It’s no secret that Chicago politics have long thrived on backroom deals between aldermen and the city’s rich and powerful. Journalists David Bernstein and Noah Isackson have been teasing out another surprising connection on and off for about the past two years–between lawmakers and lawbreakers.
Updated Thursday, March 24, 2011, at 9:51 a.m.The Chicago Police Department says it’s investigating a video obtained by WBEZ that appears to show department officers allowing a young man to be taunted by a group of bystanders. Warning: The footage contains strong language.
The idea behind a referendum is to give voters a direct voice in making their community better. These ballot questions can cover anything from stem-cell research to the fate of an empty lot. They may be binding or just advisory. Last month, referenda were on ballots in nine Chicago precincts.
Besides being a two-time Grammy Award winning artist (for work on Kanye West's records) and a brilliant rapper/MC from Chicago, GLC is a restless force trying to inspire and teach young people positive values and morals, speaking in high schools and youth organizations.
Chicagoans who punch cards for their favorite aldermanic candidates might have the issue of crime on their minds. But depending on where they live, they will have heard more—or less—about crime from their candidates.