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19th WARD ALDERMAN MATTHEW J. O’SHEA WINS ENDORSEMENT OF CHICAGO FIREFIGHTERS UNION LOCAL 2

CHICAGO (January 27, 2015) – – 19th Ward Alderman Matthew O’Shea has been endorsed by the Chicago Firefighters Union Local 2 in the February 24th Municipal Election. The Chicago Firefighters Union Local 2 represents more than 6,000 active and retired Chicago firefighters.

O’Shea was elected Alderman of the 19th Ward in 2011, and represents the communities of Beverly, Morgan Park and Mount Greenwood, where thousands Chicago Firefighters, police officers, tradespeople and teachers reside.

“I am honored to be endorsed by the Chicago Firefighters Union Local 2 in the upcoming Municipal Election,” said Alderman O’Shea. “The dedicated men and women of the Chicago Fire Department put their lives on the line every day to protect the citizens of Chicago. The 19th Ward is home to many of these firefighters and we know first-hand the dedication and commitment of the men and women of the Chicago Fire Department. I look forward to working with the Chicago Firefighters Union over the next four years to ensure that the city of Chicago is doing all that can be done to keep those who protect our lives safe.”

The 19th Ward is home to King Lockhart Park, which is named in honor of two heroic firefighters, Patrick King and Anthony Lockhart, who died in a terrible fire on that site in 1998. A sculpture of a firefighter and child is scheduled to be dedicated on February 12, 2015, on the 17-year anniversary of the fire that claimed the lives of King and Lockhart. And, in 2015 the Mt. Greenwood Post Office will be renamed after Captain Herbert “Herbie” Johnson, a 19th Ward resident who died in 2012 battling a fire on the south side of the city. President Barack Obama recently signed a bill to rename the Mt. Greenwood Post Office the Captain Herbert Johnson Memorial Post Office Building.

O’Shea has been a lifelong resident of the 19th Ward. He is an active board member of the Beverly Arts Center, the John McNicholas Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, and the Chicago Police Chaplains Ministry Board of Directors. He sits on the advisory boards of the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation and the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences. O’Shea is also the founder of the 19th Ward Youth Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization that supports and hosts a wide variety of safe, healthy, educational youth programs for families in Beverly, Morgan Park and Mount Greenwood. He has also been involved in numerous civic and charitable organizations including the Beverly Area Planning Association, Mount Greenwood Community & Business Association, Bucks for Burn Camp, Saint Vincent DePaul Society and Saint John Fisher Holy Name Society. He volunteers with the Maple Morgan Park Community Food Pantry, Special Olympics Chicago, and the Ronald McDonald House at Advocate Children’s Hospital.

19th WARD ALDERMAN MATTHEW J. O’SHEA WINS ENDORSEMENT OF THE CHICAGO TEACHERS UNION

CHICAGO (January 22, 2015) – – 19th Ward Alderman Matthew J. O’Shea has been endorsed in the February 24th Municipal Election by the Chicago Teacher’s Union.  The Chicago Teachers Union represents nearly 30,000 teachers and educational support personnel working in the Chicago Public Schools.

O’Shea was first elected Alderman of the 19th Ward in 2011, and since that time has worked closely with Local School Councils, teachers, parents, principals and CPS officials to improve schools throughout Beverly, Morgan Park and Mount Greenwood.

Successes/achievements include: 

  • In 2014, O’Shea announced an all-new educational partnership between Morgan Park High School (MPHS) and St. Xavier University (SXU). This program will allow students to take college courses on the SXU campus, and also provide remedial math assessments and enrichment to those performing below grade level. The partnership will also provide guidance and assistance to high school seniors transitioning to college in areas such as course selection and financial aid. Current MPHS teachers will also have the opportunity to take advantage of professional development courses. And, current SXU students will have the opportunity to perform their student teaching at MPHS.
  • O’Shea secured $540,000 in grant funding for Morgan Park High School, Barnard School, and Esmond School to fund before and after school enrichment programs.
  • O’Shea was instrumental in modifying state law and a city ordinance that created the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences (CHSAS) to increase the enrollment cap by 20%, 120 students by 2015, allowing more local students to attend the high school.  Every new seat created at CHSAS will be filled by a19th Ward resident.

“I am honored to be endorsed by the Chicago Teachers Union,” said O’Shea. “Throughout my first term as Alderman, my focus has been on improving the 19th Ward schools, and how I can assist on the local level to make that happen. My wife, sister, and sister-in-law all teach in 19th Ward schools, so I have the unique perspective of hearing directly from the teachers who are working every day in our schools about the challenges facing students, educators and school administrators. We have had many successes, but have much work to do. I look forward to continuing to work with our Local School Councils, the Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Teachers Union to make great things happen for our children.”

O’Shea is a lifelong resident of the 19th Ward. He has been involved in numerous civic and charitable organizations including the Beverly Area Planning Association, Mount Greenwood Community & Business Association, Bucks for Burn Camp, Maple Morgan Park Food Pantry, The John McNicholas Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, Chicago Police Memorial Foundation, Chicago Police Chaplain’s Association, St. Vincent DePaul Society, St. John Fisher Holy Name Society and the Beverly Arts Center. He is a volunteer with Special Olympics Chicago and the Ronald McDonald House at Advocate Christ Hospital.

For more information on Alderman Matthew O’Shea and his campaign for reelection as 19th Ward Alderman, please visit his website at www.mattoshea.net

CITY OF CHICAGO 19th WARD ALDERMAN MATTHEW J. O’SHEA WINS ENDORSEMENT OF THE CHICAGO FEDERATION OF LABOR

CHICAGO (January 19, 2015) – – The Chicago Federation of Labor (CFL) has endorsed city of Chicago 19th Ward Alderman Matthew J. O’Shea in the February 24, 2015, Municipal Election.

The CFL endorsement was given after a thorough vetting of aldermanic candidates, and was given to those who understood the issues facing working families, as well as to those who have a proven record of standing up for the rights of the middle class. O’Shea represents the communities of Beverly, Morgan Park and Mount Greenwood, where thousands of union tradespeople reside.

“I am honored to be endorsed by the CFL and look forward to continuing to work with them on ensuring that the needs of our teachers, tradespeople, police officers, firefighters and government workers, remain a top priority,” said O’Shea. “The communities of Beverly, Morgan Park and Mount Greenwood are home to thousands of labor families, and the hardworking men and women of organized labor are the backbone not only of this community, but the entire city. In my next four years as Alderman, I will continue to fight for the union labor in my community and throughout the city,” said O’Shea.

The Chicago Federation of Labor (CFL) is the central labor body and the umbrella organization for Chicago and Cook County’s labor unions. The CFL represents over 320 Chicago area unions, and has more than 500,000 members.

O’Shea has been a lifelong resident of the 19th Ward. He is an active board member of the Beverly Arts Center, the John McNicholas Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, and the Chicago Police Chaplains Ministry Board of Directors. He sits on the advisory boards of the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation and the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences. O’Shea is also the founder of the 19th Ward Youth Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization that supports and hosts a wide variety of safe, healthy, educational youth programs for families in Beverly, Morgan Park and Mount Greenwood. He has also been involved in numerous civic and charitable organizations including the Beverly Area Planning Association, Mount Greenwood Community & Business Association, Bucks for Burn Camp, Saint Vincent DePaul Society and Saint John Fisher Holy Name Society. He volunteers with the Maple Morgan Park Community Food Pantry, Special Olympics Chicago, and the Ronald McDonald House at Advocate Children’s Hospital.

For more information on Alderman Matthew O’Shea’s reelection campaign, please visit www.mattoshea.net

19th WARD ALDERMAN MATT O’SHEA WINS ENDORSEMENT OF FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE – CHICAGO LODGE 7 AND THE CHICAGO POLICE SERGEANTS’ ASSOCIATION

CHICAGO (January 8, 2015) – – 19th Ward Alderman Matthew O’Shea has been endorsed in the February 24th Municipal Election by The Fraternal Order of Police – Chicago Lodge 7, and the Chicago Police Sergeants’ Association.

The Fraternal Order of Police represents thousands of active and retired officers of the Chicago Police Department. The Chicago Police Sergeants’ Association is comprised of more than 2,000 Chicago Police Department sergeants, including current and retired officers.

“I am honored and humbled to be endorsed by the Fraternal Order of Police and the Chicago Police Sergeants’ Association,” said Alderman O’Shea. “Throughout my career, I have seen first-hand how challenging the job of being a police officer is, and how these dedicated men and women put their lives on the line each and every day. Now more than ever, I have the utmost respect and admiration for those in law enforcement. Moving forward, I will continue to work to help the Chicago Police Department to provide officers the resources they need, and look forward to working with both of these fine organizations to help make this happen.”

Since O’Shea became Alderman in 2011, crime rates within the 19th Ward have dropped significantly. Robberies have dropped by 38%; aggravated batteries by 25%; burglaries by 44%; and motor vehicle thefts are down by 35%.

O’Shea sits on the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation Advisory Board and the Chicago Police Chaplains Ministry Board of Directors. He represents the communities of Beverly, Morgan Park and Mount Greenwood, where thousands of first responders reside. O’Shea is also supported by the last four Commanders of the Chicago Police Department’s 22nd District.

O’Shea is a lifelong resident of the 19th Ward, and an active board member of the Beverly Arts Center and John McNicholas Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. He sits on the advisory board of the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences, and is a member of the 22nd District Subcommittee for Diversity and Inclusion. O’Shea is also the founder of the 19th Ward Youth Foundation, 501(c)3 organization that supports and hosts a wide variety of safe, healthy, educational youth programs for families in Beverly, Morgan Park and Mount Greenwood. He has also been involved in numerous civic and charitable organizations including the Beverly Area Planning Association, Mount Greenwood Community & Business Association, Bucks for Burn Camp, Saint Vincent DePaul Society and Saint John Fisher Holy Name Society. He volunteers with the Maple Morgan Park Community Food Pantry, Special Olympics Chicago, and the Ronald McDonald House at Advocate Children’s Hospital.