Candidate for Mayor
Education: University of Illinois-Chicago, BA and Masters Degree in Urban Planning
Occupation: County Commissioner
Home: Little Village
Past Political/Civic Experience: Cook County Commissioner since 2010, former state senator, former Chicago alderman
Q: What are the top two issues that should be on the minds of young Chicagoans?
Education & Opportunity. The current administration is selling our education system piecemeal to the highest bidder, at the expense of your future. Instead of preparing students to compete in a global economy, it is saddling them with ever increasing burdens of student debt.
Q: Chicago counted more than 400 homicides in 2014. What is your strategy to lower homicides, shootings and crime in general?
I would staff the police force sufficiently and train them to implement true community policing, a proven and effective strategy for preventing and responding to crime.
Q: As mayor, how will you create new jobs in the city?
I will make infrastructure improvements that are needed to improve the viability of manufacturing, warehousing and commercial spaces that comprise the economic framework of the City, and I will require businesses that benefit from City tax incentives and subsidies to hire local, provide basic benefits, and pay living wages.
Q: Where does improving the CTA rank on your list of priorities? What specifically would you like to improve for riders?
Improving the CTA is a priority for job growth, constituent convenience, and environmental preservation. I would improve CTA access in communities that lack it, and make it possible for commuters to reach their destinations safely and on time.
Q: Does the recently-passed minimum wage hike in Chicago go far enough?
No. I continue to advocate for raising the minimum wage to $15/hour now, and having it increase by the annual rate of inflation, because no one who works full time should have to live in poverty.
Q: Should the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art be built on the lakefront's Museum Campus? Why or why not?
No. I loved the Star Wars movies, but building a museum to Darth Vader on our lakefront is a terrible mistake. The lakefront is one of Chicago's treasures. As a runner, I value its expanse. We must preserve it for future generations by keeping it forever open, clear and free.
Q: What would you do to help bikes and cars peacefully coexist on city streets?
I will focus on the most dangerous corridors and intersections, and ensure that there are protected bike lanes and proper traffic signals. I will work with bikers and other stakeholders to develop a true bike network throughout the city, and not just a patchwork of disconnected lanes.
Q: Do you support or oppose the decriminalization of marijuana?
I support the decriminalization of marijuana, especially for possession of very small amounts.
Q: What's your favorite movie filmed in Chicago?
Q: Pick one: Blackhawks, Bears, Bulls, Cubs, Sox, Fire?
Q: Which fictional political TV show do you watch: House of Cards, Veep, Scandal, The Good Wife, Parks and Recreation, Alpha House, Madame Secretary?
House of Cards
Q: What is your favorite spot to grab a beer in Chicago?
Q: Which is worse: ketchup on a Chicago-style hotdog or thin crust pizza?
Thin crust pizza
Q: If you played hooky a la "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," how would you spend your day?
Introducing him to jazz
Q: If elected, do you commit to an interview with the RedEye within one month of taking office?