WBEZ | Danny Davis http://www.wbez.org/tags/danny-davis Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Passing the political baton to a new crop of pols http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-09-15/passing-political-baton-new-crop-pols-112936 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/next gen pols Daniel X. O&#039;Neil.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Earlier this month, U.S. Congressman Danny Davis announced (during his birthday party) that he&rsquo;s seeking re-election to his 7th district seat. Shortly after that, former Chicago mayoral candidate Amara Enyia announced she had formed an exploratory committee for the same seat. Davis supported Enyia&rsquo;s mayoral run. Davis is not alone in being challenged by the next generation. Congressman Bobby Rush is also on that list. It got us to thinking about longtime elected officials grooming the next group of leaders to take over.</p><p>How many local and state politicians can you name that have retired or moved on to something else AND passed that political baton? Former Chicago Alderman Richard Mell and his daughter Deborah Mell come to mind. A few others are the Isaac Sims, who was the 28th Ward committeeman, and his son-in-law William Carothers; Cook County Board President John Stroger to son Todd Stroger.</p><p>Is it hard for the seasoned guard to help along a new batch of leaders to eventually take their place? Chicago Sun-times and ABC 7 Political Analyst <a href="https://twitter.com/MediaDervish">Laura Washington</a> joins us with her take on the subject.</p></p> Tue, 15 Sep 2015 12:12:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-09-15/passing-political-baton-new-crop-pols-112936 Congressman calls for removal of police commander accused of assault http://www.wbez.org/news/congressman-calls-removal-police-commander-accused-assault-110642 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/Danny Davis AP.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>U.S. Rep. Danny Davis says Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel&rsquo;s administration should remove a West Side police commander to help avert the sort of violence that has roiled a St. Louis suburb this week.</p><p>Davis (D-Chicago) said Harrison District Cmdr. Glenn Evans, who is under criminal investigation for allegedly assaulting an arrested man, should be reassigned until the case is over.</p><p>&ldquo;Let&rsquo;s just find some other work right now for the commander to do,&rdquo; Davis said late Tuesday in his East Garfield Park office. &ldquo;That&rsquo;s what I think would be in the best interests of promoting the kind of relationships between law enforcement and community&rdquo; that prevents rioting like what hit Ferguson, Missouri, after one of that suburb&rsquo;s police officers fatally shot an unarmed black teenager.</p><p>&ldquo;It has happened many, many times in Chicago,&rdquo; Davis said. &ldquo;So I think an ounce of prevention is worth much more than a pound of cure.&rdquo;</p><p>Evans last year allegedly&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/cpd-leaves-commander-post-despite-assault-allegation-dna-match-110581">jammed his pistol into an arrested man&rsquo;s mouth and threatened his life</a>. After a lab test found the arrestee&rsquo;s DNA on that gun, the Independent Police Review Authority recommended in April that police Supt. Garry McCarthy relieve Evans of his police powers and &ldquo;evaluate&rdquo; the commander&rsquo;s assignment.</p><p>The agency also referred the case to State&rsquo;s Attorney Anita Alvarez&rsquo;s office.</p><p>The investigation follows at least 45 excessive-force complaints against Evans between 1988 and 2008, <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/report-embattled-commander-no-1-excessive-force-complaints-110605">according to a report detailed last week by WBEZ</a>. Authorities responsible for looking into the complaints found that two warranted disciplinary action.</p><p>McCarthy has credited Evans, a 28-year department veteran, for a drop in shootings in a South Side district he commanded until March.</p><p>Davis, who has campaigned against police brutality in the past, said Evans may be a great police officer but the department should still reassign him &ldquo;until this is cleaned up, so that there are no misunderstandings of what the department believes ought to be the approach to policing.&rdquo;</p><p><strong><a href="http://www.wbez.org/tags/glenn-evans">Read all our coverage about Cmdr. Glenn Evans</a></strong></p><div>&ldquo;If there is a cloud right now, relative to his use of force and how he might be training officers,&rdquo; said Davis, whose district includes nearly all of Evans&rsquo; district, &ldquo;I would think he not be in the command position.&rdquo;</div><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Neither McCarthy nor Emanuel have answered questions about the decision to leave Evans in his post as the investigation continues.</p><p>Reached Tuesday evening about Davis&rsquo;s statements, Emanuel&rsquo;s office did not comment.</p><p>A McCarthy spokesman wrote that the police department takes &ldquo;any allegations seriously but, as is always the case, we cannot comment on an ongoing investigation.&rdquo;</p><p>Some rank-and-file officers and community members&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/despite-excessive-force-complaints-police-commander-maintains-support-110618">have spoken up for Evans</a>, calling him an attentive and hard-working crime fighter.</p><p>Evans has declined to comment about the investigation.</p><p><em><a href="http://www.wbez.org/users/cmitchell-0">Chip Mitchell</a> is WBEZ&rsquo;s West Side bureau reporter. Follow him on Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/ChipMitchell1">@ChipMitchell1 </a>and <a href="https://twitter.com/WBEZoutloud">@WBEZoutloud</a>, and connect with him through <a href="https://www.facebook.com/chipmitchell1">Facebook</a>, <a href="https://plus.google.com/111079509307132701769/posts">Google+</a> and<a href="http://www.linkedin.com/in/ChipMitchell1"> LinkedIn</a>.</em></p></p> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 09:48:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/congressman-calls-removal-police-commander-accused-assault-110642 Morning Shift: Patients turn to alternative medicine as option http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-07-29/morning-shift-patients-turn-alternative-medicine <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/Accuptuncture-Flickr- Lars Plougmann.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Chicago magazine reports on Northwestern Memorial Hospital as a center for alternative and complementary medicine for patients. What are patients seeking in these treatments? How are they received by the rest of the medical community?&nbsp;</p><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-patients-turn-to-alternative-medicin.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-patients-turn-to-alternative-medicin" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: Patients turn to alternative medicine as option" on Storify</a>]</noscript></p> Mon, 29 Jul 2013 08:28:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-07-29/morning-shift-patients-turn-alternative-medicine Gov. Quinn, Rep. Davis support 10th District Unity Party http://www.wbez.org/news/gov-quinn-rep-davis-support-10th-district-unity-party-99173 <p><p>More Illinois Democrats are throwing their weight behind a third political party created to defeat an indicted state lawmaker.<br><br>Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White and other Democrats have put together the 10th District Unity Party to run against state Representative Derrick Smith in November. Smith is facing federal bribery charges, but the Chicago Democrat says he's not guilty and he won't step down.<br><br>U.S Representative Danny Davis said he's recieved lots of calls from people who are interested in the new party. Davis said the Unity Party will do their best to pick a solid candidate.<br><br>"Sometimes you can predict with a high degree of accuracy how people will perform. Other times, you just don't know," Davis said.<br><br>Davis originally called for voters to support Smith, even though Smith had been arrested just a week before the Democratic primary. After Smith won, Davis changed his mind and joined Illinois Governor Pat Quinn and other leaders in calling for Smith to resign.<br><br>Governor Quinn said today he's also on board with the new Unity Party. &nbsp;<br><br>&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 15 May 2012 13:13:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/gov-quinn-rep-davis-support-10th-district-unity-party-99173 Dems call on voters to support Derrick Smith, despite bribery arrest http://www.wbez.org/story/dems-call-voters-support-derrick-smith-despite-bribery-arrest-97415 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//story/photo/2012-March/2012-03-19/P1040620.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Some Chicago Democratic leaders are urging voters to support state Rep. Derrick Smith. That's despite Smith's arrest last week on a federal bribery charge.</p><p>U.S. Rep. Danny Davis and other members of the group West Side Black Elected Officials said on Sunday that voters shouldn't rush to judgment on Smith's guilt.</p><p>"We know that our colleague is charged with criminal activity, Davis said at a press conference outside the Thompson Center in downtown Chicago. "But we also know that a charge is not a conviction."</p><p>Still, Smith is not doing much to explain his innocence. He was not at the press conference and his campaign has not returned repeated messages seeking comment.</p><p>But Davis and others acknowledged their push is as much about Smith's opponent as it is about Smith himself. Tom Swiss is the only other candidate running in the Democratic primary, and - as Davis pointed out - Swiss has held leadership positions in the local Republican Party.</p><div class="inset"><div class="insetContent"><a href="http://www.wbez.org/content-categories/99831"><img alt="" src="http://www.wbez.org/sites/default/files/story/insert-image/2012-March/2012-03-19/election2012promo.jpg" style="width: 270px; height: 50px; " title=""></a></div><div class="insetContent">&nbsp;</div></div><p>"We want to make sure that we don't elect a wolf in sheep's clothing," Davis said.</p><p>Swiss has said he hasn't worked with the Republicans for several years.</p><p>If Smith wins the Democratic nomination and ends up resigning or is forced to resign, Democratic leaders would pick his replacement on the ballot for the general election.</p><p>But if Swiss wins, the ballot spot is his. Democrats could try to run an independent or third-party candidate against him, though.</p><p>"If think at some point in time that we would be looking at that [if Swiss wins]," said Ald. Emma Mitts, chair of the West Side Black Elected Officials. "I don't want a sheep in wool clothing to represent no parts of my ward."</p><p>The 10th state House District includes parts of Chicago's North and West Sides.</p></p> Mon, 19 Mar 2012 06:55:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/dems-call-voters-support-derrick-smith-despite-bribery-arrest-97415 Congressman Danny Davis must pay up or be booted from March ballot http://www.wbez.org/story/congressman-danny-davis-must-pay-or-be-booted-march-ballot-94743 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//story/photo/2011-December/2011-12-08/RS3661_Cong Danny K. Davis.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Politicians in Illinois risk being booted from the March election ballot if they don't pay off overdue fines. Among them: Congressman Danny Davis.</p><p>Davis is running for re-election to Congress, and also to be Chicago's 29th Ward Democratic committeeman. But before he can get on the ballot, Davis must clear up about $1,887 in fines owed to the Illinois State Election Board.</p><p>The fines, imposed on two of his committees - Citizens for Davis and Davis for Mayor-- were levied because campaign money disclosure reports were filed late or not at all. They are all at least two months overdue.</p><p>Davis knew about them, but explained in an interview Thursday that the congressional schedule has kept him too busy.</p><p>"I'm here [in Chicago] for two days, and - damn - I can't find time to go get a haircut," Davis said.</p><p>He will find the time to pay the fines on Friday, Davis said, using money from his campaign account.</p><p>"I think people should pay anything they owe," Davis said. "Hey, I've gotten a few traffic tickets in my lifetime. Not many, but if I got one, I'll pay it."</p><p>The election board last week sent a letter to local election authorities citing an Illinois law that was clarified at the beginning of this year.</p><p>"[E]lection authorities are barred from placing on the ballot the name of any candidate whose political committee has an unpaid civil penalty owed to the State Board of Elections," the letter said.</p><p>The board attached a spread sheet to the letter, listing about 150 candidate committees owing overdue fines totaling about $600,000 dollars. (A <a href="http://www.elections.il.gov/CampaignDisclosure/UnpaidFines.aspx">list</a> on the board's website also includes fines owed by political action committees, which are not subject to the "ballot forfeiture" law.)</p><p>In the past two weeks, at least two Chicago aldermen, the 10th Ward's John Pope and the 28th Ward's Jason Ervin, paid off overdue fines. Like Davis, both have filed to run in the March election for Democratic ward committeeman.</p><p>Candidates are allowed to stay on the ballot if they appeal their fines. That happened in the case of state Sen. Kimberly Lightford of Maywood, who owed about $8,000. An election board official said Lightford was removed from the list because she filed a petition for review in the appellate court.</p></p> Fri, 09 Dec 2011 06:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/congressman-danny-davis-must-pay-or-be-booted-march-ballot-94743 Illinois congressmen react to Obama's jobs speech http://www.wbez.org/story/illinois-congressmen-react-obamas-jobs-speech-91747 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//story/photo/2011-September/2011-09-09/AP110908127530.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Parts of President Barack Obama's proposed $450 billion jobs plan are getting bipartisan support from the Illinois congressional delegation. But several lawmakers are expressing concern over the details of the plan and how it will be funded.</p><p>Here's what congressmen from around the Chicago region are saying about the proposal Friday morning:</p><p>Republican Rep. Randy Hultgren, from the far west suburbs, said he likes the president's plans to encourage small business growth and hire more veterans. But he said he does not like Mr. Obama's plan to pay for the measure.</p><p>"You know, spend this now, and then we'll figure out over the next ten years, you know, where we could make cuts to pay for it. I think people are tired of that. They've seen through that game of 'Trust us - we're gonna pay it now, and then we'll find it somewhere else, you know, 10 years down the line.'"</p><p>Representative Danny Davis, D-Chicago, said he doesn't see much room for debate in the proposal. He said the speech was designed to bring politicians together, not draw partisan lines in the sand.</p><p>"When you consider that it focuses around rebuilding our infrastructure - roads and bridges and highways, things you can't really do without - it's pretty often difficult to argue about that."</p><p>Representative Adam Kinzinger, a Republican who represents parts of the far southwest suburbs, said he agrees with Mr. Obama's plan to reduce taxes, but he, too, is skeptical about how the president wants to pay for it.</p><p>"The president made a mistake in saying, you know, for forty minutes, "This is paid for, let me tell you how." And then when he finally reveals it, it's just by adding $400 billion on to the target of the super committee - so in essence, spending the money up front, with the promise of cuts later."</p><p>Representative Dan Lipinski, a Democrat representing the south and southwest suburbs, said he thinks the president should have focused on jobs earlier. He's most interested in seeing how much money the president wants to devote to transportation infrastructure.</p><p>"I think that the president took his eye off the ball on jobs, but now we look forward and hopefully we can&nbsp; come together and get something done."</p><p>Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk said the president's call for free trade agreements with Panama, Columbia and South Korea would help some major Illinois businesses, such as Boeing and Caterpillar. But he said he's been told the bill is at least a week away from being ready.</p><p>"If I had counseled the president, I would've said that, 'If you're going to do a big, high-profile speech before a joint session of Congress, the bill should be on the podium.'"</p><p>Meanwhile, Senator Dick Durbin, the No. 2 Democrat in his chamber, said the plan should stimulate economic growth without adding to the country's deficit. But Durbin said he doesn't like how Republicans acted cool to the president's $450 billion proposal.</p><p>"If (Republicans) don't believe that we need to be serious, focused and make a substantial investment in America, then this economy is not going to get back on its feet."</p></p> Fri, 09 Sep 2011 14:31:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/illinois-congressmen-react-obamas-jobs-speech-91747 Danny Davis: No regrets backing Braun http://www.wbez.org/story/carol-moseley-braun/danny-davis-no-regrets-backing-braun <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//Davis1.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Illinois U.S. Rep. Danny Davis, D-Chicago, is standing by his decision to push Carol Moseley Braun as a &quot;consensus black candidate&quot; in the recent mayoral election.&nbsp;</p><p>Braun's poor showing has some political observers saying race no longer plays the role it did in local elections back in the 1980s when Harold Washington was elected the city's first black mayor.&nbsp; But Davis said race is still an important part of politics in Chicago.&nbsp; He said issues such as gun violence and high incarceration rates disproportionately affect black communities and the black community should be electing candidates who understand those issues and are committed to solving them.&nbsp;</p><p>&quot;Anybody that's trying to elect somebody to public office should want whoever it is that's going to think the most like them, who's going to do the most like what they would do.&nbsp; If you're not doing that then what's the point of participating,&quot; said Davis.</p></p> Mon, 07 Mar 2011 13:37:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/carol-moseley-braun/danny-davis-no-regrets-backing-braun Clinton to rally, raise cash for Emanuel next week http://www.wbez.org/story/bill-clinton/clinton-rally-raise-cash-emanuel-next-week <p><p>Former President Bill Clinton is headed to Chicago next Tuesday to campaign for his former aide, mayoral candidate Rahm Emanuel. The event is scheduled to take place starting at 11 a.m. at the Chicago Cultural Center.</p><p>While there, Mr. Clinton will also headline a fundraising event for Emanuel, according to a source with knowledge of the event.</p><p>When news broke last month of a pending visit for Emanuel from the former Democratic president, it drew a sharp response from U.S. Rep. Danny Davis, who - at that time - was a candidate for mayor. Davis urged Clinton &quot;not to become involved&quot; in the election.</p><p>&quot;The African American community has enjoyed a long and fruitful relationship with the Clintons, however it appears as though some of that relationship maybe fractured and perhaps even broken should former President Clinton come to town and participate overtly in efforts to thwart the legitimate political aspirations of Chicago&rsquo;s (black) community,&quot; Davis said in a press release.<br /><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><font><font face="Times New Roman"><o:p></o:p></font></font></span></p><p>Davis withdrew from the race for mayor a few days later, endorsing the candidacy of former U.S. Sen. Carol Moseley Braun, who herself has longstanding ties with Mr. Clinton. He campaigned for her during her 1992 race for the Senate, after which she became the first African American woman to serve in the chamber. Mr. Clinton also nominated Moseley Braun to serve as U.S. ambassador to New Zealand.</p><p>A message left Thursday evening for Moseley Braun's campaign spokeswoman was not immediately returned.</p></p> Thu, 13 Jan 2011 23:14:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/bill-clinton/clinton-rally-raise-cash-emanuel-next-week Moseley Braun, Davis to Bill Clinton: Stay out of town http://www.wbez.org/story/african-americans/moseley-braun-danny-davis-agree-bill-clinton-should-stay-out-mayors-race <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//IMG_6666.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Another candidate for Chicago mayor is telling a former president to stay out of the campaign.</p><p>Former Illinois U.S. Senator Carol Moseley Braun is the latest candidate with harsh words for former President Bill Clinton. Mr. Clinton is expected to campaign for Rahm Emanuel, much to the chagrin of Moseley Braun.</p><p>&quot;I think that what we have is an outsider running for mayor and bringing outsiders in to help him,&quot;&nbsp;she said.</p><p>In the 1990s, Emanuel worked in the administration of then-President Bill Clinton. A spokesman for the Emanuel campaign said Mr. Clinton is expected to stump for his former advisor's mayoral campaign.</p><p>Moseley Braun said Emanuel is not a real Chicagoan since he lived in Washington, D.C. while working as White House chief of staff. She stopped short of bringing race into the issue.</p><p>Recently Congressman Danny Davis, an African-American candidate, like Moseley Braun, said Mr. Clinton should not get involved in the mayor's race. If he does, Davis said Mr. Clinton risks damaging the former president's relationship with the African-American community.</p><p>State Sen. James Meeks, an African-American, dropped out of the race last week. That leaves Congressman Davis and former Illinois U.S. Senator Carol Moseley Braun as the two major African-American candidates who are campaigning.</p></p> Wed, 29 Dec 2010 19:08:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/african-americans/moseley-braun-danny-davis-agree-bill-clinton-should-stay-out-mayors-race