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Community Leaders to Meet on Election Issues

Community and civic leaders from across the city will meet October 4 to discuss a range of issues to be included in an upcoming Aldermanic and Mayoral Report Card on Justice and Democracy.

The Developing Government Accountability to the People (DGAP) coalition emphasizes the connection between social issues like housing, education, and jobs, and issues of democracy, accountability, and corruption, said Brian Gladstein of the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs. The coalition joins groups ranging from JCUA and the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform to the Pilsen Alliance and the South Side Organizing Summit.

The group’s first project is to produce report cards on the mayor and City Council prior to the 2007 elections, and Wednesday’s meeting is a step in that process, Gladstein said. The goal is to educate Chicagoans on the job performance of aldermen and the mayor, and to raise the profile of social justice issues in aldermanic races. City Council report cards will also address “democracy” issues like corruption, contributions, and inclusiveness in aldermanic offices, he said.

DGAP’s Government Accountability Forum 2006 takes place Wednesday, October 4, at the Spertus Institute, 618 S. Michigan. An afternoon session (1 to 4 p.m.) will address citywide issues relevant to the mayoral race; Salim Muwakkil of In These Times will give a keynote address. An evening session (5 to 8 p.m.) will address community issues facing City Council members.

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