Illinois Policy Institute Folds

This week Illinois Koch brother puppet in chief, Bruce Rauner declared war on working families by attacking unions within days of taking office. Clearly bereft of concrete ideas on closing the budget gap, such as ending more than $3.5 billion in annual subsidies and tax forgiveness to corporations, like Republican plutocrats Scott Walker, Rick Schneider and others Rauner will drop that heavy burden on the backs of working families. Unions are rendered in Rauner’s fantasy as the proverbial boogieman as a means of concealing the true culprit; company bought politicians that allow their corporate owners to bilk states and communities of billions in tax breaks, giveaways and tax delinquency.

Today I spoke with representatives from the Illinois Policy Institute, with a cordial invitation to defend what can only be described as blatant anti-working family propaganda. they appear regularly on rightwing talk shows, but after hearing the strength of our position, and being assured that they would have to indeed defend their positions and screes in the face of absolute facts, they bowed out of debating us.

This on the eve of what is shaping up to be an epic battle between corporation-owned politicians and struggling Illinois workers and their families. The line in the sand is being drawn. Already unions have been assailed with corporate sponsored and written legislation stealing pensions, freezing or reversing pay increases that often do not keep pace with inflation and then eliminating or cutting the social safety net protecting workers and their families from losing everything. The right’s propaganda wings in the media and the Illinois Policy Institute openly lie or twist facts to make their anti-family case.

So, the media organization funded in part by the Koch brothers, according to a report below is the greedy gloved hand manipulating Gov. Bruce Rauner. They are safe among their co-conspirators in attacking your children, your family and threatening your future in a bid to deliver Illinois to the republicans in 2016 and to enriched themselves. They refuse to engage us in actual debate, so we’ll shine the light of day on them. There ultra-elitist refusal to engage this issue only shows their disdain for Illinois families

Call them and say shame at 1312-607-4977


Listen Saturday’s from 11am-1pm to WC Turck, Brian Murray and guests on Chicago’s real alternative media, AM1680, Q4 radio, streaming at www.que4.org.
CAM00236WC Turck is an author, artist, playwright and talk radio host in Chicago. He has been called the most dangerous voice on the Left. His new book “Shoot Down: is an unflinching look at the events leading up to the shooting down of Malaysia Air Flight 17.” His first novel, “Broken” was recommended by NAMI for its treatment of PTSD. In 2006 he published “Everything for Love,” a memoir of his experiences during the siege of Sarajevo. He wrote and produced two critically acclaimed plays, “Occupy my Heart” and “The People’s Republic of Edward Snowden.” He works with the homeless and foreclosure victims in Chicago. He partners in a weekly radio show dedicated to issues, society and politics with cohost, activist and artist Brian Murray For more information, past shows, videos and articles, visit www.revolutioandbeer.com


The Illinois Policy Institute (IPI) is a conservative think tank with offices in Chicago and Springfield, Illinois, and member of the State Policy Network. IPI is a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) as of 2011. IPI is also a member of ALEC’s Health and Human Services Task Force and Education Task Force. Senior Budget and Tax Policy Analyst, Amanda Griffin-Johnson, presented model legislation (the “State Employee Health Savings Account Act”) to the HHS task force at ALEC’s 2011 annual meeting.[4] Collin Hitt, Director of Education Policy, is a private sector member of the Education Task Force representing IPI. He sponsored the “Local Government Transparency Act” at the ALEC 2011 States and Nation Policy Summit. In its 2006 annual report the Cato Institute states that it made a grant of $50,000 to the Illinois Policy Institute. The Cato Institute is a libertarian think tank founded by Charles G. Koch and funded by the Koch brothers.

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Julia Pham of Relish Underground Dining Does a Mean Rosie Perez

The beautiful Julia Pham, chef and founder of Relish Underground Dining, joins us to talk about food, city regulations, the price of getting noticed, and just about everything from gender to Rosie Perez. You gotta hear her impersonations. Thanks to Drew Prince of Magic Radio Chicago for connecting us with Julia. Thanks to Darren Wilson and Phil Banks for adding some great commentary to the discussion.

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“New Yorker by Choice” in Chicago – Life and Music of Michal Urbaniak

Press Release
January 27, 2015

Zygmunt Dyrkacz, Artistic Director
Office: 773.278.1500 Mobile: 773.396.2875
Email: Info@ChopinTheatre.com

Performance

“New Yorker by Choice” in Chicago – Life and Music of Michal Urbaniak

On Monday, February 2nd Chopin Theatre will celebrate the life and music of extraordinary jazz musician Michal Urbaniak. The evening will begin with a 7pm reception followed by 8pm biographical film about his life, “New Yorker by Choice”. After the screening (approx 9pm), Michal Urbaniak will talk about the special moments in his life and career intermixed with live music performed by him and his special musical guests. The evening will be conducted in both Polish and English.

The complimentary reception is courtesy of the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Chicago
and Polish Slavic Federal Credit Union.

Dates/Times
Mon Feb 2 7p Complimentary reception at Chopin Theatre’s Pregnant Buffalo Lounge
8p Screening “New Yorker by Choice” at Chopin Theatre’s Main Stage
9p Conversation and live music with Michal Urbaniak and special musical guests

Tickets
$25 – www.ChopinTheatre.com

Location
Pregnant Buffalo Lounge and Main Stage of Chopin Theatre
1543 W Division, Chicago, IL 60642

About Michal Urbaniak
Michal Urbaniak is an internationally renowned violinist, saxophonist, composer, arranger and discoverer of talent. A Polish-born “citizen of the world”, he has lived in New York City since 1973. He became famous in the recording world with “Tutu” his album with jazz legend Miles Davis. He has also been invited to cooperate with Quincy Jones, Billy Cobham, Stephane Grappelli, Joe Zawinul Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Kenny Garrett, George Benson, Marcus Miller , Jaco Pastorius, Toots Thielmans, Kenny Kirkland, Larry Coryell, Lenny White and Alphonze Mouzon. Also a leader, composer and arranger of his own projects including: “Jazz Legends”; “Fusion”; “Urbanator”; “Urbanizer”; and “UrbSymphony” (1st project to use Jazz & Rap with a symphony). He has won Grand Prix Festival in Montreux for Best Soloist (1971); has performed several times at Carnegie Hall and frequently plays at the world’ best jazz festivals: Newport Jazz Festival; JVC Festival; Chicago Jazz Festival; Lugano; and Den Haag. To date he has made over 60 albums.chopin

For many years Mr. Urbaniak has been associated with film and theater and has written music for films
“Astonished”; “As the Band Played On”; “Dreambird”; “Farewell to Autumn” M. Trelinski, “Spona ” W.Szarek , ” The Debt ” and ” The Great Thing ” (K. Krauze, Poland ) . He received the main prize at the International Film Festival in Gdynia for music films “The Debt “, “Farewell to Autumn” and “Eden”. In 2012 Mr. Urbaniak premiered and starred in “My Father’s Bike (Peter Trzaskalski) receiving Best Actor/Discovery of the Year in Polish Film at the International Black Nights Film Festival (Estonia, 2013)

Urbaniak’s last plate design “Miles of Blue” (Sony Music, 2010) is dedicated to Miles Davis and was certified platinum. In September 2011 Agora Publishing House released “I, Urbanator” a book on his life written by Andrew Makovetski. (www.Urbaniak.com)
About Chopin Theatre
2015 marks Chopin Theatre’s 25th year as an independent arts center presenting 500+ theater, film literary, and music events each year. Chopin Theatre has hosted approx. three hundred nights of music including with Jazz talents like Patricia Barber, Peter Brotzman, Kurt Elling, Kalil El’Zabar, Von Freeman, Rob Mazurek, Ken Vandemark (MacArthur Genius receiptent); the elite in Polish Jazz Grazyna Auguscik, Urzula Dudziak, Pawel Kaczmarczyk, Laboratorium, Adam Makowicz, Zbigniew Namyslowski, Krzysztof Sadowski, Rafal Sarnecki, Jarek Smietana; as well as Edward Auer (1st American to prize, International Chopin Piano Competition); Chuck D; Dominic Miller (Sting’s guitarist) and Paul Wertico (multi Grammy winner).
Listen Saturday’s from 11am-1pm to WC Turck, Brian Murray and guests on Chicago’s real alternative media, AM1680, Q4 radio, streaming at www.que4.org.
CAM00236WC Turck is an author, artist, playwright and talk radio host in Chicago. He has been called the most dangerous voice on the Left. His new book “Shoot Down: is an unflinching look at the events leading up to the shooting down of Malaysia Air Flight 17.” His first novel, “Broken” was recommended by NAMI for its treatment of PTSD. In 2006 he published “Everything for Love,” a memoir of his experiences during the siege of Sarajevo. He wrote and produced two critically acclaimed plays, “Occupy my Heart” and “The People’s Republic of Edward Snowden.” He works with the homeless and foreclosure victims in Chicago. He partners in a weekly radio show dedicated to issues, society and politics with cohost, activist and artist Brian Murray For more information, past shows, videos and articles, visit www.revolutioandbeer.com
The Illinois Policy Institute (IPI) is a conservative think tank with offices in Chicago and Springfield, Illinois, and member of the State Policy Network. IPI is a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) as of 2011. IPI is also a member of ALEC’s Health and Human Services Task Force and Education Task Force. Senior Budget and Tax Policy Analyst, Amanda Griffin-Johnson, presented model legislation (the “State Employee Health Savings Account Act”) to the HHS task force at ALEC’s 2011 annual meeting.[4] Collin Hitt, Director of Education Policy, is a private sector member of the Education Task Force representing IPI. He sponsored the “Local Government Transparency Act” at the ALEC 2011 States and Nation Policy Summit. In its 2006 annual report the Cato Institute states that it made a grant of $50,000 to the Illinois Policy Institute. The Cato Institute is a libertarian think tank founded by Charles G. Koch and funded by the Koch brothers.

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Freedom Ride for #BlackLivesMatter

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Contact: Page May, We Charge Genocide, 802-324-7751, page.organizing@gmail.com

Justice for Stephon: A Freedom Ride for #BlackLivesMatter

Day-Long Action from Chicago to Calumet City to Reclaim Black History Month and Demand Justice for Stephon Watts.

CHICAGO 1/28 — On Sunday, February 1st, a Freedom Ride caravan will travel from Chicago to Calumet City to rally, march, and hold a vigil to honor Stephon Watts and support his family. The event will begin with a press conference at 11am at the Village Leadership Academy, 1001 W. Roosevelt Rd.

February 1st marks the three-year anniversary of Stephon’s murder by the Calumet City police. Stephon was a 15-year-old with autism who was killed in his home. The Freedom Ride also marks the beginning of Black History month, and is being organized to reclaim the history of a people who resist and love in the face of overwhelming oppression.

After a morning rally and press conference, a fleet of buses and cars will drive together from Chicago to Calumet City, singing freedom songs and building community along the way. Upon arrival, participants will march thee miles through Calumet City, visiting Stephon’s former school and holding a rally and memorial in front of the Calumet City Police Department.

“What happened to Stephon Watts is part of a larger, national crisis: Half of the people killed last year by police had a mental health disability. As part of the Black Lives Matter movement, we must understand and draw attention to the criminalization of disability and how it intersects with the criminalization of race, gender, sexuality and poverty,” says Page May, an organizer with We Charge Genocide. “This Sunday, we will honor the memory of Stephon Watts and support his family on the anniversary of his death. We will also lift up the names of others with disabilities who have been killed by the police. We do this for Stephon, his family, and each other.”

Those that plan to join the Freedom Ride must register to reserve fee transportation. Journalists are welcome: https://justiceforstephon.wordpress.com/

This event is organized and hosted by: We Charge Genocide, Village Leadership Academy, and Fight for 15 Chicago.

For updates from the Freedom Ride, follow: #JusticeForStephon and #ReclaimBlackHist

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1553848981561624/

Freedom Ride Schedule ~ Sunday, February 1st

11 AM: Press Conference & Rally at Village Leadership Academy

1001 W. Roosevelt Rd. Chicago, IL

Meet in parking lot behind school

11:30 AM: Freedom Ride departs Chicago headed to Calumet City

12:15 PM: Rally at Thornton Fractional North High School

755 Pulaski Road, Calumet City, IL

12:45 PM: March departs to Calumet City Police Department

1:00 PM: Performances and Memorial Service for Stephon Watts at Calumet City Police Department
Speakers will include Stephon’s friends and family
1200 Pulaski Road Calumet City IL

1:45 PM: March back to Thornton Fractional North High School

2:00 PM: Closing rally and performances
755 Pulaski Road, Calumet City, IL

2:30 PM: Freedom Ride departs Calumet City and returns to Chicago

Statement from Attorney Anthony Peraica

The tragic death of a 15 year old Stephon Watts was avoidable. Officers Haynek and Coffey of the Calumet Park Police Dept. shot and killed Stephon right in front of his father. The officers acted in a completely unprofessional, intentional manner, putting themselves and members of the Watts family in grave danger.

They caused Stephon to die needlessly. Knowing about Stephon’s autism disability from their two previous visits to the Watts house, they nevertheless proceeded to antagonize Stephon putting him in a closed environment under severe stress.

When Stephon tried to exit the confined space, Haynek shot him in the chest. As Stephon fell to the ground, Coffey shot him in the back.

This is yet another outrageous example of bad policing practices that have caused a death of a young disabled person.

When are police going to stop shooting? When are they going to start respecting life? When are they going to learn that proper policing methods are designed to preserve life, not end it?

All of you are here today to draw attention to a spree of police killings of innocent people who did not need to die. Stephon did not need to die. Watts family did not need to be destroyed.

All of us must hold police accountable and put pressure on those departments, like the Calumet City, who act with reckless disregard for the safety of citizens.

Your protest today is one way to hold police accountable. Our court system is another way. Political pressure is another.

On behalf of the Watts family, I thank you for all that you do.

Tony Peraica
Anthony J Peraica & Associates, Ltd
5130 South Archer Avenue
Chicago, IL 60632


Listen Saturday’s from 11am-1pm to WC Turck, Brian Murray and guests on Chicago’s real alternative media, AM1680, Q4 radio, streaming at www.que4.org.
CAM00236WC Turck is an author, artist, playwright and talk radio host in Chicago. He has been called the most dangerous voice on the Left. His new book “Shoot Down: is an unflinching look at the events leading up to the shooting down of Malaysia Air Flight 17.” His first novel, “Broken” was recommended by NAMI for its treatment of PTSD. In 2006 he published “Everything for Love,” a memoir of his experiences during the siege of Sarajevo. He wrote and produced two critically acclaimed plays, “Occupy my Heart” and “The People’s Republic of Edward Snowden.” He works with the homeless and foreclosure victims in Chicago. He partners in a weekly radio show dedicated to issues, society and politics with cohost, activist and artist Brian Murray For more information, past shows, videos and articles, visit www.revolutioandbeer.com


The Illinois Policy Institute (IPI) is a conservative think tank with offices in Chicago and Springfield, Illinois, and member of the State Policy Network. IPI is a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) as of 2011. IPI is also a member of ALEC’s Health and Human Services Task Force and Education Task Force. Senior Budget and Tax Policy Analyst, Amanda Griffin-Johnson, presented model legislation (the “State Employee Health Savings Account Act”) to the HHS task force at ALEC’s 2011 annual meeting.[4] Collin Hitt, Director of Education Policy, is a private sector member of the Education Task Force representing IPI. He sponsored the “Local Government Transparency Act” at the ALEC 2011 States and Nation Policy Summit. In its 2006 annual report the Cato Institute states that it made a grant of $50,000 to the Illinois Policy Institute. The Cato Institute is a libertarian think tank founded by Charles G. Koch and funded by the Koch brothers.

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The Abduction

10478561_10203897926879599_2311810678535714795_nOliver’s emerald green eyes were so terribly forlorn. He lay flat on his belly upon the cold steel examination table. The Maine Coon’s feline ears fell back in abject subjugation. Google “Hemingway’s cat” and there is the spitting image of Oliver perched on Hemingway’s desk. With a mix of empathy and dutiful focus she held the thermometer, for Oliver, a most unfortunate and uncomfortable place. Though I did my utmost to comfort him, at that moment I understood that for Oliver this may well have represented the culmination of every alien abduction and anal probing story. hemingwayscats1


Listen Saturday’s from 11am-1pm to WC Turck, Brian Murray and guests on Chicago’s real alternative media, AM1680, Q4 radio, streaming at www.que4.org.
CAM00236WC Turck is an author, artist, playwright and talk radio host in Chicago. He has been called the most dangerous voice on the Left. His new book “Shoot Down: is an unflinching look at the events leading up to the shooting down of Malaysia Air Flight 17.” His first novel, “Broken” was recommended by NAMI for its treatment of PTSD. In 2006 he published “Everything for Love,” a memoir of his experiences during the siege of Sarajevo. He wrote and produced two critically acclaimed plays, “Occupy my Heart” and “The People’s Republic of Edward Snowden.” He works with the homeless and foreclosure victims in Chicago. He partners in a weekly radio show dedicated to issues, society and politics with cohost, activist and artist Brian Murray For more information, past shows, videos and articles, visit www.revolutioandbeer.com


The Illinois Policy Institute (IPI) is a conservative think tank with offices in Chicago and Springfield, Illinois, and member of the State Policy Network. IPI is a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) as of 2011. IPI is also a member of ALEC’s Health and Human Services Task Force and Education Task Force. Senior Budget and Tax Policy Analyst, Amanda Griffin-Johnson, presented model legislation (the “State Employee Health Savings Account Act”) to the HHS task force at ALEC’s 2011 annual meeting.[4] Collin Hitt, Director of Education Policy, is a private sector member of the Education Task Force representing IPI. He sponsored the “Local Government Transparency Act” at the ALEC 2011 States and Nation Policy Summit. In its 2006 annual report the Cato Institute states that it made a grant of $50,000 to the Illinois Policy Institute. The Cato Institute is a libertarian think tank founded by Charles G. Koch and funded by the Koch brothers.

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Kerry Junior: A Musician and a Story You Want to Hear

Our featured guest on the January 15th show was singer songwriter Kerry Junior. This talented fella’ from Gary Indiana—originally born in Chicago—played his beautiful blend of folk and acoustic pop for us live in the studio. Kerry also shared with us his powerful story of growing up without talking until a very late age, which is quite hard to believe were you to meet him now. He was also brave enough to stick around for the rest of the show and share his thoughts on topics related to personal motivation, inner-city living, drinking, and policing in communities. Thanks to Jason Scott Page for starting us off. Darren Marshal, AKA the Minister of Useless Information, also joined us for a drink and some laughs.

 

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Grassroots Illinois Action Endorses Progressive Candidates

PRESS STATEMENT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 27th, 2015

Contact:
Nathan Ryan, Communications Director, 920-445-3920, nathan@grassrootsillinoisaction.org

Grassroot Support Builds For Candidates Seeking to Give Voice to Neighborhood Residents

Grassroots Illinois Action Endorses Slate of Progressive Candidates Committed to Neighborhood Investment and Democratizing Chicago Public Schools

CHICAGO - Today, Grassroots Illinois Action (GIA) publicly endorsed Jesus ‘Chuy’ Garcia for Mayor of Chicago, and twenty-three Aldermanic Candidates ready to take on Mayor Emanuel and a rubber-stamp City Council.

“This is an incredibly important election. After years of having resources stripped away from our neighborhoods, we have a chance put a real progressive champion into the 5th Floor at City Hall, and elect a City Council that truly listens to neighborhood residents,” opened Amisha Patel, Executive Director of Grassroots Illinois Action. “We are proud to stand with candidates standing up for working families.”

Mayoral candidate Jesus “Chuy” Garcia was not able to attend the press conference due to this morning’s debate running long but issued a statement saying, “I am honored to have earned the endorsement of Grassroots Illinois Action. Their incredible work to unite working families to build independent political power for our communities is what I have built my career on. Shining the spotlight on Emanuel’s TIF slush fund is a shared priority. While our neighborhoods get vacant buildings, closed schools and neglect, downtown continues to flourish. This is how Chicago works under Emanuel.”

During the press conference, GIA members shared how their communities have been impacted by four years of an unchecked Emanuel administration. “Every day I see the vacant houses, schools deprived of the resources they need, and neighbors struggling just to get by. I see the city putting up red light cameras, increasing fees, and upping our utilities. Meanwhile they take millions of dollars of our tax money, money that should be going to schools, and put it into downtown. Is that what Rahm calls tough decisions? Brighton Park deserves better than that, and Chicago deserves better than that,” said Anita Caballero, Grassroots Illinois Action member and resident of the 12th Ward.

Gayle Sturm, 26th Ward GIA member and former Parent Mentor at Ames Middle School, explained how Alderman Maldonado and CPS ignored parents and neighborhood residents, turning Ames Middle School into a Military Academy despite strong community support for keeping it a neighborhood school.

“We talked with people in the neighborhood and knew this was not what people wanted. I helped put an advisory referendum on the ballot, and though 2 out of 3 voters said no to a military academy, they did it anyway,” said Gayle. “I’m part of the Local School Council and have been to more School Board meetings than I can count, and I’ve never been listened to. For me, losing Ames was the last straw. I want an Alderman and a School Board that will listen to us.”

Grassroots Illinois Action’s endorsed candidate in the 26th Ward, Juanita Irizarry, was also spurred into action by Ames and the clear need for parents to have a real voice in their childrens’ education. Irizarry, like each of the candidates endorsed by GIA, supports an Elected Representative School Board. GIA helped coordinate efforts to put an advisory referendum on the ballot in 37 wards throughout the city.

Rafael Yañez, candidate for Alderman of the 15th Ward, explained the connection between lack of services and violence in his community. “As a police officer, I know that you can’t build safe neighborhoods simply by adding more police officers. More officers on the streets and less overtime abuse is needed for the police. But we can’t stop there. Safe communities require good schools, good jobs, and funding of vital services. How can we build safe neighborhoods when the Mayor shuts down our mental health clinic? I’m ready to fight for the resources that our community deserves.”

The mistreatmenllt of neighborhoods across the city has led many community leaders to step into politics for the first time, like Zerlina Smith, running for Alderman in the 29th Ward. “I am not running as a politician. I am running as a grassroots activist and organizer. I grew up on the Near West Side of Chicago and lived for a time in a CHA housing project known as The Village. I know what poverty is and what it feels like. I now live in the 29th Ward which has experienced racial segregation, severe poverty and massive disinvestment. We need serious re-investment, but only with democratic community involvement in the process.”

“I am a McKinley Park parent and a union organizer with the UAW, and I chose to run for office because I am sick of seeing our public schools privatized, and upset that the gulf between the very rich and regular folks in our city keeps on growing – making things worse for working people and their families,” stated Pete Demay, candidate for Alderman of the 12th Ward currently fighting in court to be placed back on the ballot.

In the 46th Ward, Grassroots Illinois Action is endorsing both challengers to current Alderman James Cappleman. The two challengers, Amy Crawford and Denice Davis, have strong grassroots support, align closely with GIA values, and would undoubtedly serve the ward better than the current Alderman.

“I was approached by the young people. They asked me to run. You should serve the whole breadth of the community. When you are an elected official you have to represent all of the people, and that is clearly not what is happening now,” stated Davis.

“I’m running because we need a stronger, smarter leader to end the political polarization in the 46th Ward and get things done on the issues that affect all of us. I will bring people together and confront the complex issues we have in our great, diverse neighborhoods — in particular, making our streets safer and encouraging economic development,” said Crawford.

Although the majority of the endorsements were given to Aldermanic challengers, GIA did endorse members of the City Council Progressive Caucus who have consistently stood up to challenge Emanuel’s agenda. Each of the GIA endorsed candidates have committed to joining the Progressive Caucus when elected.

“We need to not only elect Chuy Garcia as Mayor, but also make sure that we elect Aldermen who can work with him and get the job done for Chicago working families. That means protecting the current members of the Progressive Caucus, and expanding it,” said Amisha Patel, Executive Director of Grassroots Illinois Action.

Grassroots Illinois Action is committed to help mobilize boots on the ground for endorsed candidates, and to continue building long term infrastructure to hold them accountable once they win office.

“I look forward to working on our shared vision for the city of Chicago: a city where you can find a job, support your family, send your child to a world-class neighborhood school and have a say in their education, live in peace and safety, and retire with dignity,” stated Tara Stamps, Candidate for Alderman of the 37th Ward.

List of GIA Endorsed Candidates

Jesus ‘Chuy’ Garcia – Mayor

Leslie Hairston – 5th Ward (i)

Roderick Sawyer – 6th Ward (i)

LaShonda Curry – 7th Ward

Tara Baldridge – 8th Ward

Sue Garza – 10th Ward

Maureen Sullivan – 11th Ward

Pete DeMay – 12th Ward

Rafael Yañez – 15th Ward

Toni Foulkes – 16th Ward (i)

David Moore – 17th Ward

Rick Munoz – 22nd Ward (i)

Byron Sigcho – 25th Ward

Juanita Irizarry – 26th Ward

Zerlina Smith – 29th Ward

Scott Waguespack – 32nd Ward (i)

Tim Meegan – 33rd Ward

Carlos Ramirez-Rosa – 35th Ward

Tara Stamps – 37th Ward

Nick Sposato – 38th Ward (i)

Diane Daleiden – 40th Ward

John Arena – 45th Ward (i)

*Amy Crawford – 46th Ward

*Denice Davis – 46th Ward

* Dual endorsement
(i) Incumbent

Grassroots Illinois Action is building a permanent, independent grassroots electoral movement to promote a progressive agenda that values all of our city’s residents, all of our children, all of our neighborhoods. We unite Chicagoans in an effort to build real independent political power in and for our communities. We work to expand the political influence of our members by supporting candidates who embrace our vision of good neighborhood public schools, living wage jobs, affordable housing, and safe streets in every community.

Listen Saturday’s from 11am-1pm to WC Turck, Brian Murray and guests on Chicago’s real alternative media, AM1680, Q4 radio, streaming at www.que4.org.
CAM00236WC Turck is an author, artist, playwright and talk radio host in Chicago. He has been called the most dangerous voice on the Left. His new book “Shoot Down: is an unflinching look at the events leading up to the shooting down of Malaysia Air Flight 17.” His first novel, “Broken” was recommended by NAMI for its treatment of PTSD. In 2006 he published “Everything for Love,” a memoir of his experiences during the siege of Sarajevo. He wrote and produced two critically acclaimed plays, “Occupy my Heart” and “The People’s Republic of Edward Snowden.” He works with the homeless and foreclosure victims in Chicago. He partners in a weekly radio show dedicated to issues, society and politics with cohost, activist and artist Brian Murray For more information, past shows, videos and articles, visit www.revolutioandbeer.com


The Illinois Policy Institute (IPI) is a conservative think tank with offices in Chicago and Springfield, Illinois, and member of the State Policy Network. IPI is a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) as of 2011. IPI is also a member of ALEC’s Health and Human Services Task Force and Education Task Force. Senior Budget and Tax Policy Analyst, Amanda Griffin-Johnson, presented model legislation (the “State Employee Health Savings Account Act”) to the HHS task force at ALEC’s 2011 annual meeting.[4] Collin Hitt, Director of Education Policy, is a private sector member of the Education Task Force representing IPI. He sponsored the “Local Government Transparency Act” at the ALEC 2011 States and Nation Policy Summit. In its 2006 annual report the Cato Institute states that it made a grant of $50,000 to the Illinois Policy Institute. The Cato Institute is a libertarian think tank founded by Charles G. Koch and funded by the Koch brothers.

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Green Party Endorses of Bob Fioretti

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 27, 2015

Contact: Aaron Lorence

708-307-9264 | alorence@bobfioretti.com

Green Party Announces Endorsement of Bob Fioretti for Mayor

Who: Phil Huckelberry, Chairman, Green Party of Chicago; mayoral candidate Bob Fioretti, supporters

What: Green Party endorses Alderman Fioretti for Mayor

Where: Fioretti campaign headquarters, 1043 W Madison

When: Wednesday, January 28, 11:00 a.m.

Tomorrow, the Green Party of Chicago will announce their endorsement of Bob Fioretti for mayor at a press conference at the Fioretti campaign headquarters. “Chicago has been subject to persistent political abuse, from the shuttering of dozens of schools to the siphoning of tax dollars off to private interests,” said Huckelberry. “Bob Fioretti has been at the forefront of standing up to these abuses, and he takes it further and backs it up with real ideas for moving the city forward.”

Listen Saturday’s from 11am-1pm to WC Turck, Brian Murray and guests on Chicago’s real alternative media, AM1680, Q4 radio, streaming at www.que4.org.
CAM00236WC Turck is an author, artist, playwright and talk radio host in Chicago. He has been called the most dangerous voice on the Left. His new book “Shoot Down: is an unflinching look at the events leading up to the shooting down of Malaysia Air Flight 17.” His first novel, “Broken” was recommended by NAMI for its treatment of PTSD. In 2006 he published “Everything for Love,” a memoir of his experiences during the siege of Sarajevo. He wrote and produced two critically acclaimed plays, “Occupy my Heart” and “The People’s Republic of Edward Snowden.” He works with the homeless and foreclosure victims in Chicago. He partners in a weekly radio show dedicated to issues, society and politics with cohost, activist and artist Brian Murray For more information, past shows, videos and articles, visit www.revolutioandbeer.com


The Illinois Policy Institute (IPI) is a conservative think tank with offices in Chicago and Springfield, Illinois, and member of the State Policy Network. IPI is a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) as of 2011. IPI is also a member of ALEC’s Health and Human Services Task Force and Education Task Force. Senior Budget and Tax Policy Analyst, Amanda Griffin-Johnson, presented model legislation (the “State Employee Health Savings Account Act”) to the HHS task force at ALEC’s 2011 annual meeting.[4] Collin Hitt, Director of Education Policy, is a private sector member of the Education Task Force representing IPI. He sponsored the “Local Government Transparency Act” at the ALEC 2011 States and Nation Policy Summit. In its 2006 annual report the Cato Institute states that it made a grant of $50,000 to the Illinois Policy Institute. The Cato Institute is a libertarian think tank founded by Charles G. Koch and funded by the Koch brothers.

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Rally to Save Rogers Park ‘Community House’

MEDIA ADVISORY

Press contacts:
Gerardo Calvillo, resident, 979-575-6640
Antonio Gutierrez, Autonomous Center of Albany Park, 773-803-0810
Rebecca Burns, Communities United Against Foreclosure and Eviction, 781-962-8816

Residents Rally to Save Rogers Park ‘Community House’ from Citibank

Community members will hold an eleventh-hour rally Wednesday to demand that Citibank meet with a Rogers Park family seeking to buy the foreclosed home they live in. On January 28 at 11:30 a.m., members of neighborhood and housing-rights organizations will hold a press conference in front of the bank branch at 2295 N Milwaukee Ave. as the family attempts to meet with bank representatives inside.

WHY: The Dolores-Calvillo family is facing imminent eviction from their home at 7245 N Ridge, where they’ve lived for three years. When the family moved into the vacant, banked-owned home in 2012, it had been sitting empty for more than a year. They have cared for the home and kept up with maintenance, in addition to turning it into a “community house” that hosts a community garden, Spanish and English-language film screenings, clothing donation-drives and fundraisers for neighborhood organizations.

WHEN: 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, January 28

WHERE: Citibank, 2295 N Milwaukee Ave.

VISUALS: Neighborhood residents will bring furniture and pictures of events at the home into the bank

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Fioretti to Deliver City Club Speech on Monday

MEDIA ADVISORY

January 25, 2015

Contact: Aaron Lorence 708-307-9264 | alorence@bobfioretti.com

Who: Mayoral candidate Bob Fioretti

What: City Club Speech

When: Monday, January 26th at 11:30 a.m. – speech with press availability to follow

Where: Maggiano’s Banquets, 111 W. Grand Avenue

Mayoral candidate Bob Fioretti will address the City Club of Chicago. Hard copy of remarks will be provided at the speech.

Paid for by Friends of Bob Fioretti, 17 East Monroe Street, Suite 211, Chicago, IL 60603. A copy of our report is (or will be) available from the State Board of Elections, Springfield, IL and the Cook County Clerk, Chicago, IL.

Friends of Fioretti
17 East Monroe Street, Suite 211
Chicago IL 60603 United States

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