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by Ellyn Fortino
Wed Mar 5

Chicago City Council Roundup: Paid Sick Days, Parking Meters, Petcoke & Puppy Mills

Progress Illinois provides the highlights from Wednesday's Chicago City Council meeting.

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by Ellyn Fortino
Wed Oct 9, 2013

Illinois Latino Politicians Slam Roskam For Holding Immigration Reform Hostage

Latino elected officials in Illinois had a clear message for "anti-immigrant" U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam (R, IL-6) at a Chicago press conference Wednesday: listen to the voters and bring immigration reform legislation up for a vote in the House.

Last Wednesday, House Democrats introduced a comprehensive immigration reform bill that is nearly identical to the bipartisan immigration reform package the Senate passed in June. Leaders of the GOP-led House, however, appear to be ignoring the measure, which would also create a pathway to citizenship for the nation's more than 11 million undocumented immigrants.

Those at Wednesday's gathering said Roskam, Illinois' top House Republican and the chamber's chief deputy whip, has the power to help advance the measure to the floor for a vote, but instead, he's holding immigration reform hostage.

"We have an Illinoisan (who) is becoming an obstacle in making sure that our immigrant brothers and sisters get a fair chance, and that’s got to stop," said Chicago Ald. Ray Suarez (31st). "If (Roskam) doesn’t wake up, I believe in November, [the] next election, the Latino community and the Asian community are not going to be supporting this gentleman." Read more »

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by Progress Illinois
Mon Dec 20, 2010

The Campaign For Chicago City Clerk

Chicago's mayoral race is not the only citywide campaign in which voters will get the chance to elect a new official. With City Clerk Miguel del Valle vying to replace outgoing Mayor Richard Daley, the office of the person who maintains city government records is up for grabs.

One candidate, State Rep. Susana Mendoza, has made the most noise so far. The legislator from the South Side has the support of the Chicago Federation of Labor, and announced that Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart endorsed (subscription required) her campaign as well. Dart joins other political heavyweights -- Ald. Edward Burke (14th Ward), House Speaker Michael Madigan, and Cook County Commissioner John Daley -- in backing Mendoza. The perceived "frontrunner" was also in the news for proposing that the City Clerk's office raise revenue by selling ad space on the back of city stickers. Mendoza estimated the move could bring in as much as $15 million per year.

Patricia Horton, who has the support of West Side State Sen. Rickey Hendon, also filed (PDF) to run for the clerk's seat, as well as Mersaydes Young, Frank Cononate, and Arthur Andros.