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Group claims it registered 25K voters this summer

Tuesday, Aug 26, 2014

* That’s a lot of newly registered voters, but they’re gonna need more than this. A lot more

A coalition of community organizations affiliated with the Chicago Teachers Union and with groups opposed to many of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s policies will announce today that they have registered 25,000 new voters this summer in advance of upcoming local and state elections.

Officials from the Grassroots Collaborative will appear with Cook County Clerk David Orr to talk about where the people they have registered live and their attempts to register another 25,000 new voters prior to the Nov. 4 state and federal elections.

The group said it is canvassing neighborhoods to register new voters by talking to residents about “raising the minimum wage and the fight for quality public schools.”

* And speaking of the minimum wage

Vice President Joe Biden, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Gov. Pat Quinn on Monday afternoon held a behind-closed-doors discussion on raising the minimum wage, appearing briefly afterward for the cameras.

Biden’s visit, which included a campaign fundraiser for the governor, allowed Emanuel and Quinn to draw attention to their efforts to raise the minimum wage in Chicago and Illinois. […]

Emanuel has said the city is prepared to act on his proposal if Springfield lawmakers do not raise the state minimum wage after the election. The mayor has refused to say, however, whether he would still push for a $13 minimum wage in Chicago if lawmakers raise the state rate to $10 an hour.

“I’m not going to answer hypotheticals at this point,” Emanuel said earlier this month. “If the state acts, I’ll bring the (city) task force back together and see what we want to do.”

* More

In the Biden event, reporters were only allowed in for the final 10 minutes to listen to statements by Biden, Emanuel and Quinn. They did not take questions.

- Posted by Rich Miller        


9 Comments
  1. - OneMan - Tuesday, Aug 26, 14 @ 12:51 pm:

    That’s a lot of gaffe potential in one room…


  2. - js - Tuesday, Aug 26, 14 @ 12:54 pm:

    Smart not to take questions.


  3. - Yellow Dog Democrat - Tuesday, Aug 26, 14 @ 12:55 pm:

    Rich:

    I believe the article notes plans to register another 25000 between now and November.


  4. - Snucka - Tuesday, Aug 26, 14 @ 1:04 pm:

    This is going to be a very close race. One way to look at it: 1% of the total will be approximately 35-40,000 votes. If they register 50,000 and get 20,000 votes out of it, that is a big boost for Quinn. He will need other interested groups do a similar push.


  5. - Arizona Bob - Tuesday, Aug 26, 14 @ 1:06 pm:

    Are these union folks part of the GOTV campaign for Dems? I wonder how those registered will feel when the CTU folks are pestering them to get to the polls and vote for Quinn in November?


  6. - Toure's Latte - Tuesday, Aug 26, 14 @ 1:45 pm:

    Both village fests attended this summer had LOWV booth registering voters.


  7. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Aug 26, 14 @ 2:03 pm:

    - I wonder how those registered will feel when the CTU folks are pestering them to get to the polls and vote for Quinn in November? -

    Thankful for the reminder? Proud to take part in the democratic process?

    What exactly are you concerned about?


  8. - walker - Tuesday, Aug 26, 14 @ 3:08 pm:

    Somehow I think the agenda behind the door was a bit broader than the minimum wage.


  9. - A guy... - Tuesday, Aug 26, 14 @ 4:03 pm:

    I’m pretty sure it didn’t take a whole afternoon for these 3 to discuss something they could have settled among themselves in less than a minute.


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