Maggie 2019 Raises $10K in Independent Small Donations, Announces 40th Ward Community Roadmap

Maggie 2019 released its quarterly results today with $10,000 in independent small donations from demonstrating the strength of Maggie’s campaign to unseat 35-year incumbent and current 40th Ward Alderman Patrick O’Connor.  

“We are thrilled our grassroots campaign is supported by so many people who believe in real community-led change in Chicago. It’s clear that individual voters want transparent public servants who actually serve the public.  I have no ties to corporations and I don’t cater to those with deep pockets who want special treatment. By reaching our $10,000 goal through small individual donations alone, we are sending a message to Alderman O’Connor that his decades of disengagement, backslapping, and fiscal malfeasance in the City Council will no longer be accepted as the status quo,” said Maggie O’Keefe, 40th Ward Aldermanic Candidate.

Maggie 2019 is a women-led campaign supported by women – this quarter’s donations came in nearly 2 to 1 from women from the Chicagoland area, with an average contribution of $45 per person.

By contrast, Citizens for Patrick O’Connor recently raised significant amounts from outside corporate and specialty interests. This includes at least $7,500 from the leadership of HMSHost and their associated family, a nationwide vendor in the O’Hare expansion that Ald. O’Connor is helping oversee as a member of the Aviation committee in the Chicago City Council. At least another $39,000 was contributed  by people associated with the restaurant business at both Midway and O’Hare, including from the leadership of companies like Midway Restaurant Development.

“We are committed to being funded by people who believe local government needs to engage their voters, rather than being subservient to big businesses who are concerned only with their profit margins. Instead, I’m focused on knocking on doors and finding out what Chicagoans need. That’s why we are unveiling our 40th Ward Community Roadmap. We are working with neighbors towards building a more sustainable future and encourage everyone to send us their ideas,” said Maggie.

People can submit ideas for infrastructure improvements, public school and community initiatives and more at