J.B. Pritzker for Governor


Are you sick and tired of dirty politics and “gotcha” journalism? I certainly am. I am especially bothered by the outrageous attacks on JB Pritzker, IMG_0057[1]Democratic candidate for governor. JB is an outstanding man who has dedicated his life to making the world a better place for everyone.

JB has been a leader in:

• Early childhood development and education
• Efforts to end handgun violence
• Building the Illinois Holocaust Museum
• Advocating for the LGBTQ community
• Supporting programs for the African American community
• Defending religious and ethnic minorities

His opponents run nasty commercials that seek to paint JB in a different light. Don’t believe them. I’ve known JB Pritzker for more than 20 years. He is a good and decent person. Despite having lost both his parents when he was young, and having the ability to take his life in any direction he chose, JB chose to dedicate himself to making our world a better place for everyone. And he has gone a long way in accomplishing  that goal.

As a businesswoman, I am most pleased with JB’s efforts to bring jobs to Illinois. As the founder of the technology incubator 1871, JB Pritzker has put Chicago and Illinois on the map for one of the most important business sectors there is — technology. Even more important than bringing 7,000 jobs to our state, JB has made Chicago a technology leader, a “go to” place for entrepreneurs and job-makers looking to launch the next Amazon, Google or Facebook. It positions us well for future job growth and creates endless opportunities for young people seeking good paying jobs.

JB Pritzker’s record of accomplishment far exceeds that of any of the other candidates in the race. He is a leader and a friend to the many diverse communities that make up our state. He is a smart, hard-working, dedicated man who among all the candidates is best suited to lead Illinois into the future. JB is my friend, he is a wonderful person, he is a true leader and he will make a great governor. I hope you will join me in voting for JB Pritzker for Governor.




A Campaign for Alderman

A Campaign for Alderman

In his last official speech to the nation, President Barack Obama said, “Change only happens when ordinary people get involved, get engaged and come together to demand it.” 

I couldn’t agree more. Ever since sixth grade, I have been an active participant in our political process, have often volunteered on political campaigns, and have worked to influence government for the betterment of our community. I am a proud patriot and a firm believer in the fundamental principles of our Constitution, especially the equal application of rights and liberties to all people. Like many others, I was stunned by the outcome of the 2016 presidential election and I worry about the future direction of our great nation.

Although it wasn’t an easy decision, I am pleased to announce that I have decided to run for Alderman of Evanston’s 6th Ward. This is a decision that I have given a great deal of thought to and been talking to our current alderman, Mark Tendam, about for many months. Mark is running for Mayor and I hope to replace him as Alderman of the 6th Ward. I am honored to have his support and the support of many of my neighbors and community leaders.

As the founder of TREE (To Rescue Evanston Elms), I worked with the community and elected officials to help change the way Evanston cares for our elm trees. Today, rather than cutting-down our majestic elm trees, the City injects them as part of a program that has proven to be 98% effective in preventing Dutch elm disease. This has reduced the high cost associated with removing them. I have also been involved in the Perkins Woods Steering Committee, helped lead the effort to stop inappropriate development at the Presbyterian Homes and helped bring attention to the problems at the City’s animal shelter.

 If elected Alderman, I promise to be a proactive and responsive representative for the residents of the 6th Ward and the entire city. As I always have, I will get things done for our community.

 My priorities include:

 Responsible use of City resources

Responsive City government

 Sensible residential and commercial development

 Support for commercial districts

 Improved safety for all communities

 Active pest control where needed

 Active communication with residents

 Closer relations between city governments and schools

Evanston is a great place. I am proud to call this my home and to live in a vibrant, caring community where people regularly join together to find solutions that make Evanston a better place to live, work and play for everyone. I hope you will give me the opportunity to continue to do that as your alderman.

To learn more about my campaign and to stay up-to-date on the issues, please follow me on Facebook. I am listed under Virginia Mann for Alderman.  Here is a link to the page: