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Protesters-decry-religious-freedom-law-in-Indianapolis

Protesters decry religious-freedom law in Indianapolis - Hundreds of Hoosiers gathered at Monument Circle in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana, on March 28 to protest the Religious Freedom Restoration Act ( RFRA ), saying it would promote discrimination against individuals based on sexual orientation, and then marched to the Indiana Statehouse while chanting "No hate in our state" and "Who's state? Our state!" LGBTQ protesters and allies were joined ...


HRC-Senate-under-Reid-changed-the-lives-of-LGBT-Americans-

HRC: Senate under Reid changed the lives of LGBT Americans - From a press release - The following is a statement from HRC's President Chad Griffin upon news that Senator Harry Reid will retire from the U.S. Senate after the completion of his current term. As leader of the Democratic Caucus since 2005, Reid has played a key role in ensuring legislation critical to the LGBT community passed the Senate, from new Hate Crimes protections, to ...


Barney-Frank-at-Center-on-Halsted-for-book-promo

Barney Frank at Center on Halsted for book promo - As part of a promotion for his book Frank: A Life in Politics from the Great Society to Same-Sex Marriage, former United States Congressman Barney Frank was at the Center on Halsted March 25 for a candid discussion about his life, days on Capitol Hill and opinions on LGBTQ issues including and beyond marriage-equality. Prior to the sold-out evening, Frank ...


Ald-Emma-Mitts-videotaped-making-anti-LGBT-comments

Ald. Emma Mitts videotaped making anti-LGBT comments - Video below - Facing a run-off election against challenger Tara Stamps, 37th Ward Ald. Emma Mitts attended a candidates forum March 21. There, she was videotaped by audience member Brandon Johnson making the following comments concerning marriage-equality: "I don't want to be biased here but I don't support the fact that we can have two women marry, two men marry and we then ...


National-roundup-Kosilek-appeal-GetEQUALs-bill-of-rights-

National roundup: Kosilek appeal; GetEQUAL's bill of rights - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Lawyers petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to hear an appeal on behalf of Michelle Kosilek, a transgender woman who has been denied health care while serving a prison sentence in the custody of the Massachusetts Department of Correction, according to a GLAD press release. The petition for certiorari asserts that the First Circuit Court of Appeals overstepped its role with ...


Senator-Delgado-Meeks-votes-came-from-loyalty-

Senator Delgado: Meeks votes came from "loyalty" - A sense of institutional loyalty, between current—and former—members of the Illinois State Senate, motivated members to confirm Gov. Bruce Rauner's nomination of former state Sen. Rev. James Meeks to head up the State Board of Education March 19, said the one senator who voted "nay." The nomination had drawn the ire of advocates in the LGBT community who objected to ...


Gov-Rauner-makes-commitment-to-LGBT-Illinoisans-

Gov. Rauner makes commitment to LGBT Illinoisans - In a discussion that they called a "first step," LGBT advocates met with Gov. Bruce Rauner, on March 20 and agreed on a three-part plan to help alleviate unequal treatment among Illinoisans. The plan calls for a directive calling for careful enforcement of anti-discrimination and anti-bullying regulations by state government agencies; a nine-month study of discrimination against minority groups, including ...


Lambda-urges-Indiana-House-to-reject-discrimination-Bill-SB-101

Lambda urges Indiana House to reject discrimination Bill SB 101 - From a press release - ( Indianapolis, IN, March 19, 2015 ) — Today, the Indiana House of Representatives will consider a bill, passed by the Indiana Senate one month ago, which seeks to allow private businesses, individuals and organizations to discriminate against anyone in Indiana on religious grounds. Jennifer Pizer, National Director of Lambda Legal's Law and Policy Project, issued the following statement urging ...


State-Senate-confirms-Meeks-as-Education-Chair-

State Senate confirms Meeks as Education Chair - The Illinois State Senate, on March 19, voted to confirm former state Sen. James Meeks as Chair of the State Board of Education. The nomination had drawn the ire of advocates in the LGBT community who objected to Meeks' opposition to marriage equality, anti-discrimination ordinances and other LGBT rights initiatives, as well as disparaging remarks he has reportedly made about ...


ELECTIONS-2015-46TH-WARD-Crawford-aims-to-unseat-Cappleman-in-runoff

ELECTIONS 2015: 46TH WARD Crawford aims to unseat Cappleman in runoff - Since the Feb. 24 elections, attorney Amy Crawford has been looking to convince 46th Ward residents that she's a better choice than incumbent Ald. James Cappleman, who's trying to retain his post for a second term. Cappleman won the most votes, about 46.76 percent, but was unable to secure the 50-percent-plus-one-vote needed to prevent a runoff. Crawford received 37.66 percent ...


Anti-conversion-therapy-bill-passes-out-of-committee

Anti-conversion therapy bill passes out of committee - The Illinois House Juvenile Justice Committee, on March 17, voted to send HB 217, a bill that prohibits so-called "conversion therapy" for Illinoisans under the age of 18, to a vote in the full House. The bill's chief House sponsor is state Rep. Kelly Cassidy. Largely discredited amongst mental health practitioners and organizations, conversion therapy purportedly changes the sexual orientation ...


Creating-Change-coming-to-Chicago-local-team-launching-

Creating Change coming to Chicago, local team launching - The 28th National LGBTQ Task Force Creating Change conference will be in Chicago Jan. 20-24, 2016, marking the first time the event will be in the Windy City. More than 4,000 people from across the country are expected to attend. The announcement of conference details was made at the Chicago Urban League March 18, the first meeting of activists interested ...


ELECTION-2015-Early-voting-info-for-runoffs

ELECTION 2015: Early voting info for runoffs - Early voting for the April 7 municipal runoff elections will take place Monday, March 23, through Saturday, April 4. Voters registered in the City of Chicago may use any early voting site in the city, regardless of where they live. Voters don't need a reason or excuse to use early voting; however, voters do need to present government-issued photo identification. ...


Schock-resigns-after-new-allegations-arise

Schock resigns after new allegations arise - Embattled Illinois 18th District Congressman Aaron Schock resigned March 17, following several weeks of allegations of ethical and financial improprieties, according to reports. The resignation came after new allegations arose that Schock had billed taxpayers and his campaign for approximately 170,000 miles that were put on his personal automobile between 2010 and 2014. But when Schock sold the vehicle in ...


Activists-urge-senate-to-vote-No-on-Meeks-appointment

Activists urge senate to vote "No" on Meeks appointment - Members of Gay Liberation Network ( GLN ) are urging Illinoisans to contact their state senators in advance of a planned hearing on the appointment of former state Sen. Rev. James Meeks as the Illinois State Board of Education Chair. Meeks' appointment is among those on the agenda of the Executive Appointment Committee hearing the morning of March 19 in ...


Crossroads-Fund-holds-annual-gala

Crossroads Fund holds annual gala - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - More than 400 donors, activists, grantees and friends of Crossroads Fund—a Chicago foundation that funds grassroots groups working for racial, social and economic justice—gathered March 13 at the Chicago Cultural Center to celebrate another year's work for social change. Among the attendees were Mayoral candidate Jesus "Chuy" Garcia, Cook County Clark David Orr, Commissioner of the Department of Human Relations ...


Barney-Frank-event-at-Center-on-March-25-program-change

Barney Frank event at Center on March 25, program change - "Frank: An Evening with Barney Frank" will take place Wed., March 25, 7-9 p.m., at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St. The Center, The Book Stall and Equality Illinois are hosting the event as the former Congressman will speak about his new memoir, Frank. Windy City Times was originally a sponsor of the event, and Publisher Tracy Baim ...


-Illinois-youth-leaders-lobby-on-conversion-therapy-ban

Illinois youth leaders lobby on conversion therapy ban - From a press release - Youth leaders from the Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health will be meeting with their legislators in Springfield March 24 to advocate for the rights and health of young people, regardless of identity. Specifically, the youth leaders, ages 16-24, are standing in opposition to conversion therapy and asking for a repeal of the dangerous Parental Notification of Abortion Law in Illinois. ...


Equality-Illinois-endorses-Emanuel-in-runoff-election

Equality Illinois endorses Emanuel in runoff election - Equality Illinois Political Action Committee, on March 12, issued an endorsement for incumbent Rahm Emanuel in the April 7 mayoral runoff election. Equality Illinois PAC Chair Nicole Bashor said in a statement that the endorsement stemmed from Emanuel's willingness to expend political and personal capital on issues that are important to the LGBT community. "Mayor Emanuel stood with us not ...


Election-board-decides-in-favor-of-Mell

Election board decides in favor of Mell - The Chicago Board of Election Commisioners, on March 12, decided in favor of 33rd Ward Ald. Deb Mell in her bid to keep her post for another term. But Mell's challenger, Tim Meegan, has said that he will continue to press ahead with a lawsuit accusing Mell's organization of unscrupulous election-day tactics, DNAinfo reported. The decision affirmed tallies released March ...


Equality-Caucus-addresses-Economics-of-Equality

Equality Caucus addresses 'Economics of Equality' - Since it was established in 2008, the U.S. House of Representatives LGBT Equality Caucus has seen significant progress towards its goal of "achieving the full enjoyment of human rights for LGBT people in the United States and around the world." However, buried deep beneath the legal arguments which have made same-sex marriage a reality in 37 states and which are ...


Emanuel-Madigan-join-briefs-for-marriage-equality

Emanuel, Madigan join briefs for marriage equality - Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the City of Chicago joined Mayors for the Freedom to Marry and the U.S. Conference of Mayors in filing a friend-of-the-court ( amicus ) brief expressing their support of marriage equality for same-sex couples, and urging the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse the federal court of appeals' ruling that gays and lesbians have no fundamental right ...


Writing-For-Justice-Does-voting-actually-matter-

Writing For Justice: Does voting actually matter? - A recurring column - How you answer that question probably comes down to how old you are, how cynical you are, and how much government corruption you've experienced over the years. It's easy to feel like one vote has little impact on the massive political machine. Perhaps that's why only about 34 percent of Chicago's registered voters participated in February's mayoral election ( potentially ...


Davis-endorses-Crawford-for-46th-Ward-Runoff-

Davis endorses Crawford for 46th Ward Runoff - Activist and former aldermanic candidate Denice Davis announced, on March 10, that she is endorsing Amy Crawford in the April 7 runoff election. Davis, who was chief of staff for former Ald. Helen Shiller, was defeated by both Crawford and incumbent Ald. James Cappleman in the Feb. 18 city election. "I'm endorsing Amy because she will be a strong leader ...


Garcia-prepares-for-final-weeks-in-mayoral-race

Garcia prepares for final weeks in mayoral race - Video interview link below - During the days leading up to the Feb. 24 mayoral election, mayoral candidate Jesus "Chuy" Garcia was adamant about only accomplishing one thing in the election—getting in a runoff. And it worked. By the time voters had cast their ballots that frigid Tuesday, incumbent Mayor Rahm Emanuel had won 45 percent of the vote, less than the 50 percent-plus-one-vote required ...


LGBTQ-advocates-call-for-restoration-of-Voting-Rights-Act-

LGBTQ advocates call for restoration of Voting Rights Act - From a press release - WASHINGTON, DC, March 6, 2015—Tomorrow marks the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday and the seminal 54-mile march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. The march, which took place at the height of the struggle for civil rights in the 1960s, was pivotal to the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Key portions of this landmark federal legislation were struck ...


Obama-includes-diverse-groups-gays-too-in-Selma-speech-

Obama includes diverse groups, gays too, in Selma speech - President Barack Obama was at the top of his game for his speech in Selma, Alabama March 7, on the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday, when civil-rights marchers were turned back from marking for equal rights. Introduced by Rep. John Lewis, who inspired the attendees as someone who was there 50 years ago, Obama included gays at several points in ...


Quigley-briefing-addresses-Economics-of-Equality-

Quigley briefing addresses 'Economics of Equality' - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Yesterday, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley ( IL-05 ), Vice-Chair of the Equality Caucus, hosted the first Equality Caucus briefing of the 114th Congress, titled "The Economics of Equality." A panel of LGBT community experts, who also represent the four agencies that make up the "LGBTQ Poverty Collaborative," explored economic equality in the LGBT community and how we can ...


Rauner-cuts-hit-anti-bullying-programs

Rauner cuts hit anti-bullying programs - Among the budget cuts handed down in the Feb. 18 budget from Gov. Bruce Rauner was the elimination of funding for programs that stem school bullying. "There's so little rhyme or reason to this," said state Rep. Kelly Cassidy, who was chief House sponsor of SB 5707, passed in 2014, which implemented a number of anti-bullying initiatives. She called the ...


Aguda-A-Wider-Bridge-discuss-US-Israeli-LGBT-communities

Aguda, A Wider Bridge discuss U.S., Israeli LGBT communities - Representatives of the forty-year-old Israeli national LGBT taskforce the Aguda returned to Chicago in February alongside leaders of A Wider Bridge—a U.S.-based organization with the mission of creating understanding, connections, education and experience between Israelis and LGBTQ communities and their allies across the United States. At a Feb. 13 roundtable discussion and breakfast held at the Chicago offices of the ...


Schock-hires-team-to-handle-troubles

Schock hires team to handle troubles - Congressman Aaron Schock ( R-Ill. )—who has come under fire for his spending on office decor as well as travel—has hired a team of lawyers from the Washington, D.C., firm Jones Day, according to ABC News. He has also hired a public relations firm, Ron Bonjean Strategies, to help the congressman respond to his recent troubles. Schock's troubles first began ...


Coming-up-Barney-Frank-Patner-memorial-LGBTQ-leaders-in-education

Coming up: Barney Frank; Patner memorial; LGBTQ leaders in education - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Barney Frank event at Center on March 25 "Frank: An Evening with Barney Frank" will take place Wed., March 25, 7-9 p.m., at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St. The Center, The Book Stall, Windy City Media Group and Equality Illinois are hosting the event as the former Congressman will speak about his new memoir, Frank. Frank represented ...


World-news-HIV-study-Ambassador-Wally-Brewster-UKIP-chair-leaves

World news: HIV study; Ambassador Wally Brewster; UKIP chair leaves - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - For the first time, a study showed that a drug used to treat HIV infection also can help prevent it when taken before and after risky sex by gay men, the Associated Press reported. The study, done in France and Canada, is the first to test "on demand" use of Truvada, a pill combining two AIDS drugs, by people planning ...


National-roundup-Marriage-in-Ala-and-Neb-trans-suicide

National roundup: Marriage in Ala. and Neb.; trans suicide - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley vowed he would "never do anything to disobey a federal court ruling" when asked about the legal fight over same-sex marriage in the Deep South state, a Politico item stated. "We are a nation under laws," Bentley said. "We may not always agree with them, but we obey them." Earlier, Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore instructed ...


Jeb-Bush-maintains-anti-marriage-equality-stance

Jeb Bush maintains anti-marriage equality stance - From a press release - WASHINGTON — During the Conservative Political Action Conference ( CPAC ) this week, some media reports have suggested that Jeb Bush is the "gay-friendly republican" of the 2016 cycle — even during the same week he is scheduled to meet with anti-LGBT activist Tony Perkins. The Human Rights Campaign's Fred Sainz released the following statement: "At the end of the ...


Deb-Mell-appears-to-win-tight-race-in-33rd-Ward-some-ballots-left-to-count

Deb Mell appears to win tight race in 33rd Ward, some ballots left to count - ELECTIONS 2015 - Incumbent 33rd Ward Ald. Deb Mell, the city's only openly lesbian alderman, may have won the race now that absentee votes have been counted from the Feb. 24 election. There are still a few ballots to go, so it may not be clear until March 9 if she has won. As of Friday at 5 p.m., the Chicago Board of ...


Ward-by-Ward-in-the-race-for-Chicago-mayor

Ward by Ward in the race for Chicago mayor - Chicago's incredibly gerrymandered new ward map boundaries certainly created some newly competitive districts in the 2015 aldermanic races, throwing more than a dozen into April 7 runoffs. The controversial 2012 map was considered illegal by some incumbents and voters, but the Democratic kingpins won their fight to create a new world order. The LGBT community can no longer be stereotyped ...


Emanuel-to-face-Garcia-in-April-runoff-gay-Latino-wins-big

Emanuel to face Garcia in April runoff; gay Latino wins big - [Originally posted on WindyCityTimes.com on Feb. 24] Incumbent Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel will face a runoff against challenger Jesus Garcia April 7. Emanuel did not get the simple majority of votes needed to win. The results shocked the political establishment and brought back memories of Harold Washington's 1983 upset victory to become Chicago first African American mayor. Incumbent Ald. Deb ...


Quigley-vice-chair-of-equality-caucus

Quigley vice chair of equality caucus - U.S. Congressman Mike Quigley ( D-Ill. ) was appointed vice chair of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus for the 114th Congress, according to a press release. "As an active member of the Equality Caucus since I was elected to Congress, it has been an honor to advocate for the LGBT community on issues ranging from marriage equality and immigration reform ...


World-news-HIV-in-Cuba-Global-Equality-Fund-new-envoy

World news: HIV in Cuba; Global Equality Fund; new envoy - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In Cuba, a variant of HIV that is much more aggressive than other known forms of the virus has been documented, according to Medical News Today. Patients infected with this new variant progress to AIDS so rapidly that they may not even know they are infected, with AIDS symptoms occurring within three years of infection. If a person contracts multiple ...


National-Pol-and-trans-granddaughter-suicide-FBI-and-Fred-Phelps

National: Pol and trans granddaughter; suicide; FBI and Fred Phelps - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - U.S. Rep. Mike Honda ( D-Calif. ) has opened up about his transgender granddaughter, according to a Huffington Post column by Marsha Aizumi. Honda discussed his grandchild in a video at Courageous Conversation, a one-day symposium for superintendents and school leaders that focuses on how to make schools safer for their students. In addition, he posted a photo of both ...


Windy-City-Times-rates-the-mayoral-candidates

Windy City Times rates the mayoral candidates - Surveys and printable election charts at the links - WCT - In this election cycle, Windy City Times mailed questionnaires to every registered citywide and aldermanic candidate, to their address on file with the board of elections. The questions were about a wide range of issues, LGBT, HIV/AIDS, minimum wage, crime, youth experiencing homelessness, and more. Some questions did not have a yes/or no or "correct" answer, but involved ...


Randy-Berry-is-State-Departments-first-LGBT-Human-Rights-Envoy-

Randy Berry is State Department's first LGBT Human Rights Envoy - From press releases - From an HRC press release WASHINGTON —— Today the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) applauded the appointment of Randy W. Berry, a veteran senior U.S. Foreign Service Officer, as the State Department's first ever LGBT Human Rights Envoy. HRC praised President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry for creating this new senior-level position to oversee the United ...


-Quigley-addresses-his-LGBTQ-Leadership-Council

Quigley addresses his LGBTQ Leadership Council - The downtown Chicago offices of law firm Jenner & Block served as the location for Congressman Mike Quigley ( IL-05 ) to host a Feb. 20 meeting with LGBTQ community and non-profit leaders, advocates and activists who form his LGBTQ Leadership Council for an update on the status of LGBTQ issues on Capitol Hill. "You are the eyes and ears ...


ELECTIONS-2015-Guide-to-the-gays

ELECTIONS 2015 Guide to the gays - In the 33rd Ward, lesbian Ald. Deb Mell will face off against Tim Meegan, a social studies instructor at Roosevelt High School; Annisa Wanat, a nonprofit consultant; and Tyler Soloria, a student and activist for veterans' causes. Openly gay Ald. Tom Tunney faces challenges to his 44th Ward seat from businessman Mark Thomas and management consultant and activist Scott Davis. ...


Lesbian-PAC-names-first-ED

Lesbian PAC names first E.D. - From a press release - LPAC, the country's first lesbian political action committee, announced political veteran Beth Shipp has been hired as the organization's first executive director. "As LPAC continues to grow and flourish, we are thrilled to have Beth as our first executive director," said LPAC Board Chair Laura Ricketts. "Her experience, knowledge, relationships, and political acumen are ideally suited for LPAC as we ...


ELECTIONS-2015-1ST-WARD-Proco-Joe-Moreno-on-accomplishments-Chick-fil-A-

ELECTIONS 2015: 1ST WARD Proco 'Joe' Moreno on accomplishments, Chick-fil-A - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In 2011, Proco "Joe" Moreno was elected as 1st Ward alderman with 74 percent of the vote, according to his ward's website. ( Former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley appointed Moreno to succeed Manny Flores in 2010. ) However, things may be tougher this time around, with the alderman going up against four contenders. In a recent interview, the aldermanic ...


ELECTIONS-2015-1ST-WARD-Andrew-Hamilton-Attorney-plans-to-take-Morenos-seat

ELECTIONS 2015: 1ST WARD Andrew Hamilton: Attorney plans to take Moreno's seat - Attorney Andrew Hamilton sees himself as a voice for the people. Among his desires, if he is elected alderman, are increasing community safety; making the 1st Ward greener; and improving the arts, music and theater presence. Hamilton talked about those plans, safety concerns, his idea for a mobile app and LGBT-related issues recently with Windy City Times. Windy City Times: ...


ELECTIONS-2015-Out-gay-candidate-makes-play-for-15th-Ward-seat

ELECTIONS 2015 Out gay candidate makes play for 15th Ward seat - Raymond Lopez is one of several candidates eying the 15th Ward aldermanic seat. A 2012 redistricting resulted in a massive shift in the ward's demographics—its residents were predominantly African American but Latino residents are now the main constituency. The current alderman, Toni Foulkes, is currently campaigning for a post representing the 16th Ward, leaving the field open for Lopez, who's ...


ONE-Northside-responds-to-Gov-Rauners-Budget

ONE Northside responds to Gov. Rauner's Budget - From press releases - From ONE Northside Today, Governor Rauner laid out his proposals to address Illinois' fiscal crisis. The press release that ONE Northside's statewide alliance, Fair Economy Illinois, issued is included below. Governor Rauner's proposals are disastrous. He is attempting to fundamentally change the role of government. He is doing this by cutting almost every single program we care about. During ...


ELECTIONS-2015-2ND-WARD-Alyx-Pattison-in-aldermanic-run-handles-controversy-

ELECTIONS 2015: 2ND WARD Alyx Pattison in aldermanic run, handles controversy - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Attorney Alyx Pattison has worked with numerous causes and communities over the years ( even mentioning the LGBT community several times on her website ). Over the years, she has done everything from working with her local school council to being on Congressman Jan Schakowsky's team. In a recent interview, the Northwestern University School of Law graduate talked about her ...


Early-voting-info

Early voting info - - Early voting for the Feb. 24 municipal election will take place through Feb. 21. 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 a reason or excuse to use early voting; however, voters do need to present government-issued photo identification. Ballots cast in early ...


ELECTIONS-2015-2ND-WARD-Stacey-Pfingsten-Preservationist-seeks-to-succeed-Fioretti

ELECTIONS 2015: 2ND WARD Stacey Pfingsten: Preservationist seeks to succeed Fioretti - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Last September, Stacey Pfingsten left the 2nd Ward office—to run for alderman of that same area. She did so, as her website states, "so that she may continue serving the residents of the 2nd Ward and in improving their collective quality of life." She presents a varied background, having studied everything from business administration to art. Windy City Times met ...


ELECTIONS-2015-2ND-WARD-Brian-Hopkins-on-wards-challenges-Daley-connection-

ELECTIONS 2015: 2ND WARD Brian Hopkins on ward's challenges, Daley connection - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Brian Hopkins has done everything from interning for the Illinois State Senate to helping advise President Bill Clinton's transition team to leading the Streeterville Organization of Active Residents ( SOAR ). In a recent interview, the first-time candidate discussed his platform, why he's the best person for the job, LGBT issues and his Daley connection. Windy City Times: You're a ...


ELECTIONS-2015-2ND-WARD-Cornell-Wilson-Military-vet-aims-for-aldermanic-post-

ELECTIONS 2015: 2ND WARD Cornell Wilson: Military vet aims for aldermanic post - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Cornell Wilson is an attorney, military veteran and community advocate who feels he has the leadership ability to succeed current mayoral candidate Bob Fioretti as 2nd Ward alderman. Wilson, a graduate of Northwestern University School of Law, talked with Windy City Times about "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," his own platform and the aldermanic race. Windy City Times: I understand the ...


ELECTIONS-2015-2ND-WARD-Restauranteur-Bita-Buenrostro-aims-for-aldermanic-seat

ELECTIONS 2015: 2ND WARD Restauranteur Bita Buenrostro aims for aldermanic seat - Bita Buenrostro is a senior executive with a local restaurant corporation that manages three successful Chicago-area restaurants. However, for the second time, she has set her sights on an aldermanic seat, having previously run ( in the 43rd Ward ) in 2011. The main issues on Buenrostro's platform involve safety, city services, and jobs and economic development. She recently talked ...


HRC-Arkansas-to-gov-Veto-SB202

HRC Arkansas to gov: Veto SB202 - From a press release - Little Rock— Today, HRC Arkansas calls on Governor Asa Hutchinson to exercise his executive powers and veto Senate Bill 202 ( SB202 ), which would prohibit municipalities from enacting nondiscrimination ordinances that protect LGBT people. Anti-LGBT Arkansas State Senator Bart Hester is sponsor of SB202, the "Intrastate Commerce Improvement Act". If SB202 takes effect, Arkansas cities will lose their ability ...


Landmark-study-proves-LGBTQ-canvassers-get-lasting-results

Landmark study proves LGBTQ canvassers get lasting results - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - With the Feb. 24 mayoral elections around the corner, armies of voter canvassers—some paid professionals, some volunteers—will work their way through entire zip-codes knocking on front doors never knowing with absolute certainly the sort of reception that awaits them. In one of seven myths about voter canvassing, the website Voter Gravity stated "as hard as it is for people to ...


ELECTIONS-2015-Anne-Marie-Miles-on-her-vision-for-the-5th-Ward

ELECTIONS 2015 Anne Marie Miles on her vision for the 5th Ward - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In her second time running against incumbent Leslie Hairston, attorney and small business owner Anne Marie Miles talks to Windy City Times about social justice, economic growth and education. Windy City Times: What distinguishes your campaign from Hairston's? Anne Marie Miles: The big difference between Leslie and I is that I have a proactive vision of the future of the ...


ELECTIONS-2015-Bridgeport-native-Maureen-Sullivan-aims-for-11th-Ward-seat

ELECTIONS 2015 Bridgeport native Maureen Sullivan aims for 11th Ward seat - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Aldermanic candidate Maureen Sullivan is the owner of a pet services business, the daughter of a WWII vet and a major White Sox fan. She considers Bridgeport to be one of "the last vestiges of what old Chicago was: a real neighborhood where you knew your neighbors and helped each other." Windy City Times: What made you decide to run ...


ELECTIONS-2015-33RD-WARD-Annisa-Wanat-runs-with-worldwide-record-

ELECTIONS 2015: 33RD WARD Annisa Wanat runs with worldwide record - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Annisa Wanat has spent twenty years in public service both in the United States and in multiple countries across the world from Bulgaria to Afghanistan assisting civic and political leaders in emerging democracies on issues such as healthcare, infrastructure and education. She now hopes to leverage her experience both at home and abroad as Alderman for the 33rd ward—one of ...


ELECTIONS-2015-47TH-WARD-Aldermanic-candidate-Rory-Fiedler-has-sky-high-plans-

ELECTIONS 2015: 47TH WARD Aldermanic candidate Rory Fiedler has sky-high plans - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A former United Airlines flight attendant who has also worked for the Department of Homeland Security at O'Hare International Airport, Rory Fiedler grew up in the 47th Ward, graduating from Lane Tech High School and going on to attend The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Going up against Ald. Ameya Pawar, Fiedler said he wants to be "accessible, ...


ELECTIONS-2015-High-school-teacher-Meegan-seeks-to-upset-33rd-Ward-dynasty

ELECTIONS 2015 High school teacher Meegan seeks to upset 33rd Ward dynasty - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On his website, 38-year-old Tim Meegan declares that he is no politician. He is an 11-year social-studies teacher at Roosevelt High School who believes the "Democrat machine no longer represents or supports working families in the City of Chicago." Meegan is running against Ald. Deb Mell and challenger Annisa Wanat for the 33rd Ward seat. He invited Windy City Times ...


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ELECTIONS 2015: 47TH WARD Ald. Ameya Pawar seeks to retain seat - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A Chicago alderman since 2011, Ameya Pawar is currently pursuing a third master's degree from the University of Chicago. An avid runner who supports bully-breed canine rescue organizations in his spare time, Pawar is pro-choice, favors marriage equality and counts retail development projects such as Mariano's and LA Fitness in Ravenswood among his term accomplishments. Windy City Times: What has ...


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ELECTIONS 2015: 48TH WARD Unchallenged Osterman looks ahead to next term - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Unencumbered by other candidates for alderman of the 48th Ward, Harry Osterman is looking to a second term presiding over a neighborhood that is thriving. The former Illinois representative for the 14th district occupies the same North Broadway street offices as some of the most celebrated and accomplished political advocates for the LGBTQ movement—Sen. Heather Steans, Rep. Kelly Cassidy and ...


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ELECTIONS 2015: 49TH WARD Joe Moore seeks seventh term as alderman - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Through nearly a quarter-century as alderman of the 49th Ward, Joe Moore has weathered his share of storms including successfully defending five challenges to his seat, allegations of ethics violations in 2013 and last year's wave of summer violence. Meanwhile, Rogers Park has become one of the most diverse neighborhoods in Chicago. In 2010, it was the first in the ...


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ELECTIONS 2015: 49TH WARD Donald Gordon makes second run at Ald. Moore - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Donald Gordon maintains a long list of community organization and leadership since his arrival in the 49th ward more than 30 years ago. They include the 1988 founding of the Rogers Park Community Council, the Rogers Park Conservancy in 2003 and—shortly after his unsuccessful bid for alderman in 2007—the creation of Voters Organized for Truthful Election Results ( VOTER ). ...


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ELECTIONS 2015 William 'Dock' Walls makes another run for mayor - William "Dock" Walls is no stranger to the campaign trail. This is his third try at running for mayor of Chicago, having run unsuccessfully against both Mayor Richard M. Daley in 2007 and Mayor Rahm Emanuel in 2011. He also attempted to unseat U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush. His political involvement goes back decades, having been active in the administration of ...


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ELECTIONS 2015: 39TH WARD Robert Murphy seeks to end Laurino domination - Robert Murphy is an architect and photographer who has lived in Forest Glen since 2007. Like his fellow candidate Joe Laiacona, he seeks to put an end to Margaret Laurino's two-decade-long tenure in City Hall as alderman of the 39th Ward. He invited Windy City Times to his campaign office in order to discuss why. Windy City Times: Your campaign ...


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ELECTIONS 2015: 50TH WARD Zehra Quadri, community leader, aims to unseat Silverstein - Arguably one of the most renowned and celebrated characteristics of the 50th Ward is to be found along Devon Street, where rows of Indian, Pakistani and Hasidic restaurants and grocery stores proclaim one of the most richly diverse and appetizing neighborhoods in Chicago. Zehra Quadri is a native of India who has made the United States her home for the ...


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ELECTIONS 2015 Kurt Summers on the treasurer's challenges - Kurt Summers, who was last year appointed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel to take over the post of city treasurer when Stephanie Neely resigned to take a private-sector job, will surely have an easier time than most candidates in this winter's election—he is running unopposed. But Summers, who had previously been a senior vice-president at Grosvenor Capital Management as well as ...


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ELECTIONS 2015 4th Ward challengers Tracey Bey, Norman Bolden - Windy City Times sat down with two candidates bidding for the aldermanic seat in the 4th Ward against incumbent Will Burns: Tracey Bey and Norman Bolden. First-time candidate Bey, a community event organizer, is a longtime 4th Ward resident and runs her own mortgage brokerage. Bolden, a Chicago native and community activist, is the owner of both Norman's Bistro and ...


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Challenger for 46th Ward Denice Davis holds dinner - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Denice Davis, who is challenging openly gay incumbent Ald. James Cappleman for his post representing the city's 46th Ward on the city council, gathered with supporters Feb. 5 at El Mariachi Tequila Bar & Grill, 3906 N. Broadway. Davis was former chief of staff to the ward's previous alderman, Helen Shiller. Also in the current race is lesbian attorney Amy ...


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Equality Illinois PAC backs Emanuel - The Equality Illinois Political Action Committee (Equality Illinois PAC) has endorsed the re-election of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel in the Feb. 24 municipal election, according to a Feb. 16 press release. The Equality Illinois PAC also endorses the re-election of four incumbent LGBT aldermen in Chicago and Springfield. "Equality Illinois PAC endorses the re-election of incumbents who are strong advocates ...


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Equality Illinois holds Valentine's Day gala - About 1,200 supporters of Equality Illinois—among them more than 40 elected officials and political candidates—crowded into the International Ballroom of the Chicago Hilton and Towers for the organization's 2015 Gala Feb. 14. Three of the five candidates vying for the post of Chicago mayor—incumbent Rahm Emanuel, Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia and 2nd Ward Ald. Robert "Bob" Fioretti—were among ...







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