Chicago GOP to Sue CPS Over School Walkouts

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Chicago -- The Chicago Republican Party is preparing to sue Chicago Public Schools over CPS plans to stage pro-gun control rallies during the school day tomorrow.

Gun control advocacy groups are organizing a national student walkout tomorrow to protest the Parkland shooting and press for additional gun laws. Nominally a student-led walkout, some schools are taking an active role in organizing the rallies and compelling students to participate.

An email sent by the principal of Lincoln Elementary School in Chicago to parents stated:

This coming Wednesday, March 14 many students/schools across the nation (and globe) are going to participate in a school walkout demonstration at 10:00 AM to support the memory of those that were killed in the Parkland, FL shooting and also to demonstrate their right to express their opinion about gun control.

At Lincoln, we will also participate in a walkout.

The email went on to explain how grades 5 - 8 will be taken outside for a "silent demonstration". Students are encouraged to bring posters. Students who do not wish to participate will be sent to a room where they can wait, away from their peers. Classes are cancelled during the walkout.

"It's appalling that 10 to 14-year-old kids would be coerced, by their teachers, to participate in a political demonstration," said Chris Cleveland, chairman of the Chicago GOP. "A 10-year-old kid isn't going to have an informed opinion on these political matters, and shouldn't be expected to have the fortitude to hold a different opinion from everyone else in his or her classroom. This is political indoctrination, pure and simple."

"It's a violation of CPS policy, of state law, and of the First Amendment for a government-run school to organize a political demonstration and pressure students to participate in it," said Cleveland.

The Chicago GOP has sent a letter to CPS CEO Janice Jackson asking CPS to cancel the demonstrations, and will likely sue if they do not.

The Chicago GOP has also filed a complaint with the CPS Office of Inspector General, Nicholas Schuler.


Jeanne Ives Wins Chicago Republican Party Straw Poll Over Rauner 17 - 3

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Jeanne Ives Wins Chicago Republican Party Straw Poll Over Rauner 17 - 3

January 11, 2018 -- In a major upset, the Central Committee of the Chicago Republican Party voted 17 to 3 with 2 abstentions to back conservative challenger Jeanne Ives over incumbent Governor Bruce Rauner. The vote took place Wednesday evening at a general meeting of the city's Republican ward committeemen.

Ives spoke to the group for nearly an hour before the vote. Governor Rauner had been invited to speak, but declined to do so. Rauner has avoided large gatherings of Republicans since signing a bill to create taxpayer-funded abortions earlier in the year.

"Jeanne impressed everyone with her determination to hit the state's problems head-on. She also showed a command of policy details," said Chris Cleveland, chairman of the Chicago Republican Party.

"It's almost unheard of for a regular Republican organization to fail to endorse an incumbent governor," said Cleveland. "The people in the room felt that Rauner had betrayed them."

The vote kicks off a season of endorsement sessions by county and township Republican organizations in the run-up to the March primary. So far, two suburban organizations have announced endorsements, both for Ives.

The decision by the Chicago Republican Party to back Ives is significant because of the sheer number of votes produced by the City of Chicago. Republicans in the city produce 5% of the Republican primary vote, and 7.5% of the Republican vote in a general election. The number of Republican votes in the city is larger than the number produced by any county except Cook and DuPage. Primary voters often look to local party organizations for guidance on candidate selection.

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Chicago GOP condemns tax increase, announces candidate recruiting

The Chicago Republican Party condemned today's vote to increase Illinois taxes by 32%, and announced the kickoff of its 2018 candidate recruiting season.

"This tax increase is the opposite of what Illinois needs," said Chicago GOP chairman Chris Cleveland. "We expect large numbers of candidates to come out of the woodwork in response."

"We're recruiting candidates to run in the Chicago area who are fed up with Mike Madigan. We're going to give voters the chance to say how they feel about having the highest tax burden in the country."

In particular, the Chicago GOP is looking for a candidate to run against Mike Madigan. "Voters are going to get a chance to vote on Bruce Rauner, but they never get a chance to vote on Mike Madigan. Madigan has rigged the system so that he never has a Republican opponent. We're going to change that," said Cleveland.

In 2014 and 2016 the Chicago GOP recruited Republican candidates to run in heavily Democratic areas. The candidates and their volunteers knocked on hundreds of thousands of doors, and raised the Republican vote in the city enough to give a boost to Republican candidates for statewide office.

In 2014, the Chicago GOP ran an "American Idol"-style contest to find first-time candidates for office. 150 candidates applied, and were winnowed down to 18 who ultimately received the thumbs-up.

Individuals interested in running for office should visit http://www.chicagogop.com/candidates


Chicago GOP calls out Madigan for getting rich from property taxes

Chicago -- Penalties go up this week for those who are late on their property taxes. For thousands of Chicagoans, the penalty will be on top of this year's already large tax hikes.

The Chicago Republican Party will be distributing flyers in swing wards this week to let voters know who is responsible.

While Chicagoans are suffering from the nation's highest tax burden, House Speaker Mike Madigan has made millions from lowering the taxes of the select few who can afford to pay his bills. Madigan is a partner in a law firm that specializes in reducing the property taxes of big downtown buildings.

The scam works like this: 

Big developers pay Madigan's firm to challenge their property tax bills. Madigan, who is the Democratic Party's state chairman, has his partners talk to Assessor Joe Berrios, who is the Democratic Party's Cook County chairman. Berrios, not coincidentally, gets heavy political support and campaign contributions from Madigan. And magically, the big developers get lower tax bills.

Maybe the developers think that using Madigan's political connections will give them a bigger break on property taxes. Or maybe they're just looking for a legal way to throw Madigan some money so they'll get special consideration on the issues they have in Springfield.

In either case, Madigan takes their money and puts it in his pocket, while normal taxpayers pay more and more.

"We're sick of being at the back of the line for tax relief while Madigan helps his pals," said Chris Cleveland, Chairman of the Chicago GOP. "Every group gets its cut except people who actually work for a living."

"Bruce Rauner has put a stop to a lot of it, for the moment," said Cleveland. "But he can only do so much while Madigan rules Springfield like a dictator. Madigan has got to go. 45 years in power is enough.

"Every dime in tax breaks for Madigan’s pals is a dime that doesn't go to schools. We need to get our priorities straight and support candidates for the state house who don't bend to Madigan's will."