Funds that have been powered by the city’s most wealthy business titans are now starting to push back versus efforts from progressive political organizations in order to recreate the City Council from the ground up. Specifically, after the string of departures and retirements. Michael Ruemmler, advisor to former Mayor Rahm Emanuel, is the chairman of the Get Stuff Done PAC. This particular PAC had been able to raise about $1.74 million dollars since early December. This would also include about $1 million from Grosvenor Capital Management’s very own Michael Sacks. Who at the time was one of Chicago’s most wealthy donors and advisors to Emanuel. In particular, the choice to get pragmatic candidates in City Council was spearheaded by the fund. This is all in accordance to the records that had been filed with the Illinois State Board of Elections. There should be more control to be had without any interference on the part of mainstream outsiders.
In a separate contribution, Sacks had given about $86,000 to 12 City Council candidates immediately, all in accordance to records filed with the help of the Illinois State Board of Elections. Cari Sacks, his wife, had given an additional $67,000 in direct to nine candidates, all but one which had also been supported by her husband, according to state records.
Sacks’ contributions towards the Get Stuff Done PAC was substantial.
As it made up beyond half of the fund raised, for the benefit of the reputation of Henry, James and Keating Crown. All giving in the fund of $225,000. Meanwhile, LIUNA, which was the Chicago Laborers’ District Council PAC, had given the fund of $200,000. This is all in accordance to records that had been filed through the Illinois State Board of Elections. Mayor Lori Lightfoot had been able to endorse a reelection bid.
There are specific members of the Chicago Chapter of Democratic Socialists of America, also known as the DSA, had been able to shift the balance of political power in Chicago from back in 2019. All while electing six more members to the City Council. The group is likely to double the number within this year and to take more power for progressives than through any time that would be relevant since Mayor Harold Washington.
DSA members from City Council have time and time again, looked to lessen the Chicago Police Department’s budget for the hopes of making the social safety net stronger while increasing oversight of the police department while also fighting off gentrification. This has therefore put them within a collision course for the majority of time with Mayor Lori Lightfoot, known to be critiqued and dejecting, even in more personal jabs and efforts.
While the groups work hard to keep increasing the size of the City Council’s very own Socialist and Progressive caucuses, there are plenty of funds being way too spent in the according races. The Chicago Teachers Union is the strongest progressive labor organization in Chicago. CTU has been able to give the Cook County Commissioner Brandon Johnson about $1 million.