Solis a proven leader in 25th Ward

Letter to the editor

03/09/2011 10:00 PM

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On April 5, the 25th Ward will have the opportunity to select a progressive leader in education and re-elect Alderman Danny Solis.

As a former educator and alderman for the last 15 years, Danny’s approach is more sophisticated than just “listening to the teacher’s union.”

Studies show that kids perform better in school when their parents are employed and their home life is stable. During the last 15 years, Danny has attracted 3,000 new jobs to our community.

To bring these businesses, Danny helped create three different job-producing corridors: the Pilsen Historic District, Creative Arts District and South Water Market Produce District. These companies provide jobs for all segments of the work force, from new immigrants to engineers.

Without real estate taxes and other revenue from business, CPS cannot afford to retain excellent teachers, supply equipment or maintain buildings. The 275 new businesses in the 25th Ward help to finance operations of the Chicago Public Schools.

Danny’s support of schools goes beyond support for business. Danny helped to bring the STEM (science) Magnet School to Little Italy. And Benito Juarez High School was improved thanks to Danny’s tireless pursuit of support from Springfield, Washington, not-for-profit agencies and private companies. The school has a new performing arts center, new auditorium, new classrooms and new soccer and baseball fields.

Beyond the classroom, Danny has advanced new libraries and cultural amenities. Later this year, the city will break ground on the new Chinatown library.

Other candidates talk about school reform. But Ald. Danny Solis has proven leadership, creative ideas and an appetite for hard work. He is the right choice for improving schools in the 25th Ward.

Paul Dravillas
25th Ward resident

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By Chris Chavez from Brighton Park
Posted: 04/17/2011 1:14 PM

I am in the process of starting a new business in Pilsen and I will go on record saying Ald. Solis is very pro-business and pro-education. I think he is one of the only politicians I know that has this job for the right improve his ward and to help the people that reside there. As for Chris from Pilsen...that's the only comment you can make to down this guys writing skills? Come on grow up man!

By Chris from Little Village
Posted: 03/20/2011 7:59 PM

This letter is badly written. Not sure if this letter was written to gain more supporter for Ald. Solis or written as a manner for Paul Dravillas to obtain proofreading and editing assistance for his next letter. If it was the latter, I'm all for Dravillas letting people know his e-mail account so that he can submit a better letter in the future. This letter is horrible. Equally bad is the Journal's limiting comments to 500 characters.

By Mooshoo from West
Posted: 03/18/2011 7:51 PM

Claudio gaete. I have spoken to many people in the neighborhood and they are extremely impressed with Solis's education track record. He was able to get the new STEM Academy done in 6 months. Many alderman have been trying for multiple years and have been unable to open a new school. No politician or activist can make every person completey happy but Solis has a proven track record of getting things done. This is miles above his competition who will have no power to get his ideas executed

By claudio gaete from Pilsen-Little Village Area
Posted: 03/15/2011 4:12 PM

"Progressive"?? more like regressive. Solis is the poster boy for pay to play. How could Mr. Davillas say Solis is responsive when Solis would not meet with parents at Whittier until they had to take actions to call his attention to the need for a library in Whittier. Let me remind you of the clean air ordinance, he would not even consider, until he was called to task and was forced to a run off. Talk to people in the neighborhood and you will learn Mr. Davilla is not in the mayority.

By Near West Neighbor from University Village/Tri-Taylor
Posted: 03/14/2011 4:02 PM

I would have to agree with this letter. I do not work for the Solis Campaign but I have to say Alderman Solis has been very responsive to the community I reside in and I have noticed his concern for the entire ward. I have lived in various areas in the city and never knew what the role of an Alderman was until I moved to this area. I have learned how critical it is to have a good Alderman. This area has a lot more that is required to be done and Solis can make it happen.

By 25th Ward Resident from Near West
Posted: 03/14/2011 3:44 PM

The facts are the facts. Ald. Solis has been great for the entire Near West community & Pilsen. Since he's been in office, every single community has made great strides in terms of housing, schools, jobs, and safety. The 25th Ward is one of the most desirable areas in the entire city. This happened under Solis's leadership. Solis is one of the most proven aldermen in the city. Those that have issues with him have it for personal reasons. Just look the backlash against anyone that supports him.

By Moises Moreno from Pilsen
Posted: 03/12/2011 4:54 PM

Mr. Dravillas, Do you work for the Solis campaign? I find it hard to believe that you call him "progressive" on education, and other issues. It took 12 years of broken promises and mothers as activists for Benito Juarez expansion to be built. Solis supports UNO charterization and privatization of public schools that need renovations and improvements. And let's not forget the backstabbing Solis did by supporting sit-in Whittier mothers one day and sending the demolition crew the NEXT day!