Historic progress was seen September 14, 2021, when Alderman Gilbert Villegas sponsored the MENA GOVERNMENTAL ADVISORY COUNCIL’s resolution to “include MENA Americans as a ‘minority group’, along with African Americans, Hispanics and Asian Americans” under the Minority Business Enterprise Ordinance of the City of Chicago. If adopted, this will be […]

Ald. Villegas Sponsors MENA Resolution for Minority Status in Chicago ...


Arab American Heritage Month- APRIL  2021 Proclamations from the Mayor of Chicago, Lori Lightfoot and the Governor of Illinois, JB Pritzker have been issued in commemoration of Arab American Heritage Month for April 2021. This is a national movement. Arab America has noted the 20 states and 48 Proclamations and Resolutions to […]

Proclamations Issued in Commemoration of National Arab American Heritage Month


AMVOTE Endorses Tammy Georgiou for Palos Township Clerk Tammy Georgiou, candidate for Palos Township Clerk,  raised my family in Palos Township for 21 years, and feels a strong responsibility to ensure that the sense of welcoming and opportunity that was afforded her my family is given to all members of […]

AMVOTE PAC ENDORSEMENT: Tammy Georgiou



Statement Regarding Skokie Trustee Candidate Billy Haido In light of a pattern of unacceptable and inappropriate statements posted on Billy Haido’s personal social media, effective immediately, AMVOTE PAC withdraws Mr. Haido’s endorsement for Skokie Trustee. Furthermore, Mr. Haido has offered  his resignation from our Board which was accepted by AMVOTE. […]

AMVOTE PAC Withdraws Endorsement of Skokie Trustee Billy Haido


AMVOTE Proudly Endorses Mervate Mohammad for Palos Township Trustee Palos Township is in need of a trustee who cares for the residents, who is committed to make the necessary changes for the  township to prosper, and who has the skill and ability to advocate for those they represent. Mervate Mohammad […]

AMVOTE PAC ENDORSEMENT: Mervate Mohammad


AMVOTE PAC Endorses the Following Candidates for the 2021 Election   LOCATION OFFICE CANDIDATE Arlington Heights School District #25: Board Anisha Patel Bloomingdale Township Trustee Mohammed Mortoja Bolingbrook Park Commissioner Saud Gazanfer Village of Bolingbrook Trustee Meraj Alam Hanover Township  Assessor Khaja Moinuddin Hoffman Estates Mayor Bill McLeod Village of […]

AMVOTE 2021 ENDORSEMENTS



Because Arab Americans are deemed ‘white’ in government records, they suffer an unseen COVID-19 crisis. Featured in USA Today is a story highlighting the absence of data concerning COVID-19 infection and death rates among Arab Americans. What is reason for this lack of data? Because most Arab Americans are categorized […]

Arab Americans hit hard by COVID-19, but not counted in ...


Illinois Governor JB Pritzker Includes MENA Check Box for Job Applicants Within Administration AMVOTE PAC’S recommendation to add a MENA (Middle-Eastern, North African) checkbox has been approved and is already in use for job applicants within Governor JB Pritzker’s Administration.  This is in addition to the Governor’s approval of AMVOTE Arab-American nominees […]

MENA Designation Approved in Governor’s Administration




Gone Too Soon: Richard Means, Colleague, Consultant and Friend to AMVOTE A  Message from AMVOTE PAC Chairman, Hon. William J. Haddad Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois, Retired   It is with great sadness  I inform of AMVOTE’S election attorney and consultant, Richard Means, Esq., passed away from […]

AMVOTE PAC Election Attorney & Consultant Richard Means, Passes Away