Sunday, July 9, 2017

Scott Drury makes the pitch to be Dem nominee for Gov of Illinois to 33rd Ward Democrats

Yesterday (Saturday, July 8, 2017) Melissa & I went to see two Democratic Party candidates make their pitches to local Democratic Party organizations in Chicago. At noon, Rep. Scott Drury (campaign, Wikipedia) pitched to 33rd Ward Democrats (Dianne Daleiden of 40th Ward Alliance & Robert Murphy, the Democratic Committeeman of Ward 39, were also there). At 2 PM, MJL & I switched over to Ald. Ameya Pawar (campaign, Wikipedia) speaking at an event that was organized by Ward 45 Independent-Democrats, the Women's Huddle of NW Side, plus Northside DFA*.

The 33rd Ward Democrats event was at Albany Park branch of Chicago Public Library & Ward 45 I-D event was at Filament Theater.

 This blog entry is going to be long and meandering. Chalk it up to me being out of practice. Below the fold there will be: my clumsy synopsis of Drury's pitch.

If you didn't know this about blogs, they are grossly unfair and biased toward the perspective of the author. Newspapers are the same way, but blogs have the decency to admit it.

* Melissa and I are co-chairs of Northside DFA and the Arena's generously list NDFA as a co-sponsor of their events, but I never feel like NDFA does enough to encourage people to attend Ward 45 I-D's events.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Put down the clipboard: why you shouldn't run for office

Have you heard the advice that if you don't like the direction of society you should run for local political office?

I help people run for local office. I lead a group that does 750 - 1,500 volunteer activities for candidates every year--many of these candidates are for local races driven by talking to people at their doors.

Will running for local office change things? No. Not by itself.

Why won't running for local office change things? See below.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

amending Illinois Constitution to require it to pass budgets annually

The Illinois Constitution apparently requires the Governor to submit a budget to the Illinois General Assembly. The Illinois Constitution requires the budget to be balanced.

But there's ambiguity (according to some people) about whether the State of Illinois is required to have a budget. Therefore, I propose the following amendment to the Illinois Constitution.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

building community in Chicago by hiring Community Builders

Proposal: Chicago citizens should be empowered to elect Community Builders for their community areas. (Chicago has 77 community areas.)

Assumption: Increasing connectedness will benefit communities in various ways. While Alan Mills comments on crime was the catalyst of this idea, I see more connectedness benefiting Chicago communities in various ways. As Rudy Lozano, Jr. said, there's no alternative to defending communities other than organizing communities.

Where?
Each community area would decide whether to implement this plan by vote.
Who can run? 
Anyone (irrespective of citizenship) who lives in the community sixteen years or older 
Who can vote?
Everyone age twelve & up who lives in the community area, including homeless people who identify with the community
What will the duties of Community Builders be?
The nominal duties will be to get to know people in the community and broker introductions between people in the community. But the duties will get defined by the Community Builders and the members of the community.
How much will Community Builders be paid?
$1,500/month (proposed)
How many Community Builders will each community area have?
Two plus one per every 3,000 residents in the last census
How will it be paid for?
Property tax increase for the community area

building community in Chicago by hiring Community Builders

Proposal: Chicago citizens should be empowered to elect Community Builders for their community areas. (Chicago has 77 community areas.)

Assumption: Increasing connectedness will benefit communities in various ways. While Alan Mills comments on crime was the catalyst of this idea, I see more connectedness benefiting Chicago communities in various ways. As Rudy Lozano, Jr. said, there's no alternative to defending communities other than organizing communities.

Where?
Each community area would decide whether to implement this plan by vote.
Who can run? 
Anyone (irrespective of citizenship) who lives in the community sixteen years or older 
Who can vote?
Everyone age twelve & up who lives in the community area, including homeless people who identify with the community
What will the duties of Community Builders be?
The nominal duties will be to get to know people in the community and broker introductions between people in the community. But the duties will get defined by the Community Builders and the members of the community.
How much will Community Builders be paid?
$1,500/month (proposed)
How many Community Builders will each community area have?
Two plus one per every 3,000 residents in the last census
How will it be paid for?
Property tax increase for the community area

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

amending Illinois Constitution so Governor actually submits a balanced budget

The deadline for Illinois General Assembly to pass the annual budget for State of Illinois by simple majority has passed. Legislation passed by May 31 on needs a majority. After this date, legislation requires 3/5 majority to pass.

Starting July 1, 2015, Illinois has been operating without an annual budget.

Democrats, like Rep. Rob Martwick, tell audiences that Gov. Bruce Rauner submitted budgets to the Illinois General Assembly that weren't balanced. Rauner calls the budgets proposed by the Democratic majorities in Illinois General Assembly "phony" because they aren't balanced.

State of Illinois can't pay for basic services and pensions without raising taxes. Democrats don't want to take the political heat/backlash for raising taxes without Republicans sharing the discomfort.

Rauner doesn't care about budgets. His agenda is to harm the interests of organized labor. So, he refuses to pass an annual budget unless he gets bills harming labor.

Why don't Democrats impeach Rauner? Democrats have 39 of 59 seats in the Illinois Senate. It will take 40 votes to remove the Governor.

Neither the Governor nor the Illinois General Assembly is fulfilling their duties under the Illinois Constitution.

I propose amending the Illinois Constitution to put more pressure on the parties to fulfill their duties.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Chicago should tax ATM fees (& check cashing fees) to fund schools

Chicago Public Schools need money to operate & pay pensions.

Proposal: tax ATM fees & similar transactions where banks (financial service companies) are charging fees for people to get their money.

For ATM fees, it should be set-up that the money is coming from the bank's revenue stream, not a cost passed on to the consumer. I propose taxing ATM fees at one level if they are not increased and at a higher level if the banks (ATM operators increase fees).