Reposted from Loyola Phoinix
Video recorded by Chicago Access Network (CAN TV)
By Katie Anthony
Updated January 16, 2019 12:14 a.m. CT
Published January 16, 2019 12:14 a.m. CT
More than 700 community members showed up for the 49th Ward aldermanic debate between incumbent Joe Moore and Maria Hadden Tuesday night, which highlighted issues such as community safety and education.
The debate comes before the city council elections Feb. 26, when Chicagoans can cast their votes for each ward’s alderman as well as the city’s mayor, clerk and treasurer.
The 49th Ward includes Rogers Park, which Joe Moore has represented as alderman since 1991. Hadden is a Rogers Park resident and, if elected, would be the first openly gay woman of color to serve as alderwoman in Chicago.
The debate was held at Sullivan High School, around half a mile from Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus. Kathy Tate-Bradish from the League of Women Voters moderated the discussion, which was centered on audience questions sorted by Sullivan High School students.
Moore and Hadden both labeled themselves as “progressive” in their opening statements and agreed on policies such as protecting undocumented residents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents entering buildings without the owner’s permission.
Recent events in Rogers Park such as the drowning of a 13-year-old girl at Loyola Beach this past summer and an unsolved spree of shootings this past fall were among community concern at the debate.
Hadden said she supported community members in the 49th and 50th ward who created The Chicago Alliance for Waterfront Safety this past summer. She added she would work toward funding the $1.2 million repairs to get Sullivan High School’s pool up and running again to teach water safety.
Moore said his office met with water safety experts and community members to create a lakefront safety task force following the drowning death at Loyola Beach last summer. The task force is working to come up with recommendations for the city and local community surrounding water safety, according to Moore.
He said he’s also been working with the park district to find a source of funding for Sullivan’s pool repairs.
Hadden and Moore disagreed on the reallocation of police from low-crime areas of Chicago to high-crime areas — Moore opposes moving officers out of the 49th Ward while Hadden prefers allocating police resources to communities that may need it more.
“Yes, there are other parts of the city that may need more police protection but I do not want to lose police to other communities,” Moore said. “As the terrible incidents of this past fall demonstrate, we need to have police.”
Hadden disagreed with Moore’s stance and said she believes in focusing police resources to the areas they are most needed.
“[Chicago] has finite resources and we have a lot of infrastructure, schools and other funding to support,” Hadden said. “I do support allocating police resources in a more equitable way just as I support allocating funds for our public schools in a more equitable way.”
With many members of the Sullivan High School community — including students, teachers and parents — in attendance, education and funding were frequently asked about. Both Hadden and Moore agreed education is key to addressing poverty in the 49th Ward and Chicago as a whole.
Moore said he wouldn’t support a referendum committing to freeze new charter schools and pause expansion of already existing charter schools in the 49th Ward — he said he values having lots of school options for families to choose from. Hadden, however, said she would support such a referendum until local Chicago Public Schools get a better funding formula.
Following the conclusion of the debate, Moore told The Phoenix he wishes the event was held in more of a traditional debate style. Instead, each participant typically had two minutes to answer each audience question, with no room for rebuttal.
“I was a little bit disappointed in the format,” Moore said. “It didn’t really allow for a thoughtful back and forth, it was like two different presentations.”
Hadden said the format was challenging, but allowed for a wide range of questions and opportunities for each candidate to show their positions.
“It was difficult, having so many questions coming one after another,” Hadden told The Phoenix. “I thought they were a really good range of questions. I thought the moderator did a great job.”
Riley Thorpe, a 15-year-old Sullivan student, helped keep time during the debate. She said she was shocked by the community turnout filling her school’s auditorium.
“It’s crazy,” Thorpe said. “I didn’t realize this many people would care and come to an event like this.”
Chabad of East Rogers Park to light the Menorah where Eliyahu Moscowitz was brutally taken from us sending a message of hope and increasing light
[Rogers Park, Chicago] — Chabad of E Rogers Park will ignite a public 9-foot Chanukah menorah erected at Loyola Park, dedicated to the memory of Eliyahu Moscowitz who was brutally murdered at Loyola Park last month. The lighting will be followed by a community-wide celebration on December 3rd, the 2nd night of the eight-day holiday. The ceremony, organized by Chabad- Rabbi Yoel Wolf, will be joined by the Moscowitz family, local dignitaries and the annual car top Menorah parade organized by Lubavitch Chabad of Illinois. Following the menorah lighting ceremony, hundreds will dance to live music, sing and eat traditional potato latkes and doughnuts.
This comes on the heels of the tragedies which rocked Rogers Park just over a month ago. 2 people were murdered within a span of 36 hours, Douglass Watts, and a member of the West Rogers Park Jewish community, Eliyahu Moscowitz. Chabad East Rogers Park mourns the loss of both of these gentlemen, and through this event, hope to offer our heartfelt condolences and solace to those who grieve,
“Our response is not to hunker down in fear, rather to come out stronger and prouder in celebrating our Judaism in the open. To strengthen our resolve to continue to build and grow, and come together as a community. Dedicating a Menorah in memory of Eliyahu Moscowitz serves as a symbol of Chicago's resolve to preserve and encourage the right and liberty of all its citizens to worship G‑d freely, openly, and with pride.” said Rabbi Wolf.
“The message of Chanukah is the message of light,” added Rabbi Wolf. “The nature of light is that it is always victorious over darkness. A small amount of light dispels a lot of darkness. Another act of goodness and kindness, another act of light, can make all the difference.”
For more information about Chanukah visit www.Chanukah.Chabaderp.com.
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Chanukah, the Festival of Lights, begins this year on the evening of Sunday, December 2 and concludes the evening of Monday, December 10. It recalls the victory of a militarily weak Jewish people who defeated the Syrian Greeks who had overrun ancient Israel and sought to impose restrictions on the Jewish way of life and prohibit religious freedom. They also desecrated and defiled the Temple and the oils prepared for the lighting of the menorah, which was part of the daily service. Upon recapturing the Temple only one jar of undefiled oil was found, enough to burn only one day, but it lasted miraculously for eight. In commemoration, Jews celebrate Chanukah for eight days by lighting an eight-branched candelabrum known as a menorah. Today, people of all faiths consider the holiday a symbol and message of the triumph of freedom over oppression, of spirit over matter, of light over darkness. Chabad popularized celebrating Chanukah with public Menorah's around the world. Additional information about the Chanukah holiday is available at www.Chanukah.Chabaderp.com.
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