Today’s Ad In The Bridgeport News
Kind of says it all, I think.
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.
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.”
Sullivan Fundraiser At Benton House’s Ramova Room, November 12
(Above: The Ramova Room at Benton House)
Join us Wednesday, November 12th for the latest fundraiser for Maureen Sullivan for 11th Ward Alderman. This time the festivities kick off at the Ramova Room in Benton House’s north building at 3034 S. Gratten (aka Ma Benton Lane). As with all our campaign fundraisers, expect refreshments, fine beverages and great company.
This time, we gather in the Ramova Room, one of Maureen’s favorite personal projects from her past ten years of service to the community. Here’s some background on Maureen’s involvement in building the room.
About The Ramova Room And How Maureen Preserved It
In October 2012, when the famous, Dinos-family-owned 83-year-old neighborhood diner Ramova Grill closed, Executive Director Ward Miller of Preservation Chicago called Maureen Sullivan. He had tried to save the furniture from the diner by placing it with a Greek history museum downtown, but the plan had fallen through.
“Even though I was pretty busy with [releasing] our Bridgeport history book, I dropped everything when Ward called me for help,” said Sullivan. “I knew how fond the people were of the Ramova Grill, so I wanted to make sure the seats and interior would be kept in the neighborhood. The grill opened in 1929, the same time as the theater, and our community has loved it for generations.”
Added to the furnishings were tables from another shuttered South Halsted dining classic: Healthy Foods.
Sullivan had an idea. She contacted Benton House and spearheaded the preservation project by supervising, photographing and publicizing the removal and restoration of the Grill’s interior to its new home: the Pearse Hall gymnasium and activities building of Benton House on Gratten St. Today it’s used as a community center and for Benton House’s many seniors meetings, as well as playing host to its food pantry.
Come on down November 12 for a close look at the preserved history and have a chat with the lady who made it happen: the next Alderman of the 11th Ward, Maureen Sullivan.
Photo Credit: We Farm America
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.