WBEZ | New Life Covenant Church http://www.wbez.org/tags/new-life-covenant-church Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en De Jesus withdraws from Chicago mayoral race http://www.wbez.org/story/assemblies-god/de-jesus-withdraws-chicago-mayoral-race <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//Wilfredo_endorses_Gery.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Another Chicago mayoral candidate is pulling out of the race. The Rev. Wilfredo De Jesus said Friday he&rsquo;d throw his weight behind lobbyist Gery Chico. <br /><br />De Jesus leads a mostly Puerto Rican church called New Life Covenant, one of the city&rsquo;s biggest congregations. His mayoral campaign had built support among Latino evangelicals.<br /><br />&ldquo;Although I will no longer be on the ballot, I remain committed to fighting [for] the most vulnerable among us and strongly advocating for the poor,&rdquo; De Jesus told supporters Friday afternoon at a Northwest Side café run by his church.<br /><br />&ldquo;I want my Chicago to become a city on the hill, as the Bible says,&rdquo; De Jesus added. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s for this reason that I wholeheartedly support Gery Chico in his bid to become the next mayor.&rdquo;<br /><br />But at least some De Jesus supporters could align with the race&rsquo;s only remaining Puerto Rican, City Clerk Miguel del Valle.<br /><br />&ldquo;They know me,&rdquo; Del Valle said Friday. &ldquo;They&rsquo;ve seen me stand side-by-side with the reverend. We&rsquo;ve been organizers on many issues, including public safety and education. And so, judge me on my record and I think they&rsquo;ll make the right choice.&rdquo;<br /><br />Del Valle said the pastor&rsquo;s endorsement of Chico didn&rsquo;t surprise him. A few weeks ago Del Valle acknowledged his campaign had links to an effort to throw De Jesus off the ballot.</p></p> Fri, 07 Jan 2011 22:12:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/assemblies-god/de-jesus-withdraws-chicago-mayoral-race Del Valle has big stake in election board hearing http://www.wbez.org/story/26th-ward/del-valle-has-big-stake-election-board-hearing <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//DeJesus.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Chicago mayoral hopeful Miguel del Valle has decent name recognition after serving four years as city clerk and, earlier, two decades as an Illinois state senator. He&rsquo;s winning support in the race from some progressive activists.<br /><br />But he&rsquo;s got a problem closer to home. Del Valle could lose thousands of Puerto Rican votes to the pastor of a huge Northwest Side congregation. That pastor is Wilfredo De Jesus of New Life Covenant Church.<br /><br />Del Valle&rsquo;s campaign says it won&rsquo;t comment on an effort to knock De Jesus off the February ballot. That&rsquo;s after denying any ties to the effort, then acknowledging some.<br /><br />An objection to the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners claims thousands of De Jesus&rsquo; nominating signatures are invalid. The objection goes before hearing officer Rodney W. Stewart on Monday afternoon.<br /><br />The attorney who filed the objection, Ralanda Webb of Oak Park, claimed she&rsquo;s not working for any candidate. Webb, a real-estate specialist, worked in the 1980s as a senior staff member of Illinois Attorney General Neil Hartigan. The objector is her brother Frederick Charles Webb, a truck driver who lives in Chatham.</p></p> Mon, 27 Dec 2010 11:36:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/26th-ward/del-valle-has-big-stake-election-board-hearing Puerto Ricans clash over mayoral ballot objection http://www.wbez.org/story/news/puerto-ricans-clash-over-mayoral-ballot-objection <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//Miguel_del_Valle.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>A skirmish is breaking out between the only Puerto Ricans among 20 candidates for Chicago mayor. Rev. Wilfredo De Jesús&rsquo; campaign says it has reason to believe City Clerk Miguel del Valle is behind a mysterious objection to the minister&rsquo;s nominating papers.<br /><br />&ldquo;I&rsquo;m extremely disappointed that our only challenge is coming from a fellow Latino candidate,&rdquo; says Billy Ocasio, a De Jesús advisor and former 26th Ward alderman. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s even more disappointing when they have no grounds for a credible challenge.&rdquo;<br /><br />But Del Valle spokeswoman Alejandra Moran says his campaign has nothing to do with the objection, which challenges thousands of De Jesús&rsquo; signatures.<br /><br />The attorney who filed the objection, Ralanda Webb of west suburban Oak Park, claims she&rsquo;s not working for any mayoral candidate. Webb, a real-estate specialist, worked in the 1980s as a senior staff member of then-Illinois Attorney General Neil Hartigan.<br /><br />Webb says her only client in the case is the objector, her brother Frederick Charles Webb, who was not available for comment Thursday evening. A woman who answered the phone at his Chatham address said he&rsquo;s a truck driver.<br /><br />De Jesús leads New Life Covenant Church, one of the world&rsquo;s largest Assemblies of God congregations. He and Del Valle, a former Illinois state senator, are competing fiercely on the Northwest Side, where both are based.</p></p> Fri, 03 Dec 2010 11:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/news/puerto-ricans-clash-over-mayoral-ballot-objection