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?
Is this the Appleville apartments? Or over by Shinnick’s?
No and no.
Maybe it’s by Sox park? The old Amp? University Village?
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.
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:
- January 21 – The Canaryville Improvement Association has announced an Aldermanic Forum. In attendance will be Maureen Sullivan, Patrick Daley Thompson and John Kozlar. Time: 7PM Place: St. Gabriel’s School Auditorium. Get details here.
- January 25 – Bridgeport Alliance Aldermanic Town Hall Forum. In attendance will be Maureen Sullivan, Patrick Daley Thompson and John Kozlar. Get details here.
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)
It’s Official: Maureen Sullivan Is On The Ballot!
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:
- Make a donation today. Remember: we will always be outspent, but never out-campaigned.
- Spread the word – sign up for campaign news today, or sign up your neighbors.
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- Volunteer! Shoot an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll find a slot for you in our growing street team!
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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
11th Ward Tax Tricks Written Up In DNAChicago
“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.”
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
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.
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Happy Veterans Day
(Above, bottom left: US Army Sgt. John H. Sullivan, ca. 1943)
The men and women in uniform deserve more than a day devoted to them. We need to remember their sacrifices and we need to always think clearly about what it is they do.
We can never forget that our political leadership after WWII has too often used our country’s military callously and carelessly. We must remember that it is our veterans who pay the price for bad command.
We owe them better command, better to match the service the veteran contributes. We must not fail them, and if we do, we should not sweep it under the rug.
My father, John H. Sullivan served in the Army in WWII. A military policeman and cook stationed in the Pacific, he kept many of his stories to himself, preferring to have done his bit and not talk about it. That much I inherited from him — it’s probably why I haven’t stepped into politics sooner.
I know one thing: he would have loved to see me take on the 11th Ward Machine, because he wasn’t a fan. “Stay away from those people,” he’d growl. “They’ll have you doing things you don’t want to do.”
To be honest, he’d use somewhat saltier language than that.
This Veterans Day, let’s honor our vets and remember what service really means: doing the right thing.
Maureen Sullivan Fundraiser: Moxee Kitchen Sunday Oct 19th
University Village’s finest barbecue and brewery plus the next Alderman of the 11th Ward Maureen Sullivan. What’s not to love? Come on by for the Maureen Sullivan For 11th Ward Alderman Fundraiser at Moxee Kitchen at 724 W. Maxwell St. on Sunday night October 19th from 6 to 8:30. $25 suggested at the door. Free appetizers and tastings of their excellent menu along with a cash bar.