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

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#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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