WBEZ | Chicago City Clerk http://www.wbez.org/tags/chicago-city-clerk Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en City Clerk's office to design next vehicle sticker http://www.wbez.org/story/city-clerks-office-design-next-vehicle-sticker-96321 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2012-February/2012-02-08/RS4924_CityStickerWinningDesign_121311-2-scr.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>After a week of controversy, the city of Chicago has decided to design the 2012-13 vehicle registration sticker in house.</p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2012-February/2012-02-13/controversial city sticker.jpg" style="width: 321px; height: 400px; float: left; margin: 5px;" title="The original 2012 Chicago City Sticker design thought to include gang symbols. (Chicago City Clerk)">On Wednesday, the city axed the winning design by a 15-year-old boy amid concerns that it may depict street gang signs.</p><p>City Clerk Susana Mendoza announced that the runner-up's design would be used instead.</p><p>But in a written statement released Saturday, Mendoza said that the runner-up's parents contacted her office and asked that the girl's design not be used "as a result of the unwanted media and public scrutiny and criticism of her artwork."</p><p>“While our daughter truly enjoyed participating in the design contest and was proud to see Chicago select her as the first runner up, what should have been a happy accomplishment in her life has now turned sour,” the runner-up’s parents said in the statement.&nbsp;</p><p>Mendoza said the sticker design will be done by the City Clerk’s office. But all finalists will receive the $1,000 savings bonds that come with winning the design contest.</p><p>She said the office is reviewing the contest and whether it should continue.</p><p>Earlier in the week, Mendoza told reporters at a news conference that she had consulted with gang experts, who said the original design winner could give the perception that it includes gang symbols.</p><p>"The experts have felt that, yes, indeed it could potentially be perceived as symbolizing gang relations and, frankly, I, as clerk, cannot ask Chicagoans to put a sticker on their car if there's even remotely the possibility of that being misinterpreted," she said at the time.</p><p>Meantime, a spokeswoman for the special needs school where the artist is a freshman said she doesn't see gang symbols in the artwork.</p><p>"He's said, 'I love Chicago. I love our first responders.' I mean, we don't see any imagery in that piece of artwork," said Jill Watson, a spokeswoman for Lawrence Hall Youth Services. "What we see is a beautiful piece of artwork created by a special kid."</p><p>The city has never had a problem with the vehicle sticker designs during the 17 years it has been running student art contests, said Williams.</p><p>The 2012 vehicle stickers must be on cars by July 15.</p></p> Sun, 12 Feb 2012 00:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/city-clerks-office-design-next-vehicle-sticker-96321 Chicago Democrats clash over Illinois House seat http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-democrats-clash-over-illinois-house-seat-87408 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-June/2011-06-03/MendozaCityHallcrop.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>A top Chicago official is criticizing the way her party is filling her former Illinois House seat.<br> <br> Susana Mendoza resigned as District 1 representative last month to become city clerk. To replace her, the district’s Democratic ward committeemen chose Chicago police Sgt. Dena Carli.<br> <br> Party insiders say the plan is for Carli to exit the seat this summer, once a long-term replacement establishes residency in the district, which spans parts of several Southwest Side neighborhoods, including Little Village, Brighton Park and Gage Park.<br> <br> The sources say Carli’s replacement will be Silvana Tabares, a former editor of the bilingual weekly newspaper Extra. Tabares graduated last year from the leadership academy of the United Neighborhood Organization, a clout-heavy Latino group.<br> <br> UNO chief Juan Rangel says he doesn’t know anything about the plan but praises Tabares. “She would be, by far, the best candidate to fill the seat,” Rangel says.<br> <br> Mendoza doesn’t think so. She pushed for her replacement to be Evelyn Rodríguez, an aide to U.S. Rep. Luis Gutiérrez, D-Illinois.<br> <br> “Neither Carli nor Tabares is qualified,” Mendoza says. “The citizens and the residents of the First District were completely shortchanged in this process.”<br> <br> The Illinois constitution requires state lawmakers to live in their district for two years before their election or appointment.<br> <br> Tabares, listed at 4335 S. Spaulding Ave., says she’s lived in the district for “about two years” but claims she can’t remember the month she moved in.<br> <br> Tabares says she’s eager to serve in the seat but says she knows nothing about the plan for her to take it. She referred WBEZ questions about the plan to two of the committeemen: Chicago Ald. Ed Burke, Ward 14, and State Sen. Tony Muñoz, District 1.<br> <br> Burke and Muñoz didn’t return the station’s calls about the seat. Neither did Carli.</p></p> Fri, 03 Jun 2011 21:18:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-democrats-clash-over-illinois-house-seat-87408