Paid for by Citizens for Deb Mell

A copy of our report filed with the State Board of Elections is (or will be) available on the Board’s official website (www.elections.il.gov) or for purchase from the State Board of Elections, Springfield, Illinois.

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Community SAFETY

  • Reforming the Chicago Police Department by making sure first responders are properly trained and accountable to the people they serve.

  • Ensuring the safety of every resident, regardless of their race, ethnicity, gender identification, immigration or socio-economic status.

  • Securing its fair share of police resources for the 33rd Ward and increasing the number of sworn detectives so victims get the justice they deserve.

  • Empowering residents to help address the root causes of crime by expanding the availability of critical social services, building neighborhoods rooted in systemic empathy, and working to establish a 33rd Ward Community Justice Center

  • Maintaining a zero-tolerance policy regarding the gang violence that tears at the fabric of our neighborhoods.

keeping Chicago

affordable

  • Preserving and expanding upon the ward’s safe and accessible affordable housing, so that everyone can afford to live, work, and play in the 33rd Ward.

  • Increasing the use of coach houses, accessory dwelling units, and transit-oriented development to encourage greater density in neighborhoods that can support it.

  • Maintaining a community-centered, inclusive development process that recognizes each neighborhood’s unique set of needs.

  • Strengthening tenant protections by passing Just Cause Eviction legislation and amending the Residential Landlord Tenant Ordinance to include new protections for Chicagoans regardless of their residency status.

  • Reforming the Chicago’s Affordable Renters Ordinance so that downtown developers and corporations do their fair share to help establish affordable housing in the neighborhoods that need it the most.

a new deal for our public schools

  • Ending the revolving door at CPS by establishing a democratically elected school board so that residents can have a voice in deciding the school system’s priorities and establishing a 33rd Ward Advisory Council to help shape our local advocacy efforts.

  • Ensuring our neighborhood schools are fully funded and focused on improving educational outcomes, not political pet projects.

  • Expanding the availability of social services, adult education, vocational training, and other programs that help make our neighborhood schools anchors in the community.

  • Directing capital dollars towards critical safety improvements and other investments that will enhance our local schools up and boost enrollment.

  • Continue supporting a moratorium on charter schools, school closures and ending disastrous privatization schemes that prioritize profit over people.

Good Government We Can Afford

  • Pressuring our state legislators for a progressive income tax in the State of Illinois.

  • Leveraging my role on the Chicago Fine, Fees, and Access Collaborative to reform a broken system and help put more money into the pockets of working-class residents.

  • Continuing to vote NO on all property tax increases until a new mayoral administration is able to draft a budget that prioritizes the needs of neighborhoods, while shifting a larger share of our debt and pension obligations to the 1% who have benefited the most from our growing economy.

  • Ending corporate welfare and abolishing the use of TIF funds and other financing schemes that benefit downtown development.

  • A permanent moratorium on the privatization of public assets.