A Get Out the Vote rally and luncheon was held on Monday at the Hilton Chicago, located at 720 South Michigan Avenue to inspire and remind people to vote during the Monday, March 15 State Primary Election. The event – which opened and ended with prayer – fired up some 400-plus women, youth and some male supporters, inviting attendees to vote for Andrea Zopp for U.S. Senate and Kim Foxx for Illinois’ Cook County State’s Attorney. The event was sponsored by Women for Political Empowerment (W4PE).
The crowd enjoyed clever and biting humor from co-host, emcee, actress and comedian Erica Watson. WVON radio host Micae Brown also served as co-host. Attendees also enjoyed gospel performances in between presentations in anticipation of the event’s headliners, Zopp and Foxx.
Veteran songbird and songwriter Sparkle – composer of the 1998 ominous fed-up anthem, Be Careful featuring R. Kelly – made a special appearance as a show of solidarity for Zopp and Foxx. Sparkle has since returned to producing hits and iterated the chorus of her smash anthem, warning of the pending shake-up Zopp and Foxx will bring to the corruption-as-usual environment within Illinois politics.
Other public servants in attendance were Congressman Danny Davis (D-IL), Chicago’s 20th Ward Alderman Willie Cochran, as well as Cook County Board of Commissions President Toni Preckwinkle (D-IL). Corporate powerhouses who received mention ranged from Northern Trust Company Head of Corporate Social Responsibility Connie Lindsey, as well as Melody Spann-Cooper, Chairman Midway Broadcasting Corporation, President WVON. Spann-Cooper gave a rousing presentation, instructing attendees to follow Beyonce’s lead within their communities: Get in formation.
“Black women, when we get fired up, things happen,” Spann-Cooper said.
Further inspiration was drawn from Reverend Dr. Leon Finney, Jr., Pastor of Metropolitan Apostolic Community Church, located at 4100 South King Drive. Rev. Finney prophesied it will take the addition of more Black women joining the political ranks to restore Illinois, as well as the nation from decades of corruption.
Zopp kept the momentum going during her speech, sharing the theme of her campaign: “You can’t stop Zopp!”
CEO and President of the Chicago Urban League, as well as a long-time advocate for small businesses and entrepreneurs, Zopp is anxious to represent Illinois in Washington. Foxx has her own ambitions, as her campaign boldly reveals the black eye Cook County has received in lieu of the national spotlight on Chicago, due to excessive force by police and political cover-ups under campaign opponent and current Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez.
Foxx promised if elected – with her constituents’ help – she’ll emerge victorious from her uphill battle to clean up Cook County’s corruption.
“Where I come from, when you show up to a fight, your family is hiding in the bushes. It’s time to come out from behind the bushes, family. Make sure you get out and vote March 15th.”
Urban planner Josina Morita was also in attendance. Morita is running for Metropolitan Water Reclamation District.
To register or find out where to vote within your ward, visit the State Board of Elections site at www.elections.il.gov/votinginformation/RegistrationLookup.aspx.