

    “I know I can win. When I knock on doors in this neighborhood, this ward, people already know who I am. We went to the same schools, the same church … I love to talk directly to my neighbors. I’m not afraid to knock on doors. Knocking on doors and engaging neighbors is exactly what we’re missing in this ward. That’s how I plan to win this race,” she said.

    Read the entire article here.

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