WBEZ | miguel del valle http://www.wbez.org/tags/miguel-del-valle Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Emanuel's former opponents grade his first 100 days http://www.wbez.org/story/emanuels-former-opponents-grade-his-first-100-days-91045 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-August/2011-08-26/AP110217115127.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Today we wrap up our coverage of Rahm Emanuel's first 100 days in office. All week we've brought you stories about the new Chicago mayor: what he's accomplished, where he's fallen short.</p><p>Now we give the microphone to people who tried to stop Emanuel from getting the job in the first place. We asked the mayor's political opponents to grade his first 100 days.</p><p><audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1332483665-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2011-august/2011-08-26/emanuel-critics-feature110826sh.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></p><p>Miguel del Valle thinks this story is stupid. Okay, so he didn't actually say that to me. He's too polite. But last week at a diner on Western Avenue, around bites of oatmeal and raisins, del Valle complained about the whole notion of 100 day assessments.</p><p>"Well, I don't think it's a benchmark that should be used at all," del Valle said. "It takes time."</p><p>Del Valle is a former city clerk, and up until February 22, a candidate for mayor. He finished a very distant third to Emanuel.</p><p>"The 100 days is more about a perception of whether or not there's movement, whether of not that movement is in the right direction," del Valle said.</p><p>One area where del Valle thinks Emanuel is moving in the wrong direction is on property taxes.</p><p>"The mayor said there would not be a property tax increase in the city of Chicago," del Valle said. "Well, we're looking at a property tax increase for CPS. Now, I think it's a bit disingenuine on the part of the administration to say, 'Well,&nbsp; we said that there wouldn't be a property tax increase for city services.' Well, the schools are a part of the city."</p><p>Generally speaking, though, del Valle said Emanuel is doing well, has energy and a no-nonsense approach to governing. But he said it's too early to judge how Emanuel will do when it comes to the city's $600 million budget deficit, or other big-ticket items.</p><p>"Well, I'd give him an A for effort," said another mayoral candidate, Patricia Van Pelt Watkins, delivering a preliminary grade for Emanuel. If the 2015 election were held today, Watkins said she'd vote for her one-time opponent.</p><p>"He has surpassed my expectations," Watkins said. "I did not expect him to get out in the neighborhoods like he has, and talk to the people, because he shied away from all the forums. And he was more like a television - he ran a campaign - a Rose Garden campaign. But I've seen him in the neighborhoods. And I've seen him talk to people, and try to figure out what people are concerned about."</p><p>One thing Watkins is concerned about that she hasn't heard Emanuel address, is the issue of ex-offenders: how to help people leaving prison stay out of prison.</p><p>"Now, I met with Rahm Emanuel right after the election, and I talked to him about the ex-offender issue," Watkins recalled. "And he told me he understood it. He said, 'I understand if we do not provide some type of re-entry support for people coming back...they're going to continue in that cycle and we're going to continue to pay. He said, 'I haven't figured out how to deal with it yet.' But he said, 'It's important to me, and I am thinking about it, and I want you to know that.'"</p><p>Watkins is still waiting.</p><p>During the campaign, she got a lot of exposure after a major candidate, former U.S. Sen. Carol Moseley Braun, ridiculed Watkins for her past - admitted - drug abuse.</p><p>The former senator declined to talk for this story, because - she told me - an interview would be like "one cocktail" for a "recovering politician." But one of her key supporters did agree to weigh in on Emanuel's first 100 days.</p><p>"Right now, it's a mixed review," said Jonathan Jackson, who is the national spokesman for Rainbow PUSH, and - though he'd rather not be known just for this - the son of the Reverend Jesse Jackson. He sharply criticized Emanuel during the campaign as a stranger to the South Side who only came around to get votes.</p><p>Sitting in his father's office last week, Jackson told me he wishes Emanuel were speaking out more on some things - like the increase in shootings by police. But he sees positive signs.</p><p>"I would congratulate him on taking a stand on increasing the school day," Jackson said. "I like to see that the new schools CEO is going to reinstitute recess back into the Chicago Public Schools. It never should have been gone. So those are important steps."</p><p>Jackson said he has not met or talked with Emanuel since the election day, though he acknowledged he has not requested a meeting.</p><p>U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez has met with Emanuel. Perhaps uncomfortably, though, as Gutierrez backed candidate Gery Chico in the mayoral race, and recorded a Spanish-language commercial claiming Emanuel "turned his back to us and our most vulnerable families" when it came to immigration reform.</p><p>Gutierrez's tone has changed dramatically. The congressman's spokesman said in an email that Gutierrez "is extremely impressed and encouraged by the mayor's first few months in office" especially his work "related to immigrants." And he said Gutierrez and Emanuel are "developing a good working relationship."</p><p>Gery Chico, it should be noted, has been appointed chair of the state Board of Education but is still awaiting state Senate confirmation - a limbo that could explain why he didn't answer my repeated interview requests.</p><p>Chico's biggest supporters during the campaign - and therefore, Rahm Emanuel's biggest detractors - were labor leaders. And many of them declined to comment for this story. But not Rocco Terranova.</p><p>In addition to having an awesome name, Rocco Terranova is head of the Sheet Metal Workers' Union Local 73. About a thousand of his members live in Chicago, but only 87 of them work for the city. Still, their union was - and is - concerned about Emanuel. About privatization that could cost jobs. About overtime changes that could mean smaller paychecks.</p><p>"He's probably a little better. He's better than we thought," Terranova said this week. "We haven't had a lot of changes that we thought were going to come down right away against the unions, to be honest. So, we haven't...we feel very fortunate to be working with him."</p><p>Other union leaders have criticized Emanuel's early posturing with labor. But for the sheet metal workers, the mayor is benefiting from exceptionally low expectations.</p><p>And there could be something else at play in all this nice talk. Who could blame Rocco Terranova, Luis Gutierrez and other former Emanuel critics from trying to develop "working relationships" with him? Or all those others who didn't want their comments in this story?</p><p>For at least the next three years and 265-odd days, he is the mayor.</p></p> Fri, 26 Aug 2011 17:21:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/emanuels-former-opponents-grade-his-first-100-days-91045 Miguel del Valle discusses the future of progressive politics in Chicago http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-24/miguel-del-valle-discusses-future-progressive-politics-chicago-82830 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/miguel del valle sign AP M. Spencer Green_0.jpeg" alt="" /><p><p>Nine percent of the vote wasn&rsquo;t near enough to make <a target="_blank" href="http://www.delvalleformayor.com/">Miguel del Valle</a> the next Mayor of Chicago but he says he&rsquo;s not going away anytime soon. Though the former City Clerk does say he&rsquo;s finished with City Hall, Del Valle will pursue his progressive agenda through other means.<br /><em><br />Eight Forty-Eight</em> spoke to Del&nbsp;Valle Thursday morning. He is the outgoing <a target="_blank" href="http://www.chicityclerk.com/">City Clerk of Chicago</a> and vied unsuccessfully for Mayor of Chicago, losing to Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel.</p></p> Thu, 24 Feb 2011 14:08:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-24/miguel-del-valle-discusses-future-progressive-politics-chicago-82830 A mayor is elected, as a dozen council races head for runoffs http://www.wbez.org/story/carol-moseley-braun/mayor-elected-dozen-council-races-head-runoffs <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Rahm mayoral win - AP Charles Rex Arbogast_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Chicago has a mayor-elect. Rahm Emanuel won 55-percent of the vote in Tuesday's election, enough to avoid a runoff. That means that in May, Emanuel will succeed his one-time boss, longtime Mayor Richard M. Daley.</p><p>The ex-White House chief of staff and congressman will take office May 16th. And from the looks of things, the new mayor may be dealing with a large group of new aldermen.</p><p>Emanuel stepped to the stage last night, surrounded by his family and supporters at the surprisingly early hour of 9 o'clock - just two hours after the polls closed.<br /><br />EMANUEL: Thank you, Chicago, for this humbling victory. <br /><br />Humbling, perhaps, but also decisive. And Emanuel couldn't help but make a joke about the residency fight that nearly got him booted from the race just a few weeks earlier.<br /><br />EMANUEL: All I can say, you sure know how to make a guy feel at home.<br /><br />Since Emanuel's return to Chicago in October, he's run an orderly, professional campaign that at times seemed more White House than City Hall.<br /><br />Not counting money from his congressional campaign fund, Emanuel raised in excess of $12 million. Millions of that came from out of state, and it funded aggressive TV ads that attempted to turn a bulldog into a golden retriever, a leader with just enough bite to get things done.<br /><br />And it worked. He won the most votes in 40 out of 50 wards.<br /><br />With the win, Emanuel inherits a budget expected to be well out of balance, a monster pension debt, and school and public housing systems in the midst of enormous, and controversial, transitions.<br /><br />EMANUEL: The real work of building a better future begins tonight. And I intend to enlist every living one of you. Every one of you, in our city.<br /><br />Including his now-former opponents.<br /><br />EMANUEL: I look forward to drawing on their insights, their energy, their experiences, in the years to come and in days to come.<br /><br />CHICO: Whatever he needs me to do, I'm a phone call away. Because this is our city. And we all love our city. And we've elected a mayor tonight. We've elected a mayor tonight.<br /><br />Gery Chico emerged in the final weeks of the campaign as the clear number-two in this race. A former chief of staff to Mayor Daley, and Daley-appointed head of the school, park district and city college boards. That means he spent the campaign balancing his experience and accomplishments in the old administration, with promises that the city under his watch would do better.<br /><br />In the end, Chico won close to a quarter of all votes, and 10 wards - some with large Latino populations. Chico last night made a reference to this soft spot in Emanuel's results, along with the mayor-elect's troubles with organized labor. His campaign, Chico said, started building a coalition...<br /><br />CHICO: ...with ethnic groups, with the Latino community, the African American community, labor, working men and women. And Rahm will obviously need to continue that work to take our city where we want it to go.<br /><br />A high-profile backer of Chico's, U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez, said he was happy with Chico's results. But he said what allowed Emanuel to climb above 50-percent was that another candidate won so few votes.<br /><br />BRAUN: We didn't make it, in spite of all the prayers and in spite of all the work, and in spite of all the effort, it didn't happen for us.<br /><br />Carol Moseley Braun's candidacy was buoyed in December, when two other prominent African Americans - Congressman Danny Davis and state Senator James Meeks - dropped out of the race and endorsed her. But her candidacy never caught on, due in part to some high profile flubs. And the campaign reported zero large donations in the final weeks. Her money and her momentum had dried up.<br /><br />BRAUN: I said to my little niece Claire maybe you'll be the first woman elected mayor of the city of Chicago.<br /><br />Chicago has had a woman as mayor: Jane Byrne was elected more than 30 years ago. Braun herself is no stranger to history. In 1992, she was the first - and still only - black woman elected to the U.S. Senate. But Tuesday, Braun failed to win a single Chicago ward, and was kept to the single digits in total percentage.<br /><br />Same goes for another top mayoral contender, Miguel del Valle, who during his campaign couldn't multiply the kind of enthusiasm he shared Tuesday night with his supporters.<br /><br />DEL VALLE: Look around you. Look behind you. Look to the left. Look to the right. Look in front of you. This is Chicago. This is the future of the city of Chicago.<br /><br />Del Valle's speech sounded less like a concession and more like a call to arms.<br /><br />DEL VALLE: My worst enemy was not my political opponents, but rather time. We'll have time. We're going to have time to build. We are going to build. We are going to build a progressive agenda in this city.<br /><br />Del Valle's term as city clerk runs out in May. Voters Tuesday picked state Representative Susana Mendoza to replace him.<br /><br />They also weighed-in on 43 contested city council races. In at least 14 of them, no candidate won a majority, so there will be runoff elections. That includes 10 sitting aldermen fighting for their jobs, leaving the potential for even bigger change than expected in the council. That body could support - or stifle -&nbsp; the plans of its new mayor.<br /><br />EMANUEL: While not all the contests are settled, I want to reach out tonight to the members of the next city council. We have a chance for a new partnership that will serve our city and its taxpayers well.<br /><br />That may have been the only line in Emanuel's speech aimed directly at aldermen, and none of them were there to hear it. After the mayor-elect left, and the room half-cleared, one did show up: <br /><br />TUNNEY: Well, the fact is I didn't get here on time.<br /><br />That's 44th Ward Alderman Tom Tunney from the North Side's Lakeview neighborhood. He endorsed Emanuel, and now wants and expects him to get involved in the remaining city council races - both with endorsements and campaign cash.<br /><br />TUNNEY: Any new mayor is going to have to build relationships. And when Rich Daley became mayor in 1989, he'd build relationships...And that's why he was so successful.<br /><br />Daley may be retiring, but he wasn't entirely missing from the scene Tuesday night. At his victory party, Emanuel said he'd received a phone call from Daley.<br /><br />EMANUEL: Rich Daley is the only mayor a whole generation of Chicagoans has known. And let's be honest: It's an impossible act to follow.<br /><br />Emanuel once worked for Daley - raising campaign donations for Daley's first mayoral win, in 1989. Tuesday night, Emanuel heaped on the praise.<br /><br />EMANUEL: Nobody has ever loved Chicago more or served it with greater passion or commitment. This city bears his imprint, and he has earned a special place in our hearts and our history.<br /><br />Those were perhaps the most explicitly kind words any mayoral candidate has said about Daley since this election began. In fact, the mayor was almost never mentioned by the candidates, even as they complained about how the city is run.<br /><br />His was the name that was rarely spoken. That is, until last night, after the voters had their say, and the mayor-elect got a phone call from the mayor.</p></p> Wed, 23 Feb 2011 14:13:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/carol-moseley-braun/mayor-elected-dozen-council-races-head-runoffs Mendoza to become Chicago's city clerk http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago/mendoza-takes-early-lead-city-clerk-race <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/susana_blackdress.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><em>Updated at 10:20 p.m.&nbsp; </em>It appears that state Rep. Susana Mendoza will replace mayoral candidate Miguel del Valle as the next city clerk of Chicago. With 98 percent of precincts reporting, Mendoza holds a big lead over Water Reclamation District Commissioner Patricia Horton.</p><p>2,522 of 2,570 precincts - 98 percent</p><p>Susana Mendoza, 318,049 - 60 percent</p><p>Patricia Horton, 211,038 - 40 percent</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 23 Feb 2011 01:33:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago/mendoza-takes-early-lead-city-clerk-race Chicago's Mayoral Election http://www.wbez.org/story/2011-chicago-mayor-race/chicagos-mayoral-election <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Rahm mayoral win - AP Charles Rex Arbogast.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel has been elected mayor of Chicago and will succeed the retiring Richard Daley.</p><p>Emanuel called his victory &quot;humbling&quot; and &quot;most gratifying.&quot; He also thanked Daley for his lifetime of service to the city.<br /> <br />Emanuel said he is ready to meet the challenges head-on to &quot;make a great city even greater.&quot; He also said he had just talked to President Barack Obama, who sent affection for his hometown.<br /> <br />It was the city's first mayoral race in more than 60 years without an incumbent on the ballot and the first in more than two decades without Daley among the candidates.<br /> <br />With 97 percent of the precincts reporting, Emanuel was trouncing five opponents Tuesday with 55 percent of the vote to avoid an April runoff. Emanuel needed more than 50 percent of the vote to win.<br /> <br />The other major candidates - former Chicago schools president Gery Chico, former U.S. Sen. Carol Moseley Braun and City Clerk Miguel del Valle - had hoped to force a runoff but were no match for Emanuel.<br /> <br />Chico had 24 percent of the vote compared to 9 percent for both del Valle and Braun. Two other lesser-known candidates got about 1 to 2 percent of the vote.<br /> <br />Emanuel's win caps off a campaign that included an unsuccessful legal challenge to try to keep him off the ballot.</p><p>Chico told supporters tonight that he and Emanuel spoke on the phone and he pledged to help the new mayor any way he could.</p><p>2,522 of 2,570 precincts - 98 percent</p><p>x-Rahm Emanuel, 317,329 - 55 percent</p><p>Gery Chico, 138,864 - 24 percent</p><p>Miguel del Valle, 53,717 - 9 percent</p><p>Carol Moseley Braun, 50,974 - 9 percent</p><p>Patricia Van Pelt Watkins, 9,358 - 2 percent</p><p>William Walls, 5,142 - 1 percent</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 22 Feb 2011 22:17:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/2011-chicago-mayor-race/chicagos-mayoral-election We make history today http://www.wbez.org/blog/achy-obejas/2011-02-22/we-make-history-today-82708 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/bean.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;" class="MsoNormal"><img width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-February/2011-02-22/bean.jpg" /></p><p>It&rsquo;s such a ritual, this thing we do today.</p> <p>We trudge out to a neighborhood school or senior center or library and stand in line, sign our names and make a choice.</p> <p>Sometimes we&rsquo;re thrilled about our choice, sometimes indifferent, sometimes downright disgusted.</p> <p>But, in the end, we get to exercise this rare right and privilege that is voting.</p> <p>Today, the headlines from halfway around the world can only remind us how very fortunate we are that when we transition from one government to another, from the old leader to the new, our way is so safe and banal.</p> <p>And tonight, when the votes are finally counted, Chicago will be a little more democratic. We will know who our new mayor is or we will be one step closer toward that decision.</p> <p>And no matter who comes out on top, there will be a little bit of history to celebrate: all six candidates were unthinkable as potential leaders of the city a generation ago.</p> <p>And five of them will absolutely make history:</p> <p>If Carol Moseley Braun or Patricia Van Pelt Watkins wins, Chicago will have its first female African-American mayor.</p> <p>If Gery Chico or Miguel del Valle prevails, the city will have its first Latino mayor; a Mexican-American in Chico, a Puerto Rican in del Valle.</p> <p>If Rahm Emanuel wins, Chicago will seat its first Jewish mayor.</p> <p>Descendants of slaves, children of immigrants &hellip; the candidates all speak to the grandeur of our admittedly battered and often begrudging democracy.</p> <p>But they&rsquo;re all, each and every one, evidence of the arch of justice.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 22 Feb 2011 18:04:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/achy-obejas/2011-02-22/we-make-history-today-82708 The final mayoral push: Visiting churches, shaking hands and blaming the media http://www.wbez.org/story/carol-moseley-braun/final-mayoral-push-visiting-churches-shaking-hands-and-blaming-media <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Photo150.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The candidates for Chicago mayor are making a final push before ballots are cast Tuesday, and everyone besides the front-runner is making the case for a runoff. Sunday campaigning included church visits, last minute fundraisers, hand-shaking at restaurants, pumping up volunteers and blaming the media.<br /><br />Miguel del Valle said he visited four churches on the South and West Sides.<br /><br />&quot;And we're getting a great response everywhere,&quot; del Valle, the city clerk, told a group of supporters at a restaurant in the Logan Square neighborhood.<br /><br />Del Valle said a runoff is necessary because voters have been distracted - by the blizzard, and the lengthy challenge to Rahm Emanuel's residency.<br /><br />&quot;Because of all that, they feel that they haven't had a chance to really get a good look at the candidates,&quot; del Valle said.<br /><br />Nine miles to the northwest, Gery Chico tried to excite volunteers who crowded into his Edison Park campaign office.<br /><br />&quot;We will win this election. If not the 22nd, we'll become the mayor on April 5th in this city,&quot; Chico said to cheers.<br /><br />Polls show Emanuel with roughly 50-percent support. His opponents, including former U.S. Sen. Carol Moseley Braun, need to keep him below that mark Tuesday or he'll will win without a runoff.<br /><br />Some of the candidates Sunday blamed the media for Emanuel's front-runner status. Chico told reporters this has been an &quot;odd&quot; election.<br /><br />&quot;In this race, we have a candidate who was dropped in by parachute with all of you guys - not you guys, but your colleagues - who [was] walking around like a rock star since day one,&quot; Chico said. &quot;So it's been a little bit different dynamic, so you got to give it a chance to catch up.&quot;<br /><br />&quot;This race is not over, number one,&quot; del Valle told his supporters. &quot;Number two, this race should not be decided by the media. It has to be decided by the voters in the neighborhoods.&quot;</p><p>Patricia Van Pelt Watkins and William &quot;Dock&quot; Walls are also on the ballot for mayor.</p><p>Polls open at 6 a.m. Tuesday, and close at 7 p.m.</p></p> Tue, 22 Feb 2011 04:07:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/carol-moseley-braun/final-mayoral-push-visiting-churches-shaking-hands-and-blaming-media Mayoral jokes: The candidates share their best http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-21/mayoral-jokes-candidates-share-their-best-82636 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/mic_flickr.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Campaigns may be serious things but face it &ndash; you can&rsquo;t have politics without a bit of personality! Candidates need to connect to voters, and successful leaders need to show a bit of humility. With that in mind, WBEZ's Sam Hudzik decided to investigate a previously untested aspect of Chicago&rsquo;s candidates for mayor: their humor. Hudzik asked each candidate to tell him their favorite jokes.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Hudzik presented the jokes he recorded over the weekend at the live variety show <a target="_blank" href="http://thepapermacheteshow.com/"><em>The Paper Machete</em></a> in Chicago&rsquo;s Lincoln Square neighborhood<a target="_blank" href="http://thepapermacheteshow.com/"></a>.</p><p>Hear jokes from all of the candidates and another former mayor (for a week, at least), David Orr at<a target="_blank" href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-02-21/mayoral-jokes-candidates-share-their-best-82486"> The&nbsp;City Room Blog<em>.</em></a><br /><br /><em>Music Button: Genji Siraisi, &quot;Surviving Freedom&quot;, from the CD Censorsh!t, (Expansion Team) </em></p></p> Mon, 21 Feb 2011 14:57:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-21/mayoral-jokes-candidates-share-their-best-82636 Mayoral jokes: The candidates share their best http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-02-21/mayoral-jokes-candidates-share-their-best-82486 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Chico laugh.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: left;">With the polls set to open just hours from now, we felt the need for a bit of fun after so much exhaustion. Don&rsquo;t get us wrong: we love policy papers, press conferences and stump speeches as much as the next Chicago media outlet. But every now and then, we want to laugh.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img width="350" height="217" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-February/2011-02-17/Chico laugh.jpg" alt="Gery Chico laughing following a debate on WGN-TV in late January." title="(Getty/File)" /></p><p>So we asked each of the six candidates for Chicago mayor to tell us their favorite joke. They all agreed, though we&rsquo;re not sure these are their favorites. (They all seem a bit too clean.)</p><p>We played these jokes this weekend at the <a href="http://thepapermacheteshow.com/">Paper Machete</a>, a live variety show in the Lincoln Square neighborhood. (Click &quot;Listen to this Story&quot; above to hear the live version, with an introduction by host Christopher Piatt. Producer Tim Mata recorded the show.) But here are the jokes themselves, in alphabetical order by candidate. Pick your favorites. And when you&rsquo;re criticizing their comedic timing, keep this in mind: at least they don&rsquo;t take themselves so seriously that they can&rsquo;t stop for a moment and tell a joke.<br /><br /><strong>Gery Chico goes with a Packers joke.</strong></p><p><span player="null" class="filefield_audio_insert_player" id="filefield_audio_insert_player-88467" href="/sites/default/files/CHICO GERY JOKE.mp3">CHICO GERY JOKE.mp3</span></p><p><strong>Miguel del Valle goes for the jugular.</strong></p><p><span player="null" class="filefield_audio_insert_player" id="filefield_audio_insert_player-88468" href="/sites/default/files/DEL VALLE MIGUEL JOKE.mp3">DEL VALLE MIGUEL JOKE.mp3</span></p><p><strong>Rahm Emanuel picks a short one.</strong></p><p><span player="null" class="filefield_audio_insert_player" id="filefield_audio_insert_player-88469" href="/sites/default/files/EMANUEL RAHM JOKE.mp3">EMANUEL RAHM JOKE.mp3</span></p><p><strong>Carol Moseley Braun, organic entrepreneur that she is, tells a food joke.</strong></p><p><span player="null" class="filefield_audio_insert_player" id="filefield_audio_insert_player-88470" href="/sites/default/files/MOSELEY BRAUN CAROL JOKE.mp3">MOSELEY BRAUN CAROL JOKE.mp3</span></p><p><strong>Patricia Van Pelt Watkins tells the grossest joke.</strong></p><p><span player="null" class="filefield_audio_insert_player" id="filefield_audio_insert_player-88471" href="/sites/default/files/VAN PELT WATKINS PATRICIA JOKE.mp3">VAN PELT WATKINS PATRICIA JOKE.mp3</span></p><p><strong>William &ldquo;Dock&rdquo; Walls goes political.</strong></p><p><span player="null" class="filefield_audio_insert_player" id="filefield_audio_insert_player-88472" href="/sites/default/files/WALLS WILLIAM DOCK JOKE.mp3">WALLS WILLIAM DOCK JOKE.mp3</span></p><p>We tried to get Mayor Richard Daley, our resident expert on mayoral humor, to weigh in on the candidates&rsquo; jokes. His office did not respond. So instead we turn to another former mayor (for a week, at least), David Orr.</p><p><strong>Cook County clerk makes no clear endorsement in mayoral joke-off.</strong></p><p><span player="null" class="filefield_audio_insert_player" id="filefield_audio_insert_player-88584" href="/sites/default/files/ORR DAVID JUDGE.mp3">ORR DAVID JUDGE.mp3</span></p><p>And there you have it. Along with issue positions, debate performances, newspaper endorsements and TV commercials to consider when you cast your ballot, you now also have some attempts at humor.</p></p> Mon, 21 Feb 2011 06:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-02-21/mayoral-jokes-candidates-share-their-best-82486 Not all fun and stump on mayoral campaign trail http://www.wbez.org/story/carol-moseley-braun/not-all-fun-and-stump-mayoral-campaign-trail <p><p>Candidates for Chicago mayor are having a busy final campaign weekend, and they're doing more than just shaking hands. On Saturday, they focused much of their attention on the city's South Side. <br /><br />Former U.S. Sen. Carol Moseley Braun attended a rally at the headquarters of the Rev. Jesse Jackson's Rainbow PUSH. &nbsp;Jackson has supported Braun's bid for mayor.<br /><br />Braun was introduced by Jackson's son, Jonathon, who ripped mayoral front-runner Rahm Emanuel. <br /><br />&quot;He's not new to Chicago,&quot; Jackson said. &quot;He's new to coming to the South Side, because he's like so many others. He just wants to come here and take something. I want him to stay out of here and go back to where he just came from.&quot;<br /><br />A few blocks away, Emanuel visited his Hyde Park volunteer office. Told of Jackson's remarks, Emanuel defended his record in Congress and as White House chief of staff.<br /><br />&quot;I have worked on a set of issues, whether it was the auto industry, we're here on the South Side, we have the Ford plant, whether it was getting kids healthcare whose parents work full-time and...the kids did not have healthcare, to leading the effort of Democrats of Congress, to refuse a pay raise for Congress until we passed a minimum wage.&quot;<br /><br />Other candidates for mayor, including Gery Chico and Miguel del Valle, also made campaign stops on the city's South Side on Saturday.</p></p> Sun, 20 Feb 2011 03:30:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/carol-moseley-braun/not-all-fun-and-stump-mayoral-campaign-trail