This was a campaign where support for an elected school board was a benchmark. Where a commitment to affordable housing was a requirement. Where we focused not solely on big business - but real, living wages. Where we didn’t just talk about being world-class city, we acknowledged the long-term, institutional inequities that stop too many of our communities from feeling that they can ever truly share in all this city has to offer.
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This morning, Chicago native and musician “Chance the Rapper,” Chancelor Bennett, endorsed Toni Preckwinkle for Mayor, as momentum continues to build around Toni’s campaign. Bennett has been an influential figure for Chicago’s youth, not only as a musician but as a community activist leading on criminal justice reform and education.
Today, mayoral candidate Toni Preckwinkle announced that African-American business and civic leaders from around Chicago have raised more than $150,000 to support her candidacy for Mayor. These leaders believe that Preckwinkle has the experience to continue Chicago’s number one position among U.S. cities in new and expanded corporate facilities while also focusing on economic growth and job creation in all neighborhoods.
Toni Preckwinkle, candidate for mayor, today announced her plan to create meaningful new job opportunities for the people of Chicago by extending the City’s workforce services to people who have been left out of Chicago’s recent prosperity.
Mayoral candidate Toni Preckwinkle released the following statement on the consent decree taking effect today:
“While the consent decree is only the first step toward reforming our police department and criminal justice system in Chicago, it is a critical and necessary step,” said Preckwinkle. “As mayor, I will ensure that we take the necessary steps to reform our criminal justice system and police department. This includes creating a Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice, eliminating the code of silence, and ending the gang database.
Today, mayoral candidate Toni Preckwinkle renewed her call for a moratorium on controversial major city development Lincoln Yards and the Joint Safety Training Academy.
“The next mayor of Chicago will face significant budgetary challenges, and cannot afford to have her hands tied by major development projects like Lincoln Yards or the Joint Safety Training Academy before taking office,” said Preckwinkle. “I’m calling for a delay until the next Mayor and Council are sworn in and can make the best decision for the people of Chicago.”
Today, mayoral candidate Toni Preckwinkle issued a letter to Alderman James Cappleman, Chairman of the Committee on Zoning, Landmarks, and Building Standards, to postpone a Feb. 28 committee hearing regarding the Joint Safety Training Academy until a new administration is elected.
Today, mayoral candidate Toni Preckwinkle responds to President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency at our southern border by calling on the nation’s Attorneys General to file a lawsuit against the Trump Administration and for the City of Chicago to submit an amicus curiae brief in support of the constitution and the inherent worth of all immigrants.
Chicago – Toni Preckwinkle, candidate for Mayor, today announced her plan to create meaningful new job opportunities for the people of Chicago by extending the City’s workforce services to people who have been left out of Chicago’s recent prosperity.
Today, the Illinois House voted to approve a bill for a statewide $15 minimum wage by 2025. Last week, the bill was overwhelmingly approved by the Illinois Senate. The proposal would increase the state minimum wage, currently $8.25, to $9.25 on January 1, 2020. After bumping to $10 on July 1, 2020, the wage would increase $1 each year until 2025.
“I’m a teacher by profession, and so I’m very grateful for the support of teachers. That’s frankly the beginning and the end of it, as far as I’m concerned,” Preckwinkle said last week after a rain-splashed protest with strikers outside the Illinois Network of Charter Schools office in the Loop.
“I applaud the Senate for taking action to move toward a $15 an hour minimum wage in Illinois. Here in Chicago, we must act now. I am committed to making $15 an hour wage a reality, and I am the only candidate who has a concrete plan or timeline to do so. I call on my opponents to join me in standing up for the 400,000 minimum wage Chicago workers.”
Association says Toni exemplifies the words of NASW-IL President Whitney Young — she’s the voice of the voiceless
Today, mayoral candidate Toni Preckwinkle is honored to accept the endorsement of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW-IL), the largest membership organization of professional social workers in the world.
Mayoral candidate Toni Preckwinkle applauds Illinois Senate and Governor JB Pritzker’s commitment to a wage increase for the state of Illinois. Preckwinkle has already announced her plan to make a $15 wage a reality in Chicago. Unlike her opponents, Toni believes the City must also act now.
Following a drumbeat of negative press tying her to federally charged Ald. Ed Burke, Cook County Board President and mayoral contender Toni Preckwinkle said in an email Sunday she is returning all of the $116,000 she raised at Burke’s house in January 2018.