ROGERS PARK — The Rogers Park people who campaigned for Jesus "Chuy" Garcia for mayor are forming a new independent political organization in the 49th Ward — and they're bringing along city leaders to talk politics at a meeting Wednesday night.
“We worked to win our ward for Chuy Garcia, and we organized to protect public education in Rogers Park,” said organizer Katy Hogan, who is also a former Rogers Park business owner and longtime member of the 49th Ward Democratic Party.
“Clearly a new independent political organization is needed for our ward.”
Starting at 7 p.m. in the Loyola Field House's Sky Room, 1230 W. Greenleaf Ave., residents can get the chance to hear Jesse Sharkey, the Chicago Teachers Union vice president, and 35th Ward Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa talk about the issues currently facing their prospective fields.
In the 2015 mayoral run-off election against Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Garcia won the 49th Ward with a 52 percent majority to Emanuel's 48 percent.
The new organization will also be calling for a referendum to put a moratorium on charter school expansions in the ward, the group said.
"We stopped Noble Street and Intrinsic charter schools from coming to our area. Now let's build on that to protect our neighborhood public schools from any further charter expansion in Rogers Park," they wrote on social media.
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