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Progressive Caucus Lays Out Priorities for New Term

Caucus ready for increased collaboration in City Hall to improve life for regular Chicagoans, taxpayers


CHICAGO (May 18, 2015)--The Chicago City Council Progressive Reform Caucus on Monday issued the following statement:

“As we enter a new term today, the members of the Progressive Reform Caucus are eager to get back to work solving the pressing challenges our city faces. While we celebrate today, we know that the problems we must now address are massive and will require serious, thoughtful and collaborative approach. 

The Progressive Caucus enters the new term with a clear-eyed focus on our priorities for the City, including:

  • Identifying progressive revenue solutions to fund our teacher, police and fire pensions. We are committed to ensuring that the City upholds its end of the pension promise to its workers. At the same time, we will do everything we can to fund the pensions using methods that ask the very wealthy and big corporations to pay their fair share--and that do not disproportionately burden working families and Chicago homeowners.
  • Improving the quality of life of working families by passing urgently needed legislation, including earned sick time and paid maternity and parental leave. And while we celebrate the increase in the minimum wage we worked for in the last term, we won’t stop fighting for the $15 living wage Chicago workers need.
  • Making Chicago’s streets safer. We rededicate ourselves to our goal of hiring at least 500 new police officers above the rate of attrition to improve public safety throughout Chicago. We will also continue to advocate for investment in real community policing programs. 
  • Working for increased transparency and accountability in every department of City government. We will renew our effort to expand the capacity of the Inspector General, our City’s government watchdog. 
  • Strengthening our neighborhood public schools by fighting for an elected, representative school board, advocating for fair treatment and compensation for our teachers, and by calling for increased accountability for charter schools, which are privately managed but receive taxpayer support. 

It is a new day in City Hall. We look forward to working together with our colleagues and the Emanuel Administration to create a more equal and just Chicago for all.”

The Chicago City Council Progressive Reform Caucus includes Ald. Leslie Hairston (5), Ald. Roderick Sawyer (6), Ald. Susan Sadlowski Garza (10), Ald. Toni Foulkes (16), Ald. David Moore (17), Ald. Ricardo Muñoz (22), Ald. Chris Taliaferro (29), Ald. Scott Waguespack (32), Ald. Carlos Ramirez Rosa (35), Ald. Nick Sposato (38) and Ald. John Arena (45).

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