Dec 182015

For Immediate Release 


CHICAGO, Illinois December 15, 2015 – 

COAL commends State Rep. LaShawn K. Ford and State Rep. Mary E. Flowers for introducing legislation (HB4356) that would create a process for the Recall of the Mayor of Chicago. It was politically courageous and, we believe, required legislation that we are also surprised to have found that does not exist (but then again this is the City of Chicago within the State of Illinois).

And yes, we do have an existing process for removing officials – that process is called an election.

However, there are also times, as history has shown us, when an official’s performance can be so problematic and/or said official is a central part of activities that are so egregious and/or so untrustworthy that said official loses the trust and confidence of the people and in turn his/her ability to govern and therefor does not deserve retaining the right to govern – if you then couple this with an office that welds vast  authority and power over the everyday lives of a huge number of people, then a recall process is in order. Recall legislation should be in place for any and all executive offices, meeting this criteria, in a free and democratic society.

Call it a legislative emergency response and preparedness plan for non-performing elected executives.

Call it a process that represents an emergency board meeting for the business (the City of Chicago) by the voting stockholders (its residents registered to vote) to oust the sitting Chairman (the Mayor of Chicago) by a vote of no confidence (a Recall petition and possible Recall Election).

This is where ‘run government like a business’ should really be applied.

So whether you have confidence in the Mayor or not, whether you believe that he covered up the murder of LaQuan McDonald to get re-elected or not, whether you believe that he has demonstrated extremely poor leadership or not, whether you believe that he should be re-called or not….everyone should support a process that gives the citizens of Chicago that legal and lawful capability – the ability to ‘pull this lever in the event of an emergency’…

Our democracy and this City deserves no less.

COAL asks that you support this legislation by signing the petition below and by contacting your respective state representative and state senator asking each to support this Recall Bill, HB4356.


Clarence N. Wood, Chairman
Coalition of African American Leaders (COAL)
(312) 404-8269
[email protected] 


Craig K. Wimberly,  President & Chair Public Policy
Coalition of African American Leaders (COAL)
(773) 350-9315
 [email protected]


The Coalition of African American Leaders (COAL) believes that it is important to examine the critical issues confronting the African American community where injustice, inequality and the absence of access and opportunity continue to prevail, thereby negatively impacting us as a people.  C.O.A.L. is an assemblage that advocates and organizes for appropriate and responsible public policy change, system behavior change and equality of opportunity.  We aim to achieve for all of our people the fullness of the life experience without any form of racism or exclusion as a deterrent.  We believe we must prepare ourselves for the opportunity of this full participation, thereby achieving the necessary education and training to participate.

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