On Candidate Sigcho’s Petition Challenge

Four years ago I ran for alderman.  My signatures were challenged.  The process of getting on the ballot was so ridiculous that it joined gerrymandering and campaign finance reform as part of my proposed reforms to Chicago politics.  Due to some bad advice about petition formatting I had to withdraw.  But it was a good… Continue reading On Candidate Sigcho’s Petition Challenge

Lead in Chicago’s Water

Back in 2014 I was giving a talk at the local library on a local environmental issue.  Afterwards a man came up and started telling me about the danger of lead in Chicago's water.  If you're like me, when someone starts talking about the danger to the water supply, your expectation is that tinfoil hat… Continue reading Lead in Chicago’s Water

Troy Hernandez for Pilsen Academy Community Representative

I'm running for another 2-year term on the Pilsen Academy Local School Council (LSC).  As the community representative and secretary, these past 2 years have been a lot of work, but it's been worth it. Last week, the LSC voted to offer a contract to our new principal; Leanne Hightower. She will be starting next week! Leanne comes… Continue reading Troy Hernandez for Pilsen Academy Community Representative

Plata y Plomo in Pilsen

On Wednesday there will be a meeting with the US EPA hosted by the Pilsen Environmental Rights and Reform Organization (PERRO) in the basement of the church at 1850 S Throop. For the past decade PERRO has been pushing the EPA to investigate the emissions coming from the H Kramer smelting facility. From Wikipedia: H.… Continue reading Plata y Plomo in Pilsen

Pilsen Academy LSC Votes for New Principal

Yesterday, the Pilsen Community Academy Local School Council (LSC) held a special meeting at the Lozano Library.  All LSC members, with the exception of the principal, were in attendance.  We finished the principal's cumulative review and voted unanimously to approve it. We then voted on his contract renewal.  There were 2 votes to renew his contract,… Continue reading Pilsen Academy LSC Votes for New Principal

Campaign Suspended

Today I'm suspending my campaign for Democratic Committeeman of the 25th Ward.  It appears that, due to my current pace of signature collection and the incoming snow storm during this important signature collecting weekend, I will be unable to collect the required number of signatures. You miss 100% of the shots you never take. - Michael… Continue reading Campaign Suspended

Seriously, I Need Your Help

The "Democrats" run this town. Property taxes were just hiked and we're still in financial ruin. We've had a record number of elected officials go to jail and the toothless inspector general of the city council just had his files taken by the FBI. So you'd expect people to be breaking out the pitchforks. But… Continue reading Seriously, I Need Your Help

Troy Hernandez for Democratic Ward Committeeman

I'm collecting signatures to get myself on the ballot for Democratic Committeeman in Chicago's 25th Ward. I need your help. First, I'll explain what the committeeman is and does. Then I'll explain why I need your help. Finally, I'll tell you why I'm running. Ward Committeeman I'll let Hal Dardick at the Tribune explain the position:… Continue reading Troy Hernandez for Democratic Ward Committeeman

Pilsen Academy Update – September

Update: The Principal, Dr. Ali, has called for a special, "pre-LSC" meeting for this Friday, October 16th at 8am. Incredibly, this has been done in violation of the rules that the LSC community relations officer, Luis Garcia, explicitly stated at a special training held just weeks ago. This is not the first time this has… Continue reading Pilsen Academy Update – September