|Hyde Park-Kenwood Elected Officials and Electorals|
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HPKCC hopes this page will help you to make your voice heard in local government and to more easily access resources. (Services take up the most of the table below). We encourage you to copy us at firstname.lastname@example.org when you want to draw more attention to any issues and concerns you raise with our political leaders. Part of HPKCC's mission is to serve as a forum for policies that affect us, to assess consensus among residents, and ultimately to advocate for what the community believes is in its best interest. To Calendars and Directories
Elected officials contacts- one good source: http://www.usagov/Contact/Elected.shtm1
February 1, 2016 4th Ward Alderman Will Burns announced he is resigning.
Read HPKCC questions sent to 4th and 5th Ward aldermanic candidates and candidate forums. RESPONSES.
READ FACTS ABOUT REGISTERING AND VOTING in the next election: VISIT VOTING PAGE FOR FULL ELECTIONS INFORMATION.
To follow what's going on politically and with the city see Campaign Front page. (Current: ward mapping, participatory budgeting.)
Find out about your governments and what they provide in Government Services. A new one-stop by city-county-state is OPEN DATA: http://www.MetroChicagoData.org. Find Chicago, Cook, and Illinois services/facilities/agencies, offices/info sites of officials, approved homecare providers, check register, mapof restaurants and inspections, public health data, crimes, gov't officials/workers salaries, vendors and contracts. According to The Daily Whale, the site organizes data sets into categories consisting of: housing and property; economic development; education; environment; government administration; ethics; health and human services; public safety; tax and revenue; and transportation. Also included on the website are newly created data sets. These features include: an interactive map of the area's hospitals, clinics and other healthcare facilities that are operated by the city, county or state; a directory of government buildings and facilities in metro Chicago; and tax, permits, investment incentives and regulation data for businesses.
The State Board of Elections online registration tool is functional and may be used to register voters. https://ova.elections.il.gov
For Chicago your one-stop is chicagoelections.org.
EARLY VOTING has started Mon-Saturdayt 9-5 through Feb. 21 plus Sunday the 15th 9-3 at any of the one of the 51 places, one per ward plus downtown. You must bring an identifible ID-- 2 (1 with photo) if you are changing address or name or voting for the first time in Chicago.
The location in the 4th Ward is the King Center, 3858 S. Cottage Grove. That for the 5th Ward is Jackson Park Fieldhouse, 6401 S. Stony Island.
Absentee voting can be applied for or and returned through Feb. 19 online or in person,
City website: http://www.chicagoelections.com.
Find your polling place www. voterinfonet.com or www.chicagoelections.com.
Watch here for news of upcoming elections. You can serve as deputy canvasers/registrars or as judges of election. Contact Board of Elections, (312) 269-7851 FAX 312 269-0664. Training opportunities for volunteer deputy registrars will open again. Call 312 269-7851. See below: County Clerk David Orr's and commissioner's appeals for election judges and call for reform.
Services and more office details in Government Services page.
Reports from officials.
City Council meetings 2nd Wednesday. Live streamed: http://www.chicityclerk.com/citycouncilvideo.html. Committees schedule: http://www.chicityclerk.com/meeting-dates.php.
Civics 101-Part I- Resources related to campaign financing- and how to have good campaigns without big money.
Center for Public Integrity (interactive)-
http://www.publicintegrity.org/2015/10/1618631/see-how-much-2016-presidential-candidates-have-daised-so-far (note reporting periods are likely every 30 days and the last-minute surge gives are reported after the election.)
Federal Election Committee- http://www.fec.gov/pindex.shtml
Prorepublica. Itemizer lets you browse and organize. (Not Senate, which are filed by paper!)
State and local-
Illinois State Board of Elections- search by contribution, committee, district, or candidate
Illinois Sunshine. More user-friendly. http://www.illinoissunshine.org
Area organizations working for Campaign Finance Reform-
Better Government Association. http://www.bettergov.org/campaign-finance
Common Cause Illinois.
Illinois Campain for Political Reform. http://www.ilcampaign.org/issues-and-legislation/campaign-finance-reform
Illinois Move to Amend. http://illinoismovetoamend.org
Civics 101-Part II- to follow a bill through state assembly do the following:
1. go to www.ilga.gov and on home page
on left in search box type in s.b. or h.b. with number
and press go then you shall come to
3. stated bill go down page to see what actions are taken
for the stated bill like which committees they are in,
then see if any part of proceedures knocks out any of
original bill (read only parts which apply)
4. go to full text and read same
(If you don't know the bill number, below the box for the number there is a box in which you can search by keyword.)
Here's how to contact 311 electronically and have request tracked: http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/311.html .
This site has been recommended to us for sorting out contacts at county government. countyoffice.org.
services Margaret Kutyna-
or last Saturday ward meetings, 10 am Monumental Baptist Church.
Ward Committeeman: Toni Preckwinkle, 1516 E. 53rd St. 2nd Fl.
773 288-0000, fax 773 288-0005. Mae Wilson.
REPORT PROBLEMS: fifthwardserviceoffice.com
Fifth Ward on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Fifth-Ward-Service-Office/283169658382984
Ward Sanitation Office. Superintendent Gloria Pittman. 1619 E. 73rd St. 312 747-790. M-F 6-2:30.
Open hours Tuesday evenings, 2nd Sats. 10-2, Ward meetings 4th Tuesdays- call for schedule. Free legal counseling 2nd Tuesdays at ward office 6-8 pm.
5th Ward Committeeman Leslie Hairston
Democratic- Toni Preckwinkle
Democratic- Leslie Hairston (Ald.)
McGowan 4415 S. Cottage Grove, 60653. (312) 747-0860
Cottage Grove Avenue 60637
Suite 300, 121 N. LaSalle St. 60602
Information and Complaints
Aldermanic websites: go to www.cityofchicago.org, find City Council and scroll to alderman's name. Their e-mail is first initial of first name followed directly by last email@example.com.
Remapped Ward maps are available in City Hall, ground floor.
Circuit Court of Cook County. (South
Side north of 75th and east of Western Avenue)
following are full of resources: Office of
General County Number: (312) 443-5656
This site has been recommended to us for sorting out contacts at county government. countyoffice.org.
Legislative Website: www.legis.state.il.us
Barbara Flynn Currie
Map: 25th Representative District. Each rep. district constitutes one half of a senatorial district.
Eleanor Gordon for office, Annette Harley for cutting red tape.
Representative, 26th District,
State Senator Kwame Raoul, 13th
www.senatorraoul.com click where it says to contact.
105B State Capital, Springfield,
Years served: 2004 - Present
Committee assignments: Committee of the Whole; Criminal Law (Vice-Chairperson); Financial Institutions; Judiciary; Pensions and Investments (Chairperson); Redistricting (Chairperson); Subcommittee on Pension Reforms (Sub-Chairperson); Subcommittee on Special Issues (Sub-Chairperson); Subcommittee on Redistricting I (Sub-Chairperson).
Biography: Attorney; born September 30, 1964; Bachelor's degree from DePaul University; J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law; married (wife, Kali), has two children.
Committee Code Chairman
Members Current Bills
state legislative maps are
General state information: (312) 814-3500
State Income Tax (800) 732-8866
the website top left column any bill introduced in the current session
through the legisature and find out its contents and status. (Note, many
bills start as boilerplate filler-
KidCare/FamilyCare: Applications and list of Application Agents: www.kidcareillinois.com or hotline 1-866-4-OUR-KIDS.
Office of the Attorney General
main number (Thompson Center, 100 W. Randolph, 60601) 312 814-3000.
Consumer Fraud (Chicago) 800-385-5438,
representation: Antitrust, Civil Appeals, Civil Rights, Consumer Protection,
Disabilities, Enviromnental Enforcementt and Asbestos Abatement, General
Law, Land Acquisition, Industrial (Workers' Comp)
SOME CONTACTS FOR FEDERAL ELECTED OFFICIALS. (PS, there are also websites that will list their campaign contributions.)
Richard J. Durbin
Federal offices: *800) 688-9889
Get info here on:
Chicago City Council
to contact your alderman.
New! Dept. of Children and Youth Services consolidates lots of programs.
Note: if these links
don't work, subsitute www.cityofchicago.org
for the initial address
Consumer complaints (800) 386-5438
Services for Seniors (any level of gov't):
The department has
been divided into Buildings
Office for People with Disabilities
Aid and Health Services-any level
of Human Services
Volunteer deputy registrar training. 312 269-7851, FAX 312 269-0664. Feb. 2004
Training requests must be submitted, in writing, on an organization's letterhead, by the organization coordinator, with phone number. The Community Services Division of the Board must receive these requests by the indicated deadline. Send to attn. of Kelly Bateman, Director, Community Services Division. The request must include name and address of each volunteer and indicate the class date and time requested. Attendees must reside in Chicago. Sessions may be cancelled. Training is at 33 N. LaSalle 2nd floor.
County Clerk Orr: need felt for election judges
If we can put a man on the moon, why can't we get elections right?
As Cook County's chief election authority, I hear that a lot. In reality, neither rocket scientists nor my staff runs the show on Election day. The most powerful people on Election Day are the election judges--your neighbors who wake up ast 4 a.m. and spend a 14-hour day inside a school gymnasium to ensure that your polling place runs smoothly.
In helping to guarantee democracy, polling place workers shouldn't have to take a vacation day or worry about jeopardizing their jobs. Instead, businesses should allow employees to take the day off to serve as election judges--just as they do for employees who sit on juries.
Since the 2000 presidential election, most of the debate surrounding election reform has focused on voting equipment, while the human component of improving elections has largely been ignored. Sure, machnes count votes and transmit results, but election judges must set up the equipment correctly, show voters how the machines work and know what to do if they malfunction.
Unfortunately, election authorities nationwide face shortages of eletion judges at a time when we need them most. The introduction of new federal voting procedures coupled with an expected heavy voter turnout makes it essential that every precinct have a full complement of five election judges for the November 2 election. That's more than 25,000 election judges in Cook County alone.
Last spring, my office drafted a bill that would have required businesses to give time off to employes who work as election judges. It ultimately died after winning approval in the Illinois House. But civic-minded companies in Ilinois can still support the spirit of the law on their own.
Deforest B. Soaries, Jr., chairman of the federal Election Assistance Commission, has called the decrease in polling place workers "an emerging crisis" that eclipses any technical issues. The commission is now urging corporate leaders nationwide to recruit more election judges by awarding employees the day off to work ath e polls.
Granted, working as an election judge is hardly glamourous stuff. You work long hours and don't get rich doing it. But election judges play a critical role by serving on the front lines and makeing sure elections are conducted fairly, honestly and accurately.
The more knowledgeable, well-trained judges we have on hand, the better. Granting them time off to protect voter rights, reduce polling place confusion and minimize ballot errors only makes sense.
Election judge vacancies a familiar problem. by Theresa M. Petrone, Bd of El. Commrs. [Note, a firm rebuttal by a retired teacher to the part about using teachers appeared in the September 29 Hyde Park Herald.]
Hyde Park Herald, September 15, 2004
The current system of recruiting and assigning judges is no longer effective and needs to be replaced with a procedure that will ensure all voters are served by trained and reliable poll workers.
Judges of election are currently appointed by the two major political parties. In the City of Chicago, approximately 14,000 judges, evenly divided betweeen Democrat an Republican, are needed to staff the city's 2,709 polling places.
Unfortunately, in recent years, this task has become more difficult, leaving the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners scrambling to fill thousands of vacancies during the 45-day period prior to the election when the Board can make direct appointments in precincts where the political parties made no assignments.
With only a few months until the Nov. 2 Presidential Election, the Board finds itself with more than 10,000 judges of election vacancies. A crisis? Yes, but one tha the Board faces every two years when the term of all judges of election expires.
Past experience has demonstrated that the key to a well-run election is to hae trained and conscientious judges of election assigned to all precincts. Although there are hundreds of dedicated judges of election who serve every election, some for decades, there are many precincts where it is difficult to recruit anyone to serve. This problem is compounded by the large number of judges of election who fail to show up election morning, leaving some precincts with one or two judges, or even none!
Serving as a judge of election requires training. Judges must know ho to set up the polling place in the morning; process and assist voters during the polling hours; be able to close the polls and tally the vote; and be knowledgeable of a complex State Election code and federal reauirements. The Chicago Board of Election Commissioners does its pasrt in providing a professional school of instruction, a comprehensive judge of election manual, and unlimited backup services through Election central. Yet, even with all of this assistance, serving as a judge can be a challenging and intimidating task. In precincts with untrined judges of election, mistakes are easy to make, sometimes disenfranchising voters.
What is the solution to the judge of election vacancy crisis? Her is a suggestion that would solve the judge of election dilemma and provide voters with the best possible electoral system:
A professional cadre of Chicago school teaachers who would staff the city's polling places every election....