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.
Updated At: 10:40 p.m. New numbers from West Side wards, where runoffs seem likely in the 24th, 25th, 36th and 38th wards.Alderman Ward 1224 of 24 precincts - 100 percentGeorge Cardenas, (i) 2,680 - 55 percentJose Guereca, 911 - 19 percentJesse Iñiguez, 796 - 16 pe
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.
Some community leaders on Chicago’s West Side don’t like the way Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration is doling out funds in a $31 million program to combat Chicago-area youth violence. They wonder why aldermen are involved and why the pastor of Ald.
Leida Villegas, also known as Lady Sol, pulled together some kids from the South Side and some kids from the West Side, called them the FootworKINGz, and got them a national TV commercial. After King Charles and Tee-Jay booked the commercial we shot a music video for this group from Chica
Leida Villegas, also known as Lady Sol, has been describing how she first met “King” Charles, which led to the start of the FootworKINGz.(by parthapc via Flickr) At the time, Charles was working at Popeye’s on the South Side and his dream was to ma