Briefly list your civic activities of the past ten years.

Susan Sadlowski Garza IVI-IPO 2015 Chicago City Council

candidate's responce

Outside of engagement with my neighbors and neighborhood on a primarily individual level, my civic
activities have been somewhat lacking. I’ve been a college English professor the last ten years—
primarily at Columbia College Chicago, so I have dedicated a lot of my free time to my students. I also
put myself through law school and have been an attorney since 2010. I’ve been a member of the Chicago
Bar Association, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, and the American Bar Association

 The Neighbor local community newspaper (, Publisher and Funder
 Scottsdale Homeowners Association, Member
 Public Defender, Legal Assistance
 Illinois Civil litigation Clinic, legal representative
 YMCA Black & Latino Achievers Program, Steering Committee Member
 O’Hallaren Park Advisory Council, Committee Member
 YMCA City Youth in Government Program, Politicla Research Coach
 Univercity of Illinois College of Business, Graduate Counselor
 Illinois Upward Bound College Prep Academy, Physics Instructor
 Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Incorporated, Academic Advisor
 Cook County Bar Association Young Lawyer’s Section, Member
 Black Law Students Association, Executive Board
 Intellectual Property Legal Society, Vice President
 American Bar Association, Member,
 Patent Office Professional Association, Member
 CAP Beat 614 , community member

Founder of the largest graduate chapters of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. The ho Gamma Gamma Chapter
currently has over 110 members. We conduct health fairs, give out over $6,000 annually in scholarships,
participate in Real Men Read, has adopted Whistler and Higgins Elementary schools on the citys’ south side,
we have a mentoring program and participates in the UNCF, Blue Seas and Eater Seal Walk-A-Thons. I have
also been a cook for the past 20 years at Real Men Cook. I have been the recipent of Omega Psi Phis’ “Omega
Man of the Year” 3 times for my community service participation.

-Member of Wrightwood Improvement Association
-Member of 8000 Strong Block Club
-President of 86th Place Block Club
-Member of Hayes Park Advisory Council
-Founder & President of Next Generations Solutions Group
-Host Antivolence Marches/Protests along with CeaseFire
-National Association for the Advancement of Colored People – Chair (2004 – 2008)
-Member of IVI-IPO 2011
-Candidate for 18th Ward Alderman 2011 & 2014/15

Member of the National Congress for Black Women. President of Racine-Throop Block Club . President of the
Women Missionary. Volunteer worker for Crime Stopper. Program Assistant and Tutor Instructor for Chicago
Public Schools.

I am currently active in a number of community support and advocacy organizations, including
Resident’s Association of Greater Englewood (R.A.G.E), 100 Black Men Mentor at Wentworth School,
board chairman of Cordero Hunter MVP Foundation, Imagine Englewood If, Adopting Communities
For Excellence (A.C.E), work with Harper H.S. Students transforming schools through student
empowerment and larger community, and an active member of Rainbow/P.U.S.H Coalition. Among
other actions, I have marched, spoken out, gathered petitions, gone to the state legislature, served as an
advisor, and hosted events on behalf of such progressive issues as an elected school board, preserving
neighborhood schools, teacher and labor rights, a $15/hr. minimum wage, affordable housing and
community policing.

Please refer to biographical note at the end of this section. A Chicago native and fierce community advocate with deep roots in the South Shore and Hyde Park neighborhoods,
Leslie Hairston has built a professional career dedicated to public service. The fourth term alderman of Chicago's 5th
Ward sits on six city council committees. She is vice chair of Economic, Capital & Technology Development and a
member of Finance; Budget & Government Operations; Committees, Rules & Ethics; Health & Environmental Protection;
and Special Events, Cultural Affairs & Recreation. She also chairs the council’s Black Caucus Sub-committee on
Business and is a member of the Chicago City Council Progressive Reform Coalition.
Since her first aldermanic election in 1999, Hairston has been instrumental in spearheading infrastructure improvements,
business development, and initiatives to enhance ward residents’ safety, security and quality of life. She helped pioneer
environmentally friendly waste collection programs and, most recently, opened up the menu process to engage
constituents in determining how to allocate city funds earmarked for capital improvements. Hairston oversees many notable cultural and natural assets, including the lakefront, Jackson Park, the Museum of Science
and Industry, and the University of Chicago. She takes particular pride in developing new institutions through
partnerships between the community, business and government – such as preserving and refurbishing the South Shore
Cultural Center and culinary school, or creating the Gary Comer Youth Center and high school in Greater Grand
Crossing. International dignitaries visited both architecturally significant sites during the 2012 NATO meeting.
Hairston’s reputation for principled positions extends beyond her ward—which is known for its history of independent,
progressive politics. She was among the handful of aldermen who did not support the sale or lease of such city assets as
parking meters without proper notice, documentation or financial justification. She also voted against speed cameras, and
has forced examination of city contracts for fair inclusion of minority vendors. She fought ordinances that
disproportionately burdened lakefront condominiums with requirements for sprinkler systems and façade improvements.
In 2008, she accepted the challenge to live on $21 in food stamps for a week, leading her to sponsor city legislation
expanding use of the Link card to purchase fresh produce.
A strong litigator, Hairston previously served as assistant attorney general for the state of Illinois and staff attorney and
special prosecutor for the State’s Attorney’s Appellate Prosecutor’s Office, where she argued before the Illinois State
Supreme Court. An active member of the Illinois State Bar Association, she serves on its Real Estate Law section
Hairston is heavily involved in professional, legal and social service activities, such as the Illinois State Bar Association,
Friends of the Park, Kaleidoscope Inc., and the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. She is proud of her work with youthbased
initiatives, which reflects her mother’s career as a CPS teacher and principal for 43 years. Hairston’s father was an
entrepreneur, who was one of the first black McDonald’s owners on the city’s South Side. He also owned the Avenue
Lounge in Woodlawn.

I have started Neighborhood Watches and Block Watches in various neighborhoods. I have been a member of Chambers of Commerce and Merchants' associations, I have participated in CAPS meetings. You might have seen me cleaning streets and parks on the weekends, or supporting local charities with both time and money, or helping to place safety address signs on residents' homes and garages. I am actively support St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation, the Hope Institute for Children, the Wounded Warrior project, and the Lynn Sage Breast Cancer Program.

See attached Bio

Local School Council, Board member of 3 not for profit organizations focused on community planning and development, Church Volunteer and Advisory
Member for Neighborhood Safety Committee

In September 2014, I resigned from the Alderman Bob Fioretti’s, 2nd Ward office to launch my campaign. Prior to my role as 2nd Ward Director of Community Outreach and Constituent Services, I devoted seven years
professionally towards grassroots efforts to maintain the character of Chicago’s neighborhoods as Preservation Chicago’s Communications Manager. In 2009, I founded the grassroots group, “No Foam Chicago" after discovering that Chicago Public Schools system used and disposed of 250,000 lunch trays daily.

My work with local communities increased my interest in public service as well as my understanding of the nuanced nature of community relations. In addition to my experience in Chicago’s 2nd ward, I previously served as 32nd Ward Ald. Scott Waguespack’s political coordinator and fundraiser.

Albany Park Multicultural Academy, Community Rep., LSC, Chicago, IL (Dec. 2013 – Present)
• Albany Park Community Center, Adult Education Volunteer, Chicago, IL (Oct. 2013 – Present)
• Citizen Bridges International, Event Planning Volunteer, Chicago, IL (Sept. 2011 – Nov. 2011)
• Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, Election Observer (Sept. 2006 – Sept. 2011)
• Chicago Area Peace Corps Association, Membership Chair, Chicago, IL (Nov. 2007 – April 2008)
• Friends of Bulgaria, Board Member, Washington, D.C. (Oct. 2003 – Dec. 2005)

Active member of the National Association of Latino Elected Officials, American Society for Industrial Security, C.A.P.S., the Illinois State Crime Commission, founding member of the Registry of the National Law Enforcement Museum in Washington D.C., Chicago Public School Teacher, Deputy Commissioner for Chicago Department of General Services, Co-Founder and Board Member of the Northwest Youth Basketball Association, Board Member of the Building Operation Management Association, and Co-Founder of Latino City Employee Association, Advisory Council member for Jobs for Illinois General Council.

City of Chicago Alderman
18 year City of Chicago Firefighter
Galewood Montclare Community Organization
Shabbona Park Youth Corporation
Knights of Columbus Food Pantry
Local School Council for Sayre School –Chairman, parent and community rep
Montclare Elmwood Park Lions Club-Vice president
Grand Corridor Chamber of Commerce-Vice President
Chicago Fire Fighters/Catholic Charities Christmas Toy Parade
St. Baldrick’s foundation
Salvation Army
Dunning Neighborhood Organization-Founding Member
Trinty High School Fathers Club-Presidnet
Life source-50 pint club

I have served on 3 Local School Councils and several park advisory boards in my community since the age of 18. I have served on the board of the IVI-IPO for several years and was the IVIIPO State Chair in 2011. I have participated in immigrant rights rallies with The Resurecction Project and ICIRR. I have advocated for the rights of workers including attending rallies in support of day laborers, strikes, and the raising of the minimum wage. I supported the Chicago teachers Union during their strike and spoke up at several community rallies to protest the gutting of the budgets of my neighborhood schools.

Consistent volunteer and financial contributor for HOPE Worldwide, Executive Board of the Northwest Side Community Coalition, 36th Ward Law Day Panelist, Galewood Farmer’s Market co-organizer

-chairman of the North Lawndale Community News
-volunteer with various orgnaizations that help clean vacant lots throughout the ward, as well has feed kids from the - community,
-work with Grow Your Own Teachers program to secure state funding
-volunteerfor a youth mentoring program in North Lawndale

Stephen Niketopoulos IVI-IPO 2015 Chicago City Council

I have started neighborhood organizations to help protect the rights of residents across West Town, focusing specifically on safety education and property education. I started Stay Safe as an umbrella groups for various communities to better receive funding for neighborhood programs. Later I was elected president of the Ukrainian Village Neighborhood Association, and also elected to my local school council as a community representative. This is my first time running for office.

I have been civically involved all my life. Currently and for the past few years I am a member of my union, GEO-AFT. In my community I am a very active leader and board member of Pilsen Alliance, a grassroots organization. I am also a member of Teachers for Social Justice, an organization that recently endorsed my campaign. I have been a volunteer soccer coach with different schools and organizations for a number of years.

● DePaul NYC Alumni Chapter Vice President 2004­2010
● Lincoln Elementary School LSC 2012­2014
● DePaul Marketing Advisory Committee 2014­Current
● St. Clement’s Parish Stewardship Council Member 2014­Current
● Lincoln Elementary Class Parent (5th Grade) 2014­2015
● Head Coach Oz Park Baseball League 2014­Current
● Marketing Director Oz Park Baseball League 2014­ Current
● Member Lincoln Central Neighborhood Association
● Active Member of Bike Walk Lincoln Park
● Volunteer Wrightwood Neighbors Association
● Member of the IVI­IPO Chicago 2014­Current

council member

Oz Park Advisory Council Board Member, Local School Council Member/Vice-President/Budget Chair, MidNorth Association Board member

I’ve been very involved in my community through charitable organizations, business/economic groups and
community groups. My website has them listed,

I have worked with the NAACP South side to organize a movement for a fair and non gerrymandered city and state, ward and district
map as well as supporting their push for an elected school board.
I testified and organized against unfair littering ordinance proposed in city council, and won a delayed vote, and insured that the
legislation that eventually passed, was slightly less aggressive.
I have helped to organize, educate and protect victims of illegal and unjust eviction in Chicago.
I have submitted a report and submitted testimony to be presented to the United Nations on behalf of victims of police brutality.

as 1st Vice Chair 7th Ward Business Advisory Council – creation of a resource package focused on
Resources for new and sustainability of existing businesses in the ward
. as Special Service Area 49 Commissioner – budget management of business owner annual tax levy
for additional security, beautification [garbage cans, flower planters, façade improvement, seasonal
banners], . .. .
. as Economic Development Co Chair – organized empowerment fairs, book bag drives [disburse over
500 per event], free income tax preparation services, series of financial management workshops

Carlos Ramirez-Rosa IVI-IPO 2015 Chicago City Council

I have served as a Local School Council member, a high school debate coach, a tutor and mentor to
Chicago Public School students, and have volunteered for various progressive campaigns, including
Miguel Del Valle for Mayor, Rudy Lozano Jr. for State Representative, Jesus ‘Chuy’ Garcia for
Commissioner, Luis V. Gutierrez, and Ramon Ocasio III (Sixth Judicial Subcircuit). I worked to stop
school closures and to stop deportations.

I have served on the local school council for two terms since 2012. 2014. I have also served on the national executive board for the law school democrats.

I’ve been involved in community groups around my business. I’m currently the Finance Committee
Chairman of the parish that I grew up in.
E. What subjects have you studied and what experience have you had which will be most helpful to you in the
office you seek?
Through my business experience I’ve appeared before the City Council Zoning Committee and the
Cook County Board of Review and have dealt with many city departments and services in the day to
day operation of my business.

Michael E. LaFargue IVI-IPO 2015 Chicago City Council

Please see attached Media Kit

Member of the Slavery Remembrance Committee, Inc., Volunteer – Little Brothers-Friends of the Elderly
Local School Council Member, Secretary – Winston Avenue Block Club

I serve on the Boys and Girls Club Board, Advisory Bd. for St.Leanords House, member of Bicycle Federation, member of Action Now, member of Jesse White Scholarship Board.

Community outreach and public event coordination through
providing free accessible services to the predominant Latino population in Chicago in the Belmont Cragin, Hermosa Park, and
Humboldt Park Communities. Volunteered with various homeless programs including “Hot Meals for the Homeless,” “Meals in
Humboldt Park,” “Outreach to the Homeless ministry,” Collected toys, medical supplies, and toiletries for Lydia Home and
orphanages both here and out of the country. Helped several seniors with public assistance programs and aided numerous veterans
with their benefits and recognition.

Having been born and raised in Mexico, I am acutely
aware of the privelege I have been afforded as a Naturalized Citizen. With that I have felt an enormous
responsibility to be active and make my community better. I have lived in Humboldt Park for over 15 years
and in that span of time have worked on multiple local elections to help support candidates who I believed
could move the community forward. I have been active in CAPS as a member and later a co-facilitator,
because I have always believed that we need to work collaboratively with law enforcement. Lastly, I have
volunteered at multiple local events: feeding the homeless; toy drives; anti-violence marches.

Before taking Office, I was actively helping our 50th Ward community through a variety of ways. Responsiveness to constituent service issues was so terrible with the previous alderman, that residents would call my husband’s Office for help, both the State Senate and Committeeman’s offices. I took it upon myself to assist residents through a network of friends that I had established across a variety of City departments. In fact, this was a motivating factor when I decided to run for Alderman in 2011. I saw first hand just how much our Ward was neglected and that there was no help coming without change.
I continue to be involved in organizing a number of community events, including our annual Movie in the Park evening, Back to School and other events that pre-date my first term as Alderman. My Office has continued to expand the community offerings in an effort to deliver services and increase awareness about many issues, such as education, property tax appeals, public safety, health & wellness, senior services and others.
For the last three-plus years I have been working to deliver first-class constituents services to the 50th Ward and reverse many years of inattention to the community’s basic needs.

ALDERMANIC CANDIDATE (Chicago 49th Ward, June 2006-August 2007)
 Created an independent party initiative to run against a 4-time Democratic incumbent
 Mobilized citywide support for my candidacy based on economic development issues
 Crafted a platform based on campaign finance reform and transparent, honest government
 Participated in 6 community-wide debates and 2 televised debates (Chicago Tonight, PBS)
 Delivered policy speeches to numerous neighbor-organized events
 Garnered 49.9% of the vote in a hotly contested run-off election (lost by 264 votes out 8,000)
 Brought a lawsuit (2nd in Chicago’s history) against Chicago Board of Elections for voter fraud
 Lawsuit uncovered errors and CBOE audit failures in addition to possible fraudulent practices
 Developed extensive citywide supporting/advising relationship network with key individuals:
 Representative Harry Osterman (Representative 14th Illinois District)
 Alderman Tom Tunney (Chicago 44th Ward)
 Alderwoman Mary Ann Smith (Chicago 48th Ward)
 Jerry Roper (President Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce)
 David Vite (President Illinois Retail Merchants Association)
 Mark Gordon (President Illinois Hotel & Lodging Association)
 Mike Lavelle (Past Chair, Illinois Board of Elections, President Lavelle Law Group)
 Erma Tranter (President Friends of the Parks)
 Cameron Davis (President Alliance for the Great Lakes)
 Austin Goolsbee (Professor of Economics, University of Chicago)
 Wes Skogan (Professor of Political Science, Northwestern University)

COMMUNITY ACTIVIST (Chicago Rogers Park Community, 1984-Present)
 2010 Chairperson for Transportation/Safety sub-committee, Sheridan Road planning group
 2009 Participated in community-wide planning group for Sheridan Road development
 2008 Began comprehensive Rogers Park Lakefront Plan initiative for Burnham Centennial
 2007 Founded VOTER (Voters Organized for Truthful Election Results) as outgrowth of campaign
 2007 Led community and campus (Loyola) initiative to defend Lakefront Protection Ordinance
 2006-2007 Candidate for 49th Ward Alderman
 2004-2005 Organized Rogers Park/Evanston coalition to defeat Evanston marina proposal
 2003 Founded Rogers Park Conservancy (Developed a community-wide parks/lakefront plan)
 1995 Local School Council (Field School) sub-committee leadership position (new school location)
 1991 Leadership role in creating a Development Plan for Morse Avenue retail district
 1988 Founded Rogers Park Community Council B.O.N. (Block Organization Network)
 1986 Founded Lunt Avenue Neighbors block organization
 1988 “Rogers Park Community Council” Citizen Advocacy of the Year (Block Organization Network)
 2005 “Friends of the Parks” Program Advocacy of the Year (Rogers Park Conservancy)

Joseph J. Moseley II IVI-IPO 2015 Chicago City Council


I have been a full-time alderman for the past 10+ years. I have also served as Democratic Committeeman for
the 9th Ward, and as a community representative on the Local School Council at Gwendolyn Brooks College
Prep. I am also and have long been involved with Rainbow/PUSH, CAPS, the NAACP, Salem Baptist Church,
and the Rosemoor Community Association. I am deeply engaged in my ward and with its people and
institutions, and I am firm in my commitment to civic life in my ward and in Chicago.

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Member of Forest Glen Garden Club, 2008-present
Deputy campaign manager, Ald John Arena 2010-11
Founding member of Jefferson Park Sunday Market, 2012
45th Ward Zoning Advisory Committee, 2011-12
45th Arts Advisory Committee, 2011-12
Six Corners Master Plan, 2011-12
Committee to revise Forest Glen association by-laws, 2011
President, Forest Glen association, 2011-14
Founding member and leader in Fair Allocation in Runways (FAiR) Coalition (7 original members to
current 1200+ members), 2013-14

Though I have long thought that I might eventually serve the community through government service, I have
spent most of my career in the non-profit sector. I have 15 years of work at various non-profit organizations
focused on comprehensive community development and housing policy, both in the West Town/Humboldt
Park/Logan Square area and region-wide.
Among my accomplishments, I managed the lead hazard reduction component of the 6-agency, collaborative
West Town Lead Project, a federal demonstration program; served as associate director of Bickerdike
Redevelopment Corporation for 4 years as it birthed a community organizing campaign and battled with then1st
Ward Alderman Jesse Granato who was a foe of the affordable cooperative housing, traditional multi-family
affordable rental housing, and affordable single family homes that Bickerdike was developing and seeking to
develop in the 1st, 26th, and 35th Wards during that period; ran The Resurrection Project’s small business
development program and grew its nascent revolving loan fund to provide $1 million dollars in loans, with no
defaults, to small construction companies; oversaw The Resurrection Project’s development of single-family
homes and two-flats for moderate income families and provided homeownership training and education to
prospective homeowners and families facing foreclosure.Also, from 2001 to 2006, I rescued and relaunched a small non-profit advocacy organization that focused on
housing, immigration, and early childhood education issues in the Latino community across the region. That
agency, Latinos United, eventually became the Latino Policy Forum. The work I did during those years, the
relationships I developed across the diverse Latino populations across the regions, and the Latino and AfricanAmerican
coalition-building work that Latinos United prioritized, built me a broad base and led to the first
conversations others initiated with me about running for office someday.
Since then, my professional service also has included five years working in philanthropy at The Chicago
Community Trust. I helped direct grant funds to non-profit organizations across the region working to address
basic human needs and community development concerns, including the areas of hunger, homelessness,
disabilities, immigration, housing, and early childhood education.

I have litigated many pro bono cases on behalf of LGBT plaintiffs in civil rights cases, including marriage
equality litigation, as well as clients who are disabled or living with mental illiness. In 2008, I worked for six
months as the Deputy Voter File Manager and Deputy Voter Protection Director in Ohio for the Obama campaign.
I have been an active member in the Uptown community, having worked at Christopher House and volunteered
for North Side Community Federal Credit Union and Howard Brown Health Center. I have also tutored
at Christopher House and currently mentor a high school student through the LINK Unlimited program.

Chevette A. Valentine IVI-IPO 2015 Chicago City Council

Active community advocate and political volunteer

 Member, Advisory Council, National League of Cities
 Board member, National League of Cities
 Board member, Local Progress
 Past Chairman, Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Policy Committee of the National
League of Cities
 Past Chairman, Central Cities Council, National League of Cities
 Past Chairman, Cities for Progress/Cities for Peace
 Board member, Citizen Action of Illinois
 Past Board member, IVI-IPO
 Member, Northside Community Resources
 Member, Jargowood Block Club
 Member, Rogers Park Business Alliance
 Member, Friends of the Rogers Park Library
 Member, Kiwanis Club of Rogers Park
 Member, Friends of the Parks
 Member, Chicago Council of Lawyers

Social Action Chair, Chicago Sinai Congregation
Board member, Facing History and Ourselves
Board member, National Conference for Community and Justice

Member of Forest Glen Garden Club, 2008-present
Deputy campaign manager, Ald John Arena 2010-11
Founding member of Jefferson Park Sunday Market, 2012
45th Ward Zoning Advisory Committee, 2011-12
45th Arts Advisory Committee, 2011-12
Six Corners Master Plan, 2011-12
Committee to revise Forest Glen association by-laws, 2011
President, Forest Glen association, 2011-14
Founding member and leader in Fair Allocation in Runways (FAiR) Coalition (7 original members to
current 1200+ members), 2013-14