Orr, Preckwinkle, Swain, faith and civic groups promote MLK weekend voter registration events

January 11, 2016
Press Release

Cook County Clerk David Orr, County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, and Chicago Board of Elections Commissioner Jonathan Swain were joined today by a host of civic and faith organizations, at a press conference to announce a weekend of voter registration and deputy registrar training events to take place throughout the city and Cook County suburbs the weekend of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

“Dr. King saw the serious challenges in our society and gave his life for dramatic social change,” Orr said. “He challenged the status quo. We need to challenge the status quo, and that begins by getting people registered to vote.”

Faith groups from across Cook County attended the press conference at the George Dunne Cook County Office Building, 69 W. Washington St., to show their support for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Voter Registration Drive.

Many of the churches and organizations will hold events to register voters and swear in individuals as deputy registrars, allowing them to register voters. Today’s attendees included: Inspirational Deliverance Center, People’s Church of the Harvest, Westside Ministers Coalition, Victory Christian International Ministries, Greater St. John Bible Church, New Mount Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church, Couriers for Christ and Sweet Holy Spirit Church. 

“Working on behalf of the right to vote honors the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and those who selflessly battled the long-established status quo so others could register and go to the polls,” Preckwinkle said. “Dr. King didn’t hope for change – he demanded it, and worked tirelessly to break the systemic racism that deprived generations of this basic right.'

“It is our collective responsibility to honor this legacy,” said Preckwinkle. “We can do this by being leaders in our communities – to get our friends and neighbors interested and involved, by making sure that no one’s voice is stifled, and that everyone who is eligible to vote is registered to vote.”

Representatives from several area civic organizations also joined in the announcement, they included: Chicago Votes, Asian Americans Advancing Justice, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Mikva Challenge, N’ The Know With Moe for Social Justice, the Westside and Southside branches of the NAACP. 

The weekend of events (Jan. 16-18) will honor the legacy of Dr. King and his crucial role in the fight for voting rights and civil engagement, while encouraging people throughout Chicago and the suburbs to lead their community voter registration efforts, through rallies, voter registration, deputy registrar drives and much more.

Clerk Orr reminded all residents of Cook County that 17-year-olds who will turn 18 before the November 8thGeneral Election that they can also register online at cookcountyclerk.com/RegisterToVote and vote in the March 15, 2016 primary. 

The Clerk’s Office also offers Online Mail Ballot applications. Simply visit cookcountyclerk.com/VoteByMail to request a mail ballot, so you can vote from the comfort of your home.

video of the announcement and a photo album of the news conference can be viewed on the Clerk’s website.

To stay up-to-date on countywide events throughout MLK weekend, visit the Cook County Clerk’s website for an updated list.

The MLK Voter Registration Drive weekend events will include:

Saturday, January 16
Voter Registration Trainings

Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church (10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)
1113 Clark Street
Evanston, IL 60201

Victory Christian International Ministries (10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)
2206 W. 167th Street 
Markham, IL 60428

Rock of Ages Baptist Church (10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)
1405 Madison St
Maywood, IL 60153

Austin Community Family Center (9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.)
501 N Central Ave
Chicago, IL 60644

Chicago Board of Elections (9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.)
69 W Washington
Chicago, IL 60602

Rainbow PUSH Coalition (12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.)
950 E. 50th Place
Chicago, IL 60615

NAACP Westside Branch (10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)
5820 W. Chicago Ave, 2nd Floor
Chicago IL 60651

NACCP Southside Branch – Avalon Public Library (11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.)
8148 South Stony Island Ave
Chicago, IL 60617

Sunday, January 17
MLK Events

New Mount Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church (5:00 p.m.)
4301 W Washington ST
Chicago, IL 60624

Voter Registration Events

Sweet Holy Spirit   
Bishop Larry Trotter
8621 S South Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60617

Triedstone Full Gospel Church
Bishop Simeon Gordon
1415 W 104th St
Chicago, IL 60643

True Holiness Church of God In Christ
Pastor Carl Harris
15300 Loomis Ave
Harvey, IL 60426

Peace and Goodwill 
Pastor Fisher Cook
15311 3rd Ave
Phoenix, IL 60426

True Light Baptist Church
Dr. LaRue Kidd
7300 South Maryland Avenue
Chicago, IL 60619

Inspirational Deliverance Center Church of God In Christ
Pastor Shirley Hughes
647 N Parkside Ave
Chicago, IL 60644

People Church of The Harvest 
Dr. Michael Eaddy
3570 W 5th Ave
Chicago, IL 60624

Christ Universal Church of Holiness 
Pastor Josie Nails
2715 E. 92nd Street 
Chicago, IL

Victory Christian International Ministries
Apostle Carl White
2206 W. 167th Street 
Markham, IL 60428

Bethlehem Star Missionary Baptist Church
Pastor Roosevelt Watkins, III
9230 S. Cottage Grove
Chicago, IL 60619

True Vine Church of God In Christ
Pastor Harley E. Hagler
400 23rd Ave
Bellwood, IL 60104

Greater Rock Missionary Baptist Church 
Pastor Floyd James
7818 S. Independence 
Chicago, IL 60624

The Spirit of truth Missionary Baptist Church 
Rev. Robert Patterson
3443 West Harrison St
Chicago, IL 60624

Gods House Of Divine Revelation Baptist Church
Pastor Angela Walker
8308 South Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60620

Greater St. John Holiness Missionary Baptist Church 
Pastor Ira Acree
1256 N Waller Ave
Chicago, IL 60651

Monday, January 18
MLK Events

Victory Christian International Ministries (11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.)
2206 W. 167th Street 
Markham, IL 60428

Bethlehem Star Missionary Baptist Church (TBA)
9231 S Cottage Grove Ave
Chicago, IL 60619