Mayoral Candidate Ja'Mal Green Says Police Are Not The Answer to Public Safety
A total of 5 out of the 9 Chicago Mayoral candidates came to the forum at New Mt. Pilgrim M.B. Church on Friday January 27, 2023. Pledging to focus on skills training and job creation for youth if elected, the 27 year old community activist stated that the way to eliminate crime is to eliminate its causes - hopelessness and lack of economic opportunities.
Eight candidates, including incumbant Mayor Lori Lightfoot, participated in the CWTA forum on January 14, 2023 at the Chicago Temple, to explain their positions on Safeguarding the Right to Vote, Equal Rights, Affordable Health Care, Quality Education, Environmental Justice, Economic Justice, Immigration Reform, Criminal Justice Reform, Ending Gun Violence, and Protecting Public Institutions. Absent from the forum was candidate Kam Buckner. Photo by Parthenia Luke.
Fourth Ward Alderman Sophia King stressed her commitment to improving the educational system. Photo by Parthenia Luke
Alderman Sawyer expounded on legislation he passed benefiting the sixth ward and all of Chicago. Photo by Parthenia Luke
Paul Vallas reminded voters of his education and public finance background and experience. Photo by Parthenia Luke.
Commissioner Brandon Johnson revealed a personal experience with gunshots coming into his widows at home. Photo by Parthenia Luke.
Congressman Jesus Chuy Garcia said he is in full support of the consent decree and calls for its implementation. Photo by Parthenia Luke.
Dr. Willie Wilson stated his intention to improve economic opportunities with trade schools to combat crime. Photo by Parthenia Luke
illinois Governor J. B. Pritzker was sworn in for his second term in office in a ceremony held in Springfield, Illinois. Bus loads of supporters drove in from Chicago and around the State to hear the Governor’s remarks. He noted the challenges brought on by the GOVID pandemic and reminded citizens of his ongoing commitment to early childhood education and free college education.
Illinois Lt. Governor Juliana Stratton expressed gratitude to voters for their confidence in her leadership, noting that she made history as Illinois’ first black female Lieutenant Governor. She observed the progress made over the last several decades and praised her staff for their diligence and hard work during conditions that created tough times for the entire nation.
illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul praised the dedication of his family and his staff for being his source of inspiration as he sought to be a voice for justice during his term in office. He noted the issues he faced as Attorney General and promised voters to keep working to eliminate corruption anywhere it exists in Illinois..
Newly elected Secretary of State Alexander (Alexi) Giannoulias honored outgoing Secretary of State Jesse White for his many years of service. Mr. Giannoulias previously served as the 72nd Illinois Treasurer from 2007 to 2011. He said his top priority is to restore the public's trust in government and its elected leaders. Photo by Naimah Latif
Susana Mendoza is the 10th Comptroller of Illinois, serving since December 2016. A member of the Democratic Party, she formerly served as Chicago City Clerk. She reminded voters that since her election as Comptroller, she has always made sure those doing business with the state were paid on time. Photo by Naimah Latif
Dr. Willie Wilson continues his humanitarian efforts across the Chicagoland area Tuesday, December 20, 2022, assisting hundreds of shoppers at five locations by handing out coupons worth $25 each. Many families are struggling financially and a little help can go a long way, he noted. In addition to assistance with groceries, Dr. Wilson also plans another free gas giveaway for motorists. He stated, "We can't continue to be divided. We are one community that should be united."
Hundreds stood in line in the cold in anticipation of this special holiday gift from Dr. Willie Wilson. In addition to Montrose Food Mart and Deli at 6601 West Irving Park, Dr. Wilson also distributed $25 coupons at four other Chicago Grocery stores: Pete's Produce, 1543 E. 87th Street, Pete's Produce, 1411 W. 87th Street, Cermak Little Village, 3311 W. 26th Street, and Shop and Save Market, 6312 N. Nagle Avenue. This food give away program was done through the Dr. Willie Wilson Foundation, a non profit organization headquartered on Chicago's south side. Here, Dr. Wilson and store owners of Montrose Food Mart and Deli hand out $25 gift coupons tor groceries to shoppers. Dr. Wilson stated that he has been doing charitable activities such as food giveaways and financial assistance to the needy since 1980, in Chicago, across America and even overseas, though his actions were not made public until he became a candidate for public office. He is currently one of nine candidates who are running against current Chicago Mayor Lorie Lightfoot in the upcoming February 2023 election. Photo by Naimah Latif.
"Not everyone needs a four-year degree. It's about jobs." Dr Jill Biden
Rolling Meadows sophomore student Kate Foley discusses with Dr. Biden her work with metal printers and other machines as part of the school's Career Pathways Program. She said that her teachers greatly influenced her interest in Engineering and stated that her ultimate goal is to pursue a career in biomedical engineering, particularly after witnessing her mother's struggles with breast cancer. Photo by John L. Alexander
Dr. Michele Smith, Vice President of Workforce Solutions, Harper College, added remarks during the roundtable discussion about the Career Pathways Program with Dr Jill Biden, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo, U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh, U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona and Dr, Laz Lopez, Associate Superintendent for Teaching and Learning, District 214. Photo by John L Alexander
Dr. Jill Biden visited the Engineering Lab at Rolling Meadows High School, and is joined by Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and students Ethan, Kaitlin and Dave, along with Secretary Miguel Carona, Secretary Marty Walsh, Secretary Gina Raimondo, Dr. Laz Lopez and a Rolling Meadows Engineering teacher. In the center is a robot created by Rolling Meadows engineering students. Photo by John L. Alexander.
Rolling Meadows High School students Dave, Ethan and Kaitlin demonstrate a robot they created as part of the school’s Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) program. Students are preparing for careers in the industry. Dr. Biden and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle also had an opportunity to experience how to work the robot controls. Dr. Biden expressed that she was pleased at the involvement of females in the engineering program.
Terionna Wilson, a student at Harold Washington College in Chicago and a reinsurance apprentice at Aon, expressed gratitude for the Apprenticeship programs as she introduced First Lady Dr. Jill Biden to the gathering of business leaders, elected officials, college administrators and student apprentices in this kickoff event of National Apprenticeship Week. Dr. Biden stated, "My husband (President Joe Biden) knows that this pipeline of support from high school to community college is the future of our workforce and that's why we're here today."
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