Danny Solis, Candidate for 25th Ward Alderman

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Sunday, February 1, 2015

Candidate Full Name: Danny Solis

Office: 25th Ward Alderman

Email Address: stacy@newchicagollc.com

Web Site: AldermanSolis.com

Campaign Name: Citizens for Solis

Campaign Office Mailing Address: 1645 S Blue Island

Phone: 312-888-3161

Survey Questions (Character limit of 2,000 per response)

1. What is the most important issue that you will address in your ward?

There are three major concerns I hear about when talking to ward residents: schools and education, crime and safety, and job creation. Our neighborhoods still face major challenges. My top priorities have been and will continue to be focusing on economic development and job creation, quality education for our children and fighting crime in the community. I have also been a strong advocate for immigration rights throughout my career and believe we need to continue to seek solutions for the country's broken immigration system.

2. What are your plans for helping fight crime in your ward?

One of the best ways to improve public safety is to provide programming for our children after school and on the weekends that keeps them busy and engaged. I sponsored a local basketball program, ABC Pilsen Basketball, which focuses on the sport but also on school and teamwork. We need more programs like these to engage our children.

In addition, we use infrastructure such as pod cameras in high traffic areas to deter crime. I also meet regularly with our police commanders and get reports on criminal activity. I have requested increased foot and bicycle patrols in all of the beats in my ward because I believe that the more police connect with the community face to face, the more effective they can be.

3. What, if any, city assets would you consider privatizing to raise money?

Any asset privatization needs to show a clear, overall long-term financial benefit to the city. This was a difficult lesson learned from the parking meter deal.

4. Do you support or oppose the vote to increase the minimum wage in several steps to $13 an hour by 2019?

I voted in favor of this increase to the minimum wage in Chicago because I support low-income workers and families.

5. Are you in favor of Chicago's Red Light Camera program?

I believe that the goal of the traffic light camera program is to improve public safety and I certainly support that effort. I think we should ensure that the program is being fairly and appropriately run.

Danny Solis

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