Thursday, March 1, 2012

Early Voting, Recommended Candidates, Dirty Politics, 31st Senior Club, Kid's ID, Golden Gloves, Manuel Perez Jr. Birthday, Movie: "The Wild Bunch", Events

EARLY VOTING: There are only 25 days until the Primary Election, Tuesday, March 20, 2012. However, early voting began Monday, Feb. 27th and will end on March 15th. Chicago voters may use any voting site regardless of where the voter may live. Voters don't need any reason for wanting to vote early, but will need to show a government-issued photo ID to receive a ballot. There are 51 Early Voting sites in Chicago [Google:] that will be open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Board of Election offices at 69 W. Washington will also be open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. including on Sundays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
         THE EIGHT Latino wards Early Voting sites are as follows:
1st Ward: Goldblatts Building, 1615 W. Chicago Ave.: Mon. thru Sat., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
12th Ward: Davis Square Park, 4430 S. Marshfield: Mon. thru Sat., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
22nd Ward: Piotrowski Park, 4247 W. 31st St., Mon. thru Sat., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
25th Ward: Chinatown Library, 2353 S. Wentworth Ave., Mon. thru Sat., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
26th Ward: Humboldt Park Library, 1605 N. Troy St., Mon. thru Sat., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
30th Ward: Portage Cragin Library, 5108 W. Belmont Ave., Mon. thru Sat., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
31st Ward: Blackhawk Park, 2318 N. Lavergne Ave., Mon. thru Sat., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
35th Ward: Logan Square Library, 3030 W. Fullerton Ave., Mon. thru Sat., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
          REMEMBER: "Your Vote, Is Your Voice!", " Su Voto, Es Tu Voz!" and Get-Out-And-Vote! Someone said: "It's Cool To Vote!" Voting only takes 5 minutes depending on the time you arrive at the polling place. Vote for the candidates of your choice, but check their credentials and qualifications. A candidates experience in government, plus dedication in serving the community, is vital.
          DON’T BE FOOLED by candidates who use political affiliation phrases like "independent", "progressive," and "reformer"; these are empty phrases and used by candidates who typically do not have much to offer. Ask the candidate the important question, "What have you DONE to improve the quality of life in our community?” Campaign promises are good but what has the candidate done to deserve your vote? 

Anita Alvarez*               Elizabeth Hernandez*      Steven Landek*            Rudy Garcia*
Cook County State's Attorney State Rep. 24th Dist.   State Sen. 12th Dist.  Judge, Appellate Court 
Cauthetemoc Morfin            Cynthia Ramirez         Carlos Claudio           Michael Cabonargi*
        State Rep. 2nd Dist.          Circuit Court Judge     Sub-Circuit Judge       Board of Review, 2nd Dist. 

Antonio  Munoz*              William  Delgado*          Edward J. Acevedo*          Silvana Tabares
 State Sen., 1st Dist.            State Sen. 2nd Dist.         State Rep. 2nd Dist.          State Rep., 21st Dist.

DIRTY POLITICS: State Representative Elizabeth "Lisa" Hernandez [D-24th District] Ad benches are being vandalized by her "independent" opponent. The defaced benches advertising her candidacy are located down 26th St. business district in Little Village, part of the 24th District. Her opponent plastered his political signs with his name over Hernandez's name. "Advertising my candidacy on Ad benches cost our campaign a lot of money," said Representative Hernandez. "If my opponent wants his name on Ad benches he should rent the benches," concluded Hernandez. A police report was made by the Hernandez campaign. 
Rep. Lisa Hernandez,
 Sally Martinez & Arlene Zriny
          HERNANDEZ'S campaign also reported four men wearing black hoods were observed stealing Hernandez's 4x4 campaign signs in Berwyn at night. "They stole a total of 25 signs, many on private property" said Hernandez's campaign. In the 22nd Ward, dirty politics is not new. Two years ago when State Rep. Daniel Burke was running for re-election his opponent defaced Burke's billboards in the 22nd Ward with black paint. 
          CANDIDATES who engage in this type of campaigning do not deserve the support of the voters. A candidate who resorts to vandalism is demonstrating their lack of character, integrity, and lack of respect for property value or freedom of expression. Stealing is illegal; this includes stealing political signs. A candidate who steals, engages in vandalism, or condones this illegal activity, especially a politician, cannot be trusted to hold public office and should not be elected. 
Dathna & Alexander Aguilar,
Louisa Keefe
          KID'S ID EVENT: Chicago City Clerk Susana Mendoza's staff person, Louisa Keefe, registered and photographed 35 Little Village children and adults with KID's and medical ID cards Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012. The plastic ID cards carry vital information for the child and adult safety. Each card displays the Seal of Chicago and they are filed in the City Clerk's office for emergency use. The youngest child registered Saturday was a 4 month old baby by her parents. The City Clerk provided this free service at the Little Village Community office, 3610 W. 26th St., Chicago. Call the City Clerk's office for the KIDs and Medical ID service.    
          HONORS: Omar Headen, Ph.D., Coordinator, Culture of Calm at Farragut Career Academy announced the following students who were honored as “Students of the Month”:
Vanessa Avalos, Avelar Maribel, Willie Burns, Viviana Chavez, Rosalva Diaz, Darryl Magitt, Alyssa Manzanarez, Daniel Morales, Rodrigo Pantoja, Cristian Ramirez, Melissa Sotelo, Nancy Valasquez, Andres Vargas, Dulce Quintero. Congrats to all the students!
          BOXING: The schedule for the Chicago Golden Gloves 2012 12 nights of amateur boxing at Gordon Tech High School, 3633 N. California Ave. is as follows:
                                                   March 8, 9 and 10th
                                                   March 15, 16 and 17th
                                                   March 22, 23 and 24th

          BOUTS begin nightly at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 on March 8, 9, 10 and 15. Tickets are $15 on March 16, 17, 22, 23 and 24th. The championship will be contested on April 12, 13 and 14. Championship bouts begin at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 General Admission, $35 Main Floor and $50 Ringside. Tickets can be purchased at the door on event evenings beginning at 6 p.m. 
PFC Manuel Perez Jr. 
          THE CHICAGO GOLDEN Gloves Charities sends a championships team to the National Golden Gloves Championships held annually in May and hosted by different cities. The Gloves also provides scholarship money to worthy boxers and donate equipment to needy local boxing gyms and the Chicago Park District. I'll see ya at the "gloves"!
           A HERO: PFC Manuel Perez Jr. [1923-1945] a Mexican-American was born March 3, 1923 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Perez Jr.'s birthday will be celebrated at noon this Saturday, March 3th by the members of the Little Village Dr. Hector P. Garcia AMVETS Post 326. AMVETS Commander William Luna said: "This is the tenth year that the members of the AMVETS, Manuel Perez Jr. American Legion Post 1017, Mexican American Veterans Association [MAVA] and the Military Order of the Purple Heart are celebrating Perez Jr.'s birthday." The celebration will be held at the Manuel Perez Jr. Memorial plaza at 26th St. & Kolin Ave. The Farragut ROTC Color Guard will post colors at the event and Rick Murray, a Korean veteran, will sing the National Anthem.
          PEREZ JR. was a United States Army soldier killed in action and posthumously received the Medal of Honor, the United States' highest military decoration, for his heroic actions in the Battle of Luzon during the Philippines campaign of World War II. The Manuel Perez Jr. American Legion Post 1017 is located at 27th St. & Hamlin Ave. in Little Village.
Emilio "El Indio" Fernandez
          FREE MOVIE: The classic movie, "The Wild Bunch" will be featured on a full screen at noon this Saturday, March 3, 2012 at the Little Village Community Council, 3610 W. 26th St. Free popcorn will be served to the audience. Famous Mexican actor Emilio "El Indio" Fernandez plays a Colonel in the Mexican army in the movie that gets into a fierce bloody battle with the "gringos."
          FERNANDEZ, the model for the Oscar, posed nude as the naked Knight holding a sword for the statuette in 1929. Other actors in the movie are William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Robert Ryan, Jaime Sanchez. It’s an action packed movie directed by Sam Peckinpah. I give this movie four stars plus


            Thursday, March 1st  to March 28 -- Cesar Chavez Food Drive sponsored by State Rep. Elizabeth "Lisa" Hernandez. Drop off donations at Hernandez's Service Office, 2137 S. Lombard Ave., Suite 205, Cicero. Items needed: Paper towels, canned fruits and vegetables, sugar, bottled water, etc. For more information call 708/222-5240.
            Saturday, March 3--"The Wild Bunch" movie at the Little Village Community Council, 3610 W. 26th St. at Noon. Free admission. Emilio Fernandez, William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Juan Sanchez. 
        Sunday, Mar. 4--LAPA "Si Se Puede!" Comedy Jam with comedian Jose Sarduy direct from Texas. Joe's Bar, 940 W. Weed St., Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets $20 each. For ticket information contact or call Ruben Dominguez at 773/501-2277.