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  • Mi compromiso con la comunidad Latina

    Mi compromiso de servir a las comunidades latinas en el condado de Cook

    La fuerza del condado de Cook radica en la diversidad de su gente. Los latinos constituyen el 25,6 % de la población de Chicago y los suburbios del condado de Cook, lo que equivale a un estimado de 1,34 millones de residentes.

    Como presidente de la Junta de Comisionados del Condado de Cook, me aseguraré de que todas las agencias del condado reconozcan y respeten a las comunidades latinas y brinden un excelente servicio a todos sus residentes.

    1- Hacer que el condado de Cook sea seguro para todas las comunidades

    Debemos controlar la violencia, los robos de vehículos y los robos de comercios que están afectando a nuestras comunidades. Yo apoyaré a nuestros oficiales de policía y a los fiscales estatales y trabajaré para garantizar que el Departamento del alguacil y la Oficina de la Fiscalía del Estado cuenten con todo el personal y los fondos. Ya he revelado una estrategia de seguridad pública que exige que el condado de Cook aborde las causas fundamentales del comportamiento violento, así como también:

    • Aumentar los fondos para el programa de protección de víctimas/testigos

    • Permitir que el alguacil patrulle en las áreas más conflictivas y de alto crimen en Chicago

    • Instalar tecnología de rastreo que ayude a las fuerzas del orden público a rastrear vehículos robados

    • Requerir medidas tecnológicas de “armas inteligentes”

    • Enjuiciamiento de robos por delitos graves entre $ 300- $ 1,000+

    • Garantizar que los delincuentes violentos no reciban fianza

    2- Revitalizar la Salud Familiar y Comunitaria

    Podemos revitalizar la salud y el bienestar de la familia poniendo un fin al aislamiento social, restaurando la confianza de la comunidad y abordando los principales problemas de salud pública que afrontamos como; los niveles devastadores de violencia armada, el deterioro de la salud mental, la mala nutrición y la obesidad.

    Alrededor de una cuarta parte de los niños en todo el condado solo tienen acceso al cuidado infantil. Las otras tres cuartas partes de los niños son atendidos en sus hogares por familiares. Hago un llamado para la creación y financiación de la Red de Familias, Amigos y Vecinos del Condado de Cook (FFN) para apoyar a estas familias que requieren del cuidado de niños en su hogar.

    FFN ayudaría a estos cuidadores para fomentar el desarrollo saludable de un niño a través actividades diversas para niños de 10 meses a 5 años. Las actividades incluirían la participación en grupos de juego donde los niños pueden aprender habilidades como de buen oyente y la empatía.

    FFN ayudaría a los cuidadores a aprender habilidades valiosas sobre el desarrollo socioemocional, la seguridad en la primera infancia, la preparación de alimentos nutritivos y saludables, el ejercicio y la aptitud física.

    Además, solicito el establecimiento de un cuerpo de trabajadores de salud comunitaria (CHW) en el condado de Cook para brindar servicios de divulgación, educación, derivación y seguimiento, administración de casos, defensa y visitas domiciliarias. Los servicios se brindarán a comunidades desatendidas y a personas con alto riesgo de hipertensión, diabetes y obesidad.

    3- Garantizar la igualdad de acceso a la vivienda del condado de Cook

    La Autoridad de Viviendas del Condado de Cook busca proporcionar viviendas asequibles a familias de bajos ingresos en comunidades suburbanas. La autoridad ofrece vales/cupones de opciones de vivienda, basados ​​en proyectos y otros programas. Como presidente, yo:

    • Me asegurare que la tasa de participación latina en los programas de vivienda refleje la proporción de familias latinas elegibles según sus ingresos.

    • Desarrollare un plan de mercadeo que sea afirmativo, así como cultural y lingüísticamente relevante para las familias latinas.

    • Abriré oficinas de servicio amigables para los latinos en áreas del condado de Cook que han experimentado un crecimiento significativo en las poblaciones latinas durante los últimos diez años, y

    • Aumentare el número de unidades grandes para acomodar a familias latinas multigeneracionales.

    4- Garantizar la igualdad de acceso a los trabajos y contratos en el condado de Cook

    Más de 22,000 empleados trabajan para el gobierno del condado de Cook en una variedad de trabajos comerciales y calificados, así como en puestos administrativos, profesionales y gerenciales. La composición de la fuerza laboral debe reflejar la composición demográfica del condado de Cook en todos los niveles de empleo. Como presidente, me aseguraré de que los latinos sean designados para puestos ejecutivos, gerenciales y profesionales. Trabajaré en estrecha colaboración con la Oficina de Recursos Humanos para garantizar que las comunidades latinas tengan acceso a empleos comerciales y calificados en todas las agencias del condado. Desarrollaré un plan de marketing afirmativo para la comunidad latina que proporcione información clara sobre trabajos y carreras en el gobierno del condado de Cook.

    Cada año, el Condado emite miles de contratos a proveedores en una amplia variedad de productos y servicios, incluyendo productos médicos y de oficina, servicios legales y de consultoría, y proyectos especiales. El condado tiene un proceso muy complejo y engorroso para certificar empresas comerciales de mujeres y minorías para licitar estos contratos. Como presidente, desarrollaré un programa integral de asistencia técnica para que las empresas elegibles puedan participar en el proceso de licitación.

    5- Protección de la inmigración y los derechos de los inmigrantes

    Desde nuestra fundación, Chicago y el condado de Cook han sido faros de esperanza para inmigrantes de todo el mundo. Mi familia vino aquí desde Mississippi en busca de mejores oportunidades. Las familias latinas de México, América Central y del Sur y el Caribe han hecho un viaje aún más largo y desafiante al condado de Cook en busca del sueño americano. Estoy profundamente asombrado por la fuerza y ​​la fortaleza de las familias inmigrantes frente a las barreras lingüísticas, culturales y sociales. Como presidente, trabajaré diligentemente con todos los proveedores de asistencia legal, líderes religiosos, institutos de políticas y líderes comunitarios para asegurar que la bendición de la libertad esté garantizada para todas las familias inmigrantes.

    6- Compromiso de inversión equitativa

    Informes de noticias recientes indicaron que la población latina en el condado de Cook fue subestimada en un 5% en el censo de 2020, que fue casi tres veces la tasa de subestimación del censo de 2010. Como presidente, me aseguraré de que se hagan ajustes al conteo insuficiente para que los recursos y las inversiones se distribuyan equitativamente entre las comunidades latinas en el condado de Cook.

  • Boykin Renews Call for Preckwinkle to Provide Relief for Residents

    As Gas Prices Surge to $6 per Gallon in Cook County, Boykin Renews Call for Preckwinkle to Provide Relief for Residents

    COOK COUNTY (June 17, 2022) | Attorney Richard Boykin, candidate for Cook County Board President, renewed his call for President Preckwinkle to temporarily suspend the county portion of the gas tax. Boykin noted, “I have been calling for suspension of the gas tax since March of this year. Since then, prices have continued to climb and are now $6 a gallon. President Preckwinkle has refused to act and says it is “bad public policy”.

    The gasoline index has increased 48.7 percent over the last year, and according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. According to AAA, the average price of gas in Cook County on Thursday was around $6 a gallon — 20 percent higher than the national average of $5 a gallon, and 10 percent more than the average price of gas in Illinois.

    Boykin added, ‘While a temporary suspension of the gas tax would help motorists, President Preckwinkle instead called a special meeting of the Board on May 24th to approve herself and other county elected officials a 10 percent salary increase and a 3 percent increase annually for the next four years.  She has shown more of a sense of urgency in securing a pay increase for herself than she has in providing relief at the pump for struggling Cook County residents.

    “As County Board President, I will immediately provide relief at the pump for Cook County residents by a temporary suspension of the county gas tax.”

    Boykin stressed, “The County received $1 billion in taxpayer money from the federal government through the American Rescue Plan.  The County is flush with cash, but Preckwinkle cannot see a way to help families in Cook County who are struggling with the highest gas prices in the state of Illinois.  It is time for action.  I urge President Preckwinkle to act now.”

  • Latino Clergy of Cook County Endorses Richard Boykin

    Latino Clergy of Cook County Officially Endorses Boykin in the Race for Cook County Board President in the June 28th Primary

    COOK COUNTY (June 9, 2022) | More than 60 Latino Clergy members of Cook County joined Richard Boykin, candidate, for Cook County Board President, Wednesday, June 9, to announce their collective endorsement. Leading the announcement was Rev. Dr. Shando Valdez, Pastor, New Jerusalem Baptist Church. 

    “We have a public safety crisis in Cook County, that President Preckwinkle has had 12 years to address… more than 1,000 have been killed in Cook County, 81 percent of those killed were African Americans and 15 percent were Latinos. The numbers are staggering and growing.  The current Board President has failed the residents of Cook County.  It’s time for real change—Attorney Boykin represents that change,” Valdez said.

    Among the clergy who spoke in favor of Boykin’s candidacy in the tight race between incumbent Toni Preckwinkle, included Rev. A. Edward Davis, Bishop Wilson Ignobisa, Apostle Hosea Acevedo, Pastor Crystal Moye, D.J. Ray Rubio, Bishop Florin Cimpean, and Apostle Carlos Chica.

    Reverend Valdez, who organized the endorsement, said the candidates were carefully screened to ensure that their platforms were aligned with the communities’ values.

    “I believe that the upcoming election is a very important election,” Valdez said during gthe the press conference held in front of Mi Tierra Restaurant located in Little Village.

    “With the inequities of Latinos and Blacks of Cook County, this elections especially matters to us. Every able-bodied County resident needs to vote, whether it’s by mail or in person. Everyone needs to participate in the political process for real change.”

    Boykin thanked the clergy for their support and endorsement.

    “When you look at the state of Cook County and the economic, public safety and health crisis that we are dealing with, the endorsement of the Latino Clergy goes a long way, not just in Latino communities but throughout Cook County and the city of Chicago,” Boykin said.

    “I stand ready to fight for and to work with members of the Latino community as it relates to the County’s most pressing issues including health and safety inequities.”

    The call for change was a recurring theme echoed in remarks made by Bishop Florin Cimpean, and Apostle Carlos Chica.

    Boykin in his closing remarks addressed the Clergy’s dire concerns.  “You are leaders of our faith communities.  Know that I hear you. I empathize when you share how your communities are hurting; that too many children are dying in the streets, that families who have known only Cook County as home are being forced to leave because they simply can’t afford to live here anymore. I hear you when you tell me that our county government is broken and has failed to protect our most vulnerable communities, and that our people deserve better.”

    “I do not take your support lightly, and I do not take these issues lightly.  I will address these longstanding and worsening issues of public safety and affordability. I aim to serve the people of Cook County in the way they deserve to be served and work every day to restore trust and credibility to County government.”

  • President Preckwinkle, County Commissioners vote 13-4 to give themselves a shameful and ill-timed 10 percent salary raise

    Boykin calls the ordinance “a misuse of resources and an abuse of power”
    (COOK COUNTY, IL – May 24, 2022) – Attorney Richard Boykin, Candidate for Cook County Board President, testified today before the Cook County Finance Committee urging President Preckwinkle and the County Commissioners to reject a proposed ordinance to increase the salaries of Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle and other elected county officials during a time when everyday citizens are hurting.


    Ordinance 22-2825 would raise the salary of the Cook County Board President by 10 percent, from $170,000 to $187,000 annually. The Ordinance would increase the salaries of commissioners and the President automatically every year by three percent or CPI.


    “I call on President Preckwinkle and the Cook County Board of Commissioners to reject any proposal to raise their salaries, especially during the steep affordability crisis in Cook County. Last year, 90,000 residents fled Cook County for reasons of safety and affordability. County elected officials have a responsibility to the people of Cook County to use the budget to address the growing safety and affordability crises–not to increase their personal wealth on the taxpayer dime,” Boykin said.


    The issue was first raised in fall of 2021 when the County Board approved a resolution to conduct a study of elected officials’ compensation and provide recommendations to the Board about potential compensation increases.


    The resolution called for a market rate survey to compare Cook County officials’ salaries to those of other counties and determine if the current compensation is appropriate or if increases are warranted.


    The Cook County Board initially introduced a proposed ordinance at its April 7 meeting that would increase the salaries of the elected positions. However, the salary increases were left blank with no dollar amounts provided, so the increases were unknown until a substitute ordinance was posted days before the Cook County Finance Committee was set to consider the matter on May 11.


    Based on the proposed substitute ordinance, the salaries of the elected positions would each increase by 10 percent in the first year of the new term in office—FY2023 (beginning on December 1, 2022) for the majority of the positions, and FY2025 for the Clerk of the Circuit Court, whose current term does not end until November 30, Each year thereafter, the salaries would increase by another 3 percent or by the Chicago region CPI rate, whichever is less. These automatic annual increases would continue every year going forward until the County Board of Commissioners votes to repeal or amend the annual increase.

    The proposed gross salary increases over the next four years as shown in the table below exceeds greater than half million, for the sum of $504,817. “Cook County Commissioners are part time public servants. Under the proposed ordinance salaries would rise from $85,000 to $93,500. This is unconscionable and the timing could not be worse given the current financial crisis and rising property taxes a disproportionate number of Cook County residents face. I urge President Preckwinkle to reject these pay raises and focus on providing relief for all residents of Cook County,” Boykin said.


    County board officials today voted 13-to-4 in favor of the increase. Voting no were Commissioners Aguilar, Arroyo, Dennis Deer, and Sean Morrison.

  • Toni Preckwinkle just gave herself a salary raise. That is wrong.

    Attorney Richard Boykin calls on Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle to reject proposed increase to her salary and those of other elected county officials.


    Boykin calls the proposed ordinance “a misuse of resources and an abuse of power”


    (COOK COUNTY, IL – May 23, 2022) – Attorney Richard Boykin, Candidate for Cook County Board President, will testify before the Cook County Finance Committee, on May 24, at 1:30pm, and call on President Preckwinkle and the Commissioners to reject a proposed ordinance to increase her salary and those of other Cook County elected officials.


    Ordinance 22-2825 would raise the salary of the Cook County Board President by 10 percent, from $170,000 to $187,000 annually. The Ordinance would increase the salaries of commissioners and the President automatically every year by three percent or CPI.


    “I call on President Preckwinkle and the Cook County Board of Commissioners to reject any proposal to raise their salaries, especially during the steep affordability crisis in Cook County. Last year, 90,000 residents fled Cook County for reasons of safety and affordability. County elected officials have a responsibility to the people of Cook County to use the budget to address the growing safety and affordability crises–not to increase their personal wealth on the taxpayer dime,” Boykin said.


    “Cook County Commissioners are part time public servants. Under the proposed ordinance salaries would rise from $85,000 to $93,500. This is unconscionable and the timing could not be worse given the current financial crisis and rising property taxes a disproportionate number of Cook County residents face. I urge President Preckwinkle to reject these pay raises and focus on providing relief for all residents of Cook County,” Boykin said.

  • Attorney Richard Boykin’s Campaign Surges Forward with Filing of Petitions

    Atty. Richard Boykin, who is running for President of the Cook County Board of Commissioners, files a sizeable number of petitions at the Cook County Clerk’s Office to get on the Democratic ticket in the June 28th primary election. A former Cook County Commissioner, Boykin is running against a three-term incumbent. (Photo by Melanie L. Brown Photography)

    As his run for office gathers momentum, Boykin emphasizes, “It’s Time for REAL Change!”

    (Chicago, March 14, 2022) Attorney Richard Boykin’s campaign for President of the Cook County Board of Commissioners gathered momentum today when he filed his petitions to get on the Democratic ballot for the office in the June 28th primary election. Atty. Boykin, who previously served on the Cook County Board of Commissioners (2014 – 2018), and served on Capitol Hill for 11 years, officially launched his run against the 12-year incumbent last month.


    “It’s time for REAL change!” Boykin reemphasized, repeating a refrain he says he has been heard from citizens across Cook County. Boykin contends that the current county board president has not satisfactorily met the needs nor the expectations of constituents during a three-term tenure. He points to the ongoing problems of rising crime and violence throughout the area, and the fact that Cook County has become an unaffordable place to live for many citizens.

    Media engage Atty. Richard Boykin after he files petitions to run for President of the Cook County Board of Commissioners. (Photo by Melanie L. Brown Photography)

    Boykin is confident that as President of the county board, he can deliver the change that everyone wants to see. “I put people ahead of politics,” he said. “My number one priority is to make sure that our neighborhoods throughout Cook County are safe. I will collaborate with the City of Chicago and other municipalities, and the public safety stakeholders to help bring this violence down. I will invest in our most vulnerable communities. I will work to improve our public health system and the physical and mental health of those in need. I will work with businesses to expand economic opportunities in Cook County. I will protect and improve our Forest Preserves.”


    “REAL change is coming for Cook County,” says Atty. Boykin, who excitedly tells people he meets along the campaign trail, “We’ll change things together!”

    Richard Boykin for Cook County Board President
  • Richard Boykin Democrat for President of the Cook County Board of Commissioners

    President Biden’s Supreme Court Nomination

    Attorney Richard Boykin Congratulates the Honorable Ketanji Brown Jackson on her nomination as the first Black woman nominated for the U.S. Supreme Court.

    Cook County Board President Candidate, Attorney Richard Boykin Congratulates the Honorable Ketanji Brown Jackson on her nomination as the first Black woman nominated for the U.S. Supreme Court! Attorney Boykin said,

    “I am elated that President Joe Biden has picked the Honorable Judge Kentanji Brown Jackson, as the U.S. Supreme Court nominee to fill Justice Stephen Breyer’s vacancy upon his retirement.  Judge Brown is a U.S. Circuit Judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, if confirmed by the Senate, she will be the first Black woman to serve on the nation’s highest court in its 232-year history.   Judge Brown is a former federal defender, and will bring a perspective that could fundamentally influence how the U.S. Constitution is interpreted and ensure EQUAL JUSTICE under the law.  Thank you, President Biden, this is what REAL CHANGE looks like.”

    Attorney Richard Boykin is running for President of the Cook County Board of Commissioners in the Democratic Primary on June 28th. #CookCountyForBoykin #BoykinForCookCounty #VoteForBoykin #BoykinForCookCountyPresident #CookCountyPresident