MARCH 2015

Runoff Election Registration & Early Voting INFO

REGISTER TO VOTE ONLINE OR BY MAIL BY MARCH 10: There's still time to register to vote (or change your address) before the April 7 runoff election! Register to vote online or update your address by March 10 at the Chicago Board of Elections website

REGISTER & VOTE IN PERSON via Grace Period Voter Registration (register and vote on the same day) will run from March 11 - April 4 

  • From March 11 - March 22, Grace Period registration will be offered ONLY at 69 W. Washington, downtown
  • From March 23 - April 4, Grace Period registration will be available at ALL Early Voting sites 

VOTE EARLY!: Early Voting runs March 23 - April 4. Voters may use ANY Early Voting site (one site in each ward)



Impact of Asian Americans seen in April 7 Chicago runoff election

By Mariano (Anong) Santos
PINOY Newsmagazine Editor

CHICAGO—As the incumbent mayor of this city, Rahm Emanuel is forced into a runoff election against his closest rival, Jesus "Chuy" Garcia, Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Chicago sees a bigger role for its constituents in influencing the results of the important April 7 vote.

Emanuel, former President Obama's Chief of Staff, fell short of the 50 per cent plus one of the votes cast on February 2 needed to secure his reelection, getting only 45 percent despite his huge campaign spending, while the Hispanic Jesus "Chuy" Garcia, a Cook County Commissioner, pulled a surprise with his strong showing of 34 per cent of the votes cast, despite his meager campaign funds.

Three other candidates garnered a cumulative total of 21 per cent of the votes, with Afro American businessman Willie Wilson's 10.6%, Alderman Bob Fioretti's 7.4% and perennial candidate William Walls' 2.8%.

Challengers of the brash city executive slammed Emanuel's closing of 50 public schools, and hit him on issues of street violence and lack of job opportunities in the city's poor neighborhoods that now resulted in the first mayoral runoff election in the city's history. No fewer than one-third of the 50 wards aldermanic elections are also up for a runoff in the April 7 elections.

"Our growing communities matter, particularly in close elections," said Tuyet Le, Executive Director of Advancing Justice- Chicago. "We are a resilient community that has overcome language barriers, voter suppression, and harsh weather to make sure we have a voice on Election Day and beyond."

Alliance of Filipinos

Advancing Justice-Chicago along with the Alliance of Filipinos for Immigrant Rights and Empowerment, Coalition for a Better Chinese American Community, and Indo-American Center contacted over 10,000 Asian American voters in three city wards with the highest concentration of Asian Americans. The civic engagement coalition recruited over 60 volunteers to outreach through phone banking in 8 languages including Tagalog.

Poll watching efforts, led by Advancing Justice -Chicago, sought to monitor compliance with the federal Voting Rights Act and protect the rights of Chinese and Asian Indian voters. Poll watchers covered sites with the highest numbers of limited English proficient Asian American voters.

"This election isn't over yet," continued Le. "Our work doesn't stop here. Our community will stay active, continue growing our civic participation, and get out to vote again in April."

Asian Americans Advancing Justice—Chicago is the leading pan-Asian, multi-issue organization in the Midwest dedicated to empowering the Asian American community through advocacy by utilizing education, research, and coalition-building. Established in 1992, Advancing Justice—Chicago (formerly the Asian American Institute) was founded by a group of community activists, academicians, and business leaders in response to the growing need to build a pan-Asian policy agenda among Chicago's diverse Asian American communities.

Advancing Justice-Chicago projects a united voice on the most pressing issues of concern to Asian Americans in metropolitan Chicago and is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. It is a member of the Asian Americans Advancing Justice national affiliation, with partner affiliates in Atlanta, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C.
For more information, visit

(With contribution from Brandon Lee)


Launch of ACGTDT Tour, March 2

The official launching of the 10th Ambassadors, Consuls General & Tourism Directors Tour to the Philippines (July 6-10, 2015) will be held on Mon., March 2 from 4:00pm-5:30pm at the Philippine Consulate General-Kalayaan Hall, 122 S. Michigan Ave., Ste. 1600 Chicago, IL 60603. There will be a special tour with Ambassador L. Cuisia, Jr. and other Philippine diplomats. Participants will explore the sites of Manila and Cebu on July 6-10.
To RSVP, call Pamela Tran at 312-583-0621, ext. 22 or email


National Capampangan Convention, Aug. 21-23

The first Capampangan National Convention, sponsored by Circulo Capampangan, will be held for three days, starting Friday, Aug. 21 at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare in Rosemont, IL, 9300 Bryn Mawr Ave. The theme of the convention is to showcase Capampangan solidarity and pride, measured by the Capampangan's rich heritage, culture, political and social accomplishments.
For more information, contact Conrad Manankil at 630-319-7949 or Lito Pineda at 773-807-1540.


AREAA's Global & Luxury Summit, April 19-21

 The Asian Real Estate Association of America (AREAA), the nation's largest trade organization representing Asian American interests in real estate, will hold a 2015 Global and Luxury Summit at the Trump International Hotel and Towers on April 19th-21st.
Chicago was chosen as the host venue due to its meteoric rise on the international real estate scene, particularly with investors from Asia. Chicago's booming luxury real estate market and prominence as a top global business destination make it a perfect backdrop for this exclusive international event. In the past 18 months, Asian investors have ramped up purchases in Chicago: the $300 million plus purchase of 311 South Wacker Dr. by Chinese investors in March, Japanese investors purchased an office tower at 203 N. LaSalle for $111.5M in April, and South Korean investors acquired towers at both 225 W. Wacker Drive and 161 N. Clark St. shortly after. The proposed 88-story luxury towers on East Wacker by the Beijing-based Wanda Group, estimated at a nearly $900M investment, demonstrates a continued interest by Asian investors in the city. In 2013, Mayor Rahm Emmanuel signed economic partnerships with eight Chinese cities, and secured the US-China Summit, further cementing Chicago as one of Asia's new top investment destinations. Thanks to programs like EB-5, which grants visas to foreign investors who invest between $500,000 and $1M, Asian investors have found an efficient way to invest their money into US properties, and are seeking to diversify their holdings by funneling capital into US real estate. The staggering amount of capital being invested in Chicago proves that Asian investors are now looking outside the traditional "gateway" cities when spending their money.
The Asian Real Estate Association of America (AREAA), established in 2003, is a national business trade organization focused on expanding housing opportunities for Asian American communities and creating business opportunities for real estate business leaders who serve this growing market.
Email Vicky Silvano for more information at

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