July 24th / 31st - Conversations with Secretary of State Candidates
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Greetings!

COAL was asked, by a couple of the candidates for Illinois Secretary of State, if COAL would host a conversation with its membership and broader community-of-interest, as an opportunity for each to share why they are running, their qualifications and vision for the Office.

The Office of the Illinois Secretary of State greatly impacts many aspects of our daily personal and professional lives, with services generating significant revenues for the state via mandated fees and fines all Illinoisans pay. COAL is very interested in hearing from candidates Alderman Pat Dowell and Alderman David Moore. Please join COAL for the next two Saturdays for engaging conversations with the candidates.

*Please RSVP for the 24th/31st sessions by simply replying to this notice to publicpolicy@coalchicago.com. Reminder notices will be sent.

Respectfully,
COAL Board of Directors  

"The time to work seriously and collectively, to improve the state of our Community, is upon us..."
Let's Continue the Work
A Conversation with the Candidate

Hon. Pat Dowell, Alderman 3rd Ward

Candidate for Illinois Secretary of State

Saturday, July 24, 2021
9:45am - Join, 10:00am - Program
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Meeting ID: 851 1115 1614
Passcode: 982916
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Meeting ID: 851 1115 1614
Passcode: 982916
A Conversation with the Candidate

Hon. David Moore, Alderman 17th Ward

Candidate for Illinois Secretary of State

Saturday, July 31, 2021
9:45am - Join, 10:00am - Program
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Meeting ID: 862 7450 0342
Passcode: 202508
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Passcode: 202508
Illinois Secretary of State:

As the second-largest constitutional office, the Office of the Secretary of State is visited by more Illinois residents than any other in state government. The office generates approximately $2 billion in annual revenue with about $1.2 billion a year designated for state highway construction funds.

The Secretary of State manages one of the largest computer databases in Illinois, keeping track of approximately 8.7 million drivers; 11 million registered vehicles; 466,000 corporations; 230,000 limited liability entities; 159,000 registered securities sales-persons; and 16,000 investment advisor representatives. The office also is an important resource for educating citizens about issues that affect their everyday lives, including anti-drunk driving, traffic safety, school bus safety, securities fraud, literacy, and organ/tissue donation.

The office's functions are described in the Illinois Constitution, mainly addressing the Secretary of State's duty to maintain official state records and the state seal. However, law and tradition have assigned many additional responsibilities to the office, which has one of the largest and most diverse collections of responsibilities of any of its counterparts nationwide. These duties are divided among 21 departments employing approximately 4,000 people, whose responsibilities range from maintaining the 20 buildings in the Capitol Complex, to overseeing the state's network of libraries, to preserving some of the state's most precious historical documents.

Still, to many Illinois citizens, the Secretary of State's office is the place to go for a new driver's license or license plates. Departments
About COAL
COAL is an umbrella organization founded by 13 of Chicago's historic African American mens clubs. COAL's overarching mission is to identify, examine, illuminate and find resolution to issues impacting the greater community. We strive to use our collective experience, expertise and resources to improve the quality of opportunity, quality of preparedness and the quality of outcomes (expressed as 'quality of life') for our Community. 
Founding Member Organizations
100 Black Men Of Chicago ■ Chicago Assembly ■ Chicago Connection ■ Druids Club ■ Frogs Club ■ Lunch Bunch ■ New Committee ■ Original 40 Club Of Chicago ■ Rat Pack ■ Royal Coterie Of Snakes ■ Saints ■ Sigma Pi Phi Beta-Boule ■ UIC Male Forum (now Chicago Good Health Group)
 What We Believe
The Coalition of African American Leaders believes that it is important to examine the critical issues confronting the African American community where injustice, inequality and the absence of access and opportunity continue to prevail, thereby negatively impacting us as a people. COAL is an assemblage that advocates and organizes for appropriate and responsible public policy change, system behavior change and equality of opportunity. We aim to achieve for all of our people the fullness of the life experience without any form of racism or exclusion as a deterrent. We believe we must prepare ourselves for the opportunity of this full participation, thereby achieving the necessary education and training to participate.