Windy City Media Group Frontpage News

THE VOICE OF CHICAGO'S GAY, LESBIAN, BI, TRANS AND QUEER COMMUNITY SINCE 1985

home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2022-06-08
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
Donate

Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

ELECTIONS U.S. Congress, 6th Dist. Amanda Howland making another bid for office
Special to the online edition of Windy City Times
by Matt Simonette
2018-03-13

This article shared 677 times since Tue Mar 13, 2018
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


Civil rights attorney Amanda Howland, who in 2016 unsuccessfully challenged Republican incumbent for his post as 6th District U.S. Representative, is making another try for Roskam's office. Defining herself as "unapologetically progressive," she's facing the large field of contenders in the March 20 Democratic primary. Those opponents include Becky Anderson Wilkins, Sean Casten, Jennifer Zordani, Ryan Huffman, Carole Cheney and Kelly Mazeski.

Windy City Times: What prompted your run?

Amanda Howland: I ran last cycle. I was asked to run because they wanted someone with name recognition, but they really didn't think I would do anything. They never saw it as a viable seat. Roskam spent $3 million. I spent $130,000 and I didn't have any full-paid staff until June 2016. I got 41 percent of the vote. So we mobilized a big group of progressives and grassroots people to make sure I got on the ballot and got on the vote, and I thought I di exceptionally well, given the limited resources.

Shortly after that race, I found out that I had a malignant kidney. I was in the hospital December 19, had the kidney removed the next day and, at that point, I was not thinking of running, except that I saw what was happening with the Trump wave. The more my husband and I talked about it, the more we realized that you need to run more than once to get the name recognition to win. So we decided to that I was going to throw my hat in the ring again. Since then, in Washington, things have only gotten worse.

WCT: What do you perceive attitudes towards Roskam as being like in the district? Why do you think so many people feel compelled to challenge him?

AH: What he's been able to do in the past is [play off the fact that] people don't look at his voting record; they look at him as a person because he grew up there. He went to high school there. His family's there, so everybody knows him. Now that people are people are starting to scrutinize voting records, they saw what he did with the Planned Parenthood issue over and over. They saw him with the Hillary-bashing. They saw him stand with Trump on various things that outraged people, and he helped write the tax bill that they jammed down everybody's throat. People are looking at him in a different light; people are saying, "He's not the moderate guy I thought he was. We better start paying attention to the votes." … The thing that's most different is, I've had many moderate Republican women that I know come up to me and say, "We are so sorry we did not vote for you last time. We will not vote for Roskam this time."

WCT: What does the Congressman really need to address when they get to office?

AH: The most important issue to me, right off the bat, is that we have suddenly become a nation that has no stability. We can't talk to each other. We can't be polite to each other. We can discriminate and say whatever we want, because the president had made it okay. That's not what this country was founded on. We were founded on [the concepts that] everyone is created equal and everyone has civil rights. I know, from my role as a teacher, administrator and trustee, that we respect those rights and try to bring people together from all walks of life and work together. This president has completely destroyed that, and that scares me.

If you focus on the actual policy issues, we have to do something with our healthcare system. We are the only industrialized country with the GDP that we have that does not have national health care program, and there's no excuse for it. Numbers show that we could save billions of dollars if we get them out of the insurance companies and put them into a medicare-for-all type system. We can also transition people out of jobs who're working for those insurance companies and we can cover our population so that nobody has to be without basic health insurance.

Also, we have become a nation that no longer values education, and I don't just mean STEM education or getting a four-year or master's degree. There are tech jobs out there that are the jobs of the future—green energy, mechatronics, geothermal, solar. We should be training people for those jobs. They don't need a four-year degree to do that. Those are the jobs of the future and we've kind of let that slide.

The third major thing is that this president and his cronies are putting us on a path to absolutely destroy our environment. We're already beyond the tipping point. Climate change is very real. … Some of it would have happened naturally, yes, but we're accelerating it. For Trump to pull out of the Paris Accords and write all those executive orders taking away regulations from the Obama era is just criminal. If we don't have an environment that's healthy, we're going to be paying more for medical care and have more birth defects. The whole thing goes hand-in-hand.

WCT: Is there any work you've done with the LGBT community?

AH: Absolutely. I have, at College of Lake County, with the students. I've been to rallies and marched with the LGBTQ community. [Attorneys and activists] Ed Mullen and Jacob Meister and they are big in the community. I have friends out here, in the Lake Zurich area, who are part of the community who are working on my campaign. I have always supported those rights, the right to marry and to live the way one chooses. That's not something I just jumped on recently.

WCT: What are the pertinent issues for LGBT folks in the 6th District?

AH: We've got a few things going on right now, and a lot of it has to do with the stability issue—now that it's become okay to be racist and homophobic out loud, people are getting backlash for no reason, and they haven't done anything. The people crawling out of the woodwork are giving them a hard time. A big issue is the bathroom situation in District 211. One of my good friends, he's not on my campaign team, but he's a precinct committeeman. His [child] transitioned. I watched her go through the process; she's going to be a sophomore in college. It was the right move for her. She's happy and I'm glad she's happy.

This fighting at District 211 over the bathroom issue, to me, is just ridiculous. You can make a reasonable accommodation without having anybody else be upset. I don't understand why they're spending all of the money they're wasting in court, when they can come to an agreement. The courts have already told them to come to an agreement, and yet they continue to fight.

See amandahowlandforcongress.com .


This article shared 677 times since Tue Mar 13, 2018
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email

  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

Cook County officials discuss MPV timelines 2022-08-12
- Members of the Cook County Health and Hospitals Committee gathered Aug. 8 to hear details from local health officials on the monkeypox virus' (MPV's) impact on both suburban Cook County and Chicago, and their planned responses. ...


Gay News

Big Cities Health Coalition holds monkeypox virus briefing 2022-08-11
- Big Cities Health Coalition (BCHC) held a virtual monkeypox virus briefing Aug. 10 fthat ocused on local public health activities in Chicago. Speakers included BCHC Executive Director Chrissie Juliano and BCHC member and Chicago Department of ...


Gay News

Calif. Gov. Gavin Newsom names first queer woman to state supreme court 2022-08-11
- California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced his intention to appoint Alameda County Superior Court Judge Kelli Evans to serve as an associate justice of the California Supreme Court to fill the vacancy created by Justice Guerrero's elevation ...


Gay News

Another queer candidate is part of Chicago mayoral race 2022-08-10
- In addition to incumbent Lori Lightfoot as well as Ald. Raymond Lopez and media figure DJ Doran, there is a new LGBTQ+ candidate in the race for Chicago mayor. According to their website, J Saxon "is ...


Gay News

Chicago Ald. Sophia King enters mayoral race 2022-08-10
- Chicago Ald. Sophia King (4th Ward) has officially entered the Chicago mayoral race. "I love this city. We need a Chicago that's safer AND stronger," King says in the video, according to NBC Chicago. "Let's put ...


Gay News

Drag show finally takes place at UpRising Bakery and Cafe 2022-08-08
- After a series of events that encompassed everything from vandalism to meetings with village officials to a visit from Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker, LGBTQ+-owned Lake in the Hills business UpRising Bakery and Cafe finally held its ...


Gay News

NATIONAL Okla. schools, Tenn. lawsuit, political items, Mich. library 2022-08-07
Video below - Oklahoma public schools have started requiring students from kindergarten to college to complete "biological sex affidavits" if they want to compete in school sports, in accordance with a state law that took effect earlier this year, ...


Gay News

WORLD Zelensky, French position, UK drag-queen shows, triathlons 2022-08-07
- Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky confirmed he will ask Ukraine's government to look into legalizing same-sex marriage after the war with Russia ends, PinkNews reported. Ukraine's constitution defines marriage as between a man and a woman. Last ...


Gay News

Uganda government forces LGBTQ+ group to shut down 2022-08-07
- An LGBTQI+-rights group in Uganda said the country's government forced it to shut down, according to The Washington Blade. Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG), in a press release, said Uganda's National ...


Gay News

Pritzker visits UpRising Bakery and Cafe 2022-08-06
- On Aug. 5, Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker met with Corrina Sac, owner of Lake in the Hills business UpRising Bakery and Café, as well as leaders from Equality Illinois and Woodstock Pride and Illinois state Rep. ...


Gay News

POLITICS Milwaukee gets RNC in '24; Chicago among DNC hopefuls 2022-08-06
- Milwaukee will host the 2024 Republican National Convention (RNC). According to Politico, RNC committee chair Ronna McDaniel tweeted, "I am excited to announce that the RNC has voted unanimously to select Milwaukee as the host city ...


Gay News

Indiana Gov. Holcomb signs bill banning most abortions 2022-08-06
- Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb has signed a bill that would ban most abortions—making it the first state to pass a restrictive law against the procedure since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade earlier this ...


Gay News

CDPH, community partners provide monkeypox update as Market Days nears 2022-08-05
- With the event known as Northalsted Market Days happening Aug. 6-7—and with tens of thousands of people expected to attend—the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) and community partners held a press conference Aug. 4 about ...


Gay News

Sinema plans to sign on Senate Democrats' climate, health and tax bill 2022-08-05
- U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Arizona) announced Aug. 4 that she will "move forward" with Democrats' massive climate, prescription drug and spending bill, after fellow party members appeared to reach an agreement about her concerns with the ...


Gay News

Cook County Commissioner Morrison calls for hearing to address monkeypox outbreak 2022-08-04
-- From a press release - SCHAUMBURG, Ill. — Aug, 4, 2022 —Cook County Commissioner Kevin Morrison (District 15) has introduced a resolution calling for a public hearing in the Cook County Health and Hospitals Committee that will convene Monday, Aug. 8, ...


 



Copyright © 2022 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 
 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS







Sponsor
Sponsor


 

Sponsor


Donate


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Advanced Search     
Windy City Queercast      Queercast Archives     
Press  Releases      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast      Blogs     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam     
Privacy Policy     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.