Progressive Government or Regressive Government

Our Governor is facing a very strong and serious challenge. Senator Durbin has only a single digit lead over one of the most conservative members of the Illinois Senate.  Jan Schakowsky and Kelly Cassidy also have opponents in November.

We absolutely need and are counting on you to help Pat Quinn win this election. We are organizing to canvass every Saturday at 10:00AM and on Sunday at 1:00PM. We are also making phone calls on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6:00PM to 8:45PM from the campaign office. The office is located at the corner of Greenleaf and Ravenswood. The address is 1774 W. Greenleaf. Any time that you can give is one step closer to victory.


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Same Day Voter Registration Pilot Project

In the 49th Ward we are fortunate to have Cook County Clerk David Orr as one of our residents.  The state of Illinois has passed into law a same day legislation statue that David's office will implement and administer as prescribed by the law. We are fortunate that David Orr has provided us with with a summary of this law and other legislation contained in HB 105 as follows below.

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Lisa Madigan, Election of the Board, Aldermanic Update

This Monday evening join us as Attorney General Lisa Madigan provides us with an update on her work in the Attorney Generals office and perhaps a little political gossip. We will also be holding elections for the 49th Ward Board of Directors for the party. Nominations are in and if you were eligible to vote in the endorsement session you are eligible to vote to elect Board members.

Democratic Party of the 49th Ward Campaign Office
1774 W. Greenleaf, Chicago, IL 60626
Pizza served at 6:30, Meeting begins at 7:15

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Fagus Appears on "Live at the Heartland"

Our Committeeman David Fagus recently appeared on the "Live at the Heartland" radio show to provide an election results update, to discuss the Party sponsored Obamacare health care sign-up events being held by the Party, and David's long time commitment to public service in the health care field.

See it at: 

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49th Ward Endorsements for the Primary Election

The Democratic Party of the 49th Ward has made its endorsements for the March 18, 2014 Primary Election. Endorsements by the 49th Ward Democrats are made by the membership.  Candidates present their credentials and the active members of the organization cast their votes at our endorsement session or on our all-volunteer Judicial Committee. 

In respect to Judges, all of the candidates for Judge are endorsed by the Chicago Bar Association or the Chicago Council of Lawyers.  Often times they are endorsed by both.  You can rest comfortably knowing that we have endorsed and recommend excellent judicial candidates.

The list of endorsed candidates can be downloaded and printed.  By law, you can and should take this document into the voting booth.  To download click here.

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Cook County Democratic Party Slates 2014 Candidates

The slate has been chosen and the race begins. The 49th Ward Democratic Party will hold its endorsement session in late January. As the County party moves more towards the voice of the people and away from the rule of bosses I think that this ticket is one of the best that has ever been slated. Our organization will meet with these candidates and make our final decision based on a vote of our membership. If you want to have a vote we will have lots of volunteer opportunities that will qualify you to vote starting in September. It is easy to get involved. Email us at

The following is from the Cook County Democratic Party blog.



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The Challenge Immigration Reform Faces

Want to know why Immigration Reform is likely to never pass the House this year? Or any year soon?

“Just 40 of the 232 Republicans in the House come from districts that are more than 20 percent Hispanic, and just 16 from districts that are at least one-third Hispanic. At the other end of the spectrum, 142 districts represented by Republicans are less than 10 percent Hispanic. In all, 84 percent of House Republicans represent districts that are 20 percent or less Hispanic.”

Micah Cohen, NYT 

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IL House has Ball in its Court for Marriage Equality

To quote my good friend and our outstanding State Senator Heather Steans, “It’s a good day for justice and equal rights.”

In ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act and the California Proposition 8 case it was an historic day for the United States.  When even a conservative Supreme Court can strike down DOMA the future is clear.  Marriage Equality is on the way.  The simple question is, since it has now become a states right matter is how long will it take Illinois to catch up with the rest of the nation’s leaders in this area.

Unfortunately, the decisions don't guarantee anything here in Illinois.   The court's not going to make this easy.  What we have is the continuing political fight over the issue. If gay people want to get married in Illinois, they need to convince the state House of Representatives to pass the bill already passed by the Senate. The Governor is onboard and will sign.

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A Health Update fom Committeeman David Fagus

My dear friends, family, neighbors, and colleagues,

I have lived a life dedicated to giving to others--be it my professional life, my political life, my life with family, friends, and neighbors, and with the many people I have encountered through the years. 

In my professional life, I worked to provide health care to those most in need.  As Committeeman, I helped elect some of our nation's most qualified public officials, always willing to give them my share of the spotlight and do the behind-the-scenes unglamorous work that delivers election victories for the candidates who share our values.  And I have spent hundreds of hours volunteering in the community, working to make Rogers Park a better place for everyone.

For the past year I have not been able to be that person because I have been sick.  Many of you know my transplanted kidney failed last April.  Since then, I have faced enormous challenges, working to regain my health while trying to avoid financial ruin.

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Register Your Dog

Beyond the fact that it is the law, there are benefits to you and your dog if you register.

  • A portion of all money raised from registration fees is directed to Chicago Animal Care and Control. 
  • A dog’s registration tag will help you if your dog is lost. A quick call to 312-744-DOGS will get the City Clerk’s office involved in reuniting you with your dog. 
  • To board your dog or to use a doggy daycare service at a boarding facility you dog must be registered.
  • To use the new Pottawatomie Park dog friendly area, or any other of Chicago dog parks, your dog must be registered.

 Registering your dog can be done quickly and easily.

  • It can be done online at
  • It can be done by phone (312) 744-DOGS
  • It can be done in person at the Clerk’s Main Office at City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle or at the Clerk’s Satellite office on the Northwest side, 5430 W. Gale.  Both are open from 8:00am to 5:00pm Monday – Friday.

 Cost to Register Your Dog

  • Sterilized dog (neutered male, spayed female)…. $5
  • Sterilized dog with a Chicago owner over age 65…. $2.50
  • Unsterilized dog….$50
  • Unsterilized dog with a Chicago owner over age 65….$5
  • Replacement licenses are available at half the applicable fee,  or a maximum of $20

Unsterilized dog fees are higher because thousands of dogs are euthanized annually or suffer as strays because of unwanted, unplanned litters that could have been prevented by spaying or neutering. One unspayed female and her offspring can produce 67,000 puppies in just six years. Also, sterilized dogs are healthier and have fewer medical problems. In addition, spaying and neutering can make pets less likely to run away or fight with other animals. Other pets, (cats, birds, snakes, etc.), are not subject to city licensing.

Requirements for Registering Your Dog

Dogs must have a current rabies vaccination. Your dog registration expires one year after the date of your dog’s rabies vaccination. Registrations are sold in 1 year or 3 year increments (to coincide with rabies vaccinations).

For more information please contact the City Clerk’s office at or call (312) 744-DOGS (3647)


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