Rahm, DFER slime machine attacks Chicago Progressive Caucus Alderman John Arena.

Fred Klonsky

Democrats for Education Reform (DFER) is a corporate education reform group that is working hand in glove with Chicago’s Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s political action committee, Chicago Forward.

Chicago Forward raised $3 million to spend on preventing progressive challenges to incumbent aldermen.

In many of these wards this effort has fallen flat.

In some cases I hear reports that Chicago Forward has withdrawn its efforts entirely.

In retreat they are focused on defeating the incumbent members of the Progressive Caucus of seven alderman

One of these members of the Progressive Caucus is 45th Ward Alderman John Arena.

The slime attacks are lies.

They remind me of the mailings that the Democratic Machine sent out in their attempt to defeat the progressive Democrat from my State House District, Will Guzzardi.


Will Guzzardi won the primary and defeated the daughter of Cook County Democratic Party Chairman Joe Berrios.

The Machine mailings showed the figure of a…

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