Dear Cook County Residents,
A little more than two months ago, our campaign for Cook County Board President came to an end. While it didn’t turn out the way I hoped, the issues we raised will live on. To all of those who voted for me and helped in other ways, thank you very much from the bottom of my heart.
I run for office to make a difference, as I did in two terms as Alderman. Whether it is the ill-advised soda tax jammed down our throats or record property tax increases, people are being taxed out, rather than being invited in.
Together we can change the way our city and county are run. It doesn’t have to be this way. Our city doesn’t have to be rated the most corrupt in America. We don’t have to cringe every time we turn on the television as they report the number of fatal shootings each weekend. We don’t have to put up with back-room deals, bloated budgets, and scandals in nearly every department of city and county government.
If change is going to happen, it will only occur if we fundamentally change how our local governments do business. Fair maps, re-opening our mental health clinics, serious pension reform, a reduction in the City Council, and far greater transparency on everything from TIF districts to budgeting priorities, are principles I have fought for since my first day campaigning for Alderman. Only with these transformative changes will we find ways to draw people back to a magnificent city that we love.
Even though I won’t be County Board President, I will never stop fighting for you. The insiders already have plenty of elected officials working for them. Our problems are easily identifiable. The solutions are not. If the solutions were easy, they would have been done long ago. The challenge is to find solutions that work for the next generation, not just the next election.
Together I hope we find candidates with the vision to sound the clarion call of why we love Chicago. Leadership with the ability to motivate and unite all Chicagoans around a belief and hope for a brighter future is the best way to ensure one.