Elect Valerie F.

Leonard Alderman, 24th Ward
“A leader for such a time as this”

January 4, 2010

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24th Ward Aldermanic Challenger Valerie F. Leonard Gains Momentum With IVI-IPO Endorsement
Valerie F. Leonard, candidate for Alderman in the 24th Ward, has been endorsed by the Independent Voters of Illinois-Independent Precinct Organization (IVI-IPO).

“I am deeply

honored to be endorsed by the same organization that has endorsed people like the late Mayor Harold Washington, Alderman Pat Dowell, Alderman Walter Burnett and President Barack Obama.” The IVI–IPO has been in existence since 1944. It has been dedicated to good government activism and an idealistic vision of open, honest government in Illinois through pragmatic means that confront cynicism and corruption with equal force. The organization's primary tools are voter's registration, voter information and candidate endorsement.
Leonard earned the endorsement of the independent not-for-profit organization following an intensive review process that included answering questionnaires and in-person interviews. Leonard’s opponents could include up to 16 other candidates, including the incumbent Sharon Dixon. “The high number of candidates reflects the urgency of the community issues to be addressed and the voters desire to have an engaged and responsive Alderman,” said Leonard. Valerie F. Leonard is a community development consultant and co-founder of the Lawndale Alliance. Her consulting practice focuses on strengthening nonprofit organizations and helping them secure federal funding. The Lawndale Alliance is a community-based group that addresses issues that impact local residents and the community. The group is most noted for minimizing the potential displacement of up to 1,200 residents as a result of implementation of the Ogden-Pulaski TIF (Tax Increment Financing). Leonard is also the author of “The Time for TIF 4111 West 21st Place Chicago, IL 60623 Phone 773-521-3137 Fax: 773-521-3137 Website: http://Vote4Valerie.voterspace.com Blog: http://Vote4Valerie.blogspot.com

Reform is Now,” the Lawndale Alliance’s report detailing the pros and cons of North Lawndale’s TIFs and how the program may be improved. ###

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