I support civic engagement and believe town hall meetings and other public forums are important
to promote public input.
I am the candidate in this race with the strongest experience in building successful, grassroots
community coalitions that have improved the quality of life in our city. And, as Mayor, I will bring
that same spirit of collaboration and community empowerment to the citizens through an
aggressive policy of open government and transparency. For too long, our city has suffered the consequences of backroom deal, such as the parking meters, and now we are all paying for it. No matter where we live, we all pay for it in the form of a budget crisis, and talk of higher taxes to pay for failing schools and unsafe streets where even our police, seniors and small children are tragically murdered in gunfire. True reform in Chicago must come from a culture of open government in City Hall. And, that must
be led from the top. I have a three-part open government plan to put the government back to
work for the people, and it based on the principle that there is very little government information
that should not be public. The plan is based upon the belief that the people of our city are our
greatest assets. The more information they have about our city and the more opportunities they
have to voice their ideas and opinions – the stronger our city. I believe we must deal in the most powerful principle: Truth.
We must make better use of technology to communicate with citizens in real time. Solicit their
input and seriously consider their suggestions and recommendations.
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Just as I served under Mayor Harold Washington as chair of his Mayor’s Advisory Council on
Latino Affairs, I will create structures that actively solicit input and feedback (both positive and
negative) from Chicago residents about my administration’s relationship with and service to their communities. As mayor, I will engage and empower organized groups of Chicagoan's, through various means including blocks clubs and/or formalized civic groups and non-profits, to
collaborate to bring new, creative solutions to some of our great city’s biggest challenges and to
take advantage of huge opportunities. I will create an environment in which city Delegate Agencies as well as other community groups and residents, businesses, and other stakeholders in general do not need to fear retribution for offering critiques or ideas alternative to those put forth by the City. I will make every endeavor to transform “The City that Works” into “The City that Works Together.”
I would hold open meetings monthly at the United Center