Thirty years ago I moved here to raise my son, now a young Chicago lawyer. This is where I became a first-time homeowner, businesswoman and active community volunteer. Fifteen years later I launched my teaching career, first at Sacred Heart and, since 2005, as a tenured math and science Chicago Public Schools teacher and proud Chicago Teachers Union member.
Over the past decade I have seen our hard-working families, friends and neighbors become profit centers for the downtown corporate and tourism trade. For decades, our City Council has transferred our neighborhoods’ wealth to downtown. Then cynically, City Hall gives tax breaks to the very corporations who outsource our jobs and receive TIF money that is skimmed from our schools, parks, health clinics and libraries. This must stop.
Invest in Our Neighborhoods
Dianne knows that when government lines the pockets of powerful and connected insiders, we lose jobs and are forced to cut services that our communities desperately need. She believes in forcing elected officials to stand up and defend how they spend public money so that it reflects our shared priorities: education, health, safety, jobs, transportation and smart economic growth.
Fight for Human Rights
Throughout her life, Dianne has been a tireless defender of equality — equal protections under the law, equal pay for equal work, equal employment and housing opportunities — and has fought discrimination every step of the way. She is proud that marriage equality is a reality in Illinois, but knows that much work remains to ensure that all people are treated as equals..
Maintain Strong and Safe Public Schools
Dianne believes that strong schools make strong communities. As an educator, mother and community activist, Dianne will continue to demand the stability and safety that only fully-funded neighborhood public schools can provide all of Chicago’s children and families.
Create Jobs and Help Grow the Local Economy
Dianne will promote Chicago-based businesses that create jobs and stability in our community. She will encourage all residents to support our local restaurants, shops, arts, public schools and city services so we see real job growth.
Restore Public Trust
Dianne believes Chicagoans want an honest government, but for that to happen we must vote. In the past three Ward 40 aldermanic elections, only 35–38% of registered voters voted. We must vote for officials who fight for us and are beholden to us, not the corporate machine that City Hall has become. That is why Dianne is running for Alderman of the 40th Ward — she knows we’re better than this.
Keep Our Neighborhoods Safe
Dianne believes that all of us — young and old, straight and gay, female and male — should be safe in all neighborhoods. She will fight to end poverty at every turn and push the City to maintain adequate levels of firemen and police.
Join the Movement
I believe our neighborhoods have the potential be Chicago's shining example of unity, progress, education and small business. Getting there requires breaking through the hold that machine politics has had on us. After almost defeating a 32 year incumbent in the last election and then running for Ward 40Committeeman (earned 45+%), I am ready to lead. Will you help me bring a new era to the 40th Ward?