Citizen Bulletin: Charter School Teachers Win Pay & Other News in Chicago Politics

 /  Feb. 25, 2019, 10:01 a.m.


UChicago Democracy Initative


February 17-24, 2019

The Citizen Bulletin’s news highlights from this week include: Chicago municipal elections will be held on Tuesday, February 26, polls are open 6 a.m.–7 p.m. Learn about the candidates for Mayor and 5th and 20th ward alderman with our voter guide! Look up the location of your polling place here.


Alderman Leslie Hairston (5th Ward) ~ call your alderman! (773) 324-5555 ELECTION 2/26 [running]

  • [No News]

Alderman Willie Cochran (20th Ward) ~ call your alderman! (773) 955-5610 ELECTION 2/26 [retiring]

  • [No News]

Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D) ~ call your mayor! (312) 744-3300 ELECTION 2/26 [retiring]

  • Feb 18: Sent a letter to Amazon asking that they reconsider Chicago for a second headquarters


President Toni Preckwinkle ~ call your Cook County board president! (312) 603-6400

  • [No News]


Representative Curtis Tarver (D–District 25) ~ call your state rep!

  • [No News]

Senator Robert Peters (D–District 13) ~ call your state senator!

  • [No News]

Governor JB Pritzker (D–IL) ~ call your governor!

  • Feb 19: Signed into law a $15 minimum wage increase that will take effect in 2025

  • Feb 20: Proposed legalizing sports betting and marijuana during his budget address

  • Feb 21: Urged the general assembly to pass graduated income tax legislation before the summer recess; the proposal would require voter approval in the 2020 election

  • Feb 22: Proposed a five-cent bag tax to help balance the budget


Representative Bobby Rush (D–IL1) ~ call your representative! (773) 779-2400

  • [No News]

Senator Tammy Duckworth (D–IL) ~ call your senator! (312) 886-3506

  • Feb 18: Declared her support for striking Chicago charter school teachers who demanded pay raises, shorter work schedules and class-size limits

  • Feb 19: Introduced the Korematsu-Takai Civil Liberties Protection Act of 2019 which would prevent forcible incarceration based on race or religion

  • Feb 22: Called on the EPA to prevent a company in Southeast Chicago from releasing neurotoxic chemicals

Senator Richard Durbin (D–IL) ~ call your senator! (312) 353-4952

  • Feb 19: Called on the Department of Education’s Office of Inspector General to investigate title IV funds which allegedly have not been paid to students

President Donald Trump (R) ~ call your president! (202) 456-1414

  • Feb 19: Signed an executive order supporting the development of artificial intelligence

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