February 15, 2015

Illinois Herald full List of 2015 Election Endorsements

By Mark Wachtler

February 15, 2015. Chicago (ONN) The 2015 municipal elections are coming up fast and the Illinois Herald has continued its tradition of endorsing candidates that are ignored by the mainstream media. They may be independents, or first-time citizen-candidates, or even Greens or Libertarians. As the independent news source for independent thinkers and independent voters, we are proud to make the following endorsements in the upcoming Chicago and suburban elections.

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Unlike Chicago’s other news outlets which seem to make blanket endorsements of every candidate backed by the Machine or the full candidate slate endorsed by the Teachers Union and AFSCME, we at the Illinois Herald have a unique system that helps us choose who to endorse. For instance, teachers trump police officers, firemen trump teachers, small business owners trump firemen, veterans trump small business owners, independents trump veterans, grassroots activists trump independents, and corruption-busting citizen-candidates trump them all.

The Illinois Herald is proud to endorse the following candidates in the coming 2015 municipal elections:

City of Chicago

Mayor – William ‘Dock’ Walls

The only genuine independent in the race, passionate and uncorruptable.

Illinois Herald endorses William ‘Dock’ Walls for Mayor

 

City Clerk – No Endorsement

Only opponent to the Machine incumbent was kicked off the ballot.

 

City Treasurer – No Endorsement

Not one challenger running against the Machine incumbent.


























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Chicago City Council

1st Ward – Proco ‘Joe’ Moreno

Anti-Berrios, Guzzardi ally. Endorsed by Chicago progressives.

 

2nd Ward – Stacey Pfingsten

Endorsed by the Independent Voters of Illinois.

 

3rd Ward – Pat Dowell

Endorsed by the Independent Voters of Illinois and the Chicago Sun Times.

 

4th Ward – Norman Bolden

Community activist, WGCI radio alum.

 

5th Ward – Leslie Hairston

Endorsed by the Independent Voters of Illinois, Waguespack ally.

 

6th Ward – Roderick Sawyer

Endorsed by the Independent Voters of Illinois, Waguespack ally.



7th Ward – Gregory Mitchell

Lifelong resident, finished 3rd behind Jackson/Beavers in 2011. Passionate and sincere.

Mitchell takes on Emanuel Loyalist Holmes in 7th Ward

 

8th Ward – Tara Baldridge

Only candidate that showed up to debate. Looked good on public access TV.

 

9th Ward – Michael Lafargue

Endorsed by Chicago progressives, anti-Emanuel.

 

10th Ward – Richard Martinez Jr.

Endorsed by the Chicago Sun Times, looked good on public access TV.

 

11th Ward – John Kozlar

Big brains, big ideas. Not a Daley.

 

12th Ward – Peter John Demay

Endorsed by the Green Party.

 

13th Ward – No Endorsement

Incumbent has no opponent and is rated a 100% Emanuel ‘rubber stamp’.

 

14th Ward – No Endorsement

Incumbent has no opponent and has served in the City Council since 1969.



15th Ward – Adolfo Mondragon

Endorsed by the Chicago Sun Times, civil rights attorney.

 

16th Ward – Toni Foulkes

Waguespack ally, mapped out of her own Ward by the Machine.

 

17th Ward – David Moore

Endorsed by the Independent Voters of Illinois and United Working Families.

 

18th Ward – Chuks Onyezia

Endorsed by Chicago Sun Times, supports indy media.

 

19th Ward – Anne Schaible

Physician not a politician. Only candidate to show up for the debates.

 

20th Ward – Ernest Radcliffe Jr.

Little league sports coach, worked with 36,000 kids over 17 years in the 20th Ward alone.

 

21st Ward – Ken Lewis

Lifelong resident, sincere with good ideas.

 

22nd Ward – Ricardo Munoz

Endorsed by the Independent Voters of Illinois, Waguespack ally.

 

23rd Ward – Anna Goral

Successful small business owner, good ideas.

 

24th Ward – Regina Lewis

Great ideas, real world experience.



25th Ward – Jorge Mujica

Genuine independent, endorsed by the Green Party.

 

26th Ward – Adam Corona

Anti-Machine, pro-Waguespack, pro-Guzzardi.

 

27th Ward – Gabe Beukinga

Corruption-buster, looked good on public access TV.

 

28th Ward – No Endorsement

Incumbent had all 7 challengers kicked off the ballot and has a 96% ‘rubber stamp’ rating.

 

29th Ward – Zerlina Smith

“Fighter”, “Activist”, endorsed by the Green Party.

 

30th Ward – No Endorsement

Incumbent kicked both challengers off the ballot, has a 94% ‘rubber stamp’ rating

 

31st Ward – Milagros ‘Milly’ Santiago

Endorsed by Chicago Sun Times, former Telemundo reporter.

 

32nd Ward – Scott Waguespack

The most honest, intelligent, and important Alderman in the Chicago City Council.

Emanuel targets Chicago’s favorite Alderman

 

33rd Ward – Tim Meegan

Endorsed by Chicago progressives and the Green Party.

 

34th Ward – Shirley White

Accountant, good ideas.


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35th Ward – Carlos Ramirez-Rosa

Grassroots activist, endorsed by Chicago progressives.

 

36th Ward – Alonso Zaragoza

Genuine independent, lifelong resident, corruption-buster.

 

37th Ward – Tara Stamps

Cabrini Green school teacher, endorsed by Chicago progressives.

 

38th Ward – Tom Caravette

Genuine independent, finished 2nd to Cullerton in 2011, corruption-buster.

Aldermanic Endorsements – Caravette, Napolitano, Garrido

 

39th Ward – Robert Murphy

Endorsed by the Chicago Tribune.

 

40th Ward – Dianne Daleiden

Endorsed by Chicago progressives. Only challenger to the 32-year incumbent and Machine leader.

 

41st Ward – Anthony Napolitano

Fireman, life-long resident, good ideas.

Aldermanic Endorsements – Caravette, Napolitano, Garrido

 

42nd Ward – No Endorsement

Incumbent has no challengers.

 

43rd Ward – Caroline Vickrey

Grassroots activist, attorney, endorsed by the Chicago Sun Times.

 

44th Ward – Scott Davis

Grassroots activist, caught Red Light Ticketing Cameras defrauding motorists on his own video camera.



45th Ward – John Garrido

Lost to incumbent by 30 votes in 2011, supported by independents, Republicans and Democrats.

Aldermanic Endorsements – Caravette, Napolitano, Garrido

 

46th Ward – Amy Crawford

Endorsed by Chicago progressives and the Chicago Sun Times.

 

47th Ward – Ameya Pawar

Endorsed by Chicago Sun Times, impressive results from first-term Alderman.

 

48th Ward – No Endorsement

Incumbent has no challengers.

 

49th Ward – Don Gordon

Independent citizen-candidate. All 4 other challengers to the incumbent kicked off the ballot.

 

50th Ward – Shajan Kuriakose

Endorsed by the Chicago Tribune.



Suburban and other local endorsements:

*All of the below candidates have been endorsed by the Libertarian Party of Illinois and the Illinois Herald is also proud to add our endorsement.

Illinois Libertarians make 2015 Endorsements

 

College of DuPage Board of Trustees – Claire Ball

Illinois Herald endorses Reformer at College of DuPage

New Lenox Board of Trustees – Jasen Howard

Sawyerville Board of Trustees – Chris Hicks

Riverton Board of Trustees – Aaron Merreighn

Fox River Grove Board of Trustees – Chris Russell

Springfield MEA Authority – Brandon Damm

Prairieview-Ogden School Board – Marcia Powell

Waukegan School Board – Dave Preife

 

Good luck to all the sincere, honest candidates running for election to make their community a better place. Running against candidates and incumbents with powerful backers can be a disheartening experience. Regardless of the final vote totals, we thank you from the bottom of our heart for the courageous, and often thankless, effort. And remember, almost nobody wins their first campaign, not even Rich Daley, George Bush or Barack Obama. If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.

 

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