Chicago’s 40th Ward Challenger Dianne Daleiden Files; Vows to Break the Machine

CHICAGO—(ENEWSPF)—November 24, 2014.  Dianne Daleiden filed 1587 petition signatures today to secure a place on the February 24, 2015 ballot.  She is running against 32-year incumbent Patrick J. O’Connor.

“The Chicago Machine’s time is up.  Voters across the city, and in the 40th Ward, have said, by their signatures, that they want change in the City Council.  They will no longer tolerate paying the high price of pay-to-play politics,” said Daleiden, who added that, “My opponent is the ink for City Council’s rubber stamp.  He must run on his record, which puts him in a difficult place with voters who oppose privatization schemes, and overwhelmingly support an elected school board and a $15 minimum wage.”

Daleiden is a 30-year 40th Ward resident who has been active in ward politics for over 20 years.  Over the years, she has challenged O’Connor on the O’Hare Modernization Plan which now sends 70% of incoming jets over her ward, closing Trumbull Elementary School while expanding a charter, and has demanded the demolition of Edgewater Medical Center, which has been vacant, but left standing, for 13 years.  “In conjunction with community groups and sometimes individually, for 20 years I have tried to persuade Mr.  O’Connor to listen to and act upon residents’ demands.  I am not sitting this out any longer.  As alderman, I will put residents before real estate developers and neighborhoods before downtown,” said Daleiden.

Daleiden (Duh li’ den) is a 30-year, 40th Ward resident, and is currently a Chicago Public Schools math and science teacher at North River Elementary School, Chicago Teachers Union member, and long-standing member of W.A.N.T. (West Andersonville Neighbors Together).  Previously she worked as a social worker, a community advocate with the Illinois Women’s Agenda, and in office furniture sales.  She is divorced and has one son, Griffin Daleiden, who is a practicing attorney.