CHICAGO (March 12, 2013)–The Chicago City Council’s Progressive Reform Coalition will announce Tuesday it has formalized as an organization, launching a political action committee, approving a set of bylaws to govern its work, and signing on to a Statement of Principles to drive its mission forward.

“The Progressive Reform Coalition is a different kind of caucus,” said Ald. Ricardo Munoz (22), who will serve as the Coalition’s treasurer. “Unlike other City Council caucuses, we’re not unified by any one demographic identity. We represent a diverse mix of communities and constituency groups. What guides us is a set of beliefs and values–a vision for a more just and equal Chicago.”

The Progressive Reform Coalition includes Ald. John Arena (45); Ald. Bob Fioretti (2); Ald. Toni Foukes (15); Ald. Leslie Hairston (5); Ald. Ricardo Munoz (22); Ald. Ameya Pawar (47); Ald. Roderick Sawyer (6); Ald. Nick Sposato (36); and Ald. Scott Waguespack (32). Aldermen Fioretti, Foulkes and Sawyer will serve as co-chairs of the Coalition.

“We welcome any and all aldermen to join the Coalition if they agree with our Statement of Principles and want to work with us to steer this city onto a new path,” said Ald. Foulkes. “We want to work with everyone–the Mayor, our fellow aldermen and our constituents–to realize the dream of a Chicago with high quality public schools, safe streets and plenty of economic opportunity for all.”

Although the group has existed as an informal caucus for several years, it began ramping up its activity in 2012, organizing a series of high profile community budget town halls in the fall.

“Our constituents, in wards all across the city, have sounded the alarm about the direction of the city, and are demanding that we do more to right this ship,” said Ald. Bob Fioretti. “They are disturbed by the increasing reliance on privatization to create revenue. They are angry about the closings of public schools and mental health clinics. They want to see their elected leaders push us in a new direction that is more supportive and accountable to communities, and the members of this Coalition are working to achieve that.”

A website for the Progressive Reform Coalition will launch in the near future.

For more information about the Progressive Reform Coalition, or to request an interview with one of the Coalition’s members, please contact Joanna Klonsky at 312-307-0840.

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