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
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.
Right Pic: Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel vs. Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia
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.
Consulate General launches Notary Public Accreditation
The Consulate General of the Philippines in Chicago wishes to inform all notaries public within its jurisdiction that it will begin accepting applications for their accreditation.
For the authentication of documents, the Consulate General of the Philippines in Chicago requires that the documents notarized by notaries public must be further authenticated by the County Clerk or by the Secretary of State where the notary public practices, before they are accepted by the Consulate. Once accreditation commences, all documents notarized by accredited notaries public will no longer be required to have the authentication by the Country Clerk or the Secretary of State.
"By having accredited notaries public, we remove one layer in the process," says Consul General Generoso D.G. Calonge. "Our clients can now have their documents notarized by an accredited notary public, and they can send them directly to the Consulate General without need for them being further authenticated by the Secretary of State. This saves time for our clients," Consul General Calonge further stressed.
The list of requirements for accreditation, as well as the necessary form, will be made available at the Consulate General's website www.chicagopcg.com
Only applications from notaries public located within the following states under the Consulate General's jurisdiction will be accepted for processing: Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.
Justice Davide to Knights of Rizal:
Back BBL; Serve the Philippines
By Mariano “Anong” Santos
LEFT PIC SHOWS Former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Hilario G. Davide Jr. addressing the attendees of the 20th Assembly of the Order of the Knights of Rizal Feb. 20 in Vigan City.
VIGAN CITY--"Don't let the Mamasapano massacre get into the way of passing the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL)," said former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Hilario G. Davide, Jr., to the more than 500 attendees of the 20th biennial assembly of the Order of the Knights of Rizal (OKOR) at the convention hall of this city on Feb. 19-22.
A former OKOR Supreme Commander, Davide asked his fraternity brethrens to go beyond the ceremonies and studying the works of the Philippine National Hero, Dr. Jose Rizal, and challenged them to serve the Philippines using the ideals of Rizal as their guide.
In an exclusive interview, after his speech on February 21, Davide, also a former ambassador to the United Nations, elaborated on his advocacy for the passage of the BBL.
Redemption at the Oscars
For the longest time, people looked to the Oscars to know which Hollywood movies to check out or download, who made it to this year's best- and worst-dressed list, and which hottest couple to watch.
The Oscars, that once-a-year bonanza for haute couture and bling designers, used to be pure entertainment: glitz, glamour and cleavage galore, and people knew not to expect more than the occasional brilliant acceptance speech, some laughable gaffes, or, as in last year's Twitter-breaker, a trending topic or selfie on the social media.
Which was why this year's ceremony was a pleasant surprise and heartwarming revelation, showing as it did just how powerful a force celebrity and entertainment can be in pushing the social good. For the first time, the big words, the issues that matter, were magnified, not on the big screen, but presented onstage and proffered as possibilities by the winning performers who chose to bring their roles into real life.
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A Listening Session
By Jon Melegrito
Letter from Washington
Thanks to tone-deaf politicians, Washington hasn't been on a listening mode lately. I'm referring mainly to House and Senate leaders who'd rather risk another government shutdown than listen to the American people.
Understandably, concerned citizens are outraged that Republicans would hold up funding for the Dept. of Homeland Security as a way of punishing Obama for his executive actions on immigration. They are also frustrated at Republican inaction in passing a comprehensive immigration reform bill. Moreover, millions of Americans who are now benefiting from Obamacare are outraged that Republicans continue to repeal it.
The campaign season has begun. And governing is the last thing on their mind.
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