Honor King’s legacy by continuing the voting rights fight

We are facing a critical time for voting rights in our country. On [Jan. 16], I spoke to the Southland Ministerial Health Network at their Martin Luther King Day Spirit of Excellence Awards about the need to continue the fight for voting rights as the best way to honor Dr. King’s legacy. Not that long …

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Encouraging Youth Participation in Presidential Election

Clerk David Orr talking to high school students in Evanston Feb 2016.

With next Tuesday’s voter registration deadline quickly approaching for the March 15 Illinois primary election, Cook County Clerk David Orr is reaching out to young people about the importance of voting and how they can register. Orr spoke to Evanston Township High School students Thursday morning, and his staff helped eligible teens register to vote …

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Voter Registration Drive in Suburban Cook for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

Cook County Clerk David Orr, County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, and Chicago Board of Elections Commissioner Jonathan Swain

“We believe one of the great ways to honor Martin Luther King Jr. is to understand we can make our society better, our government more accountable if people register and vote,” Cook County Clerk David Orr said. 2016 MLK Voter Registration Drive http://cookcountyclerk.com http://cookcountyclerk.com/registerto… Cook County Clerk David Orr, County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, and …

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To restore democracy, overturn Citizens United ruling

To restore democracy, overturn Citizens United ruling   “Money changes everything,” the saying goes, and its disastrous effect is being felt throughout American politics. Our democracy is under siege since the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision gave free rein to SuperPACs and dark money, elongating an already-lengthy election cycle and further discouraging voter participation in …

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Marriage Equality for All

Marriage equality will now be the law of the land, and there is no turning back! I am thrilled that the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled in favor of marriage equality, agreeing with the majority of Americans that same-sex couples throughout the United States should enjoy the right to marry. Justice delayed is justice denied. …

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Truth about TIFs in Chicago & exposing pay to play politics

Truth about TIF or Tax increment financing. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sMLMHBzvq5M TIF stands for Tax Increment Financing. It is something that has become very big in Chicago and is a creative economic tool. The problem in Chicago, is that it has unfortunately been misused. You have to understand what TIF money is. It is tax increment financing, that is …

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David Orr response to Sun-Times editorial – Chuy’s floating blimp springs a leak

By David Orr, Co-Chair of Garcia for Chicago Mayoral Campaign in response Sun-Times editorial: Chuy’s floating blimp springs a leak The owners of the Sun-Times have made it clear that Chicago should solve its financial crisis by slashing pensions, jobs, and benefits — without a policy to share the pain or gain — and certainly …

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Illinois is a leader in expanding voter access

Tuesday, October 13th, 2014 4:15 PM State Sen. Don Harmon & Cook County Clerk David Orr Around the country, voter suppression battles are raging. But here at home, Illinois is leading the charge for voter rights and expanding ballot access. We’re guided by a simple concept: Our democracy is always stronger when more people participate. …

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