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.
Election Night Party!
This is it! Come on out and watch election results with us tomorrow night at 7PM at our campaign office at 3440 S. Morgan. Expect the usual awesome spread of fine treats and the best company in the 11th Ward. See you there!
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.
Phone Bank Event: Wednesday 6-8:30 810 N. Milwaukee
Calling all volunteers: we are phone banking for Maureen TOMORROW, Wednesday February 17 at Reclaim Chicago’s Headquarters, located at National People’s Action at 810 N. Milwaukee. The fun begins 6PM and goes until 8:30. And I do mean fun: this is a great group of folks who give their all for our girl.
Hope to see you there!
Today’s Ad In The Bridgeport News
Kind of says it all, I think.
Women For Sullivan High Tea
You are invited! All are welcome to join us for tea, scones and other yummy tidbits. Homemade scones by the candidate herself will be served. Please bring at least one other woman or young lady with you. $20 suggested donation.
We will be making an announcement at the tea which you won’t want to miss.
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.
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.]
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?
The Ramova Rookie
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.
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.
[Photo: Derek Johnson]
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 leader, public 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.”