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City Council Progressive Caucus Town Hall Meetings

In an effort to promote true democracy in the City's Budget process, the Progressive Caucus of the Chicago City Council will host three hearings to discuss the 2013 budget. The Grassroots Collaborative wants to see a robust conversation that addresses the needs of Chicago's working families and includes progressive revenue options that stop burdening neighborhood taxpayers. We should stop corporate welfare and invest in the common good. Everyone should come out and get involved in making our budget fair, moral, and representative of Chicago's communities.

Please attend a meeting in your area:

Tuesday, October 30, 2012, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
South Shore International High School, 1955 E. 75th Street

The City asserts they will close the $298 million budget gap by "cutting spending and reforming government." However, the cuts offered by the City are vague and provide more questions than answers.

For example:

  • $67 million saved in cuts and reforming government – yet where these savings come from is left completely open ended;
  • $10 million saved in TIF reform – it is unclear what the “reform” is, and why more of these monies are not being used to help close the budget gap;
  • $45 million in personnel savings – only of which $25 million is accounted for by the elimination of positions, leaving $20 million in savings unidentified;
  • $70 million in healthcare savings— no information is provided on how these savings will be achieved.

Debt Restructuring

The City asserts that the budget gap will be closed by restructuring debt to the tune of $40 million. However, last year the City saved $90 million in restructuring the City's debt. The City should further examine debt restructuring as an option to further close the budget gap.

New Revenue Sources 

Emanuel has promised that Chicagoans will not have to pay higher taxes in the coming year. However, Chicagoans will be paying up to fix the City's budget problems by paying more in fines and penalties to the City - enough to generate an extra $45 million in 2013.

In addition, the City forecasts $24 million revenue from improved debt collection in 2013; however, this is another speculative source of new revenue.

Rainy Day Plans

In the middle of a recession, the City is adding to their rainy day plans. The City should realize that the rainy day is today and use the funds to ensure that Chicagoans stay employed. For example:

  • $15 million is being put into the City’s reserve which is currently at $634 million. 100 jobs could be created or filled with the $15 million;
  • $34 million is projected as the budget surplus for 2013. It is unclear whether this is factored into closing the $298 million budget gap but if not, the $34 million should be used to create of fill job vacancies.

Can't Miss Representative Elected School Board Discussions!

Elected School Board Town Hall Meeting
Monday, October 29, 2012, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Carey Tercentenary AMEC
1448 South Homan

In Search of Democracy in Education:

Should Chicago Public Schools Have an Elected Board?  Representative La Shawn K. Ford's Town Hall Meetings to Study an Elected School Board.  Representatives from CPS, DFER, CODE, CAUSE, Raise Your Hand, CCC4ESB and CTU will be there to share their perspectives on the issue.

Get Out the Vote (GOTV) for an Elected Representative School Board

Join the fight to get Chicago a Representative, Elected School Board

Elected School Board (ESB) Canvassing

24 Ward ESB Canvassing
Saturday October 27, 2012, 9:00 A.M.—1:00 P.M.
Location:  Carey Tercentenary AME Church, 1448 South Homan

Bronzeville Canvassing
Saturday November 3, 2012 10:30 A.M. –1:00 P.M.
Sunday November 4, 2012 4:00 P.M.—6:00 P.M.
Location:  KOCO 1005 East 43rd Street
Contact Information: 773.548.7500 phone

Early Voting

Early Voting for the November 6, 2012 General Election will be offered from Monday, October 22, 2012 through Saturday, November 3, 2012. Voters registered in the City of Chicago may use any Early Voting site in the city, regardless of where the voters live. Voters don't need reasons or excuses to use Early Voting -- but voters do need to present government-issued photo identification to use Early Voting.

Ballots cast in Early Voting are final. After casting ballots in Early Voting, voters may not return to amend, change or undo ballots for any reasons.  It is a felony to vote more than once -- or to attempt to vote more than once -- in the same election.

For information on voting locations visit Early Voting.

Let's Work to Elect Labor's Candidates (remember to wear your red t-shirt)

Join us in electing men and women who will fight for the middle class in the November election

with hundreds of millions of dollars coming in from right-wing, anti-union Super PACs trying to buy this election, it's more important now than ever before that working men and women stand up and fight for their rights as union members and elect candidates who share our belief in a strong middle class.

Join us in getting out the vote for the November, 6 election!

Painter’s District Council - 1456 West Adams Street, Chicago, IL

Operating Engineers 150 – 6200 Joliet Road, Countryside, IL


Painter’s District Council 14

Operating Engineers Local 150

October 22, 2012-October 26, 2012

1:00 p.m. – 7:00p.m.

(Starting on Thursday, October 25, 2012)

10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.;

3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

October 29, 2012-

November 2, 2012

1:00 p.m. – 7:00p.m.

10:00 a.m. – 1:00pm;

3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

November 3, 2012

12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

To Be Announced

November 4, 2012

1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

To Be Announced

November 5, 2012

9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

November 6, 2012

Election Day

9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Phone Bank and Canvass for Tammy Duckworth! 

This upcoming Saturday, Oct 27, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. there will be a labor rally for Tammy Duckworth. We hope you can join us.

Saturday, October 27, 2012
Rally (9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.) and Labor Canvass (10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.)
Elgin Labor Temple
2400 Big Timber Road
Elgin, IL

Sunday, October 21, 2012, 11:30 – 3:30 p.m.
1622 East Algonquin Road
Schaumburg, IL 60173

Please RSVP with Greg so we know you are coming: 847-217-0788.  We'll be serving breakfast before the rally so it would be helpful to get a headcount.

***If you are available to walk during the week please call Greg. ***


IL Federation of Teachers at Westmont
500 Oakmont Lane, Westmont
Mondays – Thursdays
5:00 – 8:00 p.m.


RSVP To Marina,, 630-254-3087 (cell)

Thank you for volunteering your time!

Chicago Teachers Union