WBEZ | e2010_mayor http://www.wbez.org/tags/e2010mayor Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Mayoral candidates debate, target Emanuel http://www.wbez.org/story/carol-moseley-braun/mayoral-candidates-debate-target-emanuel <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/myfoxchicagoscreenshot.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>A new poll shows former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel has a huge lead over his opponents with 49 percent of the vote. Meantime, his challengers are going on the attack. Even though the Chicago Tribune poll shows Emanuel with a huge lead, he would need 50 percent of the vote plus one on election day to win.</p><p>Former Chicago Public Schools' Chief Gery Chico came in second place in the poll with 19 percent. During a debate Thursday night on FOX Chicago, Chico said Emanuel wouldn't understand Chicago's crime issues.</p><p>&quot;There are people like Mr. Emanuel who grew up in the wealthy North Shore who probably never experienced that and I think it makes it harder, harder to come to grips with what a plan would be to combat this,&quot;&nbsp;Chico said.</p><p>Other candidates also criticized Emanuel, but he didn't address any of the comments until his closing arguments.</p><p>&quot;Since I've been criticized a number of times, I want to say this: My goal is not to criticize anybody or to attack anybody, but to attack the problems facing the City of Chicago,&quot;&nbsp;Emanuel said.</p><p>Meantime, other candidates for Chicago mayor said they would make life easier for small business owners in the city.</p><p>Chicago City Clerk Miguel del Valle says community-based organizations should help lead developments.</p><p>&quot;Small businesses in neighborhoods throughout the city encounter all kinds of obstacles just to get a sign up,&quot;&nbsp;del Valle said.</p><p>And Chico said he would change the city's municipal code to help business owners get the necessary permits.</p><p>&quot;We say we have an unemployment problem and we take over a year to give a small hardware store a building permit,&quot;&nbsp;Chico said.</p><p>Also running are former U.S. Senator Carol Moseley Braun, Chicago City Clerk Miguel del Valle, Bill &quot;Dock&quot; Walls and Patricia Van Pelt Watkins.</p></p> Fri, 11 Feb 2011 13:41:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/carol-moseley-braun/mayoral-candidates-debate-target-emanuel Emanuel on campaign trail, Illinois Supreme Court to take his case http://www.wbez.org/story/ballot/emanuel-campaign-trail-illinois-supreme-court-take-his-case <p><p>Rahm Emanuel's name can be printed on ballots for the Chicago mayoral race. The Illinois Supreme Court issued the order on Tuesday. The emergency order stands until the Supreme Court makes a final decision on whether he qualifies to run.</p><p>Emanuel was all smiles as he greeted union members on Chicago's Southwest side this morning. He was back on the campaign trail and received the endorsement from Teamsters Joint Council 25, the day after the Illinois Appellate Court said Emanuel doesn't meet the residency requirements needed to run for mayor. Emanuel said he's sure he'll be on the ballot for the February election.</p><p>&quot;The most important thing is you know my determination and my sense of certainty - not certainty, but confidence - in the sense that, in the end, we will be on the ballot so people will have that option to vote,&quot;&nbsp;he said.</p><p>Emanuel tried to divert reporters' questions about his residency into issues related to the mayor's race, like how to entice companies to move to the city. Attorneys for Emanuel filed an official appeal to the state Supreme Court this morning, asking the court to allow him on the February ballot. Just a few hours later, the court agreed to take the case.<br />&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 25 Jan 2011 19:20:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/ballot/emanuel-campaign-trail-illinois-supreme-court-take-his-case Appellate court rules Emanuel off the ballot http://www.wbez.org/story/ballot/appellate-court-rules-emanuel-ballot <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Rahm_Olsen_108123053.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><strong>Updated: 6:37pm</strong>. The Illinois Appellate Court issued <a href="http://www.wbez.org/sites/default/files/ruling.pdf">a written ruling</a> Monday stating that Chicago mayoral candidate Rahm Emanuel does not meet the qualifications to be on the February municipal ballot.&nbsp; Emanuel said he will appeal the decision to the Illinois Supreme Court.</p><p>The three-judge panel decided 2-1 that Emanuel did not meet the requirements for running for mayor.</p><p>Attorney Burt Odelson has argued Emanuel doesn't qualify to be on the ballot because he claims the former White House chief of staff doesn't meet a requirement that the mayor of Chicago live in the city for one year before taking the office. &quot;You can't mentally just have a residence,&quot; Odelson said last week after arguing before the appeals court. &quot;You have to have a residence. You have to go somewhere.&quot;</p><p>Emanuel's attorneys have argued their client never abandoned his North Side home when he went to work in Washington, D.C. as President Obama's chief of staff.</p><p>Meeting with reporters shortly after the decision came down, Emanuel said his laywers are going to ask for a stay to keep his name on the ballot.&nbsp;</p><p>&quot;I have no doubt that we will in the end prevail in this effort,&quot; Emanuel said, noting a forceful dissent to the Appellate Court decision. &quot;As my father used to say, nothing's ever easy in life. So nothing's ever easy. This is just one turn in the road.&quot;</p><p>Sure enough, by Monday evening, Emanuel's team filed its <a href="http://www.wbez.org/sites/default/files/emergency.pdf">initial paperwork </a>with the state Supreme Court.</p><p>Emanuel pointed out to reporters the searing dissent written by Appellate Judge Bertina Lampkin. The court's ruling, Lampkin wrote, was based &quot;on the whims of two judges,&quot; using a standard for residency that is &quot;a figment of the majority's imagination.&quot;</p><p>&quot;The majority's decision disenfranchises not just [Emanuel], but&nbsp; every voter in Chicago who would consider voting for him,&quot; Lampkin wrote.</p><p>Monday's ruling overturns previous decisions by a circuit court judge and the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners. A statement from the board, which prints the ballots, said, &quot;We're going to press with one less candidate for mayor.&quot;</p><p>Meanwhile, Emanuel&rsquo;s opponents hastily called press conferences Monday afternoon to respond to the court&rsquo;s decision. Gery Chico, the former head of Chicago&rsquo;s community college system and the No. 2 fundraiser in the race next to Emanuel, told reporters he was surprised by the news. But Chico declined to attack Emanuel, and said the ruling will not chance his campaign strategy.</p><p>&quot;We're gonna run our campaign the way we did yesterday, we're gonna run it the same way tomorrow,&rdquo; Chico said. &ldquo;We're gonna run it on the issues, we're gonna talk about better schools, jobs and safer neighborhoods.&quot;</p><p>Don Rose is a Chicago political analyst. He calls it a &quot;totally&nbsp;stunning legal opinion&quot; and says there are numerous possibilities&nbsp;to what happens next.</p><p class="MsoNormal">The Illinois Supreme Court may take the appeal this week.&nbsp;If the appellate court's decision is upheld, Emanuel could still&nbsp;run a write-in campaign.</p><p class="MsoNormal">But University of Illinois at Chicago Professor Dick Simpson&nbsp;says even if Emanuel could win an extremely difficult write-in&nbsp;campaign, his candidacy would still be open to legal challenges.</p></p> Mon, 24 Jan 2011 17:57:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/ballot/appellate-court-rules-emanuel-ballot State Appellate Court hears Emanuel residency case http://www.wbez.org/story/burt-odelson/illinois-appellate-court-hear-emanuels-ballot-eligibility <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Rahm Emanuel AP_0.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>The Illinois Appellate Court is expected to rule within the next few days as to whether Rahm Emanuel can run for mayor of Chicago. Attorneys presented their cases Wednesday.</p><p>This was take three over the eligibility of Rahm Emanuel's candidacy. The arguments for and against Emanuel were pretty much the same as when attorneys argued in front of a Cook County judge and the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners. Both times, Rahm Emanuel won his case to be on the February municipal ballot.</p><p>Burt Odelson argues Emanuel doesn't qualify to be on the ballot because the former White House chief of staff doesn't meet a requirement that the mayor of Chicago live in the city for one year before taking the office.</p><p>&quot;You can't mentally just have a residence,&quot;&nbsp;Odelson said. &quot;You have to have a residence. You have to go somewhere.&quot;</p><p>Emanuel's attorneys have argued their client never abandoned his North Side home when he went to work in Washington, D.C.<br /><br />Both sides say they are prepared to take the case to the Illinois Supreme Court.</p></p> Wed, 19 Jan 2011 12:46:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/burt-odelson/illinois-appellate-court-hear-emanuels-ballot-eligibility Moseley Braun avoids talking about personal finances http://www.wbez.org/story/carol-moseley-braun/moseley-braun-avoids-talking-about-personal-finances <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/IMG_6719.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Chicago mayoral hopeful Carol Moseley Braun is continuing to avoid questions about her finances. The former U.S. Senator testily told reporters she's already said what she has to say about her personal finances.</p><p>&quot;You've got the returns,&quot;&nbsp;she said. &quot;You know, there's no more drilling down on this.&quot;</p><p>This week, Moseley Braun made public the first two pages of her federal income taxes dating back to 2006. In talking with reporters, she referred to a statement issued earlier this week which said she's in a fight to keep her small organic foods business up and running.</p><p>Her tax returns show she has had a negative income of hundreds of thousands of dollars over recent years. But because she didn't make public attachments that go along with her taxes, it's not clear how Moseley Braun is getting by. When a reporter asked a follow-up question related to her finances, a campaign aide interrupted.</p><p>&quot;OK. Thank you,&quot; the aide said.</p><p>&quot;No, no. We're not done yet,&quot;&nbsp;the reporter said.</p><p>The aide said, &quot;No. I'm done. And she's done.&quot;</p><p>The three other major candidates running for Chicago mayor, Gery Chico, Miguel Del Valle and Rahm Emanuel, have made their personal finances public.<br />&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 07 Jan 2011 18:36:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/carol-moseley-braun/moseley-braun-avoids-talking-about-personal-finances Moseley Braun defends tax returns http://www.wbez.org/story/carol-moseley-braun/moseley-braun-defends-tax-returns <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/IMG_6701.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Carol Moseley Braun is defending her tax returns. The candidate for Chicago mayor publicly released the first two pages of her federal income taxes from the previous two years Tuesday. The returns showed she lost more money than she took in and hadn't paid any federal taxes. Moseley Braun says the small organic foods business she's been managing since she was a U.S. senator is doing OK.</p><p>&quot;We did fine. I struggled. I didn't fire anybody. I didn't lay people off. I did the best I could and I made that little business work and it's still working,&quot; she said.</p><p>Braun's returns show she reported a taxable income of less than $16,000 in 2009.</p><p>Other major candidates for mayor have also released their financial records. Rahm Emanuel and Gery Chico made millions in recent years while Miguel Del Valle has mostly been living off his salary from his position as Chicago City Clerk.</p></p> Wed, 05 Jan 2011 20:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/carol-moseley-braun/moseley-braun-defends-tax-returns Chicago mayoral candidates line up to criticize Weis http://www.wbez.org/story/business/chicago-mayoral-candidates-line-criticize-weis <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/jody weiss kate gardiner_0_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The four major candidates running for Chicago mayor can agree on one thing: there should be a new police superintendent.</p><p>Chicago Police Superintendent Jody Weis has been under fire from the police union, which has held marches against his leadership. Adding to the voices of dissent are the four major candidates running for Chicago mayor: U.S. Senator Carol Moseley Braun, Chicago City Clerk Miguel Del Valle and former Chicago Public Schools chief Gery Chico.</p><p>Former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel is the latest to voice his disapproval.</p><p>&quot;He has indicated he has plans to move on and I want to have a fresh start in that position as in other positions,&quot;&nbsp;Emanuel said. Weis has not publicly indicated he has plans to move on. He recently told reporters he wants to keep his job.</p><p>Weis was appointed to the position in 2008 by the retiring Mayor Richard Daley. The police union has not yet endorsed a candidate for mayor, but an endorsement could come later this month.</p><p>The embattled police chief defended his tenure last week in a year-end interview with The Associated Press, as mayoral contenders were calling for his replacement.</p><p>Also among those lining up against Weis are some rank-and-file officers who've viewed the former FBI agent as an outsider. The chief's critics cite low morale in the police force and community frustration with both crime and the reduced number of officers deployed on the streets because of budget cuts.</p><p>But Weis disputes their reasoning, offering a list of improvements to the city since he arrived: Chicago crime is at<br />record lows, even though the department is down about 1,000 officers; the department is no longer plagued by embarrassing on-camera incidents of cops behaving badly; and cutting-edge tactics to reduce future crime are in the works.</p><p>&quot;Law enforcement is always battling perception,&quot; said Weis, a Florida native. &quot;Some people will talk to a handful of people who are very much against me because I've changed the way we do business here. Our statistics show it was a good change. But if you talk to those people, there's going to be a rallying cry, `Get rid of Jody Weis.&quot;'</p><p>Weis could not be reached for comment after Emanuel and del Valle made their statements Tuesday, but in his interview with AP on Friday, he said he would like to stay on the job.</p><p>&quot;Everybody wants to say, `Are you looking for jobs?' I'm really not,&quot; he said. &quot;I love this city. I've always said next to the mayor I think I have the second-best job in the city. I certainly hope to be in this position. We'll have to wait and see.&quot;</p><p>Weis said his only regrets over the past year have been the deaths of six police officers - five in the line of duty - more than any other law enforcement agency in the U.S. &quot;It's like a kick in the stomach,&quot; he said. &quot;That takes its<br />toll on any department.&quot;</p><p>Weis believes most of the criticism of him is due to politics, the police union and a small group of officers. After 23 years with the FBI, Weis was hired by Mayor Richard Daley in 2008 to restore the public's confidence in the department after allegations over excessive force and scandals with off-duty officers in barroom brawls and an elite drug and gang unit.</p><p>&quot;If you try to really evaluate morale, it's going to be based on results,&quot; Weis said. &quot;It's not going to be based on the<br />minority loud vocal people of the particular unions screaming because I'm taking them out of their comfort zones. Perhaps there's an effort to get votes there.&quot;</p><p>He said declining crime is proof he's been effective and that officers are motivated. Chicago has its lowest murder rate in more than four decades and overall crime in the city has dropped each consecutive month over the past two years.</p><p>Weis credits new technology instituted during his tenure, such as computerized research that helps shift officers to neighborhoods with more crime. He also touted a so-called gang summit he held last summer, a meeting that generated major criticism and reflected just how difficult Weis' tenure has been.</p><p>Weis called reputed gang leaders to that meeting with top police and federal prosecutors to deliver an ultimatum to end killings. Although the tactic has been used for decades by police departments nationwide, Weis took heat from alderman who called it a &quot;desperation tactic&quot; and Gov. Pat Quinn who said Weis should focus more on getting guns off the streets.</p><p>Still, Weis said the summit was a success. He noted the department has arrested over 100 people in connection with the meeting and crime is down significantly in the district where the meeting was held.</p><p>Some of the most vocal criticism of Weis - including a protest outside his office last year - has been from officers. One complaint was how Weis handled the case of an officer convicted of misdemeanor battery after being videotaped beating a man handcuffed in a wheelchair. Shortly before William Cozzi was to return to work<br />after a two-year suspension handed down before Weis arrived, the superintendent sent a video link of the incident to the FBI. Cozzi later pleaded guilty to a civil rights violation and was sentenced to federal prison.</p><p>Weis called the beating &quot;one of the most outrageous acts I've ever witnessed&quot; and said his actions sent a clear message to a police force known for brutal incidents, including another videotape shown around the world of Officer Anthony Abbatte beating a female bartender half his size. Abbatte was later convicted of aggravated battery in the 2007 attack.</p><p>Weis said all that has stopped since he took over.</p><p>&quot;Let's go back to 2007, the last six months of that year were wracked with scandal after scandal after scandal,&quot; Weis said. &quot;People being stupid, misconduct, dumb acts over and over again, that has a negative impact upon morale.&quot;</p><p><br />&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 05 Jan 2011 11:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/business/chicago-mayoral-candidates-line-criticize-weis Illinois politicians support Bill Daley for White House chief of staff http://www.wbez.org/story/bill-daley/illinois-politicians-support-bill-daley-white-house-chief-staff <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/IMG_6685.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Rahm Emanuel says Bill Daley would make be a good pick to replace him on a permanent basis as White House chief of staff. Published reports say President Barack Obama is considering hiring Daley for the position previously held by Emanuel. Daley is the brother of Chicago's mayor and he worked with Emanuel in the White House in the 1990s. Emanuel says the president's pick for the next chief of staff will set the tone for the next two years.</p><p>&quot;The most important thing is what the president wants from a chief of staff and every president is different and during their presidency, there are different things you would want out of a chief of staff and that is what's important,&quot;&nbsp;Emanuel said.</p><p>Emanuel quit his position as Mr. Obama's chief of staff earlier this year to run for mayor of Chicago. Earlier Tuesday, Illinois' senators Mark Kirk and Dick Durbin said Bill Daley would fit in well as the chief of staff. But Durbin says he doesn't think the president has made a decision yet. Durbin's former chief of staff, Pete Rouse, is currently serving as interim White House chief of staff.</p></p> Tue, 04 Jan 2011 19:22:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/bill-daley/illinois-politicians-support-bill-daley-white-house-chief-staff Carol Moseley Braun under fire over releasing tax returns http://www.wbez.org/story/carol-moseley-braun/carol-moseley-braun-under-fire-over-releasing-tax-returns <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/scaled cmb_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The campaign for Chicago mayoral candidate Carol Moseley Braun is now reportedly saying she will make her income tax returns public. The former U.S. Senator got testy with reporters Monday who asked her why should had refused to release the statements.</p><p>&quot;Not until after the election,&quot;&nbsp;she told reporters at a news conference.</p><p>When asked why, Braun said, &quot;Because I don't want to.&quot;</p><p>Braun is the only major candidate who hasn't made tax returns public. Rahm Emanuel, Gery Chico, and Miguel Del Valle have already made their returns public. It's not required of candidates. But they have to provide a statement of economic interest in order to get on the ballot.</p></p> Tue, 04 Jan 2011 13:10:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/carol-moseley-braun/carol-moseley-braun-under-fire-over-releasing-tax-returns Moseley Braun wants new police superintendent http://www.wbez.org/story/carol-moseley-braun/moseley-braun-wants-new-police-superintendent <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/IMG_6661.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Carol Moseley Braun said if she's elected mayor, she would hire a new superintendent of the Chicago Police Department. The former U.S. Senator said the current superintendent, Jody Weis, isn't a good fit for the job.</p><p>&quot;I think the fact that the superintendent, again, is not from here, doesn't understand this city, having to learn it - get a guidebook out,&quot; she said. &quot;You need to get somebody who knows Chicago to run the Chicago Police Department.&quot;</p><p>Weis came from Philadelphia to become the top cop in 2008 after a series of scandals involving police officers. The police union has held marches against Weis protesting his leadership.</p><p>Moseley Braun said a current rank-and-file officer would be better suited to run the department.</p></p> Thu, 30 Dec 2010 11:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/carol-moseley-braun/moseley-braun-wants-new-police-superintendent