WBEZ | Election 2011 http://www.wbez.org/tags/election-2011 Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Secretive PAC endorses aldermanic candidates http://www.wbez.org/story/aldermanic-races/secretive-pac-endorses-aldermanic-candidates <p><p>A secretive political action committee seeking to be a major player in Chicago aldermanic races has released its endorsements for the Feb. 22 election.</p><p>For A Better Chicago PAC has raised $865,000 for aldermanic candidates. The PAC plugs itself as &ldquo;an issue advocacy organization, working to ensure taxpayers and their families, businesses and the entire city are engaged and educated on the issues shaping the future of Chicago.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p><p>For A Better Chicago <a href="http://www.forabetterchicago.com/">PAC</a> isn&rsquo;t telling who its donors are, and, under state law, it doesn&rsquo;t have to. The chairman is Greg Goldner, founder of Resolute Consulting, a communications and public affairs firm. He managed Mayor Richard M. Daley&rsquo;s reelection in 2003. He also managed mayoral contender Rahm Emanuel&rsquo;s first congressional campaign. That&rsquo;s fueled speculation that Emanuel is stealthily behind For A Better Chicago. Emanuel&rsquo;s campaign says he isn&rsquo;t.</p><p>According to state elections filings, the PAC has so far given $10,000 each to Ald. Deborah Graham, 29th; Ald. JoAnn Thompson, 16th; Ald. Anthony Beale, 9th; Ald. Latasha Thomas, 17th; and Ald. Carrie Austin, 34th.</p> <div>Meanwhile, labor and business have also thrown their weight into aldermanic races that have several open seats. The Service Employees International Union <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/seiu/interview-tom-balanoff-head-chicago-seiu-chicago-municipal-races">plans</a> to spend millions in the election cycle. The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce PAC has also endorsed aldermanic candidates. Of the candidates endorsed by For A Better Chicago PAC, <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/city-council-2011/seiu-endorces-chicago-city-council-candidates">SEIU</a> didn&rsquo;t endorse Beale, Thompson or Austin. The <a href="http://www.chicagolandchamber.org/news/newsarchive/Documents/John's Documents/CCC PAC Endorsements with 07 Turnout.pdf">chamber </a>did not endorse Graham or Thompson.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>In the 3rd and 4th wards all three groups endorsed Pat Dowell and Will Burns. But in another South Side ward, the 7th, Sandi Jackson only received an endorsement from For A Better Chicago PAC. The group did not endorse candidates in uncontested races such as in the 14th Ward, where Ald. Ed Burke has long served. In the 50th Ward, For A Better Chicago PAC and the SEIU endorsed challenger Debra Silverstein. The chamber chose longtime incumbent Bernard Stone. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><b>For a Better Chicago PAC endorses the following candidates for the February 22<sup>nd</sup> municipal election:</b></div> <div><b>&nbsp;</b></div> <div>1<sup>st</sup> Ward&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Proco &ldquo;Joe&rdquo; Moreno</div> <div>2<sup>nd</sup> Ward&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Genita Robinson</div> <div>3<sup>rd</sup> Ward&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Pat Dowell</div> <div>4<sup>th</sup> Ward &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; William &ldquo;Will&rdquo; Burns</div> <div>5<sup>th</sup> Ward &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Leslie Hairston</div> <div>6<sup>th</sup> Ward&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; No endorsement at this time</div> <div>7<sup>th</sup> Ward&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Sandi Jackson&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <div>8<sup>th</sup> Ward &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Michelle Harris&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <div>9<sup>th</sup> Ward &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Anthony Beale&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <div>10<sup>th</sup> Ward &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; John Pope&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <div>11<sup>th</sup> Ward &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; James Balcer&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <div>12<sup>th</sup> Ward&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; No endorsement at this time</div> <div>15<sup>th</sup> Ward&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; No endorsement at this time</div> <div>16<sup>th</sup> Ward &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; JoAnn Thompson&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <div>17<sup>th</sup> Ward &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Latasha Thomas</div> <div>18<sup>th</sup> Ward &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Lona Lane</div> <div>19<sup>th</sup> Ward &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Matt O&rsquo;Shea</div> <div>20<sup>th</sup> Ward&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Willie Cochran</div> <div>21<sup>st</sup> Ward&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Howard Brookins</div> <div>22<sup>nd</sup> Ward&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; No endorsement at this time</div> <div>23<sup>rd</sup> Ward&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Michael Zalewski</div> <div>24<sup>th</sup> Ward&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; No endorsement at this time&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <div>25<sup>th</sup> Ward &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Danny Solis&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <div>26<sup>th</sup> Ward&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Roberto Maldonado</div> <div>27<sup>th</sup> Ward&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Walter Burnett</div> <div>28<sup>th</sup> Ward &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Jason Ervin &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <div>29<sup>th</sup> Ward &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Deborah Graham&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <div>30<sup>th</sup> Ward &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Ariel Reboyras</div> <div>32<sup>nd</sup> Ward&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Scott Waguespack&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <div>34<sup>th</sup> Ward &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Carrie Austin</div> <div>35<sup>th</sup> Ward &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; No endorsement at this time&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <div>36<sup>th</sup> Ward &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; John Rice&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <div>37<sup>th</sup> Ward &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Emma Mitts&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <div>38<sup>th</sup> Ward &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Timothy Cullerton&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <div>39<sup>th</sup> Ward &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Margaret Laurino&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <div>41<sup>st</sup> Ward&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; No endorsement at this time</div> <div>43<sup>rd</sup> Ward&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; No endorsement at this time</div> <div>45<sup>th</sup> ward&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; No endorsement at this time</div> <div>46<sup>th</sup> Ward&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; No endorsement at this time</div> <div>47<sup>th</sup> Ward&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Tom O&rsquo;Donnell</div> <div>48<sup>th</sup> Ward &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Harry Osterman</div> <div>49<sup>th</sup> Ward&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; No endorsement at this time&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <div>50<sup>th</sup> Ward&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Debra Silverstein</div></p> Wed, 02 Feb 2011 14:26:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/aldermanic-races/secretive-pac-endorses-aldermanic-candidates Picking Chicago's next mayor/CEO http://www.wbez.org/story/business/picking-chicagos-next-mayorceo <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/daleypresser_20.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>The race to replace Mayor Richard Daley is in its final stretch. With debate season underway, the candidates are trying to convince Chicagoans that they're the best pick to lead the city, to be its public face, its CEO. With that in mind, we sought out advice from professional CEO recruiters, or headhunters, and asked them what voters should consider before hiring the city's new boss.<br /><br />For this story, try to think of Chicago as a corporation. A corporation with a $6 billion budget, 35,000 employees providing services to 2.8 million residents, who are, in effect...<br /><br />PEARL: We are the investors, the stake holders, the board of directors. We're the ones that have the right to demand that we're being led in the right direction.<br /><br />Helping me with my analogy is a voter...<br /><br />PEARL: Mona, Mona Pearl. Last name is Pearl.<br /><br />She lives in Chicago's Old Town neighborhood, and, though I didn't know it when I approached her downtown for an interview, Pearl is a business consultant.<br /><br />And as a voter/investor looking for a mayor/CEO...<br /><br />PEARL: We should ask questions. We should look at track record. We should demand a plan. What's your plan, Mr. or Mrs. or Ms. Mayor? What's the plan?<br /><br />To help us ask these questions, to sort out our corporate search, let's turn now to Charles Ingersoll.<br /><br />INGERSOLL: I'm a senior client partner at Korn/Ferry International.<br /><br />Korn/Ferry is an executive search firm, and Ingersoll is its top headhunter for government and nonprofit clients. When he gets hired to find an executive, Ingersoll sits down with the &quot;stakeholders&quot; and comes up with a job description. <br /><br />In looking for a CEO for Chicago...<br /><br />INGERSOLL: ...they're going to want someone who's got good financial management experience, good communications skills, a good consensus-builder. Someone who is open-minded to bringing about change, someone who's inclusive.<br /><br />With the job description set, Ingersoll looks for candidates, weeds the field.<br /><br />That's already happened in Chicago's race for mayor. There were 20 candidates two months ago, but with dropouts and paperwork challenges, that number's down to six. Now it's up to the stockholders - the voters - to pick their finalists.<br /><br />Ingersoll says he's seen selection committees interviewing applicants get &quot;enamored&quot; with the personality and charisma of a candidate, when, in fact...<br /><br />INGERSOLL: Doing due diligence is everything.<br /><br />Research, Ingersall says, is the key - into a candidate's past successes and failures, and whether they fit what the corporation needs.</p><p>And what the voters may find is that Chicago is not ready for another longtime leader like Richard Daley. Chicago might need a transitional leader, someone to...<br /><br />INGERSOLL: ...come in for a short period of time and sometimes have to do some heavy lifting and even breaking some china, so to speak, where they have to fix some things and get it into a place where then another leader can come in after that and have a platform to be successful for a longer period of time.<br /><br />Like elections, CEO searches don't always go smoothly. Rakesh Khurana is a professor at Harvard Business School.<br /><br />KHURANA: I studied the 850 largest companies in the United States, and examined their CEO transitions over a 25-year period.<br /><br />Khurana identified pitfalls - mistakes often made by corporate boards when picking a leader. One of them is &quot;outsourcing critical steps.&quot; That is, relying too heavily on consultants.</p><p>In our political analogy, this would apply to voters relying on endorsements. And, also...<br /><br />KHURANA: ...relying on sound bites and a 30 second commercial in which kind-of accusations or a few words are used to characterize a very complex individual and characterize a complex situation.<br /><br />Another pitfall Khurana warns of: defining the candidate pool too narrowly.<br /><br />KHURANA: Too often we're referring to typically a male, typically one who kind of exudes some kind of a cultural image of a sheriff, who's coming to clean up the town.<br /><br />And, after the hiring process is over, a corporation needs to give its new leader something other than a healthy compensation package. Khurana says he or she needs time.<br /><br />KHURANA: The electorate - or it could be investors - expect too much too soon. Because they don't really take into account the constraints and all the things that have to be done in order to achieve the vision or the idea that that individual has laid out.<br /><br />But the new CEO can't move too slowly, says Mona Pearl, our Chicago voter, or brush off early failures.<br /><br />PEARL: A new CEO can blame the previous one only for a few weeks. After that, he or she has to show results, actions. It has to happen.<br /><br />And a new mayor, Pearl says, can only blame Richard Daley for so long.</p></p> Thu, 20 Jan 2011 06:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/business/picking-chicagos-next-mayorceo Race for mayor: Who benefits most if candidates are bounced? http://www.wbez.org/blog/best-game-town/race-mayor-who-benefits-most-if-candidates-are-bounced <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/AP101113039859.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img height="340" width="512" title="" alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2010-December/2010-12-14/AP101113039859.jpg" /></p><p>The biggest fight yet in the 2011 Chicago Mayoral Ballot Battle begins today.&nbsp; That's when the Chicago Board of Elections will hold a hearing regarding the residency status of candidate Rahm Emanuel.&nbsp; At issue is whether Emanuel should be allowed a spot on the ballot in the 2011 mayoral race because he wasn't living in Chicago for one year prior to the election, as the law requires.</p><p>And while&nbsp; few campaigns are actively involved in the Emanuel challenge, you can be sure nearly all of them are keeping a very close eye on the proceedings.&nbsp; While they may or may not agree with the substance of the challenge, as the current front-runner in the race, the road to the Fifth Floor of City Hall gets a lot easier without Emanuel in the way.</p><p>Indeed, deciding whether to pursue a ballot challenge can be a complicated political calculation. One must consider both the benefits of mounting a challenge and winning - and the potential costs of mounting a challenge and losing.&nbsp; Either way, resources are drained and potential alliances are strained.&nbsp; And woe is the candidate who mounts an unsuccessful challenge to the eventual winner.&nbsp; You can kiss whatever leverage or clout you had good-bye.</p><p>A crowded field also helps some candidates.&nbsp; Rahm Emanuel, for one, benefits from the high number of prominent African American candidates in the race. &nbsp;Better to have them split the vote rather than face one strong contender.&nbsp;</p><p>Others harbor their secret desires, even if they choose not to act on them.</p><p>It's worth noting that while Emanuel is getting all the attention these days for his residency status, he's hardly the only big-name candidate facing a petition challenge.&nbsp; Others facing challenges include&nbsp; Roland Burris, Wilfredo de Jesus, Carol Moseley-Braun, and James Meeks.</p><p>So who would benefit most if any of these candidates were bounced?&nbsp;</p><p>As a little thought experiment - and political parlor game - we offer the following analysis for the leading candidates:</p><p><strong>Roland Burris:&nbsp;</strong> Carol Moseley-Braun, Danny Davis, James Meeks</p><p><strong>Carol Moseley-Braun:&nbsp;</strong> Roland Burris, Gery Chico, Danny Davis, James Meeks</p><p><strong>Wilfredo de Jesus: </strong>Miguel del Valle</p><p><strong>Rahm Emanuel:</strong>&nbsp; All</p><p><strong>James Meeks:</strong>&nbsp; Carol Moseley Braun, Gery Chico, Danny&nbsp;Davis</p><p>Note that Gary Chico,&nbsp;Danny&nbsp;Davis and Miguel Del Valle are the only top tier candidates not facing any petition challenges.</p><p>Hearings on the others are underway - and it should be noted that&nbsp; most observers expect&nbsp; these candidates to secure spots on the February 22nd ballot.&nbsp;</p><p>But thinking about the &quot;wish list&quot; can be a useful exercise for understanding the campaign ahead and how the candidates will try to position themselves amidst a large, diverse and competitive field.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><em>Clarification:&nbsp; An earlier version of this story didn't clearly articulate the nature of the ballot objection to Rahm Emanuel's candidacy for mayor.&nbsp; The first paragraph was edited to clarify and make that distinction.</em></p></p> Tue, 14 Dec 2010 16:05:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/best-game-town/race-mayor-who-benefits-most-if-candidates-are-bounced Election 2011: Guide to upcoming mayoral debates http://www.wbez.org/blog/best-game-town/election-2011-guide-upcoming-mayoral-debates <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/uic-forum.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2010-December/2010-12-13/uic-forum.jpg" title="" alt="" style="width: 479px; height: 318px;" /></p><p><em>Updated at 1:06pm on 2/1/11</em></p><p><em>Updated at: 1:48pm on 1/12/11</em></p><p><em>Updated at: 5:42pm on 1/10/11</em></p><p><em>Updated at:&nbsp; 2:03pm on 1/10/11</em></p><p><em>Updated at: 12:20pm on 1/10/11 <br /></em></p><p><em>Updated at:&nbsp; 2:02pm on 1/04/11</em></p><p><em>Updated at: 10:12pm on 12/20/10</em></p><p><em>Updated at:&nbsp; 8:46am on 12/15/10</em></p><p>Like the frigid temperatures, mayoral debate season has arrived in full force in Chicago.</p><p>As many as 12 forums have been scheduled between now and the February 22nd run-off, including the <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EvYCpLvf8ek">first official mayoral forum held on December 8th at UIC</a>.</p><p>In service to you, dear reader, we're providing a one-stop shop for the scheduled debates as we know them.&nbsp; Caveat: All details are subject to change.</p><p><u><strong>Tuesday, December 14th</strong></u></p><p>What: &nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://www.jcua.org/site/Calendar/219438971?view=Detail&amp;id=102881">New Chicago 2011 Mayoral Forum</a></p><p>When:&nbsp;&nbsp; 6:30pm</p><p>Where:&nbsp; UIC Forum 725 W. Roosevelt Road</p><p>Who:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The New Chicago 2011 Coalition, featuring 20 community groups including the JCUA, the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless and the Southwest Youth Collaborative.</p><p><u><strong>Wednesday, December 15th</strong></u></p><p>What:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://illinoispolicy.org/news/article.asp?ArticleSource=3552">Chicago Mayoral Forum on Education</a></p><p>When:&nbsp;&nbsp; 7pm</p><p>Where:&nbsp; Walter Payton&nbsp;College Prep, 1034 N. Wells</p><p>Who:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Raise Your Hand, Illinois Policy Institute, Northside Democracy in America</p><p>Details: &nbsp;Andy Shaw, moderator</p><p><u><strong>Thursday, December 16th</strong></u></p><p>What:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://www.ctunet.com/">Chicago Teachers Union Mayoral Forum on Public Edu</a></p><p>When:&nbsp;&nbsp; 6pm</p><p>Where:&nbsp; Operating Engineers Hall (2260 S. Grove Ave, Chicago, IL)</p><p>Who:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Chicago Teachers Union, Access Chicago, SEIU&nbsp;Local 73</p><p><u><strong>Tuesday, January 11th</strong></u></p><p>What:&nbsp; National Public Housing Museum Mayoral Candidate Forum</p><p>When:&nbsp; 5pm-7pm</p><p>Where:&nbsp; Chicago Cultural Center,&nbsp;Claudia Cassidy Theater</p><p>Who: <a href="http://www.publichousingmuseum.org/">&nbsp;National Public Housing Museum</a></p><p><u><strong>Monday, January 17th</strong></u></p><p>What:&nbsp; <a href="http://blogs.suntimes.com/sweet/2011/01/wttws_chicago_tonight_hosts_fi.html">WTTW <em>Chicago Tonight</em> Debate</a></p><p>When:&nbsp; 7pm (tape delayed)</p><p>Where:&nbsp; WTTW Channel 11</p><p>Who:&nbsp; WTTW and the Mikva Challenge</p><p>Details:&nbsp; First broadcast debate; first attended by Emanuel.&nbsp; Focus on issues of importance to youth and featuring audience of Chicago Public High School students; Candidates confirmed include Chico, Del Valle, Emanuel, Moseley-Braun; Moderators:&nbsp; Phil Ponce &amp; Carol Marin</p><p><u><strong>Wednesday,&nbsp;January 19th </strong></u></p><p>What: Chicago Mayoral Forum on Community &amp; Environmental Issues</p><p>When:&nbsp; 7pm-9pm</p><p>Where:&nbsp; Chicago Marriott - Downtown (Magnificent Mile)&nbsp; 540 N. Michigan Ave (7th Fl)</p><p>Who:&nbsp; Community and environmental organizations, including SOAR, Openlands, ELPC, and others.</p><p>Details:&nbsp; Confirmed candidates include Chico, Del Valle, and Moseley Braun.&nbsp; Moderator will be Andy Shaw of the Better Government Association.</p><p><u><strong>Wednesday, January 19th (TBD)<br /></strong></u></p><p>What:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The CSU&nbsp;Mayoral Forum</p><p>When:&nbsp;&nbsp; TBD</p><p>Where:&nbsp; Chicago State University, New Academic Library, 9501 S. King Drive</p><p>Who:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Chicago State University</p><p><u><strong>Thursday, January 27th</strong></u></p><p>What:&nbsp; WGN-TV, Chicago Tribune, City Club of Chicago Debate</p><p>When: 7pm</p><p>Where:&nbsp; WGN TV 9, CLTV, WGN 720-AM, chicagotribune.com</p><p>Who:&nbsp; See above.&nbsp;</p><p>Details:&nbsp; Chico, Del Valle, Emanuel and Moseley Braun have all agreed to participate.&nbsp; Micah Matierre and Bruce Dold will moderate.</p><p><u><strong>Friday, January 28th</strong></u></p><p>What:&nbsp; <a href="http://www.communityptamayoralforum.eventbrite.com.">Community PTA Mayoral Forum and 8th &amp; 9th Ward Candidates Forum</a></p><p>When:&nbsp; Doors open at 6pm; Forum begins at 7pm sharp</p><p>Where:&nbsp; Corliss High&nbsp;School Auditorium (821 E. 103rd Street)&nbsp;</p><p>Who:&nbsp;&nbsp; Black Star Community PTA and Educational Village Keepers Community PTSA, with the Chicago Teachers Union and others.</p><p>Details:&nbsp; Del Valle, Walls and Watkins have agreed to participate. &nbsp;Chico has declined due to a conflict. &nbsp;Awaiting responses from others.&nbsp; Garrard McClendon of WTTW will moderate.&nbsp; Advance registration required.</p><p><u><strong>Wednesday, February 2nd</strong></u></p><p>What: Union League Club of Chicago's Breakfast @ 65 West Mayoral Candidate Forum</p><p>When:&nbsp; 8 a.m.</p><p>Where:&nbsp; Union League Club</p><p>Who:&nbsp; Union League Club of Chicago, 65 West Jackson Blvd</p><p>Details:&nbsp; Chico, Del Valle, Moseley-Braun have agreed to participate; Emanuel invited; open to the public.&nbsp; Moderator: &nbsp;Chris Robling</p><p><u><strong>Wednesday, February 2nd</strong></u></p><p>What:&nbsp; The Chicago Defender Mayoral Forum</p><p>When:&nbsp; 6p-8p</p><p>Where:&nbsp; DuSable Museum of African American History&nbsp; 740 E. 56th Place</p><p><u><strong>Thursday, February 10th</strong></u></p><p>What:&nbsp; FOX 32/WVON-AM/Chicago Urban League Mayoral Debate</p><p>When:&nbsp; 9:30p to 10:30p</p><p>Where:&nbsp; Kennedy-King College&nbsp; 6301 S. Halsted</p><p>Details:&nbsp; Chico, Del Valle, Emanuel, and Moseley-Braun are expected</p><p><u><strong>Monday, February 14th</strong></u></p><p>What:&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="https://www.cityclub-chicago.org/events/event_registration/event_info.asp?event_id=692">Chicago Tonight/City Club of Chicago Debate</a></p><p>When:&nbsp; 7 p.m. - Televised</p><p>Where:&nbsp; WTTW</p><p>Who:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; WTTW's Chicago Tonight, The City Club of Chicago</p><p>Details: &nbsp;Carol Marin, moderator</p><p><u><strong>Tuesday, February 15th </strong></u><u><strong><br /></strong></u></p><p>What:&nbsp; Mayoral Forum on Violence Against Women; Girls and LBGTQ</p><p>When:&nbsp; Doors open @ 5:30pm; Forum 6pm - 7:30pm</p><p>Where:&nbsp; Chicago-Kent College of Law&nbsp; (565 W. Adams Street)</p><p>Who:&nbsp; Chicago Foundation for Women, Rape Victim Advocates, CAASE, Center on&nbsp;Halsted, Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women's Network</p><p>Details:&nbsp; Moderator will be <a href="http://www.wbez.org/staff/alison-cuddy">Alison&nbsp;Cuddy </a>of <a href="http://www.wbez.org/eight-forty-eight">WBEZ's Eight Forty-Eight</a></p><p><u><strong>Thursday, February 17th</strong></u></p><p>What:&nbsp; ABC-7, League of Women Voters Chicago Mayoral Debate</p><p>When: 6pm-8pm</p><p>Where:&nbsp; Oriental Theater</p><p>Details:&nbsp; Chico, Del Valle, Emanuel, and Moseley-Braun are expected.</p><p>Use this list as a handy guide - and be sure to let us know if you learn of changes or other forums along the way.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 10 Dec 2010 22:22:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/best-game-town/election-2011-guide-upcoming-mayoral-debates How to kick your opponent off the ballot http://www.wbez.org/blog/best-game-town/how-kick-your-opponent-ballot <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Generic Ballot Box.JPG" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 475px; height: 494px;" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2010-November/2010-11-28/Generic-Ballot-Box-final.jpg" alt="" title="" /></p><p>Now that the filing deadline for the 2011 Chicago municipal elections has come and gone, its time to turn our collective attention to one of the oldest and grandest traditions in our great representative democracy:&nbsp; knocking rival candidates off the ballot.</p><p>Didn't see that section in <a href="http://thomas.loc.gov/home/histdox/fedpapers.html">The Federalist Papers</a>?&nbsp; Neither did we. &nbsp; But here in Illinois, the tradition of &quot;ballot bouncing&quot; is nearly as old as politics itself.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>And the <a href="http://www.chicagoelections.com/dm/general/document_595.pdf">last day for campaigns to file objections to nominating petitions is Tuesday, November 30th</a>.&nbsp; That means campaigns are in engaged in a frenzied review of petitions, determining whether and how to mount a challenge - or a defense. The whole enterprise is a bit reminiscent of water polo or synchronized swimming:&nbsp; the real action happens underwater, out of view.</p><p>So, let's say you're a candidate in a competitive race hoping to kick a few challengers off the ballot - to help clear the field a bit (if not entirely).&nbsp; What are you looking for?</p><p>One of the first clues is the appearance of the ballot petitions themselves. &quot;The whole presentation has to be carefully put together and if it's not, right away, you know you should look at it further&quot;, says Richard K. Means, a veteran Cook&nbsp;County election attorney.&nbsp; Turning in petitions that <em>look </em>sloppy are often an indication that they <em>are</em> sloppy.&nbsp; When it comes to petition challenges, it seems you can judge a book by its cover.</p><p>Beyond that, you and your campaign staff are looking for a violation on any of the following list of technicalities:</p><p>- Petitions aren't notarized (Each page must be notarized)</p><p>- Petitions aren't bound (The must be bound)</p><p>- Petitions aren't paginated - and in numerical order (You get the idea...)</p><p>- Petition signer isn't registered to vote at the address shown</p><p>- Petition signer doesn't reside in the voting district</p><p>- Petition signer's signature isn't genuine</p><p>- Petition signer has signed the petitions more than once (You can sign only once - and for only one candidate in each race)</p><p>- Petition signer did not appear before the petition circulator in person (You must sign in the presence of the signature)</p><p>- Petition circulator isn't 18 years of age or older</p><p>- Petition cirulator isn't a U.S. citizen</p><p>- Petition circulator's address and/or signature isnt genuine</p><p>- Petition circulator did not appear before a Notary Public</p><p>- Petition circulator also circulated petitions for an opposing candidate</p><p>Any one of these violations could be enough to get an individual name, an individual page, or entire petitions disqualified.&nbsp; Add up enough of them, and a candidate could be bounced from the ballot because he no longer has the required number of petition signatures.&nbsp;</p><p>Currently, <a href="http://www.chicagoelections.com/dm/general/document_3200.pdf">20 candidates have submitted petitions to run for Mayor</a>.&nbsp; Watch for that number to shrink considerably in the weeks ahead.&nbsp; That's because mayoral candidates in Chicago must submit 12,500 valid signatures to secure a spot on the municipal election ballot. For some, that's a hard threshold to reach - and sustain.</p><p><a href="http://www.chicagoelections.com/page.php?id=25">The first day of hearings in these matters is scheduled for December 6th</a>, and the process of challenges, hearings and court appeals moves quickly - very quickly.&nbsp; &quot;It has to go quickly because we know that for sure there will be an election Februrary 22nd&quot;, says Means.</p><p>What Chicagoans don't know for sure is who they'll be allowed to vote for.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 26 Nov 2010 21:35:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/best-game-town/how-kick-your-opponent-ballot Best Game in Town #13: staging and waging the mayoral campaign http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-mayor/best-game-town-13-staging-and-waging-mayoral-campaign <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/IMG_2786.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>This week on our Illinois political podcast Best Game in Town:</p><p>Mayoral campaigns tout their own diversity, and what's in a petition signature? More than you might think. We find out all the tricks of the trade when it comes to bouncing candidates off the ballot.</p></p> Fri, 19 Nov 2010 21:45:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-mayor/best-game-town-13-staging-and-waging-mayoral-campaign