The Bud Billiken Parade will be held this Saturday, August 11th, and the Cook and Chicago GOP are proud to field an official joint entry in this important event on behalf of our organizations. Please review the following information below and, if interested in participating, please follow the instructions included.
Chairman Adam Robinson and Vice-Chairman Chris Cleveland, along with a host of Chicago GOP Committeemen and Republican candidates for office, faced a standoff with Attorney General Lisa Madigan's press team at the Thompson Center yesterday when Madigan's press team attempted to block access to the AG's office. The Chicago GOP team ultimately prevailed, and the complaint was delivered directly to the AG's 12th floor office, press in tow.
The Chicago GOP held a press conference at City Hall today to discuss its complaint against Alderman Joe Moreno. It was well attended; half a dozen television stations, a few radio stations, and several print publications showed up. Three committeemen delivered prepared remarks; Chris Cleveland (43rd), Suzanne Devane (49th), and Darnell Macklin (6th). Chicago GOP Chairman Adam Robinson and Chris stood for questions. (See the text of the complaint, the statement of Chris Cleveland, the statement of Suzanne Devane and supporting documentation.) A dozen Republican committteemen attended along with supporters.
After the press conference a group of committeemen walked across the street to deliver the complaint to Lisa Madigan's office, accompanied by the press.
Pictures and video to follow.
On Wednesday, August 1 at 10:00 am (Chick fil A Appreciation Day) the Chicago Republican Party will be holding a press conference at City Hall, second floor.
The party is making a formal complaint against 1st Ward Alderman Proco "Joe" Moreno and Mayor Rahm Emanuel with the Illinois Department of Human Rights and Attorney General Lisa Madigan. The complaint states that the Alderman and the Mayor have broken civil rights laws pertaining to religious freedom and the First Amendment in denying Chick fil A a permit to operate its business in the City of Chicago.
At the conclusion of the press conference, the complaint will be delivered to the Attorney General's office and IDHR in the Thompson Center.
Wednesday, August 1 is "Chick fil A Appreciation Day". People from across the country will be showing their support for religious freedom and the First Amendment. As of 11:00 am on Tuesday, 522,000 people have RSVP'd for the event on Facebook. http://www.facebook.com/events/266281243473841/
The Chicago Republican Party will be filing a complaint with the Illinois Department of Human Rights and Attorney General Lisa Madigan over the discriminatory action by Alderman Proco (Joe) Moreno against Chick-fil-A.
Alderman Moreno has stated publicly that he will block the company's move to open a restaurant in the 1st Ward because he disagrees with the owner's religious views. Alderman Moreno's actions constitute clear religious discrimination, and are barred by both Illinois and Federal law.
Alderman Moreno is attempting to use the hammer of goverment action to harm a person's business after that person expressed religious views with which Alderman Moreno disagrees. It's hard to imagine a clearer violation of First Amendment rights.
The 12th Annual 42nd Ward Republican Organization is Monday, August 13th and as in the past the boat leaves from Ogden Slip. There is nothing like renewing old friendships and meeting new friends while lake breezes gently waft through the boat while you enjoy the beautiful Chicago Skyline and enjoy delicious food and cocktails. This year’s cruise will also feature live jazz by one of Chicago’s premier jazz vocalists. Tickets are only $89 early bird purchased by July 31st and $99 after. There are also host committee and sponsor opportunities still available.
The campaign of Toni Puccio Johnson, the Republican candidate to take on Chicago’s Mell dynasty in the 40th State representative district, will offer Lakeview residents a voting option that can move the City and State beyond the political cronyism and patronage politics for which Chicago is so well-known. Toni is not a career politician – but a mom, idealist, and former marketing executive who believes change in the State of Illinois can start with one person committed to public service rather than pay to play politics.