WBEZ | 2011 Election http://www.wbez.org/tags/2011-election Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Looking back on community reactions to election of Mayor Emanuel http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-12-22/looking-back-community-reactions-election-mayor-emanuel-95108 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-December/2011-12-22/RS4132_848 Post Election2011_.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>As part of a special encore presentation of <em>Eight Forty-Eight,</em> producer Katie O'Brien revisited the milestones that marked 2011. Local sports teams and franchise players often become part of a city’s identity. When a team’s star leaves for—let’s say South Beach or to live out a childhood dream of becoming a Major League Baseball player—dynasties crumble. And yes, that’s the type of language most sports fans use. But they’re not the only ones who build dynasties around a star player.</p><p>For more than 20 years, the franchise player in Chicago politics was Mayor Richard M. Daley. So when he announced he would not seek re-election, the free-agency frenzy began. But before the city crowned its new king, <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> bid a fond farewell to "Da’ Mayor."</p><p>In February, former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel won more than 50 percent of the vote—avoiding any chance of a runoff against any of the other five mayoral candidates. The morning after the election, <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> hosted a live community forum in WBEZ's Jim and Kay Mabie Performance Studio to discuss the results. The show was joined by WBEZ listeners, community organizers, academics, pundits and personalities—the room was packed! Helping <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> field audience questions and concerns was the <em>Chicago Tribune’s</em> Rick Kogan, former alderman and political scientist Dick Simpson and local pundit Kyra Kyles. Before hearing from the panelists, <em>Eight Forty-Eight's</em> Alison Cuddy began by taking the temperature of the room.</p><p>WBEZ has been keeping tabs on the Emanuel administration with <em>Eight Forty-Eight's <a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/first-100-rahm-emanuels-first-100-days-chicago-mayor" target="_blank">First 100</a></em> series and continued coverage from WBEZ's City Room.</p><p>Listeners can find that content and related coverage from WBEZ's stellar cast of bloggers at <a href="http://www.wbez.org" target="_blank">WBEZ.org</a>.</p></p> Thu, 22 Dec 2011 15:53:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-12-22/looking-back-community-reactions-election-mayor-emanuel-95108 Gary's new mayor makes history--and plans to revitalize the city http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-29/garys-new-mayor-makes-history-and-plans-revitalize-city-94417 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-November/2011-11-29/Democrat Karen Freeman-Wilson is greeted by a shopper at Fresh County Market in Gary, Ind. as she campaigns on election day Tuesday Nov. 8, 2011. (AP PhotoSun-Times Media, Stephanie Dowell).jpg" alt="" /><p><p><a href="http://karenaboutgary.com/Advisory-Task-Force/index.html" target="_blank">Karen Freeman-Wilson</a> won the race for mayor of Gary, Indiana back in November; in the process, she made history. Freeman-Wilson is the state’s first African-American female mayor and Gary’s first female mayor.</p><p>Freeman-Wilson was born and raised in Gary and attended <a href="http://www.law.harvard.edu/index.html" target="_blank">Harvard Law School</a>. Her hometown faces big struggles, from high unemployment to chronic crime, but Freeman-Wilson said she has a plan: It is called Blueprint for Rebuilding Gary.</p><p>Her ambitions include bringing new business to the area, creating jobs and improving the city’s infrastructure. However, her biggest challenge will be getting citizens to have hope in their city.</p><p>Mayor-elect Freeman-Wilson joined <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> to talk about what she hoped to accomplish and how she planned to do it. She will officially be sworn into office on Dec. 31.</p><p><em>Music Button: Louis Armstrong and the All Stars, "Back Home Again In Indiana", from the album The California Concerts, (Decca)</em></p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 29 Nov 2011 15:30:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-29/garys-new-mayor-makes-history-and-plans-revitalize-city-94417 Incumbents rule the day in suburban mayoral elections http://www.wbez.org/story/incumbents-rule-day-suburban-mayoral-elections-dnp-84794 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-April/2011-04-06/Naperville Riverwalk.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><em>Updated on 4/7/11 at 11:06am</em></p><p>Voters throughout Chicago's suburbs cast ballots in more than two dozen races for mayor or village president.&nbsp; But amidst budget pressures and uncertain economic times, the response from voters in most communities was: stay the course.</p><p>That wasn't true in every community, of course. Several of the state's largest cities will see new leadership this year - the result of both ballot box rebukes and voluntary retirements.</p><p>In the latter case, Joliet's incumbent mayor Arthur Schultz is retiring after 20 years in office.&nbsp; He'll be succeeded by Tom Giarrante, a retired firefighter and incumbent city councilman.&nbsp; Giarrante defeated eight other candidates on Tuesday to become mayor of Illinois' fourth largest city.</p><p>But in northwest suburban Elgin, longtime mayor Ed Schock lost his bid for a fourth-term in office, as tallies showed challenger Dave Kaptain winning 54 percent of the vote.&nbsp;</p><p>Residents of west suburban Wood Dale also will have a new mayor soon.&nbsp; Voters denied incumbent Ken Johnson's bid for a fourth term, giving the nod instead to Annunziato Pulice.&nbsp; Pulice won a close two-way contest, capturing 51 percent of the vote, following revelations that Johnson owed the village thousands of dollars in unpaid health premiums.</p><p>CPA David Gonzalez won election to an open seat in Chicago Heights over Alderman Joe Faso.&nbsp; The south suburban community has had an interim mayor since the death of then-mayor Alex Lopez in August 2010.</p><p>Challenger Gopal Lalmalani defeated incumbent John W. Craig in the race for Oak Brook Village President, and in the open mayoral seat in Rolling Meadows, former city councilman Tom Rooney sailed to victory against Jonathan Trapani.</p><p>In a battle of ballot nicknames in Prospect Heights, Nichaolas "Nick" Helmes handily defeated incumbent Dolores "Dolly" Vole with better than 70 percent of the vote.</p><p>But elsewhere, it was business as usual for many other communities as incumbents cruised to re-election in races for mayor and village president, many of whom ran unopposed.</p><p><strong>Schaumburg</strong></p><p>In Schaumburg, long-time incumbent village president Al Larson faced his first challenge in more than 15 years but emerged victorious over 31-year-old challenger Brian Costin.&nbsp;</p><p>Much of the campaign focused on the village's recently instituted property tax, as well as the village's ownerhip of the Schaumburg Flyer's baseball stadium and the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel and Convention Center.&nbsp; Costin criticized the village property tax, and he argued that the stadium and convention complex should be privatized.</p><p>Larson, 72, has led Schaumburg for 24 years and his victory on Tuesday returns him to office for another four-year term.</p><p><strong>West Suburbs</strong></p><p>Tuesday night also proved to be a big one for Naperville's four-term incumbent mayor George Pradel.&nbsp; He defeated two other challengers to win a fifth term in office, which Pradel says will be his last.&nbsp;</p><p>In nearby Wheaton, Mayor Michael Gresk defeated Councilman John Prendiville in his bid for re-election.&nbsp; Gresk garnered 53 percent of the vote to Prendiville's 47 percent.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>South Suburbs</strong></p><p>While voters in Joliet selected a new mayor, incumbents won the day in several other south suburban communities, including Country Club Hills, where voters elected Mayor Dwight Welch to a seventh term in office.</p><p>In Harvey, Eric Kellogg also won re-election, though he failed to win a majority of the vote in a five-person contest.&nbsp; A recent controversy over a vote that made Kellogg superintendent of Harvey's public schools and allegations of corruption swirled during his most recent term in office.</p><p>Meanwhile, John Ostenberg cruised to a record fourth-term as mayor of Park Forest by a two-to-one margin, but the race for mayor of University Park was much closer.&nbsp; With absentee ballots not yet counted, Vivian Covington holds onto a razor-thin lead over Joseph Roudez.</p><p><em>Correction:&nbsp; An earlier version of this story incorrectly identified Gopal Lalmalani as the incumbent in the race for Oak Brook Village President.&nbsp; He was the challenger.</em></p></p> Wed, 06 Apr 2011 14:54:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/incumbents-rule-day-suburban-mayoral-elections-dnp-84794 Suburban voters largely reject tax increase referenda http://www.wbez.org/story/suburban-voters-say-no-tax-increases-schools-84792 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-April/2011-04-05/enseignement_01.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>A majority of residents in many of Chicago's suburban communities on Tuesday said 'no' to ballot proposals that sought to increase their tax rates. In communities from far northern Lake County to far southwestern Kendall County, most voters weren't in a spending mood.</p><p>Among the referenda that went down to defeat on Tuesday were proposals to raise more funds for school districts, including Winthrop Harbor School District 1, Prospect Heights School District 23, West Northfield Elementary School District 31, Highland Park/Deerfield Community Township High School District 113, Arbor Park Elementary School District 145, Mokena School District 159, and Lockport High School District 205.&nbsp; In each case, voters rejected plans to increase tax levies or to issue new bonds.</p><p>Voters in Oak Park and Wilmette, however, bucked the prevailing trend.&nbsp; They gave a thumbs up to proposals that asked to boost the amount of tax revenues available to their local elementary school districts.&nbsp;</p><p>Oak Park District 97 won approval for a plan to increase property taxes 3.8 percent.&nbsp; Supporters say the hike will help avoid cuts to staff, as well as cuts to arts and sports programs.</p><p>Wilmette School District 39, meanwhile, prevailed in its push to raise its tax rate. The victory now paves the way for an expected $6.4 million in additional revenues to cover projected budget deficits.</p><p>But elsewhere, other units of government which had hoped to boost their revenue streams came up empty handed.</p><p>Voters in Prospect Heights rejected two separate measures. One would've increased the city's sales tax rate by five-tenths of a percent; the other would've enabled the municipality to issue more than $5 million in bonds for police pensions.</p><p>Proposals to increase tax levies for the Palos Fire District and the Olympia Fields Park District also went down to defeat on Tuesday, as did a plan to create a local sales tax in Yorkville.</p><p>In west suburban Wheaton, residents pulled the curtain down on a proposal to use $150 thousand in city funds to restore the Grand Theater.&nbsp; And in Cicero, voters simply stopped the music altogether:&nbsp; they voted to ban neighborhood block parties, although the referendum is non-binding.</p></p> Wed, 06 Apr 2011 01:47:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/suburban-voters-say-no-tax-increases-schools-84792 Live results and analysis from the 2011 aldermanic runoffs http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-04-05/live-results-and-analysis-2011-aldermanic-runoffs-84780 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-April/2011-04-05/City council chambers.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> hosted live analysis of the aldermanic run-off election. She was joined by WBEZ political reporter Sam Hudzik and the <em>Chicago Sun-Times </em>Laura Washington. WBEZ bureau reporters have been following the races and West Side bureau reporter Chip Mitchell joined Cuddy from Alderman Danny Solis' victory party. Solis defeated challenger Cuahutémoc Morfin to win the 25th Ward race.</p></p> Tue, 05 Apr 2011 20:37:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-04-05/live-results-and-analysis-2011-aldermanic-runoffs-84780 Month in Review: Chicago elects a new mayor http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-28/month-review-chicago-elects-new-mayor-and-residents-fight-weather-woes-8 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/mayor-elect emanuel Getty John Gress_0.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Citizens spent the first half of the month digging out&nbsp; and Politicians spent the last half digging in. No doubt about it, everywhere in Chicago this February, someone was shoveling something. A historic election topped a month where Chicago not just generated a lot of news but generated a lot of national attention as well.<br /><br />WBEZ's Jason Marck fills in for a vacationing Alison Cuddy to get behind the headlines.<span style="font-style: italic;"> </span><em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> invited a panel of esteemed journalists to talk about the news of the month of February 2011: <a href="http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/kyles-files/" target="_blank">Kyra Kyles</a> is a columnist for the <em>RedEye</em>, <a href="http://search.espn.go.com/lester-munson/" target="_blank"> Lester Munson</a> writes for ESPN and Ethan Michaeli is the executive director of <a href="http://wethepeoplemedia.org/" target="_blank">We The People Media</a> and founder of <em>Residents&rsquo; Journal</em>.</p><p><em>Music Button: Botany, &quot;Agave&quot;, Feeling Today (Western Vinyl)</em></p></p> Mon, 28 Feb 2011 14:14:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-28/month-review-chicago-elects-new-mayor-and-residents-fight-weather-woes-8 Union leader says SEIU will be key player in Chicago elections http://www.wbez.org/story/seiu/interview-tom-balanoff-head-chicago-seiu-chicago-municipal-races <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/balanoff.jpg" alt="" /><p><div>In 2007, the SEIU poured $2 million into aldermanic contests. The union said the effort landed the group nine victories. Now that campaigning for the 2011 municipal elections is underway, the influential SEIU hopes to replicate its status as a key player. The union carries weight in terms of raw numbers of constituents and members who work in city services.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Balanoff told Moore that the union will contribute money to the aldermanic and mayoral races &ndash; probably around $1 million. The SEIU has already disseminated questionnaires to aldermanic candidates to determine endorsements; following that, the group will conduct interviews. Balanoff says union members will be activated in every ward in Chicago and campaigning will continue until the election on February 22.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Balanoff explains the SEIU's approach to the race for mayor will be slightly different, and that could mean the union will put off a mayoral endorsement until a possible April runoff.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Listen to the interview above.</div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 08 Dec 2010 18:52:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/seiu/interview-tom-balanoff-head-chicago-seiu-chicago-municipal-races Best Game in Town #15: Chicago's first mayoral forum http://www.wbez.org/blog/best-game-town/best-game-town-15-chicagos-first-mayoral-forum <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/MayoralForum.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img title="" alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2010-December/2010-12-03/MayoralForum.jpg" style="width: 469px; height: 263px;" /></p><p>This week on our weekly political podcast The Best Game in Town, we hear from the mayoral candidates who attended a forum this week at the University of Illinois at Chicago. They include some lesser known candidates with big ideas for the office.</p></p> Fri, 03 Dec 2010 21:29:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/best-game-town/best-game-town-15-chicagos-first-mayoral-forum Best Game in Town #14: Rahm's residency, Burris' bid, and big issues in the race for Mayor http://www.wbez.org/blog/best-game-town/best-game-town-14-rahms-residency-burris-bid-and-big-issues-race-mayor <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/106808604.jpg" alt="" /><p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2010-November/2010-11-26/106808604.jpg" style="width: 475px; height: 310px;" /></p><p class="MsoNormal">In our latest installment, we turn from style and sizzle to steak and, er, turkeys.<span style="">&nbsp; </span></p><p class="MsoNormal">Yes, we took a big bite out of the major issues and key challenges facing the next mayor of Chicago this week - from pensions to police redeployment, from parking meters to public housing and education.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>But we also spent some time getting a read on a<span style="">&nbsp; </span>possible Burris bid and Rahm's residency battle.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">We caught up to discuss all of this over a cup of coffee with our panel at Petro's Restaurant in Chicago's Loop.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Petro's is a favorite hangout for politicians and policy makers as it sits directly across the street from City Hall and the State of Illinois building.<span style="">&nbsp; </span></p><p class="MsoNormal">Don't believe us?<span style="">&nbsp; </span>During our conversation, Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne Burke sat several tables away. (No, we didn't get her thoughts on Rahm's residency battle)</p> <p class="MsoNormal">And without further ado, our panel for Episode #14:</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;- Dan Mihalopolous, Chicago News Cooperative&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;- Ethan Michaeli, Resident's Journal</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;- Helen Shiller, Alderman of the 46th Ward</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;Enjoy!</p></p> Fri, 26 Nov 2010 23:41:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/best-game-town/best-game-town-14-rahms-residency-burris-bid-and-big-issues-race-mayor