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Chicago GOP to announce major initiative at City Hall tomorrow

Tomorrow morning, 10:30 am, City Hall, second floor, the Chicago Republican Party announces its major initiative for the year. We're going to run candidates across the city, and we're kicking off an advertising campaign to find them. House Republican Leader Tom Cross and Senator Matt Murphy will speak.

Everyone is invited.

The full press release is below.

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Monday, June 3, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Chris Cleveland, 312-339-2677, chris.cleveland@chicagogop.com

Chicago Republican Party to launch very unusual recruiting campaign for candidates in Chicago

On Tuesday, June 4 the Chicago Republican Party will hold a press conference to announce an unprecedented advertising campaign, recruiting effort, and vetting process for candidates for the State Legislature in the City of Chicago.

Location:  City Hall, second floor
Date:        Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Time:        10:30 am

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Media Advisory: Chicago Republican Party to hold press conference, Tuesday, June 4, 10:30 am, City Hall

On Tuesday, June 4 the Chicago Republican Party will announce an unprecedented advertising campaign, recruiting effort, and vetting process for candidates for the State Legislature in the City of Chicago.

Speakers at the press conference will include House Republican Leader Tom Cross and Senator Matt Murphy. Several prominent Republicans will also be in attendance.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013
10:30 am
Second floor, City Hall

Contact:
Chris Cleveland
312-339-2677 mobile


Chicago Republican Summer 2013 Internship

The Chicago Republican Party Internship Program will provide students and recent graduates with a hands-on learning experience. Each intern will participate in the political process and earn valuable hands-on experience. In addition to experience, those who complete the required hours will receive a letter of recommendation from Chairman Adam Robinson, you may also earn school credit*.

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Chicago Republican Party proposes vouchers, parent takeover of closing public schools

Today the Chicago Republican Party proposed letting parents take over closing Chicago public schools, and giving vouchers to kids who are displaced by the closings.

Under the "takeover plan" parents may submit proposals for taking over a closing school and turning it into a charter school. The process would be similar to the existing process for creating new charter schools.

If a school is not taken over, then the children should receive vouchers to attend any school, public or private, of their choice.

"Parents should be given a choice. If CPS can't turn a school around, then let the parents take over. If enough parents step up to the plate, they should be given a chance to keep their neighborhood school open," said Chris Cleveland, spokesman for the Chicago GOP.

Similar plans exist in several states. Seven states have "parent trigger" laws that allow parents to take neighborhood schools private. Parent trigger laws are under consideration in several more states.

In 2010 the New York Times reported that "Mayor Rahm Emanuel has promised to introduce similar regulations in Chicago if he wins his bid for mayor there. "

The Chicago GOP calls on the Mayor to follow through on his promise and let the parents have a say in their children's education.