CHICAGO - Vice President Kamala Harris participated in a moderated conversation at Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund’s annual Gun Sense University conference held at the McCormick Place Friday August 11, 2023, highlighting the Biden-Harris administration’s historic progress on advancing common sense Gun safety policies. She was joined by moderators Jason George, Actor (Grey's Anatomy, Sunset Beach) and Angela Ferrell -Zabala, Executive Director of Moms Demand Action. Photo by Naimah Latif
Vice President Kamala Harris arrived in Chicago Friday morning prepared to address one of the nation’s most pressing emergencies.
“Gun violence is the leading cause of death of our children,” declared Vice President Harris, adding that one in five families have been affected by gun violence. “We need elected leaders to have the courage to act.” Photo by John L. Alexander
Vice President Harris is greeted at the airport by Attorney General Kramer Raoul and Lieutenant Governor Juliana Stratton. The Vice President praised the work of Illinois government leaders in supporting the work of the Biden- Harris Administration. As Illinois gears up for the 2024 Democratic Convention to be held in Chicago, public safety is a top concern. Everyone should be alarmed at the epidemics of deaths from guns, Vice President Harris said, noting that children are dying from suicide, homicide, and accidental shootings from adults’ unsecured weapons. Photo by John L. Alexander
Moderators Jason George and Angela Ferrel Zabala applauded the work of the Biden-Harris administration in pushing for stricter gun laws to protect public safety, despite opposition and pressure from from gun lobbyists. Vice President Harris pointed out,, “Our administration, President Joe Biden and I, were able to pass the first meaningful gun safety legislation in 30 years.” Under their administration, she said, substantial resources have been put into solutions involving mental health services and community based response, but more needs to be done to pass common sense gun laws to protect lives. “We love our country and we will challenge our country to live up to its promise.”
Vice President Harris remarked that unlike when she was growing up and on the first day of school children focused on learning their teacher’s name and where the bathroom is, “Our babies are learning the teachers name, where the bathroom is and how to sit quietly if there’s an active shooter!” The suggestion of strapping guns on teachers is definitely not the answer to mass shootings in schools, Vice President Harris said emphatically. “Our teachers want to teach! We don’t pay them enough as it is!” Photo by Naimah Latif
A few audience members were allowed to pose a question to the Vice President. Brenda Mitchell, a Chicago mother who suffered a tragic loss, asked the Vice President, in her travels across the country talking to families who experienced gun violence, what did she learn? Vice President Harris replied, “The trauma can’t be overstated. Without treatment trauma is inherited. I have prosecuted cases, I have seen homicides, I understand the importance of healing, therapy and treating the trauma.”
Erin, a young Pennsylvania women from the Millennial/Gen Z age group asked, “How can my generation have an affect on this situation?”
Vice President Harris answered, “Your generation is critical. When your generation starts to vote in numbers I see this changing completely. Your generation is everything to this issue.” Photo by Naimah Latif
CHICAGO - Recently elected 21st Ward Alderman Ronnie Mosley introduced constituents to his new office location at 10801 South Halsted Street that is accessible by public transportation, has ample parking space, is available for meetings with other elected officials serving Chicago’s south side, and is equipped to house the regular actives presented each week. Joining Alderman Mosley (second from right) at his Open House held Wednesday August 9, 2023, is (left to right) State Representative Robert Rita,(28), State Representative Mary Flowers (31), State Representative Mary Gill (35) and State Representative Justin Slaughter (27). The office is open Mondays 9am to 7pm, and offers Constituent Night, 2pm - 5pm for Seniors, Veterans and the Disabled, and 5pm to 7pm for the general public. Tuesdays through Thursdays the office is open 9am to 5pm and Fridays 9am to 3pm. The 21st ward, which the latest remap expanded to include parts of the old 34th Ward, is now the largest ward in the city of Chicago. Alderman Mosley presides over a monthly Townhall Meeting on the 4th Saturday of the month at the Carter G. Woodson Library, 9525 S. Halsted Street from 9:30am to 11:00am January through October. Photo by Naimah Latif
CHICAGO - Reproductive healthcare advocates spoke with lawmakers and government leaders attending a roundtable discussion with Vice President Kamala Harris at the University of Chicago on Friday September 16, 2022. Among those present were Governor J.B. Pritzker, Mayor Lorie Lightfoot, Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul and Congressman Danny K. Davis. Panel members expressed concerns over certain State in the U.S. where there may be a criminalizing of abortion.
CHICAGO - Standing in front of an impressive skyline on the lakefront, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot was joined by Democratic National Committee Chair Jaime Harrison, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker, Illinois Senator Tammy Duckworth and many others who contributed to the efforts for Chicago to win the bid to host the 2024 Democratic National Convention. The announcement that Chicago will host the convention was made Wednesday April 12, 2023, at a press conference held at the Shedd Aquarium at 1200 S. DuSable Lake Shore Drive in Chicago.
Democratic National Convention Chair Jaime Harrison recalled being inspired at at he age of 12 by Rev. Jesse Jackson's message of hope as he spoke at the 1988 Democratic Convention,. Chairman Harrison reflected on how he is now, at the age of 47, preparing to Chair the 2024 Democratic National Convention in Chicago. He noted that the process of selecting Chicago over the other three contenders was very thorough and involved much examination of all the factors involved.
"I can't wait to bring the world to Chicago and Chicago to the world," stated Illinois Senator Tammy Duckworth. She noted that the Democratic Party's values of family and respect for the diversity of communities will be recognized by voters,. as they are urged to re-elect the Biden-Harris team in 2024. "We know that valuing human life means passing tough but common sense gun legislation t that makes all of us safer. And that's why Chicago makes sense for the DNC."
Newly elected Mayor Brandon Johnson noted that Chicago is a world class city that reflects Democratic values. He thanked all the officials involved in securing the DNC convention for Chicago and stated, "I'm eager to continue to work with this partnership and to work with the DNC to make this the best Convention this country has ever seen."
Illinois has a history of supporting values of respect for the Nation's diversity, asserted Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker, stating, "We were the first State to ratify the 13th Amendment,." He stated that Illinois was also the first State to support women's reproductive rights. "This is a exciting time for America, the Midwest and the entire Nation."
President Joe Biden lands at O'hare Airport in Air Force One, as the security officials await his disembarkment, after which he would head to downtown Chicago where an official gathering assembled to hear details of how his economic plan would stimulate financial growth and opportunities in the inner cities. President Biden has emphasized the importance of stimulating local economies by creating jobs in the trades to rebuild the cities' infrastructure. He encouraged businesses to help grow the economy by using a work force trained in the trades offered by city colleges and universities. Photo by John L. Alexander.
Officers salute their Commander in Chief President Joe Biden as they prepare to escort him to his destination in downtown Chicago. President Biden traveled though skies still cloudy and overcast from smoke blowing into the U.S. from Canada's fires. Photo by John L. Alexander
CHICAGO - President Joe Biden delivered a major address Wednesday June 28 at 433 West Van Buren, explaining to elected officials and community leaders how his economic plan—Bidenomics—is growing our economy from the middle out and from the bottom up, unlike the failed trickle-down policies of the past. He stated, "While our work isn’t finished, Bidenomics is already delivering for the American people."
CHICAGO - In its second meeting under the leadership of Mayor Brandon Johnson, the Chicago City Council voted to spend $51 million in funding from the 2021 budget surplus to pay for food, transportation and shelter for migrants from Central and South America who were bussed to Chicago from Texas. Chicago residents representing both sides of the issue were allowed to present testimony at the Council meeting Wednesday May 31, 2023. Alderman David Moore (17) was one of the three "No" votes on the ordinance. He made an impassioned plea for his colleagues to also vote "No" and to first take care of the neglected residents who have been asking for help for years. He noted that the 17th Ward represents both African American and Hispanic residents whose needs have too long been ignored. Photo by Marcus Robinson.
Likely anticipating the intensity of discussion on the issue of Chicago providing $51 million to recent migrants, Mayor Brandon Johnson set a tone of order, cooperation and civility in his first City Council meeting Wednesday March 24, 2023. The vote on the controversial issue was deferred to the following week, May 31st. Many of the community activists who had not been able to get inside the Council chambers the previous week were allowed to sign up to speak and were given time to express their frustration and dismay at the situation, whether strongly in favor or strongly opposed to the ordinance. Although at times Mayor Johnson had to repeatedly call for order, all points of view were heard before the final vote was taken. Some Aldermen promised to also support a proposed Reparations bill for African Americans. Photo by Marcus Robinson
Alderman Byron Sigcho Lopez of the 25th Ward speaks passionately to his colleagues and the many public speakers who testified at the May 31st Chicago City Council meeting. He urged unity and mutual support, appealing to those who stood both for and against the proposed $51 million to be provided to the migrants seeking asylum in Chicago. Migrant families are currently sleeping on the floors of police stations., but opponents of the funding pointed out that many Chicagoans have been sleeping outdoors on concrete for decades. The ordinance passed, 43 Yes votes, 3 No vote and 4 absent. Alderpersons Anthony Beale (9), David Moore (17) and James Gardiner (45) voted No.
In a press conference after chairing his first City Council Meeting, Mayor Brandon Johnson first announced a new program to encourage restaurants to provide outdoor seating as a way to expand their businesses and add to the attraction of tourists to the neighborhoods. Then, going around the room to each media representative, he addressed the current controversy of proposed funding for housing of migrant asylum seekers, in the midst of the neglect of Chicago's growing homeless population. The City Council deferred a vote on the issue until the Wednesday May 31 meeting..
More than 7,000 migrants have arrived in Chicago via buses and planes since August 2022, when Texas Governor Greg Abbott began sending migrants who crossed the United States - Mexican border into Texas to cities with Democrats as Mayor. He reportedly did this to protest Federal immigration policies. The crisis which began during Mayor Lori Lightfoot's administration was inherited by newly elected Mayor Brandon Johnson. He spoke to those at the police station, to promising the homeless migrants they would be welcomed in Chicago..
After a rousing Inaugural Speech on Monday, May 15, 2023, Mayor Brandon Johnson headed to City Hall where long lines of citizens awaited him, seeking an opportunity to shake hands and take a photo with their new Mayor inside his fifth floor office.
Perhaps signaling his "open door" policy as Chicago's new leader, Mayor Brandon Johnson spoke to members of the press, posed for pictures with his constituents, and, joined by City Treasurer Melissa Conyears-Ervin, promised an accessible and inclusive administration.
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
CHICAGO - Securing Federal funds to complete the modernization of the 95th Street train terminal was the aim of Mayor Lori Lightfoot and the Illinois Congressional team that toured the facility with U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg Friday July 21, 2021.
"A lot has been done but there's a lot more work to do," stated Congressman Bobby Rush. He, and Secretary Buttigieg, along with Cong. Robin Kelly, Sen. Dick Durbin, Sen. Tammy Duckworth and CTA President Dorval R. Carter, Jr., answered questions regarding legislative support for funding and the expected timetable for the project's completion.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot joins DOT Sec. Buttigig along with Senator Dick Durbin and Congressman Bobby Rush as Chicago Transit Authority President Dorval Carter, Jr. explains plans for completion of the modernization of the 95th street CTA terminal. Photo by Marcus Robinson.
After officials toured the 95th street terminal, Senator Durbin stated that legislation will soon be introduced to finance such projects, and he and his colleagues in Washington must be prepared to vote in support of it.
"This is an amazing project, it will be here to serve future generations," Senator Durbin said.
Senator Duckworth noted that accessibility is a key component in rebuilding America's infrastructure."It means investing in our transit systems so that all are wheelchair accessible."
Photo by Parthenia Luke
Issued Wednesday, December 1, 2021
“Today, at my direction, the City’s Department of Law voluntarily dismissed their lawsuit against the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 7 without prejudice.
“This Verified Complaint for Injunctive Relief was initially filed in response to the president of FOP Lodge 7, John Catanzara, repeatedly calling for his members to engage in an illegal work stoppage or strike—which is strictly prohibited under Illinois Law. The past few weeks have shown what I have said from the beginning to be true: that our brave police officers are smarter than their FOP leadership, and care more about their city, their fellow Chicagoans, and upholding their sworn oath to protect and serve, than they do Catanzara’s frivolous demands to stop working.
“It should be noted, that should the FOP or John Catanzara take any further action toward encouraging an illegal work stoppage or strike, we can and will immediately refile this action.
“From day one when this requirement was announced in August, this entire process has been and will continue to be about protecting the lives and safety of all Chicagoans. The data shows that we are succeeding in that mission, and that police officers recognize that protecting and serving in the times of global pandemic means ensuring that that they are vaccinated against COVID-19. The number of officers who have come into compliance with the City’s vaccine reporting mandate, as well as the mandatory vaccination policy, have continued to grow since October 15th, and I have complete confidence that the entire Department will be in compliance with City policy in the near future.”