What are your top priorities for Chicago?

General
Carol Moseley Braun IVI-IPO 2011 Chicago Mayoral

Economic development, job creation, public safety, increasing the quality of public education,
ensuring open government, and protecting the retirement security.

1) Creation of jobs and an environment conducive to the creation of jobs 2) Education 3) Public Safety
4) Health 5) Housing

Miguel del Valle IVI-IPO 2011 Chicago Mayoral

Create good JOBS and spur economic development • Trigger growth in green industries, high-tech manufacturing, the allied health industries and other promising economic sectors
• Re-energize industries by building on Chicago’s strengths, such as our position as a transportation hub • Support small business by expanding access to capital and cutting unnecessary bureaucratic red tape • Prioritize jobs that deliver living wages and benefits and protect workers Tackle the issues of crime & PUBLIC SAFETY • Put more police on our streets and better deploy officers to maximize responsiveness • Improve public safety and crime prevention by strengthening relationships among
police, trusted community organizations, and residents • Build a 21st century police department by expanding and thoroughly integrating the use
of technology to maximize responsiveness and solve more crimes • Enhance development opportunities to ensure a well-trained police department that reflects the city’s population through its competence and diversity Improve EDUCATION opportunities and our school systems
• Work to convert every low-performing neighborhood school into a high-performing
school • Promote state education funding reform to equalize funding across the state and reduce
reliance on property taxes to fund education
• Ensure an effective evaluation system and quality professional development for teachers and principals • Strengthen City Colleges of Chicago through an emphasis on career preparation
programs in areas of job growth, expansion of adult education, and continuation of developmental courses Create a responsible city BUDGET • Maximize revenues without overburdening the regular taxpayer
• Increase transparency regarding the use of TIF dollars and ensure their use to enhance
neighborhood development • Cut spending on line items that do not meet basic city services and human needs • Audit city functions and expenditures to improve efficiency, weed out waste, and uncover corruption

Fredrick K. White IVI-IPO 2011 Chicago Mayoral

JOBS, SAFER STREETS, BETTER SCHOOLS

Patricia Van Pelt-Watkins IVI-IPO 2011 Chicago Mayoral

I am running for Mayor because I am concerned with the future of this city. I believe that, in order
to make the kind of change we need in Chicago, we must take a bold new approach. We need to
bring a new system of values to City Hall. And, we can’t get there with the thinking of the past.
There is no doubt that Chicago is one of the greatest cities in the world. I love this city, and I love it’s people. I am a product of CPS, and I was raised by a single working mom in Cabrini Green,
but today I am a CPA and PhD. I have raised 2 children here. And, I have served as CEO of one
of the most successful organizations that has brought millions in development funds to our
communities. And, my work has been highlighted in every major newspaper in this city. For 30 years I have developed a reputation for successfully building bridges and coalitions across a wide spectrum of leaders – Democrats, Republicans, business leaders, community leaders, teachers – to fight for a better quality of life for all families all across Chicago and our state. And, as your Mayor I hope to do more. While Chicago has clearly made some progress in recent years, the reality is. . . . While we stand here today. . . . Our nation is in a recession, unemployment rates are high, our city faces an estimated $1 billion budget shortfall and our police, children and senior citizens are getting
gunned down in the streets. Our schools are failing. What I see right now is a desperate scramble to address these challenges by using old, back room tactics of the past – like selling parking meters for short-term gain and underbidding
Midway. Yet, what we should be doing is toward long-term, smart solutions. We all know that this election is a moment in time that all voters must carefully consider. We cannot entrust our city, its future and its place in the global economy with the power-players of the past. We need new thinking, new leadership, new innovation – and, an entirely new culture of government to continue to grow our city. My priorities are to run an open, participatory government of transparency that, essentially, give the keys of the City back to the people. We must reduce crime by bringing smart, evidence-based practices to our communities. We must improve our schools, and the only way to do it is through giving parents and communities an equal voice in school reform. We must also take an honest look at the performance of our schools and build a real agenda to improve them. I want to make government work for the people again, not for the few power-players of the past.

William "Dock" Walls IVI-IPO 2011 Chicago Mayoral

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