There is a huge field of candidates and dozens of forums where Chicagoans can ask mayoral hopefuls and potential city council members about their plans and policy priorities. Here’s a cheat sheet with some sample questions you can ask the candidates. Bring this with you to aldermanic candidate meet-and-greets or large mayoral forums.
Last year, the Emanuel administration was the only opponent of the License to Work Act, a bill that eliminates driver’s license suspension as a debt collection tool for non-driving violations like parking and compliance tickets. Will you support the License to Work Act, and end the city’s use of driver’s license suspension to collect debts?
Currently, people are stuck in debt, losing driver’s licenses, cars, and going bankrupt over parking and compliance tickets. Would you support affordable payment plans that are based on individuals’ ability to pay?
Municipal debt holders also cannot work for the city. Would you allow people who owe money to the city of Chicago to get city jobs so they can earn money and escape from debt?
Many Chicago neighborhoods are in economic and social crisis. What strategies will you use to strengthen employment and training opportunities? Do you plan to invest city resources in workforce development to supplement meager federal job training resources?
Transportation is the biggest barrier to employment and stability for many in our city. Will you support a 50% discounted CTA, Metra, and Pace transit fare for low-income residents at or below the federal poverty line?
80,000 Chicagoans are homeless, and 77% of likely voters believe that homelessness should be a top priority for the mayor and city council to address. Do you support a 1.2 percentage point increase to the real estate transfer tax to Bring Chicago Home?
65% of people seeking housing, also want immediate help finding a stable job. Will you dedicate new funding in your budget to provide workforce services specifically to individuals who are served through Chicago’s homeless response system?
Chicagoans are tired of broken promises that new developments will provide local jobs and growth. Will you support a Community Benefits Agreement ordinance to prevent displacement of low-income residents in communities home to new development?