March 2012

2012 Ultimate Women's Power Lunch with Lilly Ledbetter and U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar

I'm thrilled to announce the 11th Annual Ultimate Women's Power Lunch will be held at the Hilton Chicago on May 4th 2012. We will be featuring keynote speaker US Senator Amy Klobuchar and special guest Lilly Ledbetter. Lilly's work for equal pay led to The Obama Administration's first accomplishment in office, signing the act that bears her name, the Lilly Ledbetter act, into law. Amy Klobuchar, the first woman Senator from Minnesota, is one of brightest (and funniest) of all.  We are excited to have them both for our luncheon.
The GOP Presidential race has brought a profoundly disturbing return of anti-woman rhetoric, and now more than ever we need to stand up and remind the GOP what a room full of powerful women can do. Join Amy, Lilly, myself, and several hundred powerful women (and some very secure men) at this year's Ultimate Women's Power Lunch.

Friday, May 4, 2012
Hilton Chicago
International Ballroom

720 S. Michigan Avenue 
Chicago, IL

Power Lunch Guest: $150
Featured Guest Speakers: 
Lilly Ledbetter 
U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar
11:30 AM - registration opens
12PM - 2PM - Lunch and Program (International Ballroom)
2PM - Book signing with Lilly Ledbetter, Grace and Grit: My Fight for Equal Pay and Fairness at Goodyear and Beyond

(Click here to purchase tickets.)

2012 Primary Endorsements


Every election cycle I endorse candidates that share my vision of Progressive Democratic politics, I hope you consider joining me in supporting these wonderful candidates.

Endorsements in Primary Elections

President of the United States: Barack Obama

U.S. Congress, 9th District: Janice D. Schakowsky

State Senator, 15th District: Donna Miller
State Senator, 29th District: Julie Morrison

State Representative, 14th District: Kelly Cassidy

Commissioner, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) vote for three
Stella B. Black
Debra Shore
Kari K. Steele

Clerk of the Circuit Court: Ricardo Munoz

Supreme Court: Mary Jane Theis

9th Subcircuit (Bender vacancy): Lionel Jean-Baptise
9th Subcircuit (Epstein vacancy): Abbey Fishman Romanek

Appellate (Cahill vacancy): Mat Delort
Appellate (Coleman vacancy): Nathaniel Howse
Appellate (Gallagher vacancy): Marguerite Anne Quinn
Appellate (O'Brien vacancy): Jesse Reyes

Circuit (Kinnaird vacancy): Erica Reddick
Circuit (Frossard vacancy): Diann Marsalek
Circuit (Pucinski vacancy): Lorna Propes
Circuit (Stewart vacancy): Pamela Leeming
Circuit (Ward vacancy): Al Swanson

8th Subcircuit (Chiola vacancy): Celia Gamrath
8th Subcircuit (Cole vacancy): Lainie Berger
8th Subcircuit (Roy vacancy): Deborah Gubin
8th Subcircuit (A Vacancy vacancy): Laura Liu

12th Subcircuit (Rochford): Andrea Schleifer

Committeeman, 49th Ward: David Fagus

Evanston Referenda:
YES on Electricity Referendum
YES on District 65 - Issue Bonds Referendum


Republicans: Beware of Angry Women

This is a warning to Republicans politicians:  Women are watching you!   Whether you are running for President, Congress or for the state legislature, you may be feeling very self righteous and comfortable, kind of like the old days when men were men and free to say things out loud about women that for years now have been relegated to locker rooms.   Like that funny Rush Limbaugh who said, “If we are going to pay for your contraceptives and thus pay for you to have sex, we want something.  We want you to post the videos online so we can all watch.”   Ha!

 And even though the dispensing of contraceptives has been legal since 1966, you may think the time is just right to make it controversial once again.  But I have news for you.  The women are paying attention, and we are not laughing.

 We don’t appreciate that 48 of you, including every single Republican except for Olympia Snowe, (who is fed up enough with you to quit the Senate), voted for Senator Roy Blunt’s ridiculous amendment that would allow any employer and any insurance company to refuse to cover any health care service for his employees for “moral” reasons – his moral reasons.   The boss could refuse to cover not only birth control, but care for AIDS or the health of a child born out of wedlock, or whatever violated his religious or moral beliefs.