WBEZ | City on the (Re) Make http://www.wbez.org/sections/city-re-make Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en 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 Checking the political pulse of voters the morning before the municipal election http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-21/checking-political-pulse-voters-morning-municipal-election-82634 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//0217debate Getty Scott Olson_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Some five months after Richard M. Daley&rsquo;s announcement to step down as mayor, it is almost time for Chicago to move on. Tuesday voters will have the opportunity to cast a ballot for a new mayor and in many cases, a new alderman.</p><p>Monday, <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> wanted to know what&rsquo;s on voters' minds as they prepare to vote. Who's excited and who's turned off by the election? What&rsquo;s got people headed out: The issues or the personalities? Who are Chicagoans voting for and why?<a target="_blank" href="http://www.twitter.com/848"></a> Host Alison Cuddy was joined by an excellent group of journalists:&nbsp; WBEZ political reporter Sam Hudzik, <em>Chicago Tribune</em> political reporter <a target="_blank" href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/chi-pearson-bio,0,5858700.story">Rick Pearson</a> - and<em> Chicago Sun-Times</em> columnist <a target="_blank" href="http://www.suntimes.com/news/mitchell/">Mary Mitchell</a>. <br />&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 21 Feb 2011 14:35:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-21/checking-political-pulse-voters-morning-municipal-election-82634 Handicapping the mayoral race on the home stretch http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-18/handicapping-mayoral-race-home-stretch-82510 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//mayoral last debate getty olson_0.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>So now that the televised debates are over,&nbsp; the mad dash to the finish line is on! The race to become mayor of Chicago is heading into its final days before Tuesday&rsquo;s election. The last TV ads will air and candidates&rsquo; schedules are packed with appearances! WBEZ&rsquo;s political reporter Sam Hudzik joined <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> to talk about what to expect over the crazy campaign weekend ahead.</p><p><strong>POST-ELECTION SPECIAL</strong>:</p><p><em>Eight Forty-Eight </em>will a live broadcast for its <a target="_blank" href="http://www.wbez.org/event/2011-02-23/848-city-remake">post-election day show</a>. It will be at the Navy Pier studios on Wednesday, Feb. 23 at 9:00 a.m. If you&rsquo;re interested in participating, please send an email to <a href="mailto:848@wbez.org?subject=Post-Election%20Show"><strong>848@wbez.org</strong></a> with the subject line: Post Election Show. Or call <strong>312-948-4848</strong>.</p><p><em>Music Button performed live by The Opus: &quot;International&quot; (unreleased</em><em>)</em></p></p> Fri, 18 Feb 2011 14:12:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-18/handicapping-mayoral-race-home-stretch-82510 Changing Gears: Mayor Daley and Chicago's economic transformation http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-17/changing-gears-mayor-daley-and-chicagos-economic-transformation-82463 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//Daley John Gress Getty.JPG" alt="" /><p><p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.changinggears.info/"><em>Changing Gears</em></a> is a joint project of Michigan Radio, WBEZ Chicago, and Ideastream Cleveland that explores the new economic reality of the Midwest. This week the series looked at leadership. Now Chicago is somewhat the lead city of the Midwest &ndash; it&rsquo;s the center that draws people from around the region. That&rsquo;s a big change from the way things were just over a couple of decades ago, when Mayor Daley first took office.<br /><br />In the final <em>Changing Gears </em>leadership report, Niala Boodhoo looks at the Midwest&rsquo;s most famous mayor.&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Tourists visiting Chicago have a fairly standard list of attractions to hit: The Magnificent Mile, the Art Institute, Navy Pier &ndash; and nowadays, Millennium Park.<br /><br /> Richard Daley pushed hard for the 25-acre park to built near the lakefront, which is used year-round &ndash; it has an ice rink in the winter. <br /><br /> &ldquo;It&rsquo;s like our Central Park,&rdquo; said Chicagoan Mary Claire, who calls it the &ldquo;jewel of the city&rdquo;.<br /><br /> Bill Carpenter has a longer perspective. He started working downtown when he was 18.<br /><br /> &ldquo;I remember when this was all railroad tracks, and it was pretty ugly,&rdquo; said Carpenter, as he warmed up inside the skate shop. Back then, at quitting time, everyone left. Carpenter said Mayor Daley changed it &ndash; he calls Daley&rsquo;s someone who was &ldquo;born into&rdquo; the job. <br /><br /> Richard Michael Daley took office in April 1989. He was first mayor elected since the death of Mayor Harold Washington two years before. (<a target="_blank" href="http://www.encyclopedia.chicagohistory.org/pages/1443.html">See a list of all of Chicago&rsquo;s mayors throughout time</a>)<br /><br /> By the time Daley became Mayor, the city was mired in political and racial turmoil.<br /><br /> <a target="_blank" href="http://www.hks.harvard.edu/about/faculty-staff-directory/edward-glaeser">Ed Glaeser</a> is a urban economist with Harvard University. He looks at big picture stats like per capita income to measure Daley&rsquo;s legacy. In 1989, Chicago&rsquo;s per capita income was almost 11 percent below the national average. From 1970 to 1990, the city&rsquo;s population fell 17 percent.<br /><br /> Flip forward 20 years, and Glaeser said the city&rsquo;s richer than the rest of the country. Population, while declining over the past decade, is still overall on the upside, Glaeser said. And crime has gotten better.<br /><br /> While Daley may be most famous for economic accomplishments like Millennium Park Glaeser thinks Daley&rsquo;s biggest economic legacy may less glamorous, but no less important: Daley took care of the basics.<br /><br /> &ldquo;It&rsquo;s important to clear the snow,&rdquo; said Glaeser, who just released a book called <em>Triumph of the Cities</em>. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s important to make sure the garbage is cleared away, and to make sure the streets are safe. And it&rsquo;s important to make sure permitting doesn&rsquo;t get overly restricted. All of these things are the nuts and bolts of city government. Getting them right will not turn around a place that doesn&rsquo;t have enough private sector energy. But getting them wrong has the chance to kill off almost anywhere.<br /><br /> Martin Koldyke is the founder of private investment firm Frontenac. His relationship with the mayor goes way back.<br /><br /> &ldquo;When Rich was elected, we began to see the city become a more welcoming and nurturing place for early stage businesses,&rdquo; said Koldyke, who added that Daley has been relentless about pushing projects that made the city not just an attract place to visit, but to live.<br /><br /> Daley didn&rsquo;t respond to requests for a sit-down interview for this story.<br /><br /> Last fall, the day after he said he wasn&rsquo;t going to run for reelection, this is how he reflected on the job: <br /><br /> &ldquo;Every day, it doesn&rsquo;t matter if you are criticized, every day I had to get up and do one thing: What was the mission for Chicago? Every day, you have to get out there. It doesn&rsquo;t matter what people says, or anyone says, you have to go out there, stay on your mission and complete it. You cannot be afraid of going out. That&rsquo;s why you have to have passion.&rdquo;<br /><br /> Larry Bennett teaches political science at DePaul University. He sees Daley&rsquo;s passion as making him a brilliant ambassador for the city. And he sees Daley&rsquo;s strong leadership style as being a combination of the old and new Chicago.<br /><br /> &ldquo;He sort of evokes the old even though he can be viewed as a new pioneer of urbanism,&rdquo; said Bennett.<br /><br /> The challenge now is the next incarnation of Chicago: how do you keep this new urbanism alive?<br /><br /> Vegan offerings from the Eternity Juice Bar at Soul Food East (Niala Boodhoo)<br /><br /> Along 75th street on Chicago&rsquo;s South Side, Soul Vegetarian East has been a mainstay restaurant for 30 years.<br /><br /> The restaurant&rsquo;s walls are lined with brightly colored artwork including portraits of Barack Obama and Michael Jackson. Right inside the front entrance, there&rsquo;s a framed picture of Mayor Daley with owner Prince Asaiel Ben-Israel.<br /><br /> &ldquo;I would give Daley an A for creating the environment that made business feel comfortable in Chicago,&rdquo; said Ben-Israel. &ldquo;I think he gets an F in terms of security.&rdquo;<br /><br /> By security, Ben-Israel means crime. He thinks that&rsquo;s mostly why Chicago lost its bid to host the Olympics &ndash; something Daley spent a lot of time on. And Ben-Israel says another challenge has been the economy: the Great Recession of the past few years has been especially hard on the local South Side businesses.<br /><br /> &ldquo;We now see an institution like Army &amp; Lou restaurants, who&rsquo;ve been in business for more than 30 or 40 years they&rsquo;ve had to close their doors, Izola on 79th Steet, Minister Farrakhan&rsquo;s restaurant, so we&rsquo;ve got to paint a true picture&rdquo;.<br /><br /> Also holding court this morning at Soul East is Helen Sinclair. Everyone calls her &ldquo;Queen Mother&rdquo; and she remembers mayors as far back as the 1920s. From her perspective now, there are at least three Chicagos: the wealthiest part of the city, North Side, the Loop area downtown, and everything else.<br /><br /> She ticks off a list of failings: crime and violence, poor public school systems, infrastructure so crumbled that many neighborhoods lack for proper grocery stores.<br /><br /> She does give Daley credit for one bright spot in her Bronzeville neighborhood and elsewhere on the South Side:<br /><br /> &ldquo;I think he&rsquo;s done a beautiful job on making it pretty. It is beautiful. And I like that he likes trees.&rdquo;<br /><br /> Architect Thom Greene helped Daley add those trees &ndash; than half a million trees all over the city, from the Bronzeville to the North Side neighborhoods like Edgewater, where Greene lives.<br /><br /> It was also streetscaping: signs, little beautification projects to make the city look, well, beautiful. Greene says when people come to Chicago and exclaim about how nice everything is, he tells them it really is due to Daley.<br /><br /> &ldquo;When I was on the Streetscape committee, the mayor would have notes, and he would want to know about the colors, why are these so, they&rsquo;re not enough pink in those flowers on Michigan Ave, we got to have more colors, they got to cascade more, why don&rsquo;t we have a water feature,&rdquo; said Greene. &ldquo;He was very in tune with the little aspects and details.&rdquo;<br /><br /> Greene says those details add up to creating spaces that attract not just people, but their spending money. It&rsquo;s about creating a sense of place.<br /><br /> But now he feels like that&rsquo;s in jeopardy. Greene worries the city&rsquo;s stepped up taxation and enforcement are now at odds with the city&rsquo;s original beautification efforts.<br /><br /> &ldquo;There&rsquo;s a real dichotomy with the city of Chicago trying to make itself beautiful and then charging someone $25 a year for a public right of way permit to have flowers hanging off of your building in a flower basket,&rdquo; Greene said. &ldquo;[It] doesn&rsquo;t seem right.&rdquo;<br /><br /> Don Carter is the director of Carnegie Mellon&rsquo;s Remaking Cities Institute. He said it&rsquo;s clear that Chicago has been a standout among Midwestern cities that have been able to transform into a global economy. He attributes much of the city&rsquo;s success to Daley &ndash; but added it just takes strength and staying on task: &ldquo;You&rsquo;ve got to have a vision and you&rsquo;ve got to convey that vision to your department heads and say, this is what I have in mind and help me get to that point.&rdquo;<br /><br /> A new era begins next week, when Chicagoans will face a ballot that for the first time in more than 20 years doesn&rsquo;t have a Daley name. In fact, there&rsquo;s been a Daley in the mayor&rsquo;s office in Chicago for more than 40 of the past 55 years.<br /><br /> But even Daley himself says that doesn&rsquo;t matter:<br /><br /> Asked that day about how should replace him, Daley declined to say, adding: &ldquo;This office doesn&rsquo;t belong to me. It belongs to the people of our city.&rdquo;<br /><br /> Urban economists like Glaeser, from Harvard, agree. Even though Daley has received much of the credit &mdash; and some the blame &mdash; for the city over the past 20 years, he says it&rsquo;s the workers, small businesses and everyone else who are the real leaders in propelling Chicago&rsquo;s economy.<br /><br />&nbsp;</p><p>Support for <em>Changing Gears</em> comes from <a target="_blank" href="http://www.cpb.org/">The Corporation for Public Broadcasting</a>.</p></p> Thu, 17 Feb 2011 14:43:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-17/changing-gears-mayor-daley-and-chicagos-economic-transformation-82463 Mayor Monday: Issues facing Chicago's families http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-14/mayor-monday-issues-facing-chicagos-families-82300 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//family_flickr.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Every Monday, <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> looks at some of the issues facing Chicago&rsquo;s next mayor. It's just over a week away from the 2011 municipal election, so as people weigh their final choices &ndash; on this <a target="_blank" href="http://www.wbez.org/series/mayor-monday"><em>Mayor Monday</em></a>, the show decided to go inside one unit of power &ndash; the family.<br /><br />Every candidate running for mayor says we need to look at the city from a neighborhood level. But what if we view things from the perspective of a typical Chicago family? What are the most pressing issues that face families in the city? And what can a new mayor do to solve them?<br /><br />To find out, <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> was joined by two people with some thoughts on the topic: <a target="_blank" href="http://rebeccasive.com/">Rebecca Sive</a> is a women&rsquo;s issues strategist and Huffington Post contributor. And <a target="_blank" href="http://www.johnwfountain.com/">John Fountain</a> is a columnist with the <em>Chicago Sun-Times</em><em>,</em> a journalism professor at <a target="_blank" href="http://www.roosevelt.edu/">Roosevelt University</a> and the author of <em>Dear Dad: Reflections on Fatherhood</em><em>.</em></p></p> Mon, 14 Feb 2011 14:38:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-14/mayor-monday-issues-facing-chicagos-families-82300 Chicago mayoral candidate Patricia Van Pelt-Watkins http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-14/chicago-mayoral-candidate-patricia-van-pelt-watkins-82296 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//Watkins Hudzick.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>It's just eight days until the Feb. 22 municipal election. And if you want to vote early, there's only three more days to fill out a ballot. Last week <em>Eight Forty-</em> kicked off its one-on-one interviews with the candidates for mayor. Host Alison Cuddy sat down with Miguel Del Valle and Carol Moseley Braun. This week she&rsquo;ll speak with Rahm Emanuel, William &ldquo;Dock&rdquo; Walls and Gery Chico. On this<a target="_blank" href="http://www.wbez.org/series/mayor-monday"> <em>Mayor Monday</em></a>, it's <a target="_blank" href="http://www.patriciaforchicago.com/index.php">Patricia Van Pelt-Watkins</a> turn.<br /><br />Watkins calls herself an advocate for the disadvantaged. She was born and raised in Chicago. She lived in Cabrini Green and struggled with drugs early in her life. Later she earned a Ph.D. while raising her family. Watkins went on to co-found the 300-member Ambassadors of Christ Church in Chicago&rsquo;s Auburn-Gresham neighborhood. She&rsquo;s also a founder of the <a target="_blank" href="http://targetarea.org/">Target Area Development Corporation</a>, a group that works on various issues in the community.<br /><br />Listen to the other candidates' interview below. <br /><br />Alison Cuddy hosts a <a target="_blank" href="http://www.cfw.org/Page.aspx?pid=1267">mayoral forum</a> Tuesday about violence against women and LGBTQ at the Chicago-Kent College of Law.</p></p> Mon, 14 Feb 2011 14:17:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-14/chicago-mayoral-candidate-patricia-van-pelt-watkins-82296 Mayor Monday: Race relations and what the next mayor can expect http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-07/mayor-monday-race-relations-and-what-next-mayor-can-expect-81897 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//Wilson Yard.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Race relations can be a tough issue to address, especially for politicians during election season. Alden Loury and Jamiko Rose joined <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> to discuss the racial challenges the next mayor of Chicago will inherit.<br /><br />Loury is the publisher of the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.chicagoreporter.com/"><em>Chicago Reporter</em></a>. He's been reporting on race and poverty for over a decade. And Jamiko Rose is the Executive Director of ONE, or the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.onechicago.org/">Organization fo the North East</a>, which works with various groups on Chicago's Northeast Side.</p><p><em>Music Button: Q.E.D., &quot;A Multiplicity of Drops&quot;, from the CD Yet What Is Any Ocean...(Origin Records)</em></p></p> Mon, 07 Feb 2011 14:56:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-07/mayor-monday-race-relations-and-what-next-mayor-can-expect-81897 An early voting check in with the Board of Elections http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/early-voting-check-board-elections <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//early-voting-booths AP.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Bad weather on an election day can also have a bad effect on politics by keeping voters away from the polls. In theory, early voting, which in the race for Chicago mayor got underway earlier this week, can encourage turnout. In practice it isn&rsquo;t clear whether early or absentee voting does prove a draw. <br /><br />To find out how early voting is going in this year&rsquo;s municipal election, <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> turned to Jim Allen, the spokesperson for the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.chicagoelections.com/">Chicago Board of Elections</a>.</p></p> Tue, 01 Feb 2011 15:06:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/early-voting-check-board-elections Pulitzer-prize winning investigative journalist Maurice Possley revists Chicago's crooked ways http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/pulitzer-prize-winning-investigative-journalist-maurice-possley-revists-chicagos-cr <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//cook county justice flickr.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Pulitzer-prize winning journalist <a href="http://www.mauricepossley.com/" target="_blank">Maurice Possley</a> worked as an investigative reporter for nearly 25 years for the <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/" target="_blank"><em>Chicago Tribune</em></a>. As a federal courts reporter and then as a deputy metropolitan editor, he unearthed great misconduct and wrongful convictions. He had a front row seat to the FBI's infamous investigation into Cook County's court system during <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/politics/chi-chicagodays-greylord-story,0,4025843.story" target="_blank">Operation Greylord</a> in the 1980s. Former Gov. George Ryan cited Maurice&rsquo;s reportage and that of his colleagues at the <em>Chicago Tribune</em> as playing a role in his historic decision to institute a moratorium on the death penalty in Illinois in 2000 and commute the death sentences of 171 death row inmates to life in prison without parole.</p><p>During its <em>Mayor Monday</em> look at corruption and transparency in Chicago, <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> spoke to Possley about what he saw during his years in the reporting trenches and whether or not a new mayor could turn this ship around.</p><p>Possley is currently working for the <a href="http://law.scu.edu/ncip/" target="_blank">Northern California Innocence Project</a> at Santa Clara University School of Law.</p></p> Mon, 31 Jan 2011 22:54:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/pulitzer-prize-winning-investigative-journalist-maurice-possley-revists-chicagos-cr Mayor Monday: How can we deal with corruption? http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/mayor-monday-how-can-we-deal-corruption <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//Zekman.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>To take a long, hard look at corruption <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> wanted to speak to a woman who's made a career exploring the city&rsquo;s underbelly for the last four decades. Pulitzer-prize winning reporter <a target="_blank" href="http://chicago.cbslocal.com/personality/pam-zekman/">Pam Zekman</a> has exposed frauds, corrupt city employees and wasteful spending for CBS 2 Chicago.&nbsp; She <a target="_blank" href="http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2011/01/12/is-treasurer-maria-pappas-wasting-your-tax-dollars/">recently</a> worked with the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.bettergov.org/">Better Government Association</a> to audit parts of <a target="_blank" href="http://www.cookcountytreasurer.com/">Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas</a>&rsquo; budget.<br /><br />Zekman&rsquo;s investigations have resulted in governmental reforms and criminal indictments. Zekman joined <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> for a <em>Mayor Monday</em> education in the art of Chicago corruption.</p></p> Mon, 31 Jan 2011 14:49:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/mayor-monday-how-can-we-deal-corruption