Dianne for Ward 40 Alderman 2019
Alderman Ward 40 2019


Things Need to Change

Six main issues form our foundation.

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.

What Dianne will do:

  • Reform TIFs and enforce corporate tax collection. to return needed funds to all neighborhoods.
  • Find smart and fair revenue solutions to the current pension shortfall and in seeking long term solutions for the City.  Workers paid their part; government did not. Public workers do not pay into social security. 
  • Adopt a fair tax that does not unduly punish low wage and middle class earners. Close corporate loopholes and work with state legislators to develop Progressive taxes.
  • Enact community-based participatory budgeting; let residents decide how we spend money that is in our ward’s direct control, including TIFs.

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.

What Dianne will do:

  • Back public programs to rebuild Chicago’s infrastructure built by Chicago-based businesses.
  • Invest in education at every level to make our community safe and our city attractive to new business.
  • Offer incentives to banks to lend more freely and fairly to local businesses.

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.

What Dianne will do:

  • Lead the charge for an elected school board that includes parents, educators and students.  Fund a full day of school wherein students have libraries, computer labs, full schedule of meaningful instruction and all services. 
  • End the overuse and misuse of standardized testing. Restore hundreds of millions of tax dollars wasted on the purchase of test prep curriculum and standardized tests back into schools and services. 
  • Partner with restorative justice community experts to curtail student suspensions and provide a safe learning environment for all.
  • Demand that all public schools be adequately and equitably funded.
  • Require full financial disclosure in privatized services and by all education-related contractors, including charter schools, testing companies, janitorial, engineering and food services — everyone — and demonstrate how all public and private funds are spent.

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.

What Dianne will do:

  • Develop deeply-rooted community policing so our officers know us, and we know them. Fully funded, fully staffed, fully trained and well rested officers are needed in all districts. 
  • Work tirelessly with local public schools to fund healthy, active and meaningful after-school programs for students and families. 
  • Fight poverty. In a city and state with the highest taxes in America we are all to quickly growing in the number of families living below the poverty level while rents, service fees and property taxes are rising. 

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.

What Dianne will do:

  • Tap into residents’ expertise by establishing committees on education, safety, health, the environment, TIFs, economic development, recreation (and others) to advise her and give them an unedited voice on Ward governance.
  • Expose the all-too-common practice of placing family members and friends on the city’s payroll and end mayoral appointments to vacated elected seats.
  • Work tirelessly to increase voter registration and turnout. Show Ward 40 residents the power of their vote.

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.

What Dianne will do:

  • Partner with schools and community organizations to strengthen immigrant services including smaller class sizes for English Language Learners, workers’ rights, job training, and citizenship classes.
  • Fight to fully fund accessible health screenings and services for all.
  • Advocate for expedited routes to citizenship, not one more deportation without due process guarantees, and fair treatment of all immigrant workers.