Today, Chicago's city council Finance Committee debated the proposed parking meter lease for three and a half hours. It was full of technical questions and a little debate, but Alderman Walter Burnett livened things up by oddly comparing the deal to Viagra, of all things.
I chatted with Illinois State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias about the state pension system and his E-bay auction today, and took the opportunity to ask him about his gubernatorial ambitions. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)
With the election of Barack Obama as President of the United States, Chicago finds itself at the center of international media attention. Reporters from as far away as India and Hong Kong descended upon Hyde Park this morning and Grant Park tonight. But that's just the beginning.
2008 will go down as a historic election, and not just because of the results. Turnout has exceeded expections, particularly in the morning hours. The Chicago Board of Elections is predicting that 80-82% of registered voters came out to the polls today, pushing the numbers over the 1 million mark.
Here's some quick video of Senator Obama voting with his family earlier today at his polling place in Chicago's Hyde Park.‚ It's been featured on every network around the globe.‚ But what you didn't see is the swarm of media from around the world gathered to witness the event.‚ Crews from as far
People have been seriously struck with election fever lately- some are so excited that they can't even wait for the real thing. Flickr group member Brian Hagy documented one at Baker Demonstration School. He writes: