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Who is Jennifer Maddox?

Personable and faithful to task, Aldermanic Candidate Jennifer Maddox's commitment to the community is very much her legacy. She is a known pillar in the community whose dedication proves to uplift, inspire and empower the countless individuals served in the 20th Ward and beyond. Her leadership is a true testament to the kind of influence needed to lead the residents of the 20th Ward into the future.

“Maddox hopes that her ten years of serving hundreds of kids from the Parkway Gardens low-income apartment complex with after-school and summer camp programs, mostly on her own dime, will persuade voters that she's a person sincerely dedicated to the well-being of the community.” , The Chicago Reader 

 

The Servant Leader, Mentor & Mother

Jennifer Maddox has served the citizens of Chicago for nearly 30 years. Her leadership has afforded children and their families the opportunity to develop in their physical and mental well-being. A Chicago native, Jennifer has dedicated her life’s work to bettering the city of Chicago.

Personable and faithful to task, Jennifer’s commitment to the community is very much her legacy. She is a known pillar in the community whose dedication proves to uplift, inspire and empower the countless individuals served in the 20th Ward and beyond.

Her leadership is a true testament to the kind of influence needed to lead the residents of the 20th Ward into the future.

Listen to Jennifer's #WomenofWorth interview here.

 

News

Monday, January 21, 2019 12:00 AM

JENNIFER MADDOX | WTTW VOTERS' GUIDE


Friday, January 18, 2019 12:00 AM

DEVELOPMENT ON THE SOUTH SIDE CAN'T LEAVE LOCALS BEHIND, 20TH WARD CANDIDATES SAY AT FORUM


Thursday, January 10, 2019 12:00 AM

THE 20TH WARD ALDERMANIC RACE IS RIFE WITH BAD FAITH AND GOOD IDEAS


Tuesday, December 4, 2018 12:00 AM

JENNIFER MADDOX TALKS POLICIES WITH THE CHICAGO MAROON

Maddox emphasizes the importance of building trust between the police and the community, especially due to recent cases of police brutality. She thinks police need to empathize more with community members, so that they can understand what led to the violence.

“The police need to remember that people turn to them when they are in crisis mode. They need to show empathy,” she said. “Picture a couple fighting over money. Neither one knows where to find a job, or how to build a resume. They don’t know where to turn, so they resort to violence.”

Maddox believes that violence arises from the lack of resources, so it is important for the police to understand the challenges the community faces. In her work as a community engagement instructor, she helps lead cohorts to facilitate conversation between the police and civilians. The goal is to allow civilians to explain why they might distrust the police.

If elected, her plan is to expand this project ward-wide. Currently, she is working to organize more cohorts with new officers, community members, and young people who will commit to the meetings.

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Thursday, November 1, 2018 12:00 AM

‘THERE WERE NO SAFE PLACES’: CHICAGO POLICE OFFICER HONORED FOR NONPROFIT HELPING YOUNG PEOPLE ON SOUTH SIDE

More than two decades ago, as a rookie Chicago police officer assigned to the South Side, Jennifer Maddox found herself regularly called to the Parkway Gardens housing complex in Woodlawn, mostly responding to kids getting into trouble.
“I was inside there literally every day,” she said. “We saw there were no safe places, or any places, to play. They were getting in trouble because of that. They were finding their own fun.”

After about 10 years patrolling the area, Maddox decided to take a side job working security in the housing complex, so she could connect better with its residents and because “it was always in my heart to go back and do something for that community.”

Chicago Tribune


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