It’s hard to take the embarrassment factor entirely out of public events: That may be a lesson for the new Emanuel administration after Monday night’s budget town hall meeting. The gatherings take place every year; they give residents a chance to tell the mayor their priorities.
Some consider it a complicated, once-a-decade, politically hazardous and legally explosive undertaking. And it is happening in Illinois: redistricting. State lawmakers are using census data to draw boundaries for Illinois’ state and congressional legislative districts.
Turnout for Tuesday's runoff election was low. But there were some exciting stories among the outcomes. Four incumbent aldermen appear to have lost. Those seats represent just a portion the turnover in the council. That means a lot of fresh faces at City Hall, assuming the election results hold.
The fourteen aldermanic run-off elections scheduled for April will have a big impact on the make-up of the Chicago City Council. So it's no surprise that Mayor-Elect Rahm Emanuel is wading deep into the runoff pool.