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: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lUXSSV3JrAE&sns=em 

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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 davidfagus@49thward.com.

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 www.chicityclerk.com
  • 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 www.chicityclerk.com or call (312) 744-DOGS (3647)


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Poison Alert - Protect Your Pets

Not long ago I sent an email out about City Clerk Susana Mendoza holding a beauty contest for dogs promoting licensing of dogs in Chicago. Today I write regarding a much more serious situation. While beauty contests are fun, poisoning dogs is nothing but serious business. There are reportedly at least 3 deaths of dogs from what is believed to be squirrel poison, (which from a distance looks like ground beef), that is somehow within the reach of dogs in the Rogers Park/49th Ward neighborhood. It has been centered around Touhy and Clark, but caution is strongly advised no matter where you and your dog walk.



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Thank You!

Thank you!  The results are in, and with your support I was successful in carrying the ward with a victory margin of almost 40 percentage points.  I am happy, proud and humbled by your strong show of support.  I asked you to trust me with leading our party for the next four years, and you voted to give me your trust.  I will be working hard each day to prove to you that you made the right decision.

Unlike many other offices, with my name being the one on the ballot, it would be easy to believe that this was just about me.  I have told people across the ward during this entire campaign, this was not about David Fagus; it was about our values and the way we’ve decided, collectively, to organize our local Democratic Party.  Our opponent directly challenged those values.  He made them the core of his campaign.  The people of the ward listened closely, and they have spoken very clearly.  Our open and diverse party, driven by grass-roots members, with a bottom up style of governing is the kind of Democratic Party they want. Again, I thank you for your support.


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Judicial Endorsements

On Monday evening, February 6 the Democratic Party of the 49th Ward held a reception for all of the candidates running for Appellate Court vacancies, for the candidates running countywide for the Circuit Court and for candidates running for the Circuit Court in the 8th Sub-circuit.  The endorsements for the Supreme Court race and for the two 9th Sub-circuit races were previously determined by a vote of the membership on January 23.  They will also be listed below.

The Meet the Judicial Candidates reception provided an opportunity for each member to have one on one conversations with the candidates.  Both the members and the candidates found the format to be very rewarding.  Numerous judicial candidates thanked me for the opportunity to have a fair and real chance to gain our endorsement. There were also several comments regarding the thoughtfulness of the members in asking very good and thought provoking questions.  Our members were impressive in there questioning.

As a follow up to Monday’s event, a group of eleven 49th Ward residents volunteered to serve on a judicial endorsement committee.  Any member was welcome to volunteer and fortunately we had some very thoughtful people join us.

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