WBEZ | Washington http://www.wbez.org/tags/washington Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Adidas offers to help U.S. high schools phase out Native Ameican mascots http://www.wbez.org/news/adidas-offers-help-us-high-schools-phase-out-native-ameican-mascots-113666 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/Adidas has pledged to help high school teams that want to change their mascots from Native American imagery..jpg" alt="" /><p><div id="res454915402" previewtitle="Adidas has pledged to help high school teams that want to change their mascots from Native American imagery. President Obama praised the effort, while the Washington football team shot back, calling the company's move hypocritical."><div data-crop-type=""><img alt="Adidas has pledged to help high school teams that want to change their mascots from Native American imagery. President Obama praised the effort, while the Washington football team shot back, calling the company's move hypocritical." src="http://media.npr.org/assets/img/2015/11/05/ap_08050806897-58e0ccfdb2992737eb8273f8791cef9a4ab7cc29-s800-c85.jpg" style="height: 465px; width: 620px;" title="Adidas has pledged to help high school teams that want to change their mascots from Native American imagery. President Obama praised the effort, while the Washington football team shot back, calling the company's move hypocritical. (Christof Stache/AP)" /></div><div><div><p>Sportswear giant Adidas announced Thursday that it would offer free design resources and financial assistance to any high schools that want to change their logo or mascot from Native American imagery or symbolism.</p></div></div></div><p>The company announced the initiative ahead of the Tribal Nations Conference at the White House, which Adidas executives attended.</p><p>&quot;Sports have the power to change lives,&quot; Adidas executive board member Eric Liedtke<a href="http://news.adidas.com/US/Latest-News/adidas-Announces-Support-For-Mascot-Name-Changes-Ahead-Of-White-House-Tribal-Nations-Conference/s/7197ec89-d0fe-4557-b737-cd27dc76aba1">said in a statement</a>. &quot;Sports give young people limitless potential. Young athletes have hope, they have desire and they have a will to win. Importantly, sports must be inclusive. Today we are harnessing the influence of sports in our culture to lead change for our communities.&quot;</p><p>Approximately 2,000 high schools in the U.S. use names that &quot;cause concern for many tribal communities,&quot; according to the company&#39;s statement.</p><p>At the Tribal Nations Conference, Obama praised the effort by Adidas, and added that &quot;a certain sports team in Washington might want to do that as well.&quot;</p><p>Even before Obama&#39;s remarks, the Washington football team had responded in an emailed statement that read:</p><blockquote><div><p><em>&quot;The hypocrisy of changing names at the high school level of play and continuing to profit off of professional like-named teams is absurd. Adidas make hundreds of millions of dollars selling uniforms to teams like the Chicago Blackhawks and the Golden State Warriors, while profiting off sales of fan apparel for the Cleveland Indians, Florida State Seminoles, Atlanta Braves and many other like-named teams. It seems safe to say that Adidas&#39; next targets will be the biggest sports teams in the country, which won&#39;t be very popular with their shareholders, team fans, or partner schools and organizations.&quot;</em></p></div></blockquote><p>The team&#39;s owner, Dan Snyder, has vowed&nbsp;<a href="http://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2013/10/07/230221006/an-uphill-battle-to-push-an-nfl-team-to-change-its-name">never to change the team&#39;s name</a>.</p><p>&mdash;<a href="http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/11/05/454902114/adidas-offers-to-help-u-s-high-schools-phase-out-native-american-mascots" target="_blank"><em> via NPR</em></a></p></p> Thu, 05 Nov 2015 09:20:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/adidas-offers-help-us-high-schools-phase-out-native-ameican-mascots-113666 2 dead, including gunman, in high school shooting http://www.wbez.org/news/2-dead-including-gunman-high-school-shooting-110989 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/AP192948468620.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>MARYSVILLE, Wash. &mdash; A student opened fire Friday in a high school cafeteria north of Seattle, killing at least one person and shooting several others in the head before killing himself, officials said.</p><p>Students in the cafeteria said the gunman stared at the students as he shot them. They described a chaotic scene at Marysville Pilchuck High School, as panicked students ran for safety.</p><p>Student Alan Perez told KING-TV he was eating his lunch near the gunman when he heard the shots.</p><p>&quot;He had a little gun in his hand. I saw the flash from the muzzle,&quot; Perez said.</p><p>Another student, Austin Taylor, told the station the shooter &quot;was just staring down every one of his victims as he shot them.&quot;</p><p>Cedar Parker, a 17-year-old senior, told The Associated Press he was driving away from campus for lunch when he saw students running and trying to jump a fence. Parker let several into his car. He heard other students yelling for their friends: &quot;Where are you?&quot;</p><p>Parker said choosing not to eat in the cafeteria saved his life.</p><p>The shooter was a student at the school 30 miles north of Seattle, but Marysville Police Commander Robb Lamoureux said he could not provide more information on the gunman or his motive.</p><p>Lamoureux said the shooter died of a self-inflicted wound.</p><p>Brian Patrick said his daughter, a freshman, was in the cafeteria 10 feet from the gunman when the shooting occurred. She ran from the cafeteria and immediately called her mother.</p><p>Patrick said his daughter told him, &#39;The guy walked into the cafeteria, pulled out a gun and started shooting. No arguing, no yelling.&quot;</p><p>His other daughter, a senior at the school, called him &#39;hysterical&#39; from her classroom, Patrick said.</p><p>&quot;I thought, &#39;God let my kids be safe,&quot; he said.</p><p>Four students were taken to Providence Everett medical center, said hospital spokeswoman Heidi Amrine. Three were in &quot;very critical&quot; condition. It was not immediately clear if the person who died was one of those students.</p><p>Harborview Medical Center in Seattle said it received a 14-year-old male student, who was listed in serious condition.</p><p>After the attack, a crowd of parents waited in a parking lot outside a nearby church where they were being reunited with their children. Buses pulled up periodically to drop off students evacuated from the school, with some running to hug their mothers or fathers.</p><p>Some parents were sent back to their cars to get their identifications before they could leave with their children.</p><p>Ayn Dietrich, an FBI spokeswoman in Seattle, said the agency had personnel on their way to the scene to help authorities with the investigation.</p><p>Another shooting occurred June 5 at Seattle Pacific University, where a gunman killed one student and wounded two others.</p></p> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:34:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/2-dead-including-gunman-high-school-shooting-110989 Where was Congressman Gutierrez at 25? http://www.wbez.org/series/year-25/where-was-congressman-gutierrez-25-107062 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/luis25.JPG" alt="" /><p><p><a href="http://gutierrez.house.gov/about-me/full-biography">Illinois U.S. Congressman Luis Gutierrez</a> has made a name for himself across the nation as one of the most vocal &nbsp;proponents of <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/gutierrez-ryan-push-immigration-overhaul-chicago-106786">immigration reform</a>.</p><p>Gutierrez is a longtime member of the U.S. House of Representatives &ndash; he&#39;s been serving since 1992. And years before that, he served as alderman of the 26th Ward in Chicago.</p><p>So, you&rsquo;d think, this guy must have been working toward a spot on Capitol Hill all his life.</p><p>Wrong.</p><p>25-year-old Luis Gutierrez was a 1st, 2nd and 3rd teacher in Puerto Rico. He had followed his then-girlfriend, Soraida, there and eventually married her.</p><p>The two were making a life for themselves - Soraida was going to school, and Luis was the lone male teacher in a little school out in the mountains. He was paid minimum wage - about $3.25 per hour, he says &ndash; which was hardly enough to feed the two of them and get Soraida to school. So, as Gutierrez recalls, he gave what little money he had to Soraida for school and then got creative.</p><p>&ldquo;I remember - it&rsquo;s probably a violation of the law today, I hope it wasn&rsquo;t one then, although I&rsquo;m sure the statute of limitations have run out,&rdquo; Gutierrez said. &ldquo;I used to eat with all the children in the school lunch program.&rdquo;</p><p>Gutierrez says he soon realized Puerto Rico wasn&rsquo;t the best option for him and his wife, so they moved back to Chicago, where he was from originally. After a month or so of fruitless attempts to find a job, Gutierrez decided to get his his chauffeur&#39;s license and drive a cab.</p><p>Yes, you read that right. Illinois U.S. <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZbMdFUFAro">Congressman Luis Gutierrez</a>, drove a cab when he was 25 years old.</p><p>&ldquo;So, for all of those that see the cab driver, remember, it could be a transitional moment in their life, and one day they could be actually adopting and proposing the laws of the nation, that guy in the front seat,&rdquo; Gutierrez said.</p><p>In this interview with WBEZ&rsquo;s Lauren Chooljian, Gutierrez tells the stories of his 25th year, and explains how that person had not a clue in the world that he&rsquo;d wind up in elected politics. He also discusses how his personality has changed over the years, and what parts of his 25-year-old self had to change in order to be the lawmaker he is today.</p><p><em>Lauren Chooljian is the WBEZ Morning Producer and Reporter. Follow her<a href="http://twitter.com/triciabobeda"> </a><a href="https://twitter.com/laurenchooljian">@laurenchooljian</a></em></p></p> Tue, 07 May 2013 15:04:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/year-25/where-was-congressman-gutierrez-25-107062 Once more, Boehner gets the better of Obama http://www.wbez.org/blogs/achy-obejas/2012-12/once-more-boehner-gets-better-obama-104476 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Obama%20Boehner.jpg" style="height: 293px; width: 620px;" title="Boehner vs. Obama (AP)" /></div><p>Perhaps you remember this year&rsquo;s presidential elections, the one in which the winning candidate had a five&nbsp;million-vote margin of victory and won many of the toughest battlegrounds by nice little cushions: Virginia by four points, Colorado by five, Iowa and New Hampshire by six, Ohio and Florida and even the hometown of the opposing ticket&rsquo;s VP candidate.</p><p>The winner, in fact, scored some historic points beyond race: He&rsquo;s <a href="http://poy.time.com/2012/12/19/person-of-the-year-barack-obama/#ixzz2FW6iXO3C">the first Democrat in more than 75 years</a> to get a majority of the popular vote twice. In all of American history, only five other presidents have done that.<br /><br />You probably remember talk of mandate, and you noted that though the opposing team &mdash; the Republican Party &mdash; kept control of the House of Representatives, they <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_House_of_Representatives_elections,_2012">lost eight seats</a>. It&rsquo;s possible you know that the Democrats actually scored a vote victory in the House, with <a href="http://www.thenation.com/blog/171695/john-boehner-has-no-mandate?rel=emailNation#">congressional Democrats receiving one million more votes</a> than the GOP (which had its hide saved only because of severe gerrymandering).<br /><br />So if it&rsquo;s true that the election was a &ldquo;referendum of the president&rsquo;s economic policies,&rdquo; as Speaker of the House John Boehner claimed last summer when he still thought he as ascending, why is he still calling the shots on the fiscal cliff talks? Didn&rsquo;t President Barack Obama and the Dems win that election?<br /><br />While we&rsquo;ve been horrified and distracted by the Connecticut massacre, Boehner has been busy calling up <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/achy-obejas/2011-08-01/obama-bends-again-89908">the old Obama</a> &mdash; the same guy who allowed a government shutdown, who surrendered on budget talks, who extended unhealthy and destructive tax cuts, and who caved on the debt ceiling.<br /><br />This is the president who campaigned, with overwhelming support, to tax the top two percent of the citizenry. But now that&rsquo;s out the window. Obama&rsquo;s most recent offer &mdash; an offer that meets GOP demands more than halfway &mdash; would permanently extend Bush-era tax cuts on household incomes <a href="http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/12/18/1171522/-Christmas-comes-early-for-Boehner?utm_source=twitterfeed&amp;utm_medium=twitter&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+dailykos%2Findex+%28Daily+Kos%29">below <em>$400,000</em>,</a> meaning that only the top tax bracket, 35 percent, would increase to 39.6 percent. (Not surprisingly, Boehner now wants only those <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/us/politics/debt-reckoning.html#sha=cdc4a6ab7">making more than $1 million</a> taxed!)<br /><br />This is also the president who, at the start of the talks, promised that &ldquo;Social Security is not going to be part of this.&quot; But guess what? Suddenly it <em>is</em>!</p><p>Obama has agreed to Boehner&rsquo;s demand to include it in the deal, proposing to tie Social Security benefits to &ldquo;chained CPI,&rdquo; an accounting method that would a) decrease benefits for most SS recipients and b) move certain families into higher tax brackets. (For more on what this means, you can read<a href="http://www.slate.com/blogs/moneybox/2012/12/18/chained_cpi_slowing_growth_of_social_security_benefits_is_unpopular.html"> here</a> and <a href="http://www.politico.com/story/2012/12/what-is-chained-cpi-consumer-price-index-85251_Page2.html">here</a> and <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/fact-checker/post/the-fiscal-cliff-offers-dueling-white-house-and-gop-perspectives/2012/12/18/fc8b54a4-4960-11e2-ad54-580638ede391_blog.html?hpid=z5">here</a>.)<br /><br />What&rsquo;s particular sickening about Obama&rsquo;s bending on this is that it&rsquo;s completely unnecessary, and gives truth to Republican lies about the program.<br /><br />&quot;<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/27/dick-durbin-social-security-fiscal-cliff_n_2199224.html">Social Security is not part of the problem</a>. That&#39;s one of the myths the Republicans have tried to create,&quot; Harry Reid said earlier this year. &quot;Social Security is sound for the next many years ... It&#39;s not going to be part of the budget talks as far as I&#39;m concerned.&quot;<br /><br />But the White House, Sen. Reid, isn&rsquo;t really concerned about your concerns. Or, apparently, ours.<br /><br />What then are they thinking up there?</p></p> Thu, 20 Dec 2012 09:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/achy-obejas/2012-12/once-more-boehner-gets-better-obama-104476 Driver licenses for undocumented youths? http://www.wbez.org/news/driver-licenses-undocumented-youths-101986 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/immigrant%20map.jpg" style="margin: 4px 0px 0px 0px; float: left; height: 369px; width: 600px; " title="WBEZ asked eight states whether they are planning to provide driver’s licenses to immigrants who receive Social Security and employment-authorization cards as a result of President Barack Obama’s “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” policy. (WBEZ map by Elliott Ramos)" /></p><p>Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio are planning to provide driver&rsquo;s licenses to undocumented immigrants who get work papers under a new federal policy.</p><p>The Obama administration policy, called &ldquo;Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals,&rdquo; will allow as many as 1.7 million illegal immigrants brought to the United States as children to get Social Security and employment-authorization cards, along with a deportation reprieve. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services began accepting applications Aug. 15.</p><p>&ldquo;As long as the Social Security Administration issues an individual with a Social Security number, and they have the other documents that are required under Illinois law, then they can apply for a driver&rsquo;s license,&rdquo; said Henry Haupt, spokesman for Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White, who oversees that state&rsquo;s driver licensing.</p><p>WBEZ surveyed eight Midwestern states about their response to the policy change. Along with the four states planning to provide licenses, Wisconsin and Iowa officials said they had not decided yet, while Minnesota and Missouri officials did not respond to numerous WBEZ inquiries.</p><p>The states planning to issue the driver&rsquo;s licenses differ from Arizona, Nebraska and Texas, where governors have vowed to block illegal immigrants from getting licenses.</p><p>The immigrants must meet several requirements to get the Social Security and work-authorization cards, including having been younger than 31 on June 15; having arrived in the U.S. before turning 16; having lived in the country continuously since June 2007; being a student or graduate, or having served in the military; and having no serious criminal record nor posing any public safety threat. The work authorization will last up to two years and, if the federal policy stays in place, be renewable. The policy does not provide a path to citizenship.</p><p>Assuming some of the immigrants have been driving illegally, states that enable them to get a license could make roads safer. &ldquo;They have to pass the road exam, they have to pass the written exam, and they pass the vision test,&rdquo; Haupt said about Illinois. &ldquo;We require so many different things of our young drivers and &mdash; by doing so &mdash; they, of course, become better drivers.&rdquo;</p><p>Illinois also requires proof of liability insurance on the car the driver uses for the road test. So it&rsquo;s possible that allowing undocumented immigrants to drive legally could reduce the number of uninsured vehicles.</p><p>The immigrants themselves have more at stake. Karen Siciliano Lucas, an advocacy attorney of the Washington-based Catholic Legal Immigration Network Inc., points out that driver&rsquo;s licenses are vital for working and attending school in most regions of the country. &ldquo;Not only that, it is a state-issued identification that shows who you are,&rdquo; she said.</p><p>The issue is complicated because most states require driver&rsquo;s&nbsp;license applicants to prove &ldquo;lawful status&rdquo; or &ldquo;legal presence&rdquo; in the United States. Officials in some states say the work authorization under the Obama policy will be sufficient proof. But a USCIS statement says the policy &ldquo;does not confer lawful status upon an individual.&rdquo; It&rsquo;s unclear whether courts will enable states to define lawful status differently than the federal government does.</p><p>States expecting Obama administration guidance about the driver&rsquo;s licenses could be waiting awhile. In response to WBEZ questions, the Department of Homeland Security sent a statement saying the department does not comment on state-specific matters.</p><p>Until federal courts weigh in, states are likely to face lawsuits no matter their course. &ldquo;We will see battles on this,&rdquo; Lucas predicted.</p><p>Making matters more complicated is the federal Real ID Act, a 2005 law aimed at fighting identity theft and keeping terrorists out of federal buildings and airplanes. Among other things, the act requires states to verify that driver&rsquo;s license applicants have lawful status in the United States.</p><p>The law is set to take effect in January, but it&rsquo;s not clear how the Obama administration will enforce it. DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano has fought for the measure&rsquo;s repeal, calling it unworkable.</p><p>That irks advocates for tougher immigration enforcement: &ldquo;If you want to protect against identify theft, you&rsquo;ve got to eliminate the fraud,&rdquo; said Janice Kephart, who focuses on national security policies for the Washington-based Center for Immigration Studies. &ldquo;That means you have to eliminate the illegal-alien community out of that scheme. It doesn&rsquo;t mean that states cannot give driver&rsquo;s licenses to illegal aliens. It just means that they have to do it outside the Real ID Act.&rdquo;</p><p>Kephart praised Utah, which has created a &ldquo;driving privilege card&rdquo; specifically for undocumented immigrants.</p><p>At the moment the only other states that let undocumented immigrants drive legally are New Mexico and Washington, which provide them the same licenses that U.S. citizens can get.</p></p> Mon, 27 Aug 2012 13:19:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/driver-licenses-undocumented-youths-101986 Pope, Martinez battle for 10th Ward http://www.wbez.org/story/10th-ward/pope-martinez-battle-10th-ward <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//pope.JPG" alt="" /><p><p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:PunctuationKerning /> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas /> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables /> <w:SnapToGridInCell /> <w:WrapTextWithPunct /> <w:UseAsianBreakRules /> <w:DontGrowAutofit /> </w:Compatibility> <w:BrowserLevel>MicrosoftInternetExplorer4</w:BrowserLevel> </w:WordDocument> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="156"> </w:LatentStyles> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if !mso]><object classid="clsid:38481807-CA0E-42D2-BF39-B33AF135CC4D" id=ieooui></object> <style> st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } </style> <![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 10]> <style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} </style> <![endif]--></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;">On Chicago's southeast side, you'll find the 10th ward - a gritty neighborhood with working class homes and tracts of empty industrial space. </span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;">It hasn't made big political news for a while, but there's an interesting development this election season.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;">The ward's aldermen have always been Caucasian, despite the fact that the diverse neighborhood was home to Chicago's first Mexican immigrants.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;">For a long time, if you saw the face of an alderman from the 10th ward, you'd see the face of a white man. </span><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;">One of the highest profile was Eddie Vrdolyak. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;">In the eighties, he had public spats with alderman from minority neighborhoods &hellip; and he sparred with the city's first black mayor, Harold Washington. </span><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;">WASHINGTON</span><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;">: Anyone who has a grain of sense in his head would say there is something amiss here. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;">VRDOLYAK:: Well, the mayor says a lot of things and unfortunately right now what he sounds like right now is a loser. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;">WASHINGTON</span><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;">: Ed Vrdolyak systematically has discriminated against Hispanics in this city. He is responsible for Hispanics being denied the opportunity to vote for people of their own choice over the past three years.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;">The city, and the 10th ward, have changed a lot since the eighties, but there's a sense that ethnicity is still on the radar. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;">At least it is at Richard Martinez Jr's campaign.&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;">Martinez</span><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;"> has numbers pinned on his wall. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;">They read:</span><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;">120.</span><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;">170.</span><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;">55. </span><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;">And so on. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;">These are the number of Hispanic voters he's counted in each 10th ward precinct. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;">Martinez</span><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;"> sees each one as a potential asset for his attempt to become the ward's first Latino alderman.</span><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;">MARTINEZ</span><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;">: We've been a part of the culture. We've been a part of this community. The one part that we have been a part but we haven't really had any leadership in is in the political side. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;">The racial mix in the 10th ward is complex. </span><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;">African Americans and Hispanics make up the majority but there's still a sizeable Anglo population. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;">Martinez</span><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;"> happens to be half Polish, but he feels his Latino heritage will resonate.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;">MARTINEZ</span><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;">: There is a historical component to this race. I think there are a lot of people that have a lot of pride in that and obviously I think that creates a lot of excitement.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;">POPE: This is the year 2011. I think people generally are smarter than that. They want someone who is going to lead them, someone who is going to work closely with them.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;">That's John Pope, the incumbent in this aldermanic race. </span><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;">He doesn't think ethnicity will be much of a factor. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;">POPE: I'm not female but hopefully I represent females just as well as I represent males. I've been around a long time. I've been working closely with people. I reach out to every end of the community. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;">Pope's represented the ward since 1999, and he's usually hit economic issues pretty hard: things like jobs, new housing and, just spiffing up acres of old industrial sites. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;">He thinks ethnicity should be a sideshow; the economy will take center stage.&nbsp; </span><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;">POPE: We've had new success with everything from a new Aldi's, to Walgreens to Bubbleland. Green buildings in terms of retail shopping stores. And I guess we're really focusing on the industrial jobs because that's what this area is really known for.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;">On the other side, Martinez's campaign is not solely based on race. </span><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;">He talks about the economy, too, but he has a different vision. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;">Pope hopes to lure heavy industrial factories back. Martinez isn't so sure that will work. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;">MARTINEZ</span><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;">: If you take a ride through the ward you'll see coal piles and smoke stacks. All kinds of dirty industry that's still very prominent in this community. It's my job to bring in investment that will contribute to the health, the welfare, the safety and the environment of our ward.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;">I catch up with potential voters at C&amp;G restaurant on Torrance Avenue during the breakfast rush. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;">I'm there for breakfast &hellip; and to ask some open questions about the aldermanic race. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;">A lot of people were like Lucy Alvarez. </span><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;">They just didn't bring up ethnicity. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;">ALVAREZ: The neighborhood has come down ever since the mills have left. We need to sort of pick this up in order for anything more to happen to the people on this side of town. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;">Of course, no one can really say how much ethnicity will count in the 10th Ward's aldermanic contest, at least not until the returns come in Tuesday.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;">Two other candidates are also on the ballot: Jose Leon and Joseph Nasella.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;">However, neither of those men could be reached for comment. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;">(Audio clip of Washington-</span><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:PunctuationKerning /> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas /> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables /> <w:SnapToGridInCell /> <w:WrapTextWithPunct /> <w:UseAsianBreakRules /> <w:DontGrowAutofit /> </w:Compatibility> <w:BrowserLevel>MicrosoftInternetExplorer4</w:BrowserLevel> </w:WordDocument> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="156"> </w:LatentStyles> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 10]> <style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} </style> <![endif]--><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;">Vrdolyak from WBBM Channel 2 Chicago.)<br /></span></p><p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p><p class="MsoNormal"><span player="null" class="filefield_audio_insert_player" id="filefield_audio_insert_player-88610" href="/sites/default/files/John Pope (extended interview).mp3">John Pope (extended interview).mp3</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p class="MsoNormal">Extended interview with 10th Ward Alderman John Pope. Our conversation includes talk about economic development, improving schools and working with Chicago's new mayor.</p><p class="MsoNormal"><span player="null" class="filefield_audio_insert_player" id="filefield_audio_insert_player-88611" href="/sites/default/files/Richard Martinez (extended interview).mp3">Richard Martinez (extended interview).mp3</span></p><p class="MsoNormal">Extended interview with Richard Martinez Jr., who is running for alderman of the 10th Ward. Our conversation includes talk about improving schools, economic development and fighting crime.</p><p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p><p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 18 Feb 2011 22:10:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/10th-ward/pope-martinez-battle-10th-ward Dick Durbin: Tough challenges ahead http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/dick-durbin-assesses-his-new-senate-colleague-mark-kirk <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//durbin_091023_kg_1.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Republicans picked up enough seats in the midterm elections to win back the House. But the Senate is still run by the Democrats. That might make President Obama&rsquo;s job easier &ndash; he&rsquo;ll face a divided Congress as he tackles future items on his agenda. Even Senate Democrats are vowing to work with their new Republican counterparts. Among them - Illinois&rsquo; Senior Senator, Dick Durbin. After Tuesday&rsquo;s election, Durbin has a Republican counterpart for the first time in five years &ndash; Mark Kirk. <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> talked to Senator Durbin&nbsp;about the challenges ahead. He says that post-election he and the President had a frank conversation.</p></p> Thu, 04 Nov 2010 13:15:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/dick-durbin-assesses-his-new-senate-colleague-mark-kirk