WHERE IS THIS MACHINE YOU SPEAK OF?

(Photo courtesy of The Daily Beast)


By 
Maze Jackson


If the 2019 Mayoral Election proves one thing, it is that the mythological Cook County Democratic Machine is either non-existent or a mere shadow of its former self.  One only need to look at the 2019 Chicago Mayoral Election for proof.   In what “Machine” scenario under say a Mayor Richard J. Daley, would the CHAIRMAN OF THE COOK COUNTY DEMOCRATIC PARTY lose ALL 50 WARDS and only win 20 precincts out of 2069!?!?!?  Under what “Machine” scenario would a Democratic Committeeman be able to have any respect if they could not persuade their voters to vote the “right” way?  Under what “Machine” scenario would Democratic Committeemen be able to endorse any candidate other than the Chairman of the Party for the highest seat in the land?

(Election map courtesy of Chicago Tribune)


You see, this race wasn’t for the local school council (although those races are very important), this was for the crown jewel, the highest seat in the land, the most coveted position in Chicago politics…MAYOR OF CHICAGO, GREATEST CITY IN THE WORLD!  And yet, there was Madame President Toni Preckwinkle, Chairman of the Cook County Democratic Party, in that exact scenario.  She was out of money, off of TV, and on political life support against a relative unknown, a former employee, who had come back for a hostile takeover of the City she had once worked for.  And instead of having the so-called “Machine” to rely on, she was left to work with a few political warlords, celebrity rappers, black businessmen, complete with an inexperienced staff who had never been battle tested. 

The Lightfoot political operation was in the smartphone world.


Meanwhile, Toni’s former White progressive allies were rushing to the assist the insurgent Lightfoot, showering her with cash, resources, and the “Machine” remnants and gears hoping to rebuild a new type of machine, a smartphone type of machine.  Think of it like the progression from typewriters to technology, from analog to digital, from snail mail to email, with all the iterations in between.  Lori’s team was thinking and planning in the smartphone era, while Toni Preckwinkle’s team thought they were innovating with Harold Washington Campaign 2.0.  Team Preckwinkle was insistent on selling the Black community a word processor even though all of us had smartphones in our pockets.  In the smartphone era, credit and debit card run the “Machine” and Toni had neither with  Black People.

The current Black political machine in Chicago is like the word processor…out of date!


But back to the so-called “Machine” Black People have been programmed to fear.  That so-called “machine” that is the convenient vehicle for White People to use Black People to get what they politically want when it’s convenient.  Be “loyal” Democrats when we want to raise and spend millions to take out a “disloyal” Ken Dunkin, but won’t raise $500K to help the Cook County Democratic Party Chairman win the mayor’s race.  Be “loyal” Democrats when it’s time to slate the type of judges that get Jason Van Dyke home in 3 years, but stand by idly and watch as local police chiefs that they govern attack Kim Foxx.  The so-called “machine” demands loyalty when it’s time for fear, respect, money, jobs, and contracts to be given to White Men with the most money and lowest voter turnouts.  That’s the “Machine” that Black People have.


In the meantime, not one of the White so-called Machine bosses carried their wards for Toni Preckwinkle. As a matter of fact, none of them carried ONE PRECINCT for her and she is THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COOK COUNTY DEMOCRATIC PARTY!  That’s not “Machine” or “Boss!” That’s just straight bull, but that’s what you get using a word processor in the smartphone era like Black People seem to keep doing.

(Black Terminator courtesy of Teves Design Studio)
https://www.milesteves.com/gallery/v/various+films/Black-Terminator.jpg.html

It’s time for Black People to leave the word processors behind and build our own new machine, and I’m not talking about a smartphone either.  I’m talking about building the Black Political Terminator, an artificial intelligence driven robot that destroys anything that gets in the way of building Black political power.  It’s time to junk our political word processors and prepare for a new day in Black politics! It’s time we get our own voter database and contact system, it’s time we train and create our own precinct captain, build our own bench, and elect Black politicians that are Black FIRST! It’s time to go from victims to victors!

#mazesaid

#WIIFTBP


(Now I recognize that some of you may not get the similes, metaphors, and analogies contained herein, which actually proves my point.)

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TONI “OJ” PRECKWINKLE…FROM PROGRESSIVE TO “NEGRO” IN ONE ELECTION CYCLE

by Maze Jackson


The debacle Progressive turned Back Woman Machine President Toni Preckwinkle should be a lesson to Black politicians and Black voters alike. If you pay attention to the White and LGBTQ+ Democratic Committeemen and elected officials who ARE NOT openly supporting Black Woman President Preckwinkle even though she openly courted and supported them and their progressive label, you will understand why we have to think BLACK FIRST politically.

I expressly remember hearing Progressive President Preckwinkle on FB Live pushing Debra Shore, a White LGBTQ+ Woman candidate over Commissioner Kari K. Steele, a Black Woman, for the historic opportunity to become the first Black Woman President of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District.

At issue was newly elected Commissioner Kimberly Neely DuBuclet, a Black woman, and how she would vote for President of the MWRD. At stake was the opportunity to elect the first Black Woman or the first White LGBTQ+ Woman president of the MWRD. When given the choice between the two, Progressive President Toni Preckwinkle, most likely thinking ahead to the Mayor’s race, assumed she had Black support and threw all of her weight behind the White LGBTQ+Woman Shore.

Not only did Progressive President Preckwinkle push the Black Commissioner DuBuclet to support the White LGBTQ+ Woman Shore against AGAINST Black Commissioner Steele, she even bragged on social media about how she employed White Irish U.S. Senator Dick Durbin, Jewish American U.S. Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, Progressive Third Ward Alderman Pat Dowell, and Progressive Fifth Ward Alderman Leslie Hairston to pressure DuBuclet to vote AGAINST the Black Woman Steele FOR the White LGBTQ+ Woman Shore.

I also remember my outrage when I found out a group of White North Side Democratic Committeemen had the audacity to call the Black Woman Commissioner DuBuclet, threatening that she’d better vote for the White LGBTQ+ Woman Shore over the Black Woman Steele or they would attempt to un-slate her in the next election cycle. It appeared that they were already basking in the political returns their support of Progressive President Toni Preckwinkle as Progressive Mayor AND Progressive President of the Cook County Democratic Party would bring when combined with their Progressive White Lakeshore Northside liberal privilege.

It was smart business, but those same Progressive White and LGBTQ+ elected officials were unable to handle their business when they failed deliver their PROGRESSIVE constituents to the now apparently Black Woman Machine President Toni Preckwinkle.

On Election Night, not only did the Progressive White Lakeshore Northside Committeemen not win their own wards for the now Black Woman Machine President Toni Preckwinkle, many of those same Progressive White and LGBTQ+ elected officials didn’t even win their own precincts for Black Woman Machine President Toni Preckwinkle.

And to top it off, the then Progressive President Toni Preckwinkle lost almost every Black Ward, making her a 2nd place finisher to the newly crowned White People’s Progressive Black Woman Lori Lightfoot. Initially considered an also ran in a 14-way race, Lightfoot embarassed Preckwinkle, reducing her to the Black Woman Machine President Preckwinkle in her once coveted Lakeshore liberals.


That night, the now Black Woman Machine President Toni Preckwinkle learned the hard way that the Progressive White People had chosen themselves a new Progressive Black Woman, and she was out. The Jay Z song calls it “Still OJ,” which for those of you unfamiliar with the urban legend, is polite talk for “still a N**GA!”


Now those same big time White and LGBTQ+ elected officials that the once Progressive now Black Woman Machine President Toni “OJ” Preckwinkle fought so hard for are either now endorsing their “new” Black Woman Progressive Lori Lightfoot- some publicly, others cutting deals behind the scenes, or they’ve just become extremely quiet. Just think, Progressive President Toni “OJ” Preckwinkle encouraged the Black community to stick with Governor JB Pritzker even after his infamous secret recordings, discrimination issues, and black face controversy, and he’s staying neutral. Ouch…OJ!


Where is the White LGBTQ+ Woman Debra Shore that she fought so hard for? Shouldn’t she be Black Woman President Toni “OJ” Preckwinkle’s biggest standard bearer in the LGBTQ+ community? Shouldn’t she be standing up for Black Woman President Toni “OJ” Preckwinkle against all the homophobic allegations? Where is she now? Probably hiding, because campaigning for Toni in her community is like bringing OJ to the Goldman’s family reunion. It’s not going to happen!

Why aren’t those White Democratic Committeemen rallying their troops to turn out the vote for Black Woman President Toni Preckwinkle? Because they don’t have troops and they don’t turn out the vote, they ride the wave and wave is against Toni in their wards. But what about Democratic loyalty to the President of the Cook County Democratic Party? Do you know any White People that feel like they need to be loyal to OJ? Exactly!

Because just like then-Progressive President Toni Preckwinkle before her “OJ moment,” White Democrats prioritize a relationship with the LGBTQ+ community over a relationship with the Black community…until they need to use us to get what they want.

Like President Toni “OJ” Preckwinkle does now.


#mazesaid

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The “What’s in it for the Black People?” Voter’s Guide-2018 General Election (Cheat Sheets Included)

 

Billionaire JB Pritzker takes on multimillionaire Governor Bruce Rauner November.

MISSION: WHAT’S IN IT FOR THE BLACK PEOPLE ILLINOIS?

The mission of What’s in it for the Black People Illinois is to advocate specifically for Black self-interests through the acquisition of mainstream political power; rebuild the pillars of the Black community (business, politics, spiritual, education, and grassroots); and re-instill Black pride and self-reliance; while also ensuring that Black self-interests are included in city, state, and national policy development, REGARDLESS of traditional party affiliations and/or socially defined categories of persons. Our political interests are BLACK FIRST.

THE PURPOSE OF THE “WHAT’S IN IT FOR THE BLACK PEOPLE?” VOTER’S GUIDE?

The purpose of the “What’s In It For The Black People?” Voter’s Guide is to provide Black voters with a “guide, not a Bible” to use when they go into the voting booth. Often times we are forced to rely on voter guides, endorsements, and palm cards of organizations that may not necessarily make Black People a top priority. In some cases, we have been misled into using guides that include people that have an established history of working against Black People.

The goal of the “What’s In It for the Black People?” Voter’s Guide is to ensure that Black voters have a guide that provides an option to view candidates through a purely BLACK perspective. That does not mean that we will always choose Black candidates, specific party affiliations, or based on being “fair.” We are unflinching in our desire to elect candidates that will move the Black Community forward.

It is important to note that while candidates have tried to sponsor or advertise in the “What’s in it for the Black People?” Voter’s Guide, We have made a conscious decision NOT to accept the revenue in an effort to ensure that politicians do not taint our mission, and operatives who would rather pay for an endorsement than do the work that Black People demand do not get an easy pass.

We hope you find it useful and will take it with you when you vote, whether early or on Election Day, November 6, 2018.

THE RACES

GOVERNOR

For Republican incumbent Governor Bruce Rauner, it’s been a rough first term, having presided over a 3-year budget stalemate that left him wearing the jacket for devastating cuts in social service funding. He rode into Springfield on a dark horse after spending a personal fortune to essentially buy the Republican Party of Illinois for a chance to save Illinois from its evil Emperor Mike Madigan. Initially, it seemed as though he had a chance because Illinois had never seen anyone with that much money get in the race and win. People held their collective breaths, wondering whether the multi-millionaire could defeat the Emperor. Three years later, after being thwarted by Madigan at every turn, one would think that Rauner would try a new strategy, perhaps just bow down to Madigan like everyone else, and salvage his pride. But like most people with a lot of pride he’s going to go out swinging.

So instead of highlighting the wins he’s had in the areas of school funding reform, fair contracting for Black state vendors, and criminal justice reform, his platform is all Madigan all day with a few toilet commercials sprinkled in to break up the monotony. Recently, he’s been trying to catch JB up for tax fraud, which might have been a great story earlier in the cycle, but it’s probably too little too late. While Bruce Rauner was a titan of industry, Illinois politics might have been a little over his head.

 

On the other hand, seven months ago, while we were uncomfortable with Democrat JB Pritzker’s comments caught on an FBI recorded phone call, and Juliana Stratton’s 6 month tenure as a State Representative and Madigan tool, we still believed that JB was the best candidate for BLACK TRANSACTIONAL POLITICS, which is why we endorsed him in the primary (which he won handily BTW). Since then, JB has fallen into the same pattern of the Democrats before him, pandering to Black People during the primary and ignoring us in the general.

We only need to look at the amount of Black staff and confidants JB’s team jettisoned after the primary to confirm our beliefs. Gone is the cadre of local Black preachers, operatives, and campaign staff workers that accompanied JB to everything Black. Gone are the wise Black businessmen and fixers that knew how to quietly fix things and keep people moving forward together. Gone are all the Black People that gave us a modicum of trust in JB. All that’s left for Black People is JB and the Black Carpetbaggers from Georgia, Baltimore, and Detroit taking orders from an Italian from Philly. Combine that with the recent allegations of discrimination and campaign workers in blackface, and we are just not comfortable with JB anymore.  To add insult to injury, when we looked at the D-2’s from the primary, JB spent more money with consultants and vendors from Philadelphia, Washington DC, and New York than in Chicago.

Once JB secured his 20-point primary win, we never saw him again, except in TV commercials or from a distance in the Bud Billiken Parade (which he used to make dancing negroes TV commercials). In the face of the LaQuan McDonald/Jason Van Dyke hearing, all we got was a tweet AFTER it was safe. We’ve heard nothing about his economic plan for Black People, and we won’t even talk about the fact that he’s talking about raising our taxes, while literally taking toilets out of his SECOND MANSION to save $330,000 and he’s a BILLIONAIRE.

With so many challenging issues specifically facing the Black People in Illinois, JB Pritzker’s performance in the Black community since the primary has been disappointing to say the least, and disrespectful considering he will most likely get 90% of the Black vote. We expected more from the Democratic nominee. Then there’s Libertarian candidate Grayson Kash Jackson who has delivered some of the best one-liners of the campaign season and would make a great protest vote if one were so inclined. Conservative candidate William “Sam” McCann is simply not a viable option for #WIIFTBP consideration .

#WIIFTBP RECOMMENDS: DO NOT VOTE FOR ANYONE UNTIL THEY ADDRESS THE BLACK COMMUNITY DIRECTLY!

ATTORNEY GENERAL

In what has to be the most disappointing race of this election cycle, we have TWO Black candidates Erika Harold and State Senator Kwame Raoul running for Attorney General, and both are doing their best job to ignore Black People. The fact that Black People heard nothing from the TWO Black Attorney General candidates on the biggest trial so far this century for Black Illinoisans, the Jason Van Dyke trial, speaks volumes as to what we can expect from either of them. On this issue, there has been no discernible difference between the two. The Libertarian candidate has been virtually non-existent on the issue.

While we differ with Erika Harold on some policy positions, since she entered the race she has always been responsive, whether it is answering a questionnaire, attending an event, or providing an answer to “What’s in it for the Black People?” In the face of #MeToo and “The Year of the Woman,” we think that Erika Harold could be an inspiration to young Black girls throughout the state. She would also provide some much-needed balance in the executive branch of Springfield, especially in the event that Governor Rauner is unsuccessful. And perhaps finally we could get an investigation of the property tax racket that has run so many Black People out of their homes.

#WIIFTBP RECOMMENDS: (8) Erika Harold

Attorney and former Miss America Erica Harold seeks to make history as the first black woman to serve as Illinois Attorney General.

SECRETARY OF STATE

Jesse White is a no-brainer versus Jason Helland (R) and Steve Dutner (L).

#WIIFTBP RECOMMENDS: (10) Jesse White

COMPTROLLER

#WIIFTBP RECOMMENDS: NO ENDORSEMENT

 

TREASURER

Mike Frerichs is endorsed on the sheer number of Black People on his Executive Team. He made a commitment to Black inclusion 4 years ago and has delivered on that promise.

#WIIFTBP RECOMMENDS: (16) Michael W. Frerichs

 

CONGRESSMAN

While we have been critical of what our congressional delegation has brought back to the Black community, it is imperative that we maintain Black seniority in Congress while preparing new talent for the future.

#WIIFTBP RECOMMENDS:

1ST CD- Bobby Rush

2nd CD- Robin Kelly

7th CD- Danny K. Davis

14th CD- Lauren UnderwoodSPECIAL HISTORIC OPPORTUNITY***

 

STATE SENATORS UNCONTESTED

#WIIFTBP RECOMMENDS: YOU DECIDE

 

STATE REPRESENTATIVES UNCONTESTED

#WIIFTBP RECOMMENDS: YOU DECIDE

Benford seeks to make history as the first Black woman to represent the 98th District.

 

STATE REPRESENTATIVE CONTESTED

98TH DISTRICT STATE REPRESENTATIVE- HISTORIC OPPORTUNITY

Black woman business owner and DuPage County elected official Alyssia Benford is a Black suburban political success story waiting to add another chapter, but first, she must defeat Democratic incumbent Natalie Manley. To do that, she’s going to need the support of the local Republican Party as well as all of the Black People that live in the district, which includes parts of Bolingbrook, Joliet, and Plainfield. While she’s not a Democrat, she’s definitely Black and not afraid to speak up on issues that impact her community, regardless of party affiliation. If you are Black and live in the Southwest Suburbs, ignore your instinct to hit the D and vote for your own self-interests. Alyssia will give Black People the voice on the other side of the aisle that we need.

#WIIFTBP RECOMMENDS: DUPAGE COUNTY Alyssia Benford

As a chemist and environmentalist, Commissioner Kari K. Steele is the MOST QUALIFIED CANDIDATE on the MWRD Board.

METROPOLITAN WATER RECLAMATION DISTRICT COMMISSIONERS (6 YEAR TERM) VOTE FOR 1– Commissioner KARI K. STEELE is the MOST QUALIFIED CANDIDATE for the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District. As the only chemist and environmentalist on the board, the job is about more than politics for Kari, which is why she has taken on so many leadership positions at the MWRD including chairing the Budget, Employment, Monitoring, and Research Committees.

#WIIFTBP RECOMMENDS: (52) Kari K. Steele

 

METROPOLITAN WATER RECLAMATION DISTRICT COMMISSIONERS (UNEXPIRED 2 YEAR TERM)

#WIIFTBP RECOMMENDS: NO ENDORSEMENT

 

*METROPOLITAN WATER RECLAMATION DISTRICT COMMISSIONERS (6 YEAR TERM VACANCY OF BRADFORD) This seat is up for grabs due to the unfortunate passing of Commissioner Tim Bradford who held the seat to ensure that the South Suburbs were represented at the MWRD. Progressives used Bradford’s passing as an opportunity to steal the seat from the Black community and give it to a White progressive. The Progressive Democratic plan to rob the South Suburbs of a voice on the MWRD alone is enough for #WIIFTBP to support Green Party candidate Geoffrey Cubbage over Cam Davis for the Bradford vacancy. #WIIFTBP does not believe that Progressives should be rewarded for their attempt to disenfranchise the Southland.

#WIIFTBP RECOMMENDS: Geoffrey Cubbage

 

PRESIDENT OF THE COOK COUNTY BOARD

While there’s a lot that could be said about Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, they can be summarized as: the “pop tax,” subsequent revenge tactics, “pop tax part 2,” the Stroger lie, the continued defense of a regressive property tax system, sexual harassment scandal, and more Black People fired. Combine that with the fact that she’s trading away every bit of Black Power we have in the city in an effort to become the Mayor and the one-time progressive stalwart has been reduced to a run of the mill machine hack. Endorsing the unopposed Preckwinkle for a job she clearly doesn’t want would be the height of hypocrisy.

#WIIFTBP RECOMMENDS: NO ENDORSEMENT

 

COUNTY CLERK

#WIIFTBP RECOMMENDS: (72) Karen Yarborough

 

COUNTY SHERIFF

#WIIFTBP RECOMMENDS: (74) Tom Dart

 

COUNTY TREASURER

#WIIFTBP RECOMMENDS: (75) Maria Pappas

(Democratic nominee Fritz Kaegi looks to fix the broken property tax system)

COUNTY ASSESSOR

Fritz Kaegi defeated Cook County Democratic Party Chair and Cook County Assessor Joe Berrios in the primary. Berrios had become the face of a property tax racket that was responsible for devastating Black homeowners. He faces Republican Joseph Paglia in what should be an election night romp.

#WIIFTBP RECOMMENDS: (76) Fritz Kaegi

 

COOK COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

The 3rd District Cook County Commissioners race is the only contested race on the Cook County Board that impacts Black People and it pits businessman and attorney William “Bill” Lowery against Chicago activist and political gadfly George Blakemore. While Blakemore is a walking government watchdog, his antics can and be distracting at times and might impede the work that must be done. Lowery conversely is a polished businessman that will fill the role of a politician easily. The key is will he deliver and can he stand up to his sponsor Toni Preckwinkle? We’re not sure but we think that George Blakemore will serve as an excellent watchdog to keep Lowery in line…from the gallery. #WIIFTBP RECOMMENDS: (81)William “Bill” Lowery

 

JUDGE OF THE CIRCUIT COURT (VACANCY OF DOOLING)

#WIIFTBP RECOMMENDS:

(113) Tom Sam Sianis

JUDGE OF THE CIRCUIT COURT (VACANCY OF EGAN)

#WIIFTBP RECOMMENDS:

(114) Rosa Maria Silva

JUDGE OF THE CIRCUIT COURT (VACANCY OF DUNFORD)

#WIIFTBP RECOMMENDS:

(115) Thomas F. McGuire

JUDGE OF THE CIRCUIT COURT (VACANCY OF FLANANGAN)

#WIIFTBP RECOMMENDS:

(116) Preston Jones, Jr.

JUDGE OF THE CIRCUIT COURT (VACANCY OF HARTIGAN)

#WIIFTBP RECOMMENDS:

(117) Cecilia Anne Horan

JUDGE OF THE CIRCUIT COURT (VACANCY OF JORDAN)

#WIIFTBP RECOMMENDS:

(118) Clare Joyce Quish

JUDGE OF THE CIRCUIT COURT (VACANCY OF MCGINNIS)

#WIIFTBP RECOMMENDS:

(119) Peter Michael Gonzalez

JUDGE OF THE CIRCUIT COURT (VACANCY OF PRENDERGAST ROONEY)

#WIIFTBP RECOMMENDS:

(120) Jack Hagerty

BALLOT FOR JUDICIAL CANDIDATES SEEKING RETENTION IN OFFICE

IMPORTANTIMPORTANTIMPORTANTIMPORTANTIMPORTANT

#WIIFTBP RECOMMENDS:

VOTE NO

JUDICIAL RETENTION SUPREME COURT:

#WIIFTBP RECOMMENDS:

(201) Anne Burke

JUDICIAL RETENTION APPELLATE COURT

#WIIFTBP RECOMMENDS:

(203) Margaret Stanton McBride

JUDICIAL RETENTION CIRCUIT COURT:

#WIIFTBP RECOMMENDS:

(205) Kathleen Flanagan

(207) Moshe Jacobius

(209) Stuart Lubin

(211) Martin S. Agran

(213) Ronald F. Bartkowicz

(217) Catherine Marie Haberkorn

(219) James M. Varga

(221) Marcia Maras

(224) ****NO*** Peter Flynn IMPOSES EXCESSIVE BAIL ON BLACKS

(225) Paul A. Karkula

(228) NO Maura Slattery Boyle IMPOSES EXCESSIVE SENTENCES

(229) Mary Margaret Brosnahan

(232) NO Matthew E. Coughlin– Used his position to shield Burge accomplices that tortured innocent people. Partially blamed a 13 year old for his own death when killed by a drunk off duty cop. Regularly sentences black and brown marijuana users to prison. Peers deemed him disrespectful to attorneys and Black People NONO***.

(233) Joyce Marie Murphy Gorman

(235) Joan Margaret O’Brien

(237) Thomas David Roti

(239) Colleen F. Sheehan

(241) Carl Anthony Walker

(243) Daniel Patrick Brennan

(245) Grace G. Dickler

(247) Ellen L. Flannigan

(249) Carol M. Howard

(251) Jill C. Marisie

(243) James Michael McGing

(255) Mike McHale

(257) James Patrick Murphy

(260) ***NO**** Thomas W. Murphy TRIED TO OUST BLACK CHIEF JUDGE

(261) Ramon Ocasio

(263) Mary Colleen Roberts

(265) Diane M. Shelley

(269) Celia Louise Gamrath

(271) Lorna Ellen Propes

(273) Tommy Brewer

(274) Andrea M. Schleifer

(278) NO Thomas R. Allen TRIED TO OUST BLACK CHIEF JUDGE

(279) Erica L. Reddick

(281) Aicha Marie MacCarthy

(283) Lionel Jean-Baptiste

(285) Michael R. Clancy

(287) Regina Ann Scannicchio

(289) Diann Karen Marsalek

(291) Pamela M. Leeming

(293) Larry G. Axelrood

(295) Carl Boyd

(287) Daniel R. Degnan

(299) John H. Ehrlich

(301) Terry Gallagher

(303) William G. Gamboney

(305) Elizabeth Mary Hayes

(307) Martin C. Kelley

(309) Kimberly D. Lewis

(311) Edward M. Maloney

(313) Lisa Ann Marino

(315) Michael Tully Mullen

(319) Karen Lynn O’Malley

(321) Paul S. Pavlus

(323) Cynthia Ramirez

(325) Beatriz Santiago

TO THE VOTERS OF COOK COUNTY

“Shall the minimum wage in your municipality match the $13 per hour Cook County minimum wage law for adults over the age of 18 by July 1, 2020, and be indexed to the consumer price index after that?”

#WIIFTBP RECOMMENDS: YES

TO THE VOTERS OF COOK COUNTY

“Shall your municipality match the Cook County earned sick time law which allows for workers to earn up to 40 hours (5 days) of sick time a year to take care of their own health or a family member’s health?

#WIIFTBP RECOMMENDS: YES

 

TO THE VOTERS OF COOK COUNTY

“Should the State of Illinois strengthen penalties for the illegal trafficking of firearms and require all gun dealers to be certified by the State?”

#WIIFTBP RECOMMENDS: YES

 

TO THE VOTERS OF THE CITY OF CHICAGO

“In the event marijuana is legalized, should the City of Chicago appropriate revenue from the sale of marijuana to increase funding for Chicago Public Schools and for mental health services?”

#WIIFTBP RECOMMENDS: YES

 

TO THE VOTERS OF THE CITY OF CHICAGO

“Should the City of Chicago seek that the State of Illinois create a homeowners property tax exemption for families in municipalities of over 500,000 that have lived in their home for over 10 years and whose income is under $100,000?”

#WIIFTBP RECOMMENDS: YES

 

TO THE VOTERS OF THE CITY OF CHICAGO

“Should the City of Chicago ban the use of plastic straws within the corporate city limits?”

#WIIFTBP RECOMMENDS: YES

 

TO THE VOTERS OF THE CITY OF CHICAGO

“Shall Chicago adopt the following term limit for the office of Mayor effective for the mayoral election in 2019 and thereafter: No person may hold the office of Mayor for more than two consecutive elected 4-year terms (with all prior consecutive elected terms of the current officeholder counted in determining the term limit for that officeholder)?”

#WIIFTBP RECOMMENDS: YES

 

TO THE VOTERS OF THE CITY OF CHICAGO

“Shall Chicago establish an elected Consumer Advocate for taxpayers and consumers to replace the appointed Commissioner of the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection? The office of Consumer Advocate shall be elected in 2019 and every four years thereafter in the same manner and with the same eligibility and candidacy filing requirements and removal provisions as the office of City Clerk. The Consumer Advocate shall receive the same salary as the City Clerk and a vacancy shall be filled in the same manner as a vacancy in the office of City Clerk. The Consumer Advocate shall hold office for a 4-year term and until a successor is elected and qualified. The Consumer Advocate shall have the following powers and duties: 1) protect taxpayers and consumers from unfairness and inequality; 2) monitor city compliance with the Illinois Freedom of Information Act; 3) promote a healthful environment; and 4) replace the appointed Commissioner of the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection and manage all duties and responsibilities of the Department.”

#WIIFTBP RECOMMENDS: YES

#WIIFTBP Voter’s Guide Cheat Sheet Pg. 1

 

#WIIFTBP Cheat Sheet Page 2

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The “What’s in it for the Black People?” 2018 Primary Voter’s Guide

compiled by Maze Jackson

 

The “What’s In It For The Black People?” Political Action Committee is the premiere organization focused on the advancement of Black self-interests particularly in the areas of business, politics, grassroots, education, and spirituality. Our goal is to serve as honest brokers for the Black community ensuring that Blacks get our fair share of all the opportunities that impact the Black Community.

It is with that understanding that we encourage you to review the “What’s in it for the Black People?” Voter’s Guide. This does not tell you who to vote for, but rather who we think you should consider if you are voting based on Black self-interests. Often times we vote on emotions, who had the best commercial, or who we “like.” The goal of the “What’s in it for the Black People?” Voter’s Guide is to provide a list of candidates that have been vetted based on their ability to ACTUALLY get something done.

With that in mind, we hope you will review our list and consider the candidates we have recommended.

GOVERNOR’S RACE

 

As the “What’s in it for the Black People?” Voter’s Guide, we almost feel an obligation to support the candidacy of Tio Hardiman/Patricia Avery (6)– As the only Black candidate in the Governor’s Race, Tio Hardiman was the odds on favorite to be the #WIIFTBP nominee for Governor, although he was one of the last candidates to submit answers to our questionnaire. When asked why he took so long to submit, Tio stated he didn’t think he had to, which is essentially how Black Illinoisans got into our current position, LAST! Unfortunately, we’ve been taken for granted by our Black elected officials, even more so than White politicians. It is our expectation that Black candidates run TOWARDS the question, “What’s in it for the Black People?” not FROM it!

While Tio is woefully underfunded and will face an uphill battle in a general election against a multi-millionaire, who are WE as #WIIFTBP PAC to say he cannot aspire to the highest office in the land. When he points to the fact that he garnered almost 30% of the vote in the 2014 Democratic primary against Pat Quinn, combined with the fact that the Black Community is growing increasingly frustrated with a Democratic Party that has consistently taken us for granted, we have to take him seriously in a 6-way primary.

 

JB Pritzker/Julianna Stratton (1) – While we are still uncomfortable with JB Pritzker’s comments on an FBI recorded phone call, and Juliana Stratton’s six month tenure as a State Representative and weapon of the Ken Dunkin destruction, we believe JB is the best candidate for BLACK TRANSACTIONAL POLITICS. In previous years, JB Pritzker would have been a welcome addition to the race. Well funded, compliant, and willing to put “money in the streets.” But after LaQuan McDonald, Rekiya Boyd, Quintonio LeGuire, and a host of other disrespects, the paradigm has changed. Black People are just not feeling the same old song and dance. However, in comparison to the rest of the candidates, JB clearly has the most to offer. He has done everything he’s been told by his Black advisors. He’s hiring Blacks on his staff at all levels to opening multiple campaign offices in various Black communities around the state. JB Pritzker has even put together comprehensive policies to address Black issues and expressed his willingness to commit to a “Black List” of staff hires and appointments to state boards and commissions.

Whenever we have posed the “What’s in it for the Black People?” to JB Pritzker, he has not only attempted to answer, but provided an in-depth plan to address Black issues with more than just a sound byte. When it comes to staff, JB has the largest and Blackest staff of all the campaigns, with many Blacks in senior staff level positions. As far as we can tell JB’s biggest flaws are his Black operatives, who have left a lot of Illinois Black influencers outside looking in. If JB makes it through the primary, he will need to fix that if he hopes to inspire a disaffected Black electorate.

 

While the Chris Kennedy/Ra Joy ticket bills itself as the outsider ticket, Kennedy was the ultimate insider, until he wasn’t, and it was only then he became a champion of Black issues. As a member of Green Team royalty, Kennedy was not concerned with equity for Blacks when he was building his Wolfe Point Tower or when he presided over the steep decline in Black students at the University of Illinois. His unwillingness to ensure developers have a workforce reflective of the state’s population and his firm stance against reparations disqualified him.

 

Daniel Biss and Litesa Wallace are easily the most likeable candidates in the race, but have not spent much time trying to lock down the Black vote. They also have a very strong message when they come to the Black neighborhood. The problem is, they rarely come to the Black neighborhood. Litesa Wallace, who is a star on the rise, seems to be marginalized in a campaign that initially selected someone else as its Lieutenant Governor nominee. Illinois is the worst state in the country for Black People, and we need a Governor that will make us a priority.

 

The Daiber/Todd ticket features the only down-stater in the race Bob Daiber. Jonathan Todd is well-known and respected on the local political scene, but the two have not mounted much of a statewide campaign. Their campaign was largely symbolic.

 

Dr. Robert Marshall is also running.

 

#WIIFTBP endorses Tio Hardiman (6) for those that choose to cast a protest vote against the Democratic Party establishment. JB Pritzker (1) is recommended for everyone else.

 

ATTORNEY GENERAL’S RACE

 

No less than eight candidates have entered the race to replace Lisa Madigan as Attorney General. Former Governor Pat Quinn and State Senator Kwame Raoul are deeply flawed front-runners, but with so many people in the race and a high number of undecided, it’s still anyone’s race. Maryland native Sharon Fairley is the media darling and Nancy Rotering has the inside track on suburban White women. State Representative Scott Drury is the only person who can say he voted against Mike Madigan, while TV commentator Renato Mariotti, hasn’t gotten much traction. Throughout it all, former Public Defender and Attorney Aaron Goldstein continues to impress. His thoughtful approach to the office, his history of beating The Machine (he took out the all powerful Dick Mell), and his sensitivity to Black issues can’t be ignored. His wife is Black and he has two kids that while mixed, will eventually be Black too. All that aside, in a crowded race Goldstein has consistently resonated with Black audiences whenever they’ve actually had the chance to hear him. While he is a long shot to win, it is for that reason, Aaron Goldstein (15) is endorsed.

 

SECRETARY OF STATE

 

Jesse White (16) Is this Jesse’s last stand or will he be back again in 4 more years? Fact of the matter is Jesse White is and will remain the most popular elected official in Illinois. Perhaps this is why the radio sounds like one long Jesse White commercial.   Let’s hope Jesse saves some of his credibility for himself. He deserves it. Jesse White is endorsed.

 

COMPTROLLER

NO ENDORSEMENT- SHE IS NOT OUR FRIEND!

 

TREASURER

Michael Frerichs (18) is a good guy with lots of upside (literally) and we expect to see him running for something else in the future. He consistently hires Blacks to senior level positions and has made a consistent effort to make Black issues a priority when he can. Frerichs is endorsed.

 

 

 

CONGRESS

 

Like it or not Congressman Danny K. Davis (22) has been in the fight for the Black community since before many of us were born and he deserves the respect of an elder, but the time for new leadership is NOW. It’s doubtful that Anthony V. Clark (23) will beat him, but we look forward to the Congressman being able to enjoy the fruits of his labor in the very near future, at which time we believe there will be a robust contest for his seat. Ideally, he will give it up before the remap, allowing himself to be a mentor for his replacement, available to help him or her navigate the halls of Congress.

The same can be said about Congressman Bobby Rush (21) who doesn’t have a challenger this time around.

Congresswoman Robin Kelly (22), the New York transplant went home to get money from Michael Bloomberg to get elected on an anti-gun platform, but has gone on to distinguish herself in the US Congress and among her Congressional Black Caucus colleagues. She’s taken a leadership role and has some of the best Black staffers in the country. She represents Illinois well, and we hear whispers from the Illinois delegation that she could be a potential Senate candidate when Durbin retires.

All three candidates are endorsed, along with Chuy Garcia (24) to replace Luis Gutierrez in the 4TH Congressional District.

 

*STATE CENTRAL COMMITTEMAN/WOMAN

 

This election is VERY IMPORTANT because these are the people who elect Mike Madigan as the Chairman of the Democratic Party of Illinois. They run the state of Illinois Party. This is the closest opportunity voters outside of the 22nd District have to directly impact his role as Speaker…if that was something you were concerned about. WE WILL ONLY LIST CONTESTED RACES. PLEASE DO NOT SKIP THESE RACES IF YOU SEE THESE NAMES ON THE BALLOT!

 

*2ND STATE CENTRAL COMMITTEEWOMAN

 

This race pits one of the brightest stars in Congress against the one of the last of the old school political bosses left in the Black Community. And while we enthusiastically support of Robin Kelly for Congress, we must support Carrie Austin (32) for re-election as state , just as enthusiastically. You see this is a PARTY BOSS position, and Carrie Austin is just that, A PARTY BOSS. What that means in this instance, is when White Party Bosses start getting out of their body, she has no problem reminding them. Just ask any Black judge, state representative, or young woman who she’s mentored, helped start a business or get a promotion. And when a certain Queen Sugar teamed up with the Green Team to oust Tim Evans, guess who saved the day…Carrie Austin. So until Mike Madigan steps down, we can’t give up our baseball bat for a tennis racket. And all you have to do is hear her on the campaign trail to know she can still hit it out of the park. Carrie Austin (32) is enthusiastically supported for 2nd State Central Committeewoman.

 

*2ND STATE CENTRAL COMMITTEEMAN

 

As enthusiastically as we support Carrie Austin her knowledge of the Party and being an insider, we offer the same enthusiasm for millennial William Calloway as 2nd State Central Committeeman. While Al Riley has served with distinction in the Illinois House, we believe Calloway will bring a new perspective.   Ideally, a combination of Carrie Austin and Will Calloway working together might just make the 2nd State Central District the most powerful in the country for Black People in the DNC. William Calloway (34) is enthusiastically endorsed.

 

 

7TH STATE CENTRAL COMMITTEEMANDANNY DAVIS (32)- Danny Davis has made a career of standing up to the powers that be in the state Party, so we see no need to replace him at this time.

STATE REPRESENTATIVES (ONLY BLACK CONTESTED RACES…CHECK FOR THESE NAMES)

 

1ST DISTRICT STATE REPRESENTATIVE- The younger brother of Green Team King Alderman Ed Burke is in the political fight of his life, and Black People are not his issue, as a matter of fact, Black folks can save Burke, a fact which he acknowledged when he sat down with us. Burke has 7 Black precincts that could make all the difference in this race. In previous years Burke represented large swaths of the Black community and ensured that he hired from within. So while the Chuy-backed Aaron Ortiz is gaining momentum, what efforts has his campaign made in those seven Black precincts. According to our sources, little to none. Dan Burke (51) is endorsed.

 

4TH DISTRICT STATE REPRESENTATIVE- IRIS MILAN IS ENDORSED (53)

 

5TH DISTRICT STATE REPRESENTATIVE- Ken Dunkin is the likely winner in this 5 way race after being unceremoniously dumped by the Party two years ago. He has the highest name recognition in the race, although Felicia Bullock is someone to watch in the future. Dilara Sayeed was endorsed by the major papers and seemed to be cruising until she got caught in a pay to play media scandal. While we will not offer an endorsement in this race, DO NOT BELIEVE Lamont Robinson reflects the values necessary to BUILD the Black Community. The handpicked candidate of Mike Madigan and Alderman Pat Dowell (of whom we can’t ignore the rats in Mollison, the $55 million TIF theft, or the closing of NTA), Robinson has allowed himself to be the face of the White People funded “SELLOUT” ad campaign in the Black community. We do not need to send any more Black elected officials to Springfield that put the Party before the People! No endorsement is offered, but Black we don’t believe that the campaign Lamont Robinson is reflective of the values we’d like to see in a Black State Representative.

 

25TH DISTRICT STATE REPRESENTATIVE – As an attorney, brewery owner, husband, and father, Curtis Tarver (52) is the perfect example of the intersection of Black People who are working on taking advantage of the economic opportunities in our state. He will represent us all well in Springfield. Curtis Tarver is strongly endorsed.

Flynn Rush, Angelique Collins, Anne Marie Miles, Grace Cham McEbben, Adrienne Irmer and William Calloway are also running.

 

27TH DISTRICT STATE REPRESENTATIVE – NO ENDORSEMENT

28TH DISTRICT STATE REPRESENTATIVE – NO ENDORSEMENT

29TH DISTRICT STATE REPRESENTATIVE – COREAN DAVIS (53)

 

31ST DISTRICT STATE REPRESENTATIVE – All you need to know in this race is that the current state representative Mary Flowers has been in Springfield for 30 years and nobody knows what she’s accomplished. When her challenger Willie Preston (52) asked to debate she refused. The question we want answered is “Where’s Mary?” and since she won’t answer, we proudly endorse father, carpenter, and activist Willie Preston for “a new breed of leadership.”

 

38TH DISTRICT STATE REPRESENTATIVE – DAVID BONNER (55)

 

 

As a chemist and environmentalist, Commissioner Kari K. Steele is the MOST QUALIFIED CANDIDATE on the MWRD Board.

METROPOLITAN WATER RECLAMATION DISTRICT COMMISSIONERS (6 YEAR TERM) – COMMISSIONER KARI K. STEELE (63) is the MOST QUALIFIED CANDIDATE for the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District. As the only chemist and environmentalist on the board, the job is about more than politics for Kari, which is why she has taken on so many leadership positions at the MWRD from chairing the Budget, Employment, Monitoring and Research Committees. KARI K. STEELE (63) is enthusiastically endorsed for re-election. *MARTY DURKAN (64) is endorsed.

METROPOLITAN WATER RECLAMATION DISTRICT COMMISSIONERS (UNEXPIRED 2 YEAR TERM) – NO ENDORSEMENT

METROPOLITAN WATER RECLAMATION DISTRICT COMMISSIONERS (6 YEAR TERM VACANCY OF BRADFORD) – WRITE IN: SIMON GORDON

PRESIDENT OF THE COOK COUNTY BOARD – While there’s a lot that could be said about Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, they can be summarized as: the “pop tax,” subsequent revenge tactics, “pop tax part 2,” the Stroger lie, and the continued defense of the regressive property tax system. She became what she spent so many years fighting. Bob Fioretti (72) is unspectacular but still endorsed. If we don’t like him four years goes by pretty quick. Just ask Todd Stroger.

COUNTY CLERK Karen Yarborough (73)

COUNTY SHERIFF Tom Dart (76)

COUNTY TREASURER – NO ENDORSEMENT

COUNTY ASSESSOR– Joe Berrios is the face of the regressive property tax system in Cook County, which disproportionately affects Black People. Fritz Kaegi (81) is hesitantly endorsed. We are still not sure how he gets around Madigan and Burke, but the change has to start somewhere.

COOK COUNTY COMMISSIONERS – 1ST COUNTY BOARD- While we believe Brandon Johnson is a fighter for the people, politics is transactional and it’s a business, which is why we have to throw our support behind Richard Boykin (91). When every other Black Commissioner stood with the Democratic Party on the infamous “pop tax” Boykin chose to stand with the people, and the pop tax was eventually overturned. But Boykin choosing the people over the Party got him in trouble which meant a well-funded challenger in Brandon Johnson. The thing is, if Boykin goes down for standing WITH the people, very few Black Politicians will have the courage to stand against the Party when needed. That’s why we are enthusiastically supporting Richard Boykin!

COOK COUNTY COMMISSIONERS – 2ND COUNTY BOARD- While we like Darryl D. Smith for his years of experience, when Dennis Deer (92) was called upon to vote against the pop tax he did. That is enough to earn our endorsement for Dennis Deer this time around.

COOK COUNTY COMMISSIONERS – 3RD COUNTY BOARD – This seven-person contest to replace retiring Commissioner Jerry Butler, features some very impressive candidates including two women and five men. That bodes well for a person like former MWRD Commissioner Patricia Horton who already has some name recognition.   The most colorful character in the race is easily Horace “Washington” Howard, but the most qualified is Bill Lowry (92), who we endorse in this race. March 20th is just the beginning though, because whoever wins has to face George Blakemore who is running as a Republican in the November General Election.

COOK COUNTY COMMISSIONERS – 4TH COUNTY BOARD – Ever since Cook County Commissioner Stanley Moore (92) and Latino Caucus Chairman Gilbert Villegas were teamed up as Directors of Workforce Development at IDOT in the early 2000’s, Stanley has always vociferously advocated for Black People getting contracts. He also ran against the Madigan Machine for State Representative and paid a dear price, like so many others who have challenged the Machine. Even after he voted for the “pop tax” initially, he was the elected official that offered support for #WIIFTBP. As a matter of fact, he bought all the pop for the event and got us permits when everyone else was acting funny. When the time came to repeal the pop tax, Stanley Moore was a co-sponsor of the ordinance. Stanley Moore was asking #WIIFTBP in 2007 and has been asking ever since. Stanley Moore is strongly endorsed.

COOK COUNTY COMMISSIONERS – 5TH COUNTY BOARD- We were willing to give Incumbent Deborah Sims a good look, even though she was the last holdout on the “pop tax.” But when she unflinchingly, and unequivocally stood by Mike Madigan, it gave us pause. After hearing from all three candidates including Commissioner Sims and Tim Parker, we settled on Dr. Audrey Lynn Tanksley (93) as our choice. Bright, energetic, and full of ideas, we think it’s a great idea to have an actual medical Doctor on the Board, especially considering the Cook County Health and Hospital System is the largest part of the state budget.

COOK COUNTY COMMISSIONERS- 6TH COUNTY BOARD- Donna Miller (93) is endorsed. This is a no brainer Black People!

COOK COUNTY COMMISSIONERS – 7TH COUNTY BOARD – This is a primarily Latino District, if you are Black and have an opportunity to cast a ballot in this race, you’d be wise to cast it for Angeles Sandoval (91). Angeles is the daughter of State Senator Marty Sandoval, who has gone above and beyond to develop a relationship with the Black Community. And if the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, then we can expect Angie to be negotiating for tangible outcomes, not just living off of old pictures of Harold Washington. If Blacks and Latinos are going to ever forge an alliance, it will begin with the negotiation, and there are fewer Latinos better to negotiate with than the Sandovals. Angeles Sandoval is endorsed.

COOK COUNTY COMMISSIONERS – 10TH COUNTY BOARD – If you live on the Northwest Side of Chicago, know that Bridget Gainer (91) spends a lot of time relationship building on the South and West Sides. Some say she’s got mayoral aspirations which may not be a bad thing, but first she needs to be re-elected. Bridget Gainer is endorsed.

COOK COUNTY COMMISSIONERS – 12th COUNTY BOARD – John Fritchey (91) keeps a tan in the winter, keeps his medical marijuana card in his pocket , and voted against the “pop tax.” He is endorsed.

COOK COUNTY BOARD OF REVIEW 3RD DISTRICT

LARRY ROGERS (101)

JUDGES ARE VERY IMPORTANT…DO NOT SKIP THESE VOTES! THEY ARE VERY IMPORTANT

121- JUDGE OF THE CIRCUIT COURT (VACANCY OF BREWER) – ORAN F. WHITING (121)

129- JUDGE OF THE CIRCUIT COURT (VACANCY OF CLAY) – LORI ANN ROPER (129)

130- JUDGE OF THE CIRCUIT COURT (VACANCY OF DOOLING) – TOM SAM SIANIS (130)

133- JUDGE OF THE CIRCUIT COURT (VACANCY OF EGAN) – ROSA MARIA SILVA (133)

134-JUDGE OF THE CIRCUIT COURT (VACANCY OF DUNFORD) – THOMAS F. MCGUIRE (134)

136-JUDGE OF THE CIRCUIT COURT (VACANCY OF FLANANGAN) – PRESTON JONES (136)

140-JUDGE OF THE CIRCUIT COURT (VACANCY OF HARTIGAN) – KEITH L. SPENCE (140)

141-JUDGE OF THE CIRCUIT COURT (VACANCY OF JORDAN) – CLARE JOYCE QUISH (141)

145 – JUDGE OF THE CIRCUIT COURT (VACANCY OF MCGINNIS) – PETER MICHAEL GONZALEZ (145)

148- JUDGE OF THE CIRCUIT COURT (VACANCY OF PRENDERGAST ROONEY) – MABLE TAYLOR (148)

152-JUDGE OF THE 1ST SUBCIRCUIT (VACANCY OF HAMBRIGHT, JR.) – ERIKA ORR (152)

152-JUDGE OF THE 2ND SUBCIRCUIT (VACANCY OF LAMPKIN) – FREDERICK H. BATES (152)

154- JUDGE OF THE 2ND SUBCIRCUIT (VACANCY OF LAWS) – ADRIENNE ELAINE DAVIS (154)

155-JUDGE OF THE 2ND SUBCIRCUIT (VACANCY OF RHODES) – TOYA T. HARVEY (155)

158-JUDGE OF THE 2ND SUBCIRCUIT (VACANCY OF TURNER, JR.) – IESHIA GRAY (158)

159-JUDGE OF THE 2ND SUBCIRCUIT (VACANCY OF WILLIS)- DEBRA A. SEATON (159)

163-JUDGE OF THE 2ND SUBCIRCUIT (VACANCY OF TURNER)- ARTHUR WESLEY WILLIS (163)

151-JUDGE OF THE 3RD SUBCIRCUIT (DELEHANTY VACANCY)- PATRICK THOMAS STANTON (151)

152-JUDGE OF THE 5TH SUBCIRCUIT (VACANCY OF BANKS)- YVONNE COLEMAN (152)

157- JUDGE OF THE 5TH SUBCIRCUIT (VACANCY OF JONES)- DAVID L. KELLY (157)

158-JUDGE OF THE 5TH SUBCIRCUIT (VACANCY OF WASHINGTON, II)- ROBERT HARRIS (158)

152-JUDGE OF THE 6TH SUBCIRCUIT (VACANCY OF CHEVARE)- KENT DELGADO (152)

155-JUDGE OF THE 6TH SUBCIRCUIT (VACANCY OF COOKE)- CHARLES “CHARLIE” BEACH (155)

157-JUDGE OF THE 6TH SUBCIRCUIT (LOPEZ CEPERO)- LINDA PEREZ (157)

154-JUDGE OF THE 8TH SUBCIRCUIT (VACANCY OF FABRI)- ROBIN DENISE SCHOFFNER (154)

151-JUDGE OF THE 15TH SUBCIRCUIT (VACANCY OF SCULLY, JR.)- ASHONTA RICE-AKIWOWO (151)

154-JUDGE OF THE 15TH SUBCIRCUIT (VACANCY OF ZELEZINSKI)- ANTHONY C. SWANAGAN (154)

The following are NON-BINDING REFERENDUMS, put on the ballot to crowd out real issues that tha would give Black People a direct say in their government. These are essentially opinion polls.

TO THE VOTERS OF THE CITY OF CHICAGO – “Should Governor Rauner act to protect the 650,000 Illinois residents who obtained health insurance through the Affordable Care Act by supporting legislation amending the Illinois Insurance Code to preserve important benefits like pediatric services and maternity care, and by investing in outreach campaigns to encourage residents to sign up for health insurance?”

YES

TO THE VOTERS OF THE CITY OF CHICAGO – “Should Governor Rauner support Illinois legislation to ban firearm bump stocks and strengthen penalties on illegal gun traffickers?”

YES

TO THE VOTERS OF THE CITY OF CHICAGO- “Should the State of Illinois develop a comprehensive strategy to address the recent rise in opioid-related and heroin-related deaths including committing additional state resources for addiction treatment and requiring health insurers to cover opioid alternatives and limitations on prescription length?”

YES

We hope you find this information useful and encourage you to share it with your friends and family. We have provided so much detail, because we don’t just want Black People to “VOTE!” We want you to VOTE SMART and in our collective Black best interests. Download, print, share, and take it to the polls.

 

 

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Black People: Remember Emmett Till before judging Roy Moore

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Maze Jackson

I know some of you may find this shocking, but I think Black People need to reserve judgement on Roy Moore.  In case you don’t know who I am talking about, he is the extreme right candidate Republican candidate for US Senate from Alabama. Moore has been accused of molesting at 14-year-old girl when he was 32 years old. Now before you start your own Alabama style lynch mob let me explain.

As a father, husband, brother, uncle, and cousin of a lineage of dynamic Black Women, if any of them were victims (and based on the odds, I can’t honestly say that none of them were not) I would be the first person plotting to castrate the perpetrator. That is the emotional me, and trust me when I tell you I can understand the rush to judgement and punishment, but it must come AFTER the charges are proven. And BLACK PEOPLE need to be vociferous in the advocacy. We only need to look at the story of Emmett Till to understand why.

But if Alabama residents vote for and elect Roy Moore, and Black People jump on the bandwagon to give him a modern-day lynching before his day in court, I have a sneaking suspicion that a lot more Black People than Roy Moore’s people around the country will die to regret it!

Remember Till? Stolen from his home in the middle of the night, tortured, killed, tied with barbed wire and thrown into the river? Yes, THAT Till.  Well, all of that occurred because he was accused, judged, and punished before any charges were PROVEN, that he whistled at a White Woman.  And it did not occur 40 YEARS later, it happened within 48 hours!

Emmett Till and accuser Carolyn Bryant Donham (Photo credit: AP)

Can you imagine what could happen to the ranks of Black People if we could be accused, judged, and punished for offenses up to 40 YEARS old, without it being proven?  On just an allegation?  Rewind 40 years in your own life, think back, and imagine if someone could come back today and make you resign from your job, BEFORE you even had an opportunity to get your day in court.  In the long run, that’s not going to work out well for Black People.

So while I think the allegations against Roy Moore are more than likely true, and if they can catch him up, even on a technicality, I’m all for it.  But if Alabama residents vote for and elect Roy Moore, and Black People jump on the bandwagon to give him a modern-day lynching before his day in court, I have a sneaking suspicion that a lot more Black People than Roy Moore’s around the country will die to regret it!

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The “What’s in it for the Black People?” Voter’s Guide 2.0

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Maze Jackson

Bolingbrook and Calumet City Show Contrast in How White Mayors Deal with Black Voters

With the April 4th, 2017 Suburban Municipal Elections upon us, I have been bombarded with questions about who to vote for. The suburban municipal elections are of interest and more importance to the Black community, particularly because Blacks are increasingly choosing the South and West Suburbs as safe havens, IF they choose to remain in Illinois. Recent reports that Chicago lost more population than any big city in the country only affirm, what most Black People know, We are leaving the city.

Combine that with the fact that the traditional Democratic alliance with Blacks is being skewed by an over-emphasis on the growing Latino population, which leave Blacks in the suburbs in a quandary. Support the existing governments or create a new paradigm? And while the Democratic Party would have Black People think the answer is simple, just vote D, in suburban elections the answer is more complex.

Bolingbrook Mayor Claar has a reputation of being moderate, inclusive, and friendly to Black business, but he faces a challenge from Democrats hoping to hold a Trump fundraiser against him. The question is will Bolingbrook residents want the same people who messed up Cook County running their Village?

Take for example my hometown Bolingbrook, IL, located about 35 miles south of Chicago off of Route 55, where 31 year incumbent Mayor Roger Claar finds himself facing an unprecedented challenge from Will County Board Member Jackie Traynere. Once an unknown village that we called “Boringbrook” growing up, with a population of 40,000, it has grown to over 70,000 residents and a retail/restaurant mecca in the suburbs. A tremendous amount of that growth comes from Black Chicagoans seeking a better life for their families. Democrats, recognizing the tremendous number of Black voters with Democratic leanings hope to use their challenger, some mailers featuring Barack Obama, and the Black community’s propensity to vote to automatically vote Democratic to steal a victory from Claar.

Claar, a moderate Republican who has learned to use Bolingbrook’s diversity as an opportunity to build a strong community has done well by the Blacks who live there. You’re as likely to see Claar at Coop’s Den as you are a BHS Raider Basketball game. Through the years, Claar has managed to build an inclusive government, from Deputy Mayor Leroy Brown, Sr. to Village Trustee Sheldon Watts while creating a haven for Black businesses to succeed.

While Cook County Democrats hope to use a Claar fundraiser for Donald Trump as the reason to elect their candidate, Black Bolingbrook residents would be wise to remember that the same people supporting Claar’s opponent supported a water tax, a beer tax, and a bag tax, while Claar ended the vehicle sticker tax. The Bolingbrook First slate is recommended, because until they can get it together in Chicago, Cook County politicians need to stay home.

  • Roger C. Claar- Mayor
  • Carol S. Penning- Village Clerk
  • Michael T. Lawler
  • Sheldon L. Watts
  • Maria A. Zarate

Calumet City

In contrast to the mayor’s race in Bolingbrook, Mayor Michelle Qualkinbush has taken to dividing people in an effort to defeat what would be the first Black Mayor of Calumet City. After former Black Alderman and State Representative Thaddeus Jones lost his bid to remain on the ballot, Qualkinbush, feeling confident chose to undermine the candidacy of Black City Clerk Nyota Figgs in the primary. After Figgs soundly defeated her opponent, she successfully convinced her challenger to withdraw from the general election, leaving her unopposed in the general election.

City Clerk Nyota Figgs may have decided to  throw her support behind Qualkinbush challenger Larry Young, which could be the deciding factor in ejecting Qualkinbush, who draws most of her support from Calumet City workers who no longer reside in Calumet City. Figgs who was once seen as a potential mayoral candidate may have set her sights on a new target, vulnerable State Rep. Jones’ House seat.

Meanwhile, as the race has tightened, Qualkinbush has taken to mudslinging with obvious racial overtones. As Calumet City has become a majority Black city, it can no longer be led by a mayor that seeks to exploit Black racial stereotypes to destroy the character of her opponent.  We recommend the following candidates in Calumet City.

  • Larry Young- Mayor
  • Nyota Figgs- City Clerk
  • Rene Chandler- Treasurer
  • Gina Young- 2nd Ward Alderman
  • Anthony Smith- 7th Ward Alderman

Aurora-  What many people don’t reaalize is that the City of Aurora has quietly become the 2nd largest city in Illinois, and after 11 years, former Mayor Tom Weisner abruptly stepped down after announcing a battle with cancer.  Democrats were left in a precarious position after Madigan backed State Representative Linda Chapa Lavia finished third in in a five way primary, leaving Black war veteran, and 3 term city councilman Richard Irvin to face Rick Guzman in a runoff.  As the mayor of the 2nd largest city in Illinois, Richard Irvin would increase Black influence and political power in Illinois.  Richard Irvin is endorsed regardless of any party affiliation.

Markham
While there appear to be four candidates in the race to replace outgoing Mayor David Webb, only Perry Browley seems to have a chance to win.  Browley’s opponents include a convicted felon who could not be sworn even if he won, and two write-in candidacies which are next to impossible campaigns to win.

Robbins
For years Robbins has been mired in a mix of bad politics, disinvestment, and just bad luck.  After years under Dr. Irene Brody, the citizens elected new leadership that seemed to continue their old ways.  But even as things continued to get worse for Robbins, a group of young people, born and raised decided to take things into their own hands during the last election cycle, getting elected as trustees and to other positions, and making preparations to lead.  Their time is now.  In the Robbins election, we recommend the following candidates:

  • David R. Dyson- Mayor
  • Ila Davis- Clerk
  • Darren Bryant- Trustee
  • Gregory N. Jackson- Trustee
  • Danny E. Johnson
  • Bobby D. Murphy

Proviso Township

If you live in Proviso Township, then you know how important the race for the Proviso School Board is, and the parents were concerned that the board members were more concerned about budget than the outcomes for the kids.  Because of the large amount omoney at stake, we fully expect that  all the local powers that be will be heavily involved in the race, giving the little guy a limited chance of winning, but their efforts should be commended.  Every vote for Proviso Together sends a message to career politicians that the people want their government back.  We recommend:

  • Samuel Valtierrez
  • Amanda Grant
  • Arbdella “Della” Patterson
  • Rodney Alexander

Broadview

After a term limits battle that seems oddly similar to what happened in Calumet City, the incumbent Mayor was forced out of office, giving Broadview the opportunity to elect the first Black woman as it’s mayor.  While there are two women in the race, we are recommending current Village Clerk Maxine Johnson as our pick for Mayor, because of her institutional knowledge.  Our Broadview recommendations include:

  • Debra Gillespie- Clerk
  • Norlander Young- Trustee
  • Sandra Taylor- Trustee
  • Craig Flowers

As the competition for resource gets greater between the Black and Latino community, political tensions between the groups are increasing, even as calls for a Black Brown coalition grow more urgent in the Trump era.  The “What’s in it for the Black People?” Voter’s Guide is really a look at who Black should consider voting for in their own best interests.  Understanding that, if you are Black and reside in Hanover Park, please vote for Eira Corral Sepulveda for Village Clerk.

That’s it for this and remember, your vote is your choice, but if you need some help in deciding on a candidate and your only choice is Democrat or Republican, consider using this list if “What’s in it for the Black People?” is something that would help you make the decision.

(You  can print this document and take it into the polling place with you!)

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The “What’s In IT for the Black People?” Voter Cheat Sheet

So many of you have asked, so Black voters, here it is, the “What’s In It for The Black People Cheat Sheet?” with the judges listed in numerical order as opposed to alphabetical order for ease of use. Print and follow this list. YOU CAN TAKE IT INTO THE VOTING BOOTH WITH YOU. Explanations for all of our picks can be found at: http://mazejacksonsaid.com/black-voters-guide. REMEMBER, VOTE “NO” TO RETAIN ALL JUDGES AND USE THE NUMBERS AND NAMES PROVIDED HERE TO GET JUSTICE. Please print and share.

Yes- SAFE ROAD AMENDMENT 

2-Hillary Rodham Clinton & Timothy Michael Kaine

You Pick

15- Leslie Geissler Munger

Bobby Rush

Danny Davis

Robin Kelly

Your State Representative
Your State Senator

51- Barbara McGowan

52- Mariyana T. Spyropoulos

53- Josina

58- Marty Durkan

62- Kim Foxx You already know the deal…Don’t front! GO KIM!

64- Dorothy Brown

65- Karen A. Yarborough

71- Eileen O’Neill Burke

73- John Fitgerald Lyke 

74- Rossana Patricia Fernandez

75- Alison C. Conlon

76- Aleksandra “Alex”Gillespie

77- Carolyn J. Gallagher

78- Mary Kathleen McHugh

79- Brendan O’Brien

80- Mary O’Donoghue Hannon

81- Susan L. Ortiz

82- Daniel Patrick Duffy

83- Patrick Joseph Powers

Jesse Outlaw

WRITE IN: MARYAM AHMAD (SPELLING IS IMPORTANT!)

Renee Jackson

Edward J. King

92- Leonard Murray

*94- Freddrenna M. Lyle

96- Darryl Jones

Eulalia “Evie” De La Rosa

Richard C. Cooke

Anna Loftus

Marianne Jackson

Patricia “Pat” Spratt

Jerry Esrig

Eve Marie Reilly

Catherine Ann Schneider

William B. Sullivan

Marguerite Anne Quinn

James Leonard Allegretti

Carrie Hamilton

James Edward Hanlon

Ketki “Kay” Steffen

Matthew Link

 

BALLOT FOR JUDICIAL CANDIDATES SEEKING RETENTION IN OFFICE

*VOTE NO– By voting no, it allows you to select the judges individually and stop the bad judges from getting back in office.

 

201- YES- Joy Virginia Cunningham

203- Sophia H. Hall
206- Irwin J. Solganick

207- Alexander P. White

210- Vincent Gaughan

211- Robert W. Bertucci

215- Timothy C. Evans

217- Cheryl D. Ingram
219- Raymond L. Jagielski

223- William O. Maki

225- Sharon M. Sullivan

227- James Patrick McCarthy

229- Arnette Hubbard

232- Nicholas Ford

234- Charles Patrick Burns

235- Denise Kathleen Filan

237- John P. Kirby

240- Diane J. Larsen

242- Daniel Joseph Lynch 243- Kathleen M. Pantle

245- Kevin M. Sheehan

247- John D. Turner

249- Leroy K. Martin, Jr.

251- Paula M. Daleo

253- Laurence J. Dunford

255- Robert Balanoff

258- Jeanne Cleveland Bernstein 
259- Kathleen Marie Burke

262- Kay M. Hanlon

265- Clare Elizabeth McWilliams
267- Mary Mikva

270- Patrick T. Murphy

271- Timothy P. Murphy

273- Jim Ryan
275- Edward Washington, II
277- Thaddeus L. Wilson

279- John C. Griffin

282- Daniel James Pierce

283- Allen F. Murphy

285- William H. Hooks

287- Thomas V. Lyons, II

289- Raymond W. Mitchell

291- Edward S. Harmening

293- Daniel B. Malone

295- Geary W. Kull

297- John P. Callahan

299- Steven James Bernstein

301- Bonita Coleman

304- Ann Finley Collins 305- Daniel J. Gallagher
307- Sharon O. Johnson
309- Linzey D. Jones
311- Terence MacCarthy
313- Sandra G. Ramos
315- Susan Kennedy Sullivan

 

NO– INCREASED PENALTIES FOR GUN CRIMES

NO– EARNED SICK TIME EMPLOYEE ACT

YES– CHICAGO WORK WITH FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ON INFRASTRUCTURE

 

Election Day is Tuesday, November 8th! PRINT this list, take it to the polls with you, and then pass it along!

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The “What’s in it for the Black People?” Voter’s Guide

 

The “What’s in it for the Black People?” Voter’s Guide, is just that, a guide of candidates based on their history, actions, and plans as they relate specifically to the interests of Black people.  We decided to provide this list after receiving a recommended candidates list in the mail from a major political Party who shall remain nameless.  After research and review, we found numerous candidates who had a record of being hostile to the Black community, regardless of Party affiliation.  So we decided to create the “What’s In It for the Black People?” Voter’s Guide.

This list is not meant to be partisan and is unapologetic in its purpose, “to elect candidates in the best self interests of Black People.”  We will also provide insights and explanations for our choices in the most controversial and contested races.  It is our hope that providing this list will allow the Black community to begin electing candidates that best represent our interests, not because of the letter behind their name, but by the actions they have demonstrated.

THE “WHAT’S IN IT FOR THE BLACK PEOPLE?” VOTER’S GUIDE

SAFE ROADS AMENDMENT (For the proposed addition of Section 11 to Article IX of the Illinois Constitution)

Yes 

PRESIDENT/VICE PRESIDENT

2-Hillary Rodham Clinton & Timothy Michael Kaine

UNITED STATES SENATOR

You Pick- While not a fan of current US Senator Mark Kirk, Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth continues to ignore the Black community.

ILLINOIS COMPTROLLER (Unexpired 2-year term)

15- Leslie Geissler Munger- Although Munger is a Republican she has consistently courted the Black community’s support, even hiring Blacks to highest levels in her administration.  Her competitor, Susana Mendoza, has consistently proven herself hostile to the Black community, whether voting to expand the death penalty, supporting the LaQuan McDonald cover up, or voting to expand red light cameras, Mendoza will continue the politics that have driven this state to be the worst for Black in the nation.

U.S. REPRESENTATIVES

Bobby Rush

Danny Davis

Robin Kelly 

STATE REPRESENTATIVE, STATE SENATE

Uncontested For future reference uncontested races mean they never have to answer “What’s in it for the Black People?”

METROPOLITAN WATER RECLAMATION DISTRICT 6-YEAR TERM (CHOOSE 3)

51- Barbara McGowan

52- Mariyana T. Spyropoulos

*53- Josina Morita (Most likely to be the Cook County’s first Asian-American elected official, this candidate has a history of working in the Black community and earned our respect when she publicly addressed a colleague’s hypocrisy on criminal justice reform. She’s one to watch.)

METROPOLITAN WATER RECLAMATION DISTRICT COMMISSIONER 2-YEAR TERM

58- Marty Durkan

STATE’S ATTORNEY

62- Kim Foxx You already know the deal…Don’t front! GO KIM!

CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT

64- Dorothy Brown

RECORDER OF DEEDS

65- Karen A. Yarborough

 

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JUDGE OF APPELLATE COURTS- EPSTEIN VACANCY

71- Eileen O’Neill Burke

JUDGE OF APPELLATE COURTS- QUINN VACANCY

NO Bertina E. Lampkin DO NOT RETAIN (Loyal Burge era prosecutor)

JUDGE OF CIRCUIT COURT- BIEBEL, JR. VACANCY

*73- John Fitgerald Lyke Make sure you vote for John.  He’s got a bright future, let’s get him big numbers!

JUDGE OF CIRCUIT COURT-ELROD VACANCY

74- Rossana Patricia Fernandez

JUDGE OF CIRCUIT COURT- HOGAN VACANCY

75- Alison C. Conlon

JUDGE OF CIRCUIT COURT- HOWLETT, JR. VACANCY

76- Aleksandra “Alex”Gillespie

JUDGE OF CIRCUIT COURT- JOHNSON VACANCY

77- Carolyn J. Gallagher

JUDGE OF CIRCUIT COURT- KARNEZIS VACANCY

78- Mary Kathleen McHugh

JUDGE OF CIRCUIT COURT- LOVE VACANCY

79- Brendan O’Brien

JUDGE OF CIRCUIT COURT- O’BRIEN VACANCY

80- Mary O’Donoghue Hannon

JUDGE OF CIRCUIT COURT- PALMER VACANCY

81- Susan L. Ortiz

JUDGE OF CIRCUIT COURT- RUSCITTI GRUSSEL VACANCY

82- Daniel Patrick Duffy

JUDGE OF CIRCUIT COURT- WALSH VACANCY

83- Patrick Joseph Powers

JUDGE 1st SUBCIRCUIT- BRIM VACANCY

Jesse Outlaw

JUDGE 1st SUBCIRCUIT- HOPKINS VACANCY

Rhonda Crawford

JUDGE 2nd SUBCIRCUIT- SAVAGE VACANCY

D. Renee Jackson

JUDGE 4th SUBCIRCUIT- KUNKLE VACANCY

Edward J. King

JUDGE 5TH SUBCIRCUIT- EADIE-DANIELS VACANCY

92- Leonard Murray

JUDGE 5TH SUBCIRCUIT- STUART VACANCY

*94- Freddrenna M. Lyle

JUDGE 5TH SUBCIRCUIT- WILLIAMS VACANCY

96- Darryl Jones

JUDGE 6th SUBCIRCUIT- PONCE DE LEON VACANCY

Eulalia “Evie” De La Rosa

JUDGE 6th SUBCIRCUIT-SANTIAGO VACANCY

Richard C. Cooke

JUDGE 6th SUBCIRCUIT

Anna Loftus

JUDGE 7th SUBCIRCUIT-BURRELL VACANCY

Marianne Jackson

JUDGE 7th SUBCIRCUIT- RIVKIN-CAROTHERS VACANCY

Patricia “Pat” Spratt

JUDGE 9th SUBCIRCUIT-BERMAN VACANCY

Jerry Esrig

JUDGE 10th SUBCIRCUIT- HOWARD VACANCY

Eve Marie Reilly

JUDGE 11th SUBCIRCUIT- KELLY VACANCY

Catherine Ann Schneider

JUDGE 11th SUBCIRCUIT-ZWICK VACANCY

William B. Sullivan

JUDGE 12th SUBCIRCUIT- KAZMIERSKI VACANCY

Marguerite Anne Quinn

JUDGE 12th SUBCIRCUIT-  MATHEIN VACANCY

James Leonard Allegretti

JUDGE 12th SUBCIRCUIT-TRISTANO VACANCY

Carrie Hamilton

JUDGE 12th SUBCIRCUIT- ADDITIONAL JUDGESHIP

James Edward Hanlon

JUDGE 12th SUBCIRCUIT- FECAROTTA VACANCY

Ketki “Kay” Steffen

JUDGE 14th SUBCIRCUIT- MURPHY VACANCY

Matthew Link

 

BALLOT FOR JUDICIAL CANDIDATES SEEKING RETENTION IN OFFICE

*VOTE NO– By voting no, it allows you to select the judges individually and stop the bad judges from getting back in office.  Included in this batch of judges are former John Burge accomplices, LaQuan McDonald decision makers, and judges that have upheld the wrongful convictions of people who were eventually proven innocent.  It is here where we can make the most political impact on our daily lives. REMEMBER: If you vote “yes” all of the judges will be re-elected without having to answer for the decisions they made against the Black community.

 

SHALL EACH PERSON LISTED BE RETAINED IN OFFICE AS JUDGE OF THE APPELLATE COURT, FIRST JUDICIAL DISTRICT?

201- YES- Joy Virginia Cunningham

SHALL EACH OF THE PERSONS LISTED BR RETAINED IN OFFICE AS A JUDGE OF THE CIRCUIT COURT, COOK COUNTY?

VOTE NO FOR THESE JUDGES (DO NOT SKIP, YOU MUST VOTE NO)

258- Jeanne Cleveland Bernstein (Cook County Bar Association recommendation)

234- Charles Patrick Burns (Burge prosecutor)

304- Ann Finley Collins (blocked the appointment of Black judges)

232- Nicholas Ford (Burge prosecutor)

210- Vincent Gaughan (Issued gag order in LaQuan McDonald case)

262- Kay M. Hanlon (previously ran as Republican, switched to Democrat to get elected in Cook County)

222 -Bertina Lampkin (known as “Hang ‘Em High amongst Black judges, Lampkin was a Burge prosecutor, defended wrongful convictions, particularly hard on Black defendants)

240- Diane J. Larsen (Madigan ally, blocked redistricting reforms)

242- Daniel Joseph Lynch (sentenced Black man to 6 years in jail for contempt of court, removed by Illinois Supreme Court)

270- Patrick T. Murphy (publicly opposed Chief Judge Evans in attempted power grab)

282- Daniel James Pierce (led public charge against Chief Judge Tim Evans)

206- Irwin J. Solganick (Cook County Bar Association recommendation)

VOTE YES FOR THESE JUDGES

 

255- Robert Balanoff

299- Steven James Bernstein
211- Robert W. Bertucci
259- Kathleen Marie Burke
297- John P. Callahan
301- Bonita Coleman
251- Paula M. Daleo
213- Deborah Mary Dooling
253- Laurence J. Dunford

*215- Timothy C. Evans

305- Daniel J. Gallagher

235- Denise Kathleen Filan
279- John C. Griffin
203- Sophia H. Hall
291- Edward S. Harmening
285- William H. Hooks
229- Arnette Hubbard
217- Cheryl D. Ingram
219- Raymond L. Jagielski
307- Sharon O. Johnson
309- Linzey D. Jones
263- Thomas J. Kelley
*237- John P. Kirby
295- Geary W. Kull
287- Thomas V. Lyons, II
311- Terence MacCarthy
223- William O. Maki
293- Daniel B. Malone
249- Leroy K. Martin, Jr.
227- James Patrick McCarthy
265- Clare Elizabeth McWilliams
267- Mary Mikva
289- Raymond W. Mitchell
283- Allen F. Murphy
271- Timothy P. Murphy
243- Kathleen M. Pantle

313- Sandra G. Ramos
273- Jim Ryan
245- Kevin M. Sheehan
225- Sharon M. Sullivan
315- Susan Kennedy Sullivan
247- John D. Turner
275- Edward Washington, II
207- Alexander P. White
277- Thaddeus L. Wilson

ELIMINATE THE COOK COUNTY RECORDER OF DEEDS?

No

EARNED SICK TIME EMPLOYEE ACT

No. (This is a non-binding referendum designed to make Black people turn out to vote, with no intentions of passing the bill.  We should only consider this if it is a BINDING referendum).

INCREASED PENALTIES FOR GUN CRIMES

No. (This is a non-binding referendum designed to take advantage of crime in the Black community.  Chicago has the toughest gun laws in the country.  More jail is not the answer, more jobs and resources are.)

SHOULD CHICAGO WORK WITH FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ON INFRASTRUCTURE

Yes. (Again this is a non-binding referendum.  All three of these questions were placed on the ballot to prevent term limits for the Mayor from being voted on by the people.)

It is legal to take this list with you to your polling place.  This guide is not meant to tell you who to vote for as much as to provide some insight from an unapologetically Black perspective on who Black people should consider voting for.  Our recommendations take into consideration a variety of factors based on particular insights we may have   Remember, this is the “What’s in it for the Black People?” Recommended Candidates Guide.  If THEY are complaining about the list, or the candidates we picked, just ask their candidate, “What’s in it for the Black People?”  If they get offended or don’t have an answer…you have you answer.

Early voting has already begun.  Election Day is Tuesday, November 8th!

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ALDERMAN REILLY CAN ONLY BLAME HIMSELF FOR CITY HALL FAILURE

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Maze Jackson

Sun-Times columnist Dan Mihalopoulos wrote a story in the Tuesday, May 17th edition of the Chicago Sun-Times, in which 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly blamed Mayor Emanuel’s young aides for being insensitive to the concerns of homeowners who are seeing their neighborhoods transformed by the emergence of Air BnB vacation renters.

In the article Reilly stated:

“Because they’re closer to the millennial age group, this tech stuff is gee-whiz to them,” Reilly said last week of the Emanuel aides. “If it’s an app-based product, the general inclination by young people is to embrace it and want it to expand and do well.”

While I do agree with some aspects of Reilly’s analysis, he is missing some key dynamics to the story.

Donald, Eric, Ivanka and Donald Trump Jr. with 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly (Photo courtesy of
Donald, Eric, Ivanka and Donald Trump Jr. with 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly (Photo courtesy of Amanda Rivkin)

First, hardly anyone that I have met in business or government actually says they like Reilly. He has been accused of being a virulent racist behind the scenes by many of his colleagues, who choose to remain off the record. Reilly is also known to hold court at Chicago’s Boss Bar where constituents and developers alike allege that they have been victims of his drunken tirades,rants, and “private meetings” in the basement.

While Reilly serve as Vice-Mayor, Mayoral aides have questioned his loyalty to Emanuel. Rumors persist Reilly is trying to make a name for himself to run for higher office. But can he overcome his reputation? (Photo courtesy of The Chicago Sun-Times)

Additionally, Reilly has regularly proven disloyal to the Mayor’s administration, so much so that top mayoral advisors recommended removing his title of Vice Mayor; but, with Emanuel’s approval ratings in the tank and the title mostly symbolic, no other Alderman was enthusiastic about the idea, so Reilly remained. Combine that with the fact that Reilly fancies himself a candidate for higher office (potentially Mayor or Secretary of State) his detractors figure, “Why give him any victories or a platform?”

AirBnB is represented by former 4th Ward Alderman Will Burns, who cashed out on his years of governemnt service earlier this year (Photo courtesy of Windy City Media Group)
Former 4th Ward Alderman Will Burns cashed out on his years of government service earlier this year to work for Air BnB (Photo courtesy of Windy City Media Group)

Secondly, he ignores that Air BnB is now represented by former Alderman Will Burns, who was one of Mayor Emanuel’s staunchest allies, on almost every issue. Burns, who possibly saw the Emanuel future writing on the wall cashed in his political chips to represent Air BnB, one of the fastest growing companies in the world. In all actuality, it is the path that most in the Emanuel world hope to follow: do your time in government service, make the necessary connections, leave government and live a productive life off of the relationships you built.  To tank Burns would set a negative precedent for a young staff that is trying to convince aldermen on the benefits of remaining loyal to Emanuel.

Piggybacking off  of that is the third point Reilly missed in his oversimplified analysis: with Rahm’s future as Mayor questionable at best, many of his staffers are looking at their future job prospects. What that means is they are looking to be as helpful as possible to potential future employers. Look for all pro-business legislation to continue to have a friendly ear at City Hall, while Reilly’s suggestions continue to fall on deaf ears.

If Reilly is not successful, I am sure he would like blame the failure by deflecting to the Mayor and his young staff, but perhaps instead he should be looking in the mirror and reflecting on himself.

#MazeSaid

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Should we trust politicians at the end of their careers with our future?

This week it was alleged the Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle was behind Cook County Commissioner Peter Silvestri’s attempt to change the position of Clerk of the Circuit Court from elected to appointed.  While the move would have affected Clerk Brown for the short-term, in the long-term it would have limited voter participation and decreased elected opportunities for aspiring future politicians.  Billed as a cost saving measure by Silvestri and applauded by Commissioner Larry Sufferdin, the resolution would have consolidated power for Preckwinkle, who is admittedly at the end of her political career, which brings me to today’s blog topic:

Should we trust politicians at the end of their careers with our future?  In other words, why should a generation about to take the reigns of power cooperate with a generation determined to hold on to that same power?  Do political appointments make the appointees loyal to their constituents or Party bosses?  Do you find it odd that progressive leaders are calling for an elected school board while their champion is simultaneous trying to increase her ability to appoint decision makers?

Thoughts?

 

 

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