Press Releases2018-06-05T18:29:41+00:00

Press Releases

Vallas Unveils Plan to Jump Start Economic Development of Chicago’s Forgotten Communities

CHICAGO, August 22, 2018 – Mayoral candidate Paul Vallas today announced a comprehensive strategy to bring economic revitalization to Chicago’s long neglected communities on the South and West Sides.​ ​“Unlike the current mayor’s Loop-exclusive approach to economic development, I will prioritize on bringing new development to neighborhoods that have been ignored for decades,” Vallas said. “The years of ignoring the vast tracks of Chicago’s South, West and Southeast Sides is over.”​ ​“Chicago has an unparalleled business community and a deep bench of risk takers and entrepreneurs, but the only way our city can thrive is through growing and revitalizing all [...]

August 23rd, 2018|

Hiring Retired Detectives

I will rebuild and maintain the Bureau of Detectives’ strength at a minimum 1,200. I will provide additional support for the Bureau by recalling 400 former CPD detectives and officers with detective experience. The “Retiree Corp” is intended to support, not replace current or vacant detective positions. They will provide the critical support needed to get violent offenders off the street. Over the longer term, it will be my intent to increase the “active” strength even more to bring Chicago’s officer level closer to that of other major cities. Even with a restored force of 1,200 we will have little more than half the detectives as [...]

August 15th, 2018|

Improving the City’s Emergency Management Services

Summary​ ​ By many benchmarks Chicago's Emergency Management Services (EMS) significantly lacks what is needed for a major city like Chicago. The unit's capacity needs substantial increases and it is missing significant opportunities to boost income. This can be accomplished by creating a Bureau of EMS under a separate command structure within the Chicago Fire Department (CFD) so as to ensure that EMS objectives are equally prioritized with that of firefighting. Under a Vallas administration the CFD EMS would see their personnel, equipment and revenue numbers significantly increased. The number of ambulances would be greatly expanded as would provision of [...]

July 31st, 2018|

Vallas Pledges Major Reforms to Chicago’s Emergency Management Services

JULY 31, 2018 - Paul Vallas, candidate for mayor, today called for a major overhaul to the Chicago Fire Department’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) unit, calling for an expansion of dedicated personnel and reforms to how departmental resources are deployed. Specifically, Vallas pledged to create Bureau of Emergency Medical Services within the Fire Department under a separate command structure, which would improve response times, more efficiently utilize staff and equipment and create opportunities for the department to earn additional revenues through expanded services in the private sector. “Emergency medical personnel are among our most important front-line responders and providing them [...]

July 31st, 2018|

Paul Vallas On Merit Promotion

In regards to the questions on my position related to Merit Promotions please consider the following. RESPONSE The high percentages of merit promotions in the contract are a BIG morale killer as these promotions are for the most part devoid of real substantive criteria and are perceived as being largely political. There is no specific criteria for selection other than having passed the multiple choice “basic job knowledge” section (Part 1) of any promotional exam. As Mayor, I will immediately instruct the Superintendent to limit merit promotions to no more than 20% of all open positions while exploring a [...]

July 30th, 2018|

A Call for More Humane Animal Care Policy and Programs

Like many people familiar with Chicago Animal Care and Control, I was dismayed by the termination of the Executive Director Susan Russell by the Mayor’s Office on June 29. To express my disappointment and to support the cause to reinstate her, I joined hundreds of supporters at the July 3rd rally. There I heard first-hand from Alderman Sposato, Steve Dale, volunteers, and rescue representatives of the progress the shelter had been making under her leadership. They believed she was saving healthy and treatable animals, was doing the necessary work within the community to become a resource, and was rightfully fostering [...]

July 23rd, 2018|

Rahm Boasts: “I eliminated retiree Health Care.” When Mayor, Paul Vallas will restore it… see how

VALLAS STATEMENT “Mayor Emanuel's decision to remove retirees and their spouses who are not yet eligible for Medicare from the City’s healthcare program and remove healthcare subsidies, without even considering providing an affordable alternative healthcare option, has been extremely harmful to many. This is especially true for widowed spouses and their dependents and other City employees with modest and often inadequate City pension income. "The insensitivity to the financial hardships was fully demonstrated when the attorney for the retirees highlighted the mayor’s cavalier reply to an October 2015 email from venture capitalist Henry Feinberg in an Illinois Appellate Court [...]

July 10th, 2018|

Vallas Calls for Limits on City Sticker Tickets, Immediate Suspension of License Suspensions

June 22, 2018 -- Mayoral candidate Paul Vallas today called for a major overhaul of City fee and fine policies that have pushed thousands of city residents into bankruptcy and appear to be fueling an exodus from Chicago. Specifically, Vallas proposed taking immediate aim at several policies that appear to be having a disproportionate impact on Chicago’s poorest communities: out-of-control ticketing on City sticker violations; Red Light Camera tickets not directly tied to public safety; and driver’s license suspensions for unpaid tickets. Vallas’ call comes on the heels of a Woodstock Institute study and ProPublica report that both revealed the [...]

June 26th, 2018|

Vallas Announces “Answering Tour” to Discuss Problems and Solutions

June 26, 2018–Chicago mayoral candidate Paul Vallas today announced he was beginning an Answering Tour throughout the city to discuss with citizens how to work together on quality of life issues affecting their everyday lives. “Until election day next February, we will be meeting with people in every corner of the city – North, South, West and along the lakefront.  We will be meeting in their homes, businesses, houses of worship, schools and block clubs,” Vallas said. “We will conduct our campaign in all areas because the real ‘fast lane to the future’ doesn’t bypass Chicago’s neighborhoods.” Citing a litany of [...]

June 26th, 2018|

Vallas Proposes Plans to Address Lead Hazard in Chicago’s Water System

Initiative a Cornerstone of Vallas’ Plan to Revitalize All of Chicago’s Communities June 26, 2018 - Mayoral candidate Paul Vallas today proposed a wide-ranging plan to revitalize all of Chicago’s 77 community areas beginning with one of the greatest challenges the City faces – lead in its water supply. “While the City of Chicago is currently in the midst of replacing many of its water mains, the Emanuel Administration has completely ignored the impact that is having on the amount of lead in our drinking water supply, leading to a public health menace,” said Vallas. “As the crisis in Flint, [...]

June 26th, 2018|

It’s Time For Action To End Chicago’s Draconian Fees and Fines Practices

While the question raised in recent studies of whether or not the City of Chicago is disproportionately writing tickets in poorer communities is an important one which needs comprehensive answers, a larger problem is that fees and fines are spreading when Chicagoans, like the majority of Americans, can least afford them. A total of 48 states have increased their fees and fines court since 2010. Local governments have increasingly turned to fees and fines since the Great Recession. Yet, at the same time as cities reach into the pockets of its citizens for fees revenue, almost half of all Americans [...]

June 23rd, 2018|

Paul Vallas Statement – Keeping Students Safe 24/7

VALLAS FOR ALL CHICAGO KEEPING STUDENTS SAFE 24/7 STATEMENT The Chicago Tribune’s stories on the widespread abuse of Chicago Public Schools is tragic and deeply disturbing. It reflects a failure of leadership at CPS, which has witnessed a revolving door of leadership changes and scandal under Mayor Rahm Emanuel. This is a prime example of Emanuel’s reactive and micromanaging style missing the forest for the trees and producing a culture in which there has been a complete lack of accountability. During my tenure in the schools we placed a premium on protecting our students. We established a 24/7 rapid [...]

June 5th, 2018|

Vallas on Public Safety

CPD MUST BE EQUIPPED TO EFFECTIVELY ADDRESS PUBLIC SAFETY IN ALL NEIGHBORHOODS By Paul Vallas There is no greater responsibility for City government than ensuring all neighborhoods are safe and secure. All Chicagoans should be able to drive or take public transportation to work, allow their children to walk to local schools or parks, or just simply sit in their yards or on their porches without fear or anxiety over their safety. With over 3,700 people murdered and over 15,000 shot and wounded since 2012, with citywide vehicular high-jackings up 178% percent, with CTA crime up 47 percent since [...]

June 1st, 2018|