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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

43rd Ward Democrats - Spring 2012 Primary Endorsements

The 43rd Ward Democrats endorsed these
candidates in the March 20, 2012 primary election:

President of the United States - Barack Obama
U.S. Representative, 5th District - Mike Quigley
U.S. Representative, 7th District - Danny Davis
State Senator, 5th District - Patricia Van Pelt Watkins
State Senator, 6th District - John J. Cullerton
State Senator, 13th District - Kwame Raoul
State Representative, 9th District - Arthur Turner
State Representative, 10th District - no endorsement
State Representative, 11th District - Ann M. Williams
State Representative, 12th District - Sara Feigenholtz
State Representative, 26th District - Christian L. Mitchell
Metropolitan Water Reclamation District - Debra Shore, Kari L. Steele
State's Attorney - Anita Alvarez
Clerk of the Circuit Court - Ricardo Munoz
Recorder of Deeds - Karen A. Yarbrough
Board of Review, 2nd District - Michael Cabonargi
Judge of the Supreme Court, vacancy of Fitzgerald - Mary Jane Theis
Judge of the Appellate Court, First District, vacancy of Cahill - Mathias William Delort
Judge of the Appellate Court, First District, vacancy of Johnson Coleman - Nathaniel Roosevelt Howse, Jr.
Judge of the Appellate Court, First District, vacancy of Gallagher - P. Scott Neville, Jr.
Judge of the Appellate Court, First District, vacancy of O'Brien - no endorsement
Judge of the Appellate Court, First District, vacancy of Theis - Maureen Elizabeth Connors
Judge of the Appellate Court, First District, vacancy of Tully - Terrence J. Lavin
Judge of the Circuit Court, Full Circuit, vacancy of Conlon - Stanley L. Hill, Jr.
Judge of the Circuit Court, Full Circuit, vacancy of Jordan - Jean Prendergast Rooney
Judge of the Circuit Court, Full Circuit, vacancy of Kirie Kinnard - Erica L. Reddick
Judge of the Circuit Court, Full Circuit, vacancy of Moran - Russell W. Hartigan
Judge of the Circuit Court, Full Circuit, vacancy of O'Brien, Jr. - Gerald V. Cleary
Judge of the Circuit Court, Full Circuit, vacancy of O'Mara Frossard - Kevin W. Horan
Judge of the Circuit Court, Full Circuit, vacancy of Pucinski - Lorna Ellen Propes
Judge of the Circuit Court, Full Circuit, vacancy of Simmons, Jr. - Michael A. Forti
Judge of the Circuit Court, Full Circuit, vacancy of Stewart - Pamela M. Leeming
Judge of the Circuit Court, Full Circuit, vacancy of Stralka - Michael Tully Mullen
Judge of the Circuit Court, Full Circuit, vacancy of Ward - Peter J. Vilkelis
Judge, 8th Subcircuit, vacancy of Chiola - James A. Shapiro
Judge, 8th Subcircuit, vacancy of Cole - John H. Ehrlich
Judge, 8th Subcircuit, vacancy of Durkin Roy - Deborah Jean Gubin
Judge, 8th Subcircuit, additional judgeship A - Laura Liu
Democratic Committeeman, 43rd Ward - Michele Smith

Congratulations to all!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Women in Politics - Chicago Style - what a great meeting!!

We had a great turnout at the 43rd Ward Democrats "Women in Politics - Chicago Style" forum on Tuesday at the Lincoln Park Library - and an even better conversation. Our amazing guests (Anita Alvarez, Cook County State's Attorney; Kari Steele, candidate for commissioner of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District; Pat Reynes, Majority Council Director at EMILY's List; and Alyx Pattison, attorney at Katten Muchin Rosenmann LLP, representing Illinois Institute for Women in Leadership) each have very different experiences and perspectives, and shared their motivation to get involved, their challenges, their rewards, and their views on what women bring to the political process. We talked about lessons learned, and lessons to be learned - and what these current and future leaders are doing to make women's voices and impact more powerful in the future.

A good amount of the discussion from the panelists and the comments from the audience focused on money - the need to raise so much of it in order to compete, and the impact that has on government. A lot of us are really concerned about the impact of the recent Supreme Court decision that in effect makes huge corporations equal to everyday people, and how that's opened up a flood of money backing very non-progressive causes and candidates. It's wonderful to see our senior senator from Illinois fight back on this issue - click here to learn about Dick Durbin's proposed constitutional amendment.

Find out about the wonderful work EMILY's List and Illinois Women's Institute for Leadership are doing at their websites: EMILY and IWIL.

Thanks to our panelists and constituents who made this such a great event!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Weighted Vote for Slating in the 8th Judicial Sub-Circuit

CHAIR: WARD 42- JOHN CORRIGAN -  9,229 votes,  18.37%
VICE-CHAIR: WARD 43- MICHELE SMITH  - 7,650,  15.22%

WARD 2 – ROBERT FIORETTI  - 4,227 votes,  8.41%
WARD 3- PAT DOWELL  - 681 votes,  1.36%
WARD 11- JOHN DALEY  - 215 votes,  0.43%
WARD 25- DANIEL SOLIS  - 671 votes,  1.34%
WARD 27- JESSE WHITE  - 1,318 votes,  2.62%
WARD 32- JOHN FRITCHEY  - 2,464 votes,  4.90%
WARD 40- PAT O’CONNOR  - 2,103 votes,  4.18%
WARD 44- TOM TUNNEY  - 6,841 votes,  13.61%
WARD 46- TOM SHARPE  - 7,208 votes,  14.34%
WARD 47- EUGENE SCHULTER  - 924 votes, 1.84%
WARD 48- CAROL RONEN  - 6,701 votes,  13.34%
WARD 49- DAVID FAGUS  - 19 votes, 0.04%

TOTAL                                50,251 votes,  100.00%

Monday, October 10, 2011

Meeting Notice for the 8th Jucicial Sub-Circuit Selection Committee

Meeting Notice for the 8th Judicial
Sub-Circuit Selection Committee
of the Cook County Democratic Party

Sunday, October 23, 2011
3:00 p.m.
Ann Sather’s Restaurant
909 West Belmont Ave, Chicago

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All Judicial candidates seeking to be endorsed by the Democratic Party in the 8th Judicial Sub-Circuit should provide a resume, statement of candidacy and bar ratings to Committeeman John Corrigan no later than 5 p.m. on Wednesday, October 19, 2011. The documents should be transmitted in one or more of the following ways:

By email to 8thsubcircuit@gmail.com

By Fax to 866-260-0420; or

By Hand Delivery or Mail to John Corrigan,

42nd Ward Democratic Committeeman,

20 South Clark Street, Suite 2900, Chicago, Illinois 60603.

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Candidates should plan on addressing the 8th Sub-Circuit Judicial Selection Committee on October 23rd for 5 minutes or less.

The meeting is open to the public. If you have any questions, please contact John Corrigan at 312-573-0042.



43rd Ward Friends and Neighbors - A Fundraiser for Michele Smith

Honorary Host Committee

Hon. Mike Quigley   Hon. Michael Alvarez    Hon. Charles Bernardini
Hon. Sara Feigenholtz     Hon. Debra Shore   Hon. Ann Williams

and 43rd Ward Friends and Neighbors

invite you to a fundraiser for

Michele Smith

as she launches her reelection campaign for 43rd Ward
Democratic Committeeman

John Barleycorn
658 West Belden Avenue, Chicago, IL
Thursday, October 27, 6 to 9 p.m.

Dinner buffet and open bar

$5000 Sponsor $1000 Host $250 Supporter $100 Friend
Individual $35 ($40 at the door)
$20 Student ($25 at the door, must present student ID at check-in)

Click here to RSVP and order tickets on line. Or, pay by check (payable to Michele Smith for Committeeman) - mail the check to:

2527 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60614.

You may pay by check or credit card at the door.

Contact Mary@ChiDemsWard43.org to RSVP, or call 773-661-2133

Paid for by Michele Smith for Committeeman. A copy of our report filed with the State Board of Elections is (or will be) available on the Board's official website, www.elections.il.gov, or for purchase from the State Board of Elections, Springfield, Illinois

Congressman Mike Quigley is asking for a donation of up to $2,500 per election. Congressman Mike Quigley is not asking for funds from corporations, labor organizations, or other federally prohibited sources.


Petition Party Breakfast

Petition Breakfast Party



Join Us Saturday, October 1

Dear Friend,
The 43rd Ward Dems are hosting a petition breakfast party Saturday, October 1, 10:30 a.m., at the 43rd Ward Democratic Party office at 2527 N. Lincoln.
Join us for sweets, bagels and cream cheese, orange juice and coffee before we hit the streets.

After breakfast we'll collect petition signatures for our favorite Democratic candidates, including Mike Quigley (Congress), John Cullerton (State Senate), Ann Williams and Sara Feigenholtz (State House), and Michele Smith (43rd Ward Committeeman).

We'll re-group back at the office at 2:00 p.m. for snacks, as our thanks for helping out in this important process.

We will have a notary on site to certify the petitions you collect.

Meet Your State Representatives

Meet Your State Representatives:
What's Going On In Springfield?

Monday, September 26
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
St. Vincent de Paul Center
2145 N. Halsted
Chicago, IL 60614

You are invited to an evening of discussion with the state legislators who serve the 43rd Ward and the north side of Chicago:

Senate President John Cullerton (6th District)
Senator Annazette Collins (5th District)
Representative Arthur Turner (9th District)
Representative Derrick Smith (10th District)
Representative Ann Williams (11th District)
Representative Sara Feigenholtz (12th District)

How about that State budget? Casinos? Social Services? State Taxes? Roads?

Now's your chance to hear from YOUR state legislator and get your questions answered .

Note: Parking is FREE at the St. Vincent de Paul Center.
Enter on Webster.

Questions and RSVP: 773-661-2133, or MKKoczorowski@aol.com