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by Aaron Cynic
Mon Sep 8

Activist Carlos Rosa Announces Candidacy For Chicago's 35th Ward Aldermanic Seat

Community organizer Carlos Rosa formally announced his candidacy for alderman of Chicago's 35th Ward on Saturday at a small rally in Fireman’s Park.

“We’ve seen the story of Chicago that is broken and needs to focus on putting our neighborhoods first,” Rosa told a group of a few dozen supporters. “But we’ve also seen the story of teachers fighting for good schools, of people fighting to stay in their homes, and of workers getting arrested for a $15 an hour minimum wage. Today we build upon that.”

Rosa, 25, has worked as a community organizer with the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) and congressional caseworker for Representative Luis Gutierrez (D-IL). Rosa also says he is the first openly gay Latino to run for a Chicago aldermanic seat.

“In the 35th Ward, we’ll have a government that is truly responsive to the people,” Rosa told his supporters. Read more »

Quick Hit
by Ashlee Rezin
Fri Apr 5, 2013

Parent Mentor Program Celebrates Statewide Expansion, Urges Legislators To Continue Funding (VIDEO)

The Parent Mentor Program that started in Chicago’s Northwest side neighborhood of Logan Square more than 17 years ago celebrated its statewide expansion today with an approximately 500-person conference at Richard J. Daley College.

In one year’s time the Parent Mentor Program more than doubled its presence in schools across the state, increasing from 28 schools last year, to 57 today. Participants gathered at today’s conference came from cities ranging from Moline to Niles.

They shared stories from their classrooms, discussed challenges and successes, made a plan for where they’d like to see the program in 10 years and also wrote letters to Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago), asking him to support additional funding for the program.

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PI Original
by Matthew Blake
Mon Mar 19, 2012

Election Preview: State And County Races

Tuesday’s primary features a number of key Democratic battles for the state House and Senate. These races will go a long way to determine how much of a voice progressives have in Springfield, at a time of significant and continued budget cuts.

PI Original
by Michael Sandler
Tue Mar 13, 2012

Lozano Jr. Likes Chances Against Tabares In 21st District House Race

Here's a closer look at the race for the Democratic nomination in Illinois' 21st House District.