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    Tell your representatives to support the JOLT Act today!

  • The Fourth Partition: Chicago’s Polish Immigrants – Award Winning Documentary Airing Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015 at 7:30 pm

    Tune in to WTTW11

    Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015 at 7:30 pm

    for the award-winning documentary “The Fourth Partition: Chicago’s Polish Immigrants”

    WTTW11 Presents:  “The Fourth Partition – Chicago’s Polish Immigrants at the Dawn of the 20th Century”. This documentary film tells a unique and mostly unknown story of the hardships and triumphs of the Polish community during Chicago’s industrial Peak.

    At the Dawn of the 20th century, Chicago was the second largest city in the United States with over 2,000,000 residents. It was also the center of Polish culture and political activism in America. With Poland partitioned between Russia, Austria and Germany, over 4,000,000 Poles immigrated to the United States between 1870 and 1920 in search of a better life. In Chicago, they worked in some of the most dangerous factories and mills in the United States. In their neighborhoods, they struggled to build communities, churches, and most of all, aid their beloved Poland in her fight for independence. Their story is known as the “Fourth Partition”.

    Created by Adrian Prawica (Director & Executive Producer) and Rafał Muskała (Associate Producer), the film was awarded the “Popular Award” at the 2014 Polish Film Festival in Vancouver, Ca.  It also won “The Discovering Eye Award” at the 25th Annual Polish Film Festival in America, and “Best Debut Award” at the 20th Annual Polish Film Festival in Ann Arbor, MI.

    Adrian Prawica is a Chicago based cinematographer and video producer, and has resided in the Chicagoland area since the age of 10.  His cinematography work in journalism and advertising has been featured on major television networks in the US and abroad.  Rafał Muskała is journalist and radio co-host on Chicago’s 1080AM Radio, serving the Polish Community, residing in Chicago since the age of 24.

     

    Originally posted on http://www.polish.org/en/events/11-the-fourth-partition-chicago-s-polish-immigrants-award-winning-documentary

  • PAL-PAC / PACC Holiday Party Video

    Check out our video from our Holiday Party!

     

  • Rahm Emanuel Leads Poll Among Polish Voters in Chicago

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    (PAL-PAC) Chicago, IL. – A Polish-American political action committee in Chicago called PAL-PAC.org has just released the results from a poll it conducted among its thousands of members in the Chicagoland area. The question posed was “If the Chicago Mayoral election were today, which candidate would you vote for?” and it then listed the 5 major candidates as options as well as an option to select “undecided”.

    The results of the poll were;

    Sample Size = 500
    Margin of Error = ± 4%
    Jan 14th – Jan 16th

    Rahm Emanuel = 41%
    Robert Fioretti = 24%
    Jesús “Chuy” García = 12% 
    William “Dock” Walls = 3%
    Willie Wilson = 3%
    Undecided = 18%

    The results of this particular poll show that Rahm Emanuel has a decisive lead on other candidates, but does not have a “50% +1” lead needed to stave off a run-off election in April unless he manages to secure more than 50% of the undecided vote.

  • Did the Polish-American Vote Just Sway the IL Gubernatorial Race?

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    (PAL-PAC) Chicago, IL. – We think it may have been one of the deciding factors.

    After Tuesday’s stunning victory by Bruce Rauner over incumbent Pat Quinn in the IL Gubernatorial race many pollsters are scratching their heads on how Rauner was able to win so soundly while their polls showed a slight Quinn advantage in the recent polls.

    We have always believed that the polls have under-represented the Polish-American vote. Since it’s difficult to track who is a Polish-American or not, we don’t necessarily blame them. But we believe it was a large factor leading to Rauner’s victory, especially once the Polish-Americans were politically energized.

    Pal-Pac, the Polish-American SuperPAC launched in 2012, has been engaging Polish-American’s into the race for governor since well before the primaries. They’ve held two candidate forums for Polonia, engaged Poles on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and were the only ones to run political ads on Polish Television, Polish radio, and Polish newspapers and magazines leading up to this election.

    Simply put, Polish-Americans were ready and hungry to go out and vote as soon as they could like never before. We believe that the results in Cook County show that this was the case. Cook County received over 20,000 more votes for the Republican challenger this time than 4 years ago. Exit polls showed no meaningful gains in any of the traditionally held demographics, which leads us to believe that the increase could very well be attributed to the energized Polish-American base.

    It will be difficult for anyone to prove this concretely, but Pal-Pac and the Polish-American community can sure make a compelling case.

    In the last year alone, Pal-Pac has engaged over 2,000,000 Poles on their hugely popular social media accounts, attracted over 100,000 unique Polish-American’s to their website, and most recently aired 100’s of Polish language advertisements in Polish media and television.

    Of the 6 Democrats and Republicans Pal-Pac endorsed this election, 5 won their elections outright. These includes; Bruce Rauner for IL Governor, Rick Snyder for MI Governor, Bob Dold for U.S. Representative, Dan Lipinski for U.S. Representative and James Pieczonka for Cook County Judge.

    With an astonishing record like that this election, Polish-Americans are sure to become even more mobilized next election cycle.

    Did Quinn make a mistake by not seeking an endorsement and ignoring requests for meetings with the new the energized Polish-American base? We think so.

    We believe that future candidates, the media, and pollsters will now have to take the Polish-American voice in Illinois a little more seriously.

    One can only hope but if not, no big deal, this new politically informed Polonia isn’t going anywhere.

     

    What do you think?

    PAL-PAC Wants Your Opinion!
    Did the Polish-American vote sway the IL Gubernational election?
  • I’m a Democrat, why should I vote for a Republican like Bruce Rauner?

    Good question.

    As a bi-partisan organization, we understand how hard it is to vote for the other party.

    But if you believe that Polish-Americans should be more respected in Illinois government, you can have a huge impact by voting together with us this election for Bruce Rauner.
    Polonia has an amazing opportunity to show it’s political strength today at the polls.

    Because the race this year is so close, we can show Springfield that Polish-Americans matter politically. By voting together for a candidate, pollsters, future candidates, the media, and Springfield will have to consider the Polish-American vote in future elections.

     

    Still not convinced?

    We carefully vetted Bruce Rauner before endorsing him as the candidate best for Polonia. But before we endorsed him, we invited Quinn to meet and discuss with Polish-Americans many times in the last few years.

    Each time Quinn has ignored us.

    Rauner, on the other hand, has pledged his future support for Polonia many times.

    Quinn has completely ignored and even slighted Polish-Americans in the last couple years, Polonia cannot accept this. If we vote together today for Rauner, Springfield will have no choice but to start listening to us.

    A vote for Rauner in this election is not for the Republicans, it’s for Polonia.

  • PAL-PAC Announces 2014 Candidate Endorsements

    The Polish-American Leadership Political Action Committee is proud to endorse the following candidates running for office in the upcoming election: Bruce Rauner for Governor; Bob Dold for U.S. Representative, 10th District; Dan Lipinski for U.S. Representative, 3rd District; Rod Drobinski for State Representative, 62nd District; James Pieczonka for Cook County Judge, 12th Subcircuit. PAL-PAC may announce additional endorsements in the future.

    Each candidate was carefully vetted and interviewed to make sure their beliefs will align with what is best for Polish-American’s across Illinois and the United States. The candidate’s main opponents were also invited to our events and candidate forums in order to gain a better picture of the candidate and their opponent. With all this information, our final endorsements are located below.

     

    Bruce Rauner at PAL-PAC Candidates ForumPAL-PAC believes that Bruce Rauner is the candidate for Governor who shares most of the ideals of the Polish-American community in Illinois including: reducing personal and corporate income taxes, controlling property taxes, reforming the government to increase efficiency and reduce spending, and lowering the cost of doing business in Illinois. Mr. Rauner’s success is admirable; as governor, he plans on implementing policies that would make it easier for everyone to be successful.

    Mr. Rauner stated to PAL-PAC, “it is in our state’s interest to do everything we can to improve and expand the Illinois-Poland relationship”. Mr. Rauner wants to limit the terms of elected officials, an initiative that PAL-PAC believes will improve the political system in our State and make it more possible for Polish-Americans to be elected to office.

    The Polish–American community cannot afford to re-elect Governor Quinn, who is currently under investigation for improper hiring practices and misusing funds from the Neighborhood Recovery Initiative, who has driven this State into the worst financial shape than any state in our country, and whose policies have led Illinois to become the only state in the Midwest where unemployment has gone up in the last five years. Governor Quinn was also invited to all events and candidate forums that PAL-PAC hosted in the past two years. He attended none while Mr. Rauner attended every event. It is clear to us that Bruce Rauner is the clear choice for Governor for Polish-Americans.

    DSC_8419Bob Dold deserves PAL-PAC’s endorsement because his plan is to “work for the establishment of a Polish Visa Waiver Program so that Polish business people and families can more easily visit the United States.” Mr. Dold also takes pride in being “one of the most independent, bi-partisan leaders in the U.S. House of Representative[s].” Mr. Dold shares a common sentiment of many Polish-American business owners: that placing more rules on businesses makes it more difficult for them to grow and succeed.

    59470_115089741883136_6864853_nDan Lipinski has already done a lot for the Polish-American community. He is the Co-Chair of the Congressional Poland Caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives. He has been vocal in expressing his displeasure with President Obama’s decision not to proceed with the investment of a missile defense system in Poland. Mr. Lipinski was just awarded Legislator of the Year by the International Franchise Association for supporting a pro-business agenda. Congressman Lipinski has introduced and is co-sponsoring a number of bills that would reduce health care costs and make health insurance coverage more affordable.

    DSC_8470A son of Polish immigrants, Rod Drobinski has served as a Lake County assistant state’s attorney for over ten years. He believes that providing a better life for future generations is a top priority. A champion of fiscal responsibility, Mr. Drobinski is aware that Governor Quinn’s 67% tax hike did not help the Illinois’ financial situation due to increased spending in this State. Mr. Drobinski is a proud Polish-American, who values the principles that inspired so many Poles to immigrate to the United States.

    DSC_8157James Pieczonka has the legal experience necessary to become a Cook County judge. Mr. Pieczonka has been practicing as an attorney in Cook County for over 30 years and has served as an Administrative Law Judge for the Illinois Department of Revenue for over ten years. Mr. Pieczonka prides himself on being, impartial, independent, and productive.

     

     

     

    See If Our Endorsed Candidates Are In Your District

    Rob Dold – 10th District of Illinois

     

    Dan Lipinski – 3rd District of Illinois

     

    Rod Drobinski for State Representative, 62nd District

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    James Pieczonka for Cook County Judge, 12th Subcircuit

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  • Congratulations to our Junior Board Members on Becoming Precinct Delegates in Michigan!

    We would like to congratulate two of our Junior Board members on being elected delegates to represent their precincts in Michigan!

    Ania Bieciuk and Victoria Galanty were both elected to represent their townships (Shelby and Sterling Heights respectively) in elections held on August 5th, 2014. They both received enough votes in the election to represent their county parties’ in the upcoming elections. We are extremely proud of both Ania and Victoria and we are very pleased that our Junior Board members are actively involved in the political process.

    We encourage every Polish-American to become involved in their parties primaries or local government. Check your party’s county website to find out how you can become more involved in your local elections today. Many local elections are decided by a couple hundred votes, so each person can make a big difference!

    Together, our voice will be heard!

  • List of Confirmed Candidates at PAL-PAC’s Candidates Forum

    The Candidates Forum is fast approaching! On March 14th, PAL-PAC will host this special event where Polonia will meet political candidates running during this primary season. The following list includes the candidates that have confirmed their attendance. It also includes their party affiliation and the position they are running for. This list will be updated with any new changes, so make sure to check back often!

    The public will have a chance to ask questions to any of the candidates. To submit your questions to their candidates, please send an e-mail to info@pal-pac.org.

    1. Anderson Dennis, Democrat Representative of 14th district

    2. Balkema Chris, Republican 11th Congressional District Candidate

    3. Brannigan Sharon , Republican GOP Candidate for U.S. Congress in District 3

    4. Dillard Kirk, Republican Candidate for Governor

    5. Dold Bob, Republican Representative of 10th district

    6. Eidenberg Alexandra, Democrat Representative of 4th district

    7. Goel Manju, Republican Representative of 8th District in Congress

    8. Grogan Bob, Republican State Treasurer

    9. Hardiman Tio, Democrat Lieutenant Governor

    10. Hosta John J,  Democrat Represenative of 14th Congressional District

    11. Hunter Mattie, Democrat 3rd District Senator Candidate

    12. Lipinski Daniel, Democrat 3rd District Representative

    13. Olsen Randall, Democrat 16th District Representative

    14. Rauner Bruce, Republican Candidate for Governor

    15. Rutherford Dan, Republican Candidate for Governor

    16. Schimpf Paul, Republican Attorney General Candidate

    17. Truax Douglas Lee, Republican US Senator Candidate

    18. Wade Nancy, Green Party Candidate for 5th Congressional District

    19. Zavala Jorge Gerardo, Democrat Congressman of the 4th Congressional District

     

    Grab your seat for the Candidates Forum Below!

     

     

     

  • PAL-PAC Polish Trivia Facts: V-Style Ski Jumping

    Quick Fact: Did you know that before the 1990’s, ski jumping was incredibly dangerous because skiers used to jump with both skis together? The current “v-style” technique was developed by a Polish ski jumper, Mirosław Graf, and has led to dramatic improvements in safety and around a 10% increase in distance!

     

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