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    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.

     

     

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    11th Ward Aldermanic Town Hall Forum

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    Sunday, January 25: Join neighbors from throughout the 11th Ward, as we host an afternoon of real, important, 11th Ward questions for our aldermanic potentials. 

    This is a forum–not a debate, and is non-partisan. Candidates will be allotted equal time for their responses, and be aware of discussion topics prior to the event.

    The forum will be moderated by former Canaryville librarian, Rebecca Berg.

    John Kozlar, Patrick Daley Thompson, and Maureen Sullivan have committed to being present. 

    Translation for Spanish and Chinese languages will be available. 

    Brought to you by Brigeport Alliance and Coalition For A Better Chinese American Community, with Active Transportation Alliance, Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Chicago, Bridgeport Pride, Pilsen Alliance, PERRO, UIC- LGBTQA, Raise Your Hand, & Roots of Justice at UIC

    芝加哥市11区(桥港区)区长候选人论坛将于2015年1月25日,星期日下午三点-四点在31街643W号的First Lutheran Church (Lowe与31街交界)举行。该论坛将为11区选民提供一次市政府选举前夕11区竞选候选人与民众面对面直接交流的机会。

    该候选人论坛并不是政治辩论会,且无党派参与。届时三位区长候选人- 寇梓乐(John Kozlar),苏立文(Maureen Sullivan), 汤普森(Patrick Thompson)将出席该论坛与民众会面,并在等同的指定时间内回答大家关心的社区问题。

    论坛将由前金丝鸟区(Canaryville)社区图书管理员—-丽贝卡•伯格(Rebecca Berg)主持。

    论坛免费对公众开放,现场全程提供中文同声翻译,有残疾人座位。如果您想做活动志愿者或获取更多活动信息,请联系fiona_feng@caslservice.org

    论坛承办机构:华埠更好团结联盟,Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Chicago, Bridgeport Alliance, Bridgeport Pride, Pilsen Alliance, Raise Your Hand, Roots of Justice at UIC.

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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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    Giving Thanks On Thanksgiving Week

    The first phase of our long campaign is over. Petitions will be filed today and we move on to the season where we stop worrying about getting on the ballot and focus exclusively on making it clear how I will improve the 11th Ward.

    The conversation will continue: we’ve knocked on thousands of 11th Ward doors and been honored by all those people giving their time to talk about our community. We’ve earned thousands of dollars in campaign contributions. There are hundreds of our signs on the streets.

    We have earned endorsements from National Nurses United, Reclaim Chicago, The People’s Lobby, Democracy For America — and more are on the way.

    We’ve picked up a lot of steam, and it’s only going to get bigger from here. Over and over, we leave people’s homes in agreement about many things. The number one point of agreement is this: we can do better.

    I want to give thanks to the team for all their hard work getting out that message thus far. You have inspired so many and I have been inspired by so many.

    Just to name a few: Rob Warmowski, Veronica Castillo, Sandy Earley, Rene Paquin, Jennie Biggs, Peter Xantheas, Roseanne Mostacchio, Dan and Lynn Pugh-Bennett, Kevin Robinson, Alison Eichhorn, Kathleen McKenna, Ana Castillo, Angela Rojas-Gonzalez, Alicia Ibarra, John Freyer, Kevin Morgan, Mandy Pence, Tom Stoddard, Mary Welter, Virginia Gibbons, Val Kahan, Jackie Maher, Cori Stankowicz, Peter McMahan, Colleen Duffy, Tom Bailey, Sam Mattone, Jon Ozik, Nate Lefebvre, Mark Lennon, Mary Ann Reid, Ian Tuggle, and my team of advisors in other camps whose priceless advice is always taken to heart.

    Salut, team! We are going to win this!

    And now, let’s have the great Alex Chilton and Big Star say thanks better than I can.

    Photo credit: Groomsadvice.com

  • 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.

     

  • Maureen Sullivan Volunteer Kick-Off Party

    Volunteers for Maureen Sullivan!  Thursday September 4th is the kick-off party for you!

    “Sullivan For 11th Ward Alderman” is hosting a kick-off party and training session for all volunteers. We will be offering training on the petition process and the basics of how to register a voter.

    Please come out and bring some friends!

    We have rented the 1st floor of the hall at First Trinity parish at 643 W. 31st St, enter through the parking lot.

    Light refreshments will be served.

    Parking is limited, but you should be able to find street parking on Lowe and Union Ave.

    Questions?  Ask at campaign@sullivan11thward.com

     

     

  • Gathering Volunteers, Petitions And Momentum

    Maureen Sullivan and more than fifty friends kick off her campaign for Alderman

    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.”