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Early Childhood Investments Pay Off -McCormick Foundation Fellowship in Early Childhood Policy Learnings

Let's Be Honest (Part 2): Early Investments in Kids Pay Off Big, So We Must Invest This year I have had the great privilege to be part of the inaugural cohort of the McCormick Foundation's Executive Fellowship in Early Childhood Policy. I am one of 32 Fellows from the education, legislative, judicial and nonprofit sectors brought together by the Eriks...

TBH (To Be Honest) The Real Reason Illinois Can't Properly Fund Vital Services

It’s been over a week since I wrote a blog entry, and wanted to make up for lost time with coverage of the most significant issue we face as communities and as a state – our current financial crisis. This crisis has gotten significantly worse since Governor Rauner took office and held resources hostage to forward his political agenda. But it ...

Closing in on our Goal of 1,000 Signatures. Thank You!

I wanted to say a huge thank you to so many folks for joining us today for cider, cupcakes (from Chef Chloe) and lots of walking and getting signatures. We have more than 800 signatures as of today to be validated. It has truly been a team effort. We can't stop now, but I wanted to say thank you to these amazing volunteers as we round the corner! N...

Petition Drive Update - More Help Needed!

400 down - 600 more to go! Just a quick note of thanks to everyone who volunteered their time on Saturday or Sunday to knock doors and get petition signatures. We are getting closer to the required signatures of 500. But, we can't stop there. We will need at least 1,000 signatures to ensure I can make it on the ballot. I f you haven't already, pl...

Can you really campaign on a day like today?

I strongly considered not heading out today to knock doors from 4-7 given the awful atrocities of last night. Yet, in some small way, it felt like I was doing something positive in the midst of so much pain and suffering. I was greeted so warmly even on a day when anyone's tendency would be to shut the door and pull the blinds shut. I was told "yo...

Conceal Carry - Things that make you go hmmm?

In 2013, Illinois passed a conceal carry law which superseded previous local laws prohibiting handguns in various communities in District 17. I was on the District 65 Policy Committee at the time we were required to adopt policy associated with the new law which included the following components. I had real trouble with these in terms of their practi...

SB1947 - Thinks that make you go hmmm!

Let me start by saying that SB1947 was absolutely necessary and is a step forward for increased equity of funding across the state. With revisions to include a hold harmless and commitment (although not allocated guarantee) of $350M in additional state funding to education, it does represent progress. And, yet... I was told by a policymaker yesterday that...

First Petition Drive Gets Great Results

Thank You Friends for a Great First Petition Drive We have collected 250 signatures in just one week! We started our day at Backlot Coffee (Thank you for the space John Kim)! We set off at 10 a.m. to greet folks on Central Street and then canvassed the neighborhoods around Willard School. I spoke with many parents of school-age children about the...