For Immediate Release
Sunday, June 19, 2016
CHICAGO – Pat Quinn brough the Take Charge Chicago petition drive to the Six Corners BBQ Fest on Sunday, where he invited rib-eaters to join the referendum campaign to put a term limit on Chicago’s Mayor and elect a Consumer Advocate.
Quinn – Illinois Governor from 2009 to 2015 – sought the autographs of fest-goers at 4000 N. Milwaukee (at Irving and Cicero), Sunday at 2:00 p.m.
“We’re going to Portage Park – the heart of the Bungalow Belt – because people are tired of being nickeled-and-dimed by City Hall,” Quinn said. “Watch for the new garbage fee on your next property tax bill.”
Last week, Quinn, launched a citywide petition drive – Take Charge Chicago – to place two binding referendums on the Chicago ballot: a term limit on the Office of Mayor and direct election by voters of a Consumer Advocate to be a champion for taxpayers and consumers.
The United States Constitution imposes a two-term limit on the President. In the 10 largest cities in the U.S., only Chicago does not have a term limit on its mayor. Cities with mayoral term limits include New York City, Los Angeles, Houston, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Diego, San Antonio, Dallas and San Jose. Voters in 20 Illinois communities have used their petition and binding referendum power – as guaranteed by the 1970 state constitution – to impose term limits on their mayors or village presidents.
“The Consumer Advocate will be a strong, independent voice who will stand up to the insiders on behalf of consumers and taxpayers who are not getting a fair shake,” Quinn said. “The Consumer Advocate will fight for safe drinking water and take on City Hall over airport noise, basement flooding, and unfair garbage fees.”
Anyone interested in circulating or signing the referendums to term limit the Mayor and elect a Consumer Advocate should contact Take Charge Chicago, PO Box 8048, Chicago, IL 60680, or call 773-999-2016. Visit TakeChargeChicago.org to download a petition, find Take Charge Chicago on Facebook and follow @TakeChargeChi on Twitter.
William Morgan (708) 256-5743
Elizabeth Norden (312) 213-0610