WBEZ | city clerk http://www.wbez.org/tags/city-clerk Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en 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 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 mayoral candidate Miguel del Valle campaigns as a reformer http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-08/chicago-mayoral-candidate-miguel-del-valle-campaigns-reformer-81970 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Picture 005_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The 2011 Chicago municipal election is two weeks away. Tuesday, <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> begins its one-on-one conversations with the candidates for mayor. The show plans to talk with everyone still in the race: Gery Chico, Rahm Emanuel, Carol Mosley Braun, Patricia Van Pelt Watkins and William &quot;Dock&quot; Walls.<br /><br />First up is <a target="_blank" href="http://www.delvalleformayor.com/">Miguel del Valle</a>. Del Valle first entered the political arena in 1982 when he worked on Harold Washington&rsquo;s successful mayoral campaign. In 1986, del Valle was elected to the state senate; he was the first Latino in that chamber. During his 20 years in the office, del Valle served as Assistant Majority Leader and chair of the Senate Education Committee.<br /><br />The current Mayor Daley appointed him <a target="_blank" href="http://www.chicityclerk.com/">City Clerk</a> in 2006. A few months later he was elected to a four-year term. Under del Valle, the office is credited with implementing unprecedented levels of transparency. But Miguel del Valle considers community activism his life&rsquo;s work.<br /><br />Thursday <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> talks with mayoral candidate Carol Mosley Braun.</p><p><em>Music Button: Stanton Moore, &quot;Root Cellar&quot;, from the CD Groove Alchemy, (Telarc) </em></p></p> Tue, 08 Feb 2011 14:44:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-08/chicago-mayoral-candidate-miguel-del-valle-campaigns-reformer-81970 Who'll best be able to lead the new City Council as mayor? http://www.wbez.org/blog/achy-obejas/wholl-best-be-able-lead-new-city-council-mayor <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/AP110111022247.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img height="399" width="275" title="" alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-January/2011-01-31/del valle.jpg" /></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: center;"><em><strong><sup>Miguel Del&nbsp;Valle</sup></strong></em></p><p style="text-align: left;">Now that the election is less than a month away, here&rsquo;s something to consider: For just a half sec, set aside what all four major candidates are saying, and imagine each one individually calling a City Council meeting to order.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Cuz at the end of the day, it&rsquo;s the gavel, stupid.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Sure, who these guys know, what their plans are, what their prior experience has been will be crucial to how each and every one will run this town.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">But here&rsquo;s one thing for sure: Not a one of them is Mayor Daley, and not a one of them will be able to get the City Council to bend to her or his will with the same courtly compliance. Though many familiar faces in the council will return, many long-termers will be retired and new aldermen will have every expectation that their voices and their votes will need to be won over, not taken for granted, by the city&rsquo;s new chief executive.</p><p class="MsoNormal">Moreover, we as citizens should hope that the new relationship between the mayor and the council is emphatically <em>not </em>like Daley&rsquo;s with his City Council, and that there will be a real and respectful exchange between the neighborhood reps and the new mayor.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Now, who can do that?</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Well, not Gery Chico. Yes, I know he trots out that resume of his at every turn, listing all the times he led various failing institutions in town as if he&rsquo;d actually had some success (before you say schools, remember that the dropout rate under Chico didn&rsquo;t move at all &ndash; and if there&rsquo;s a better real world measure of success in education, I don&rsquo;t know what it is). But here&rsquo;s the problem: Though Chico talks like he was actually in charge, he was always absolutely positively <em>number two</em> to a bigger and more powerful figure &ndash; Daley or Alderman Edward Burke, or both. And in the City Council, and in negotiations with the mighty forces that are squeezing the city&rsquo;s already bankrupt budget, Chico has already surrendered. He already bent over and agreed to leave cop pensions alone and to let city workers live in the burbs. How many questionable campaign contributions has he had to return thus far? Shady characters don't give money to clean polticians -- they give them to pliable pols who they can influence. If you think his soft-spoken I&rsquo;m-in-charge voice actually means he&rsquo;ll be in charge, please look into Burke&rsquo;s eyes and consider whether that&rsquo;s who you want running the city.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">And absolutely not Carol Moseley-Braun, who may be able to fool some of the people some of the time but whose credibility in political circles is pretty much zero. Carol is happy to blame anyone and everyone for her failings &ndash; a trait that tends to scare off potential allies. And after her shameful calling out of Bill Clinton for supporting a rival with whom he had an actual relationship &ndash; <em>Clinton, the man who saved her political ass by giving her an ambassadorship after her disastrous senate term</em> &ndash; it&rsquo;s clear that she&rsquo;s willing to throw anybody under the bus. Give her the City Council and she&rsquo;ll have 50 enemies after the first meeting; after the second, she&rsquo;ll be leaning on Burke, the <em>eminence gris</em> of the council, to get anything done. Yes, <em>Burke.&nbsp;</em></p> <p class="MsoNormal">And Rahm Emanuel? Well, he has a pretty good resume but nowhere on it is there even a millisecond of executive experience. And while he may in fact be able to get the president on the line faster than anyone else, it seems unlikely that Obama would deny anything truly urgent to the Democratic mayor of his political hometown, regardless of who it is. So Rahm&rsquo;s advantage is really his undeniable ability to intimidate (remember the dead fish, remember <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/11/05/rahm-emanuel-knife-fighte_n_141595.html">the crazy knife </a>story ) &ndash; in other words, his ability to be like Daley, top down and boss-like. He will have the Daleys whispering in his ear, and he and Burke will come to an accommodation &ndash; just like Burke and Daley did &ndash; meaning that things may actually not change very much.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">And then there&rsquo;s Miguel del Valle. He actually worked in a legislature for 20 years &ndash; his tenure as a state senator with a strong bipartisan, independent and progressive record gives him a unique perspective on parliamentary dynamics. As late as 2006, he was still defying the Democratic machine when he endorsed Ramon Ocasio for judge over Burke&rsquo;s choice of Ed Lechowicz &ndash; <em>and Ocasio won</em>. Del Valle&rsquo;s not going to have a problem saying no to Burke &ndash; he already has, over and over. Consider too that since becoming City Clerk in 2006, he has transformed the office, making it both more efficient and more transparent than it&rsquo;s ever been. Moreover, he has made the City Council a pet project: he&rsquo;s posted more than 700,000 pages of council records, including every ordinance, city budget and executive order passed since 1981. Under his watch, and for the first time ever, council meetings can be seen the Clerk&rsquo;s website, <a href="http://www.chicityclerk.com/">www.ChiCityClerk.com</a>. As mayor, he may well force the City Council to be a truly democratic forum -- what he calls a &quot;strong mayor/strong council.&quot;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">And wouldn't that be refreshing?</p></p> Mon, 31 Jan 2011 06:30:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/achy-obejas/wholl-best-be-able-lead-new-city-council-mayor Del Valle has big stake in election board hearing http://www.wbez.org/story/26th-ward/del-valle-has-big-stake-election-board-hearing <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/DeJesus.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Chicago mayoral hopeful Miguel del Valle has decent name recognition after serving four years as city clerk and, earlier, two decades as an Illinois state senator. He&rsquo;s winning support in the race from some progressive activists.<br /><br />But he&rsquo;s got a problem closer to home. Del Valle could lose thousands of Puerto Rican votes to the pastor of a huge Northwest Side congregation. That pastor is Wilfredo De Jesus of New Life Covenant Church.<br /><br />Del Valle&rsquo;s campaign says it won&rsquo;t comment on an effort to knock De Jesus off the February ballot. That&rsquo;s after denying any ties to the effort, then acknowledging some.<br /><br />An objection to the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners claims thousands of De Jesus&rsquo; nominating signatures are invalid. The objection goes before hearing officer Rodney W. Stewart on Monday afternoon.<br /><br />The attorney who filed the objection, Ralanda Webb of Oak Park, claimed she&rsquo;s not working for any candidate. Webb, a real-estate specialist, worked in the 1980s as a senior staff member of Illinois Attorney General Neil Hartigan. The objector is her brother Frederick Charles Webb, a truck driver who lives in Chatham.</p></p> Mon, 27 Dec 2010 11:36:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/26th-ward/del-valle-has-big-stake-election-board-hearing Puerto Ricans clash over mayoral ballot objection http://www.wbez.org/story/news/puerto-ricans-clash-over-mayoral-ballot-objection <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Miguel_del_Valle.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>A skirmish is breaking out between the only Puerto Ricans among 20 candidates for Chicago mayor. Rev. Wilfredo De Jesús&rsquo; campaign says it has reason to believe City Clerk Miguel del Valle is behind a mysterious objection to the minister&rsquo;s nominating papers.<br /><br />&ldquo;I&rsquo;m extremely disappointed that our only challenge is coming from a fellow Latino candidate,&rdquo; says Billy Ocasio, a De Jesús advisor and former 26th Ward alderman. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s even more disappointing when they have no grounds for a credible challenge.&rdquo;<br /><br />But Del Valle spokeswoman Alejandra Moran says his campaign has nothing to do with the objection, which challenges thousands of De Jesús&rsquo; signatures.<br /><br />The attorney who filed the objection, Ralanda Webb of west suburban Oak Park, claims she&rsquo;s not working for any mayoral candidate. Webb, a real-estate specialist, worked in the 1980s as a senior staff member of then-Illinois Attorney General Neil Hartigan.<br /><br />Webb says her only client in the case is the objector, her brother Frederick Charles Webb, who was not available for comment Thursday evening. A woman who answered the phone at his Chatham address said he&rsquo;s a truck driver.<br /><br />De Jesús leads New Life Covenant Church, one of the world&rsquo;s largest Assemblies of God congregations. He and Del Valle, a former Illinois state senator, are competing fiercely on the Northwest Side, where both are based.</p></p> Fri, 03 Dec 2010 11:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/news/puerto-ricans-clash-over-mayoral-ballot-objection Sandi Jackson files for both city clerk and aldermanic races http://www.wbez.org/story/jesse-jackson-jr/sandi-jackson-files-both-city-clerk-and-aldermanic-races <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/83986933.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Chicago Alderman Sandi Jackson, 7th, is now running for two city offices, but she'll have to pick one in the next week or so. Just minutes before Monday's filing deadline for the February municipal elections, Jackson turned in paperwork to run for re-election as alderman, and to run for city clerk.</p><p>Jackson says she will talk with her constituents, friends and family before deciding which office to seek.<br /><br />&quot;We're going to talk this stuff over over turkey dinner and we'll let you know. Thank you everybody!&quot; Jackson told reporters Monday evening.<br /><br />Jackson has five business days to tell the Chicago election board whether she is running for alderman, or for city clerk. If she chooses to run for clerk, she may face up to six opponents. The incumbent, Miguel del Valle, has chosen to campaign for mayor.</p><p>Should Jackson choose to seek a second term as alderman, she could face up to 11 challengers.</p><p>Jackson, who represents parts of Chicago's southeast side, is married to U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr.</p></p> Tue, 23 Nov 2010 06:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/jesse-jackson-jr/sandi-jackson-files-both-city-clerk-and-aldermanic-races