Archive for February 23rd, 2009

A Chicago homeless man is attempting to run for office but is facing resistance because he is homeless and does not have a permanent address.  This article highlights the fact that homeless individuals have every right that those that are housed do and that no one should ever be discriminated against because of their housing status.

02/20/09 07:35 AM

Associated Press Writer

A suburban Chicago man barred from running for the village board because he is homeless isn’t giving up trying to get on the ballot.

Daniel Fore and his attorneys on Thursday filed both a petition seeking a judicial review of the decision and an emergency motion for expedited hearing with the Cook County Circuit Court.

The team hopes for a ruling on the matter by March 6, ahead of the March 16 start of early voting, said Larry Griffin, an attorney for the firm Kirkland and Ellis who represents Fore pro bono.

Oak Park’s electoral board voted 2-1 last week to bar Fore from the April 7 ballot. A message left for an Oak Park spokesman was not immediately returned Thursday afternoon.

Two Oak Park residents, Randy Gillett and Richard Newman, challenged Fore’s candidacy, claiming a person without a fixed address cannot run for office or register to vote.

But Fore’s attorneys say the electoral board’s decision violates Illinois law and nothing in it bars homeless people from ballot access just because they’re homeless.

Cook County Clerk David Orr agrees, saying in a statement he believes state law supports Fore’s case.

“Just as homeless voters deserve the right to cast ballots, homeless candidates have a right to run for office,” Orr said. “At a time when more and more Americans are losing their homes, it is imperative they not also lose access to full participation in our democracy – either as voters or officeholders.”

Orr’s support is key, Griffin said.

“I think his perspective is obviously valuable,” Griffin said. “We appreciate that he sees, as we do, that Dan has a right to run.”

Fore collected 800 signatures from Oak Park residents, almost double the amount he needed to be placed on the ballot, Griffin said.

Fore is also represented by the Law Project of the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless.



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“Concert from the Heart”, a benefit concert for the City Mission and Food Bank will take place on March 17th at 8pm at Kleinhans Music Hall.  The Buffalo News did a short piece on it the other day:

News Staff Reporter

It figures to be among the most eclectic events in Buffalo musical annals.

American Federation of Musicians Local 92 and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra will team with the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame to present “Concert From the Heart,” a March 17 benefit for the Buffalo City Mission and the Food Bank of Western New York.

The 8 p. m. performance in Kleinhans Music Hall will feature Hall of Famers Lance Diamond, Van Taylor and his touring band Taylor Made Jazz and — representing the historic Colored Musicians Club — the George Scott Big Band. The Old School B Boys, with Mark Mazur and his Little Big Band, will be special guests.

All of it will be backed by the BPO with guest conductor Paul Ferington.

Among the greats whose music will be highlighted: Cole Porter, Duke Ellington, Neil Diamond, Barry White and Marvin Gaye.

“It will be a historic event, reaching across boundaries,” said Rick Matthews, Buffalo Music Hall of Fame president.

“The proceeds will go to two organizations at an unprecedented level — tens of thousands,” added Ron Daniels, Local 92 president.

For the City Mission and the Food Bank, the fundraiser could hardly come at a better time.

As the recession has deepened, “the need for food is growing tremendously; it’s up over 11 percent from last year,” said Michael J. Billoni, Food Bank marketing director.

Stuart Harper, executive director of the City Mission, which is also dealing with rising demand, spoke of the evening’s eclectic music as “kind of like the people who come to our door.”

A pre-concert performance by the Bar Room Buzzards will begin at 7.

There also will be a post-concert dance featuring the Jim Tudini Big Band.

Tickets will be $25 and are available at the Kleinhans box office, 885-5000, and Doris Records, 286 E. Ferry St., 883-2410.

Seating will be open.


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