#GirlPolitics Big Apple Edition: September 2013

#GirlPolitics in New York City

Dear Readers:

I’m excited to be going to New York next week, after what I anticipate will be a wonderful Chicago evening with Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and Frances Beinecke, President of the Natural Resources Defense Council, discussing women’s political leadership. That free event is Tuesday, September 17th at 6PM at the Harold Washington Library. Thanks very much to my colleagues at the NRDC Action Fund for sponsoring.

It’s off to the Big Apple the next morning, where I will join Anne Roosevelt, head of the Roosevelt Institute, (570 Lexington Ave.), for a talk and book signing for #everydayiselectionday. That event is 6-8PM and also free. To RSVP (your friends are invited, too), write to: events@rooseveltinstitute.org.

And, then, a first for me:  a photo shoot (with bsmart)!

Best wishes this beautiful September day.


Illinois Democratic Women Keynote June 15, 2013



Dear Colleagues and Readers:

Illinois Democratic Women will gather Saturday June 15th for a business meeting, some terrific training sessions, and for meetings with Illinois’ amazing women Members of Congress. I think there is still time to register, if you are so inclined.

I was delighted to learn I will be introduced to give my convention keynote by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan.  Thank you Lisa and IDW.  I’m honored to be joining you.

Happy Flag Day to all.



Big Girls Don’t Cry, the (non-New Jersey/yes-Chicago) Version

Dear Readers,

Big Girls Don’t Cry, this version featuring Toni Preckwinkle, newly-elected President of the Cook County Board of Commissioners, (Cook County’s government is larger than that of 29 states), and Lisa Madigan, newly re-elected Attorney General of Illinois, and maybe candidate for Chicago Mayor, may be found here.

On this day after an historic and, in some ways, troubling election, I’m looking on the bright side.

I hope you’ll find this post inspirational to the girls and women in your life.

Best wishes.


Lisa Madigan sits down in Mayor Daley’s chair: Maybe fantasy, maybe not.

Dear Readers,

I’ve written a new piece in my series for The Huffington Post about Chicago’s 2011 mayoral contest. It may be found at this link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rebecca-sive/mayor-daley-is-right-bein_b_762737.html, or on the front page of today’s Chicago edition.

I’ve said it before; I’ll say it again: Since this mayoral contest is both a laugh riot and very serious business, I’m going to keep writing. I hope you’ll keep reading.

In today’s piece, I write about the prospect of Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan as Mayor of Chicago. Though the Attorney General told WBEZ’s Alison Cuddy this morning she isn’t running, as I point-out in my piece, first the President wasn’t running, and then he was. [And a lot of us were happy when he declared he’d changed course. That could be the case here, too.] So, like I said, “stay tuned.”

Best wishes.