WBEZ | Bernard Stone http://www.wbez.org/tags/bernard-stone Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Stone to try new stint: talk show host http://www.wbez.org/story/50th-ward/stone-try-new-stint-talk-show-host-84954 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//story/photo/2011-April/2011-04-08/for web.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Outgoing Chicago alderman Bernard Stone (50th) will have an audition of sorts for his next job Saturday night ... as a radio host. On Tuesday Stone lost his bid for an 11th term to political newcomer Debra Silverstein. The 83-year-old alderman said he may be serving his last term on City Council, but he’s not yet ready to “pack it in.” Shortly before he called Silverstein to concede, he reminded reporters, “You remember when I started this campaign I said I was full of pee and vinegar? I’m still full of pee and vinegar.”</p><div>As of Thursday, it seemed Stone already had his next opportunity locked up. On Saturday, he’ll host a call-in show on WLS 890AM, from 7-9 p.m. “I’m &nbsp;hoping that it will result in a stint that will continue on, but we’ll see,” said Stone. “This is, I guess, a one-time shot to see how well I do.”<br> <br> What’ll he talk about?<br> <br> “Politics, what else?,” Stone said wryly.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Stone says lots of people have asked him to share what he has witnessed over his nearly 60 years in politics, and he expects to expound on that during the program. He also professes to enjoy being on TV and radio. If his new gig works out, Stone will have a place to continue a campaign theme: his dislike of mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel.</div></p> Fri, 08 Apr 2011 20:08:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/50th-ward/stone-try-new-stint-talk-show-host-84954 Meet Chicago's newest aldermen http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-04-06/meet-chicagos-newest-aldermen-84807 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//blog/photo/2011-April/2011-04-06/P1000508.JPG" alt="" /><p><p><em>Updated at 10:07 a.m.</em></p><p>Four incumbent aldermen appear headed for losses in Chicago’s runoff elections: the 6<sup>th</sup> Ward’s Freddrenna Lyle, the 24<sup>th</sup> Ward’s Sharon Denise Dixon, the 36<sup>th</sup> Ward’s John Rice and the 50<sup>th</sup> Ward’s Berny Stone. Rice was one of the council’s newest members, having been appointed just a year-and-a-half ago; Stone one its longest-serving.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-April/2011-04-06/polling.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 300px;" title="(WBEZ/Sam Hudzik)"></p><p>Those seats represent just about a quarter of the turnover in the council. Nine aldermen decided to call it quits come May 16<sup>th</sup>. And the new council will also include two aldermen who were only appointed in January. That all adds up to fifteen new(ish) faces, assuming last night’s election results hold.</p><p>The list below includes three Democratic ward committeemen, one wife of a Democratic ward committeeman and one brother of a Democratic ward committeeman. It includes one former alderman, and three offspring of former aldermen. It includes two members of the Illinois House, a former city inspector, a firefighter, a graphic designer and a caterer. It includes 12 men and 3 women. Here are the freshmen:<!--break--></p><p> <style type="text/css"> table.tableizer-table {border: 1px solid #CCC; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;} .tableizer-table td {padding: 4px; margin: 3px; border: 1px solid #ccc;} .tableizer-table th {background-color: #104E8B; color: #FFF; font-weight: bold;}</style> </p><table class="tableizer-table"><tbody><tr class="tableizer-firstrow"><th>rd</th><th>New alderman</th><th>Who's that?</th><th>Old alderman</th><th>Why the change?</th></tr><tr><td>4</td><td>Will Burns</td><td>State representative</td><td>Shirley Newsome / Toni Preckwinkle</td><td>Newsome was a placeholder after Preckwinkle became Cook County Board president.</td></tr><tr><td>6</td><td>Roderick Sawyer</td><td>Lawyer and son of former Chicago Mayor Eugene Sawyer</td><td>Freddrenna Lyle</td><td>Sawyer appears to have defeated Lyle in April runoff.</td></tr><tr><td>13</td><td>Marty Quinn</td><td>Democratic campaign worker, ally of ward committeeman Mike Madigan, the Illinois House speaker</td><td>Frank Olivo</td><td>Olivo announced his retirement after the November filing deadline, clearing the way for Quinn.</td></tr><tr><td>19</td><td>Matt O'Shea</td><td>Rugai aide, 19th Ward committeeman</td><td>Virginia Rugai</td><td>Rugai is retiring, and O'Shea won in February.</td></tr><tr><td>24</td><td>Michael Chandler</td><td>Musician, former 24th Ward alderman</td><td>Sharon Denise Dixon</td><td>Chandler defeated Dixon in April runoff, reclaiming his old seat.</td></tr><tr><td>28</td><td>Jason Ervin</td><td>Former Maywood village manager</td><td>Jason Ervin / Ed Smith</td><td>Ervin won in February, after being appointed in January to fill out the term of Smith, who retired in the fall.</td></tr><tr><td>36</td><td>Nick Sposato</td><td>Chicago firefighter, unsuccessful 2007 aldermanic candidate</td><td>John Rice</td><td>In the April runoff, Sposato defeated Rice, who was appointed to finish Bill Banks' term in 2009.</td></tr><tr><td>38</td><td>Tim Cullerton</td><td>Electrician, retired city employee, son of the late Ald. Tom Cullerton, sister of ward committeeman P.J. Cullerton</td><td>Tim Cullerton / Tom Allen</td><td>Cullerton won the April runoff, after being appointed in January to finish the term of Allen, who became a judge.</td></tr><tr><td>41</td><td>Mary O'Connor</td><td>Ward committeeman, owner of catering company</td><td>Brian Doherty</td><td>O'Connor won the April runoff to replace Doherty, who is retiring.</td></tr><tr><td>43</td><td>Michele Smith</td><td>Ward committeeman, former federal prosecutor, failed 2007 aldermanic candidate</td><td>Vi Daley</td><td>Daley is retiring, and Michele Smith won the April runoff.</td></tr><tr><td>45</td><td>John Arena</td><td>Owner of small graphic arts business</td><td>Patrick Levar</td><td>Levar is retiring, and Arena has a small lead in the runoff to replace him.</td></tr><tr><td>46</td><td>James Cappleman</td><td>Social worker, unsuccessful 2007 aldermanic candidate</td><td>Helen Shiller</td><td>Cappleman won the runoff to replace Shiller, who is retiring.</td></tr><tr><td>47</td><td>Ameya Pawar</td><td>Program assistant at Northwestern University’s emergency management office</td><td>Eugene Schulter</td><td>After Schulter announced retirement, Pawar beat the alderman’s chosen successor in February.</td></tr><tr><td>48</td><td>Harry Osterman</td><td>State representative, son of the late Ald. Kathy Osterman</td><td>Mary Ann Smith</td><td>Osterman won in February to replace Smith, who is retiring.</td></tr><tr><td>50</td><td>Debra Silverstein</td><td>Certified public accountant, wife of state Sen. Ira Silverstein, who is the ward's committeeman</td><td>Berny Stone</td><td>Silverstein defeated Stone in the April runoff.</td></tr></tbody></table><p>Not included in this table are three other aldermen who are (relatively) new. Each of them was reelected outright in February, avoiding a runoff.</p><ul><li>In the summer of 2009, Mayor Richard Daley picked then-Cook County Commissioner Roberto Maldonado to replace the 26<sup>th</sup> Ward’s Billy Ocasio, who left the council to take a job in Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration.</li><li>Ald. Proco Joe Moreno was appointed by Daley in March of 2010 to replace 1<sup>st</sup> Ward Ald. Manny Flores, who also took a job with Quinn.</li><li>At the same time, Daley appointed then-state Rep. Deborah Graham to fill 29th Ward Ald. Ike Carothers’ term. Carothers lost his seat when he pleaded guilty to federal corruption charges.</li></ul></p> Wed, 06 Apr 2011 08:17:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-04-06/meet-chicagos-newest-aldermen-84807 Stone loses 50th Ward, offers no apologies http://www.wbez.org/story/50th-ward/stone-loses-50th-ward-offers-no-apologies-84802 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//story/photo/2011-April/2011-04-06/P1000355.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>In a race that dislodged Chicago’s second-longest serving member of City Council, &nbsp;Alderman Bernard L. Stone lost his seat of nearly 38 years to a political newcomer. Debra Silverstein, a certified public accountant, swept the ward with 62 percent of the vote, against Stone’s 38 percent. For many residents of this ethnically and religiously diverse far North Side ward, Silverstein will be the first new alderman within their lifetimes.</p><p>“This has been a very tough campaign,” Stone told reporters from his campaign headquarters, which adjoin his ward office in the Lincoln Village shopping center. “I’ve never had the situation where I’m up against the machine. I’ve always been the machine, this time I’m against the machine,” he said. Throughout the race, Stone railed against Silverstein’s endorsements from mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel, labor unions, and the political apparatus that her husband, Ira Silverstein, commands as Democratic Committeeman of the 50th Ward. Stone was committeeman until he lost that post to Ira Silverstein in 2008.</p><p>Debra Silverstein ran on a largely negative platform, often claiming that Stone’s office failed to provide basic constituent services, such as street cleaning, filling potholes, and baiting alleys for rats. “The people of the 50th Ward are really ready for change,” said Silverstein at her campaign victory party at Great Chicago Food and Beverage on Devon Avenue. “There are so many things that we can do for this ward, and somebody has to get in there with the vision and the determination to turn things around for the betterment of the community, and I hope to be that person,” she said.</p><p>Stone has called this race against Debra Silverstein the most “personal” of his political career. “I started her husband in politics,” Stone said, referring to Ira Silverstein, who is also a state senator. “I gave him his first boost, and in turn what they did is they stripped me of everything. So why should I do anything to help her?”</p><p>After conceding to Silverstein over the phone, Stone walked from his campaign headquarters to Pure Cafe, around the corner, where his supporters gathered for food and muted reflection. Stone sat with his family and ate soup between interviews and phone calls. “I’m proud of services that I’ve rendered in my ward. I’m proud of the things we’ve built in my ward. And I’m proud of everything we’ve done,” said the 83-year old politician. “I don’t want to apologize for anything I’ve done. I made mistakes, but I’m human. Humans make mistakes.” Stone gave no concession speech.</p><p>In the following interview, WBEZ’s Odette Yousef asks Stone whether he will help Silverstein transition into office and what he hopes his legacy will be.</p><p><audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1332483432-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2011-april/2011-04-06/berny-two-way.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></p></p> Wed, 06 Apr 2011 06:35:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/50th-ward/stone-loses-50th-ward-offers-no-apologies-84802 Stone: “I’m the aggrieved party” in attack ad campaign http://www.wbez.org/story/50th-ward/stone-%E2%80%9Ci%E2%80%99m-aggrieved-party%E2%80%9D-attack-ad-campaign-84510 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//story/photo/2011-March/2011-03-30/for web.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>50th Ward Alderman Bernard Stone testified under oath Wednesday that he had no idea his reelection campaign was paying an outside committee to attack his opponent. Stone testified in a public hearing at the Illinois State Board of Elections as part of an investigation into Concerned Citizens of the 50th Ward, a political action committee that originally filed as independent of any candidate. But Stone’s campaign manager, Abrar “Adam” Quader, admitted he directed about $13,000 from the Bernard L. Stone Campaign Committee to pay for mailers, robocalls, and other communications that explicitly attacked Debra Silverstein, Stone’s opponent in this year’s city council race. Quader said he was responsible for the content of those materials and for the funding of the PAC, even though its papers were filed under the name of a 22-year old student at Truman College.</p><div style="background-color: transparent; "><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; font-weight: normal; font-style: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; ">Stone said at the hearing that he is treasurer of his own campaign committee, and signed the checks that ultimately went to Concerned Citizens of the 50th Ward. But under questioning by the attorney for the complainant, Stone admitted that he had absolutely no knowledge of what one check, for $4000, covered. </span></div><div style="background-color: transparent; ">&nbsp;</div><div style="background-color: transparent; "><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; font-weight: normal; font-style: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; ">“I never reviewed their invoices,” said Stone. “I put my complete trust in Mr. Quader.”</span><br> <br> <span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; font-weight: normal; font-style: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; ">The Board investigation was prompted by a complaint by David Lifsics, a volunteer with the Silverstein campaign. Debra Silverstein has complained in several interviews about the shadowy organization that blitzed ward residents one week before the February 22 election. Prior to Lifisics’s complaint, the shadowy organization had not filed any financial disclosure forms, as required by the State Board of Elections. It also did not establish a bank account to accept contributions until after the complaint was filed. Its chairman, political science student Erik Avila, said all its funds came from the Bernard L Stone Campaign Committee. Avila said Concerned Citizens of the 50th Ward still has between $15,000 and $16,000 debt.</span><br> <br> <span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; font-weight: normal; font-style: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; ">But under oath Wednesday, Stone said he was the victim in this matter. “What I'm saying here is that I'm the aggrieved party. Money was misdirected, my instructions were not followed.” Stone blamed Quader, saying Quader had led him to believe that the checks were being used to pay for mailings directly from his campaign. </span></div><div style="background-color: transparent; ">&nbsp;</div><div style="background-color: transparent; "><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; font-weight: normal; font-style: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; ">“Everything that Concerned Citizens put out in those brochures was true,” said Stone. “I didn't say it wasn't true, but it was... negative campaigning. I refused to have gone down to that level.” </span></div><div style="background-color: transparent; ">&nbsp;</div><div style="background-color: transparent; "><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; font-weight: normal; font-style: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; ">Stone said once he found out that Quader had routed money to Concerned Citizens of the 50th Ward, after the Feb. 22 election, they severed ties.</span><br> <br> <span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; font-weight: normal; font-style: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; ">Stone also told reporters that he was hurt by the signs produced by Concerned Citizens of the 50th Ward, because they showed his name alongside that of Mayor-Elect Rahm Emanuel. </span></div><div style="background-color: transparent; ">&nbsp;</div><div style="background-color: transparent; "><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; font-weight: normal; font-style: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; ">“They cost me votes by putting out those signs, which show ‘Emanuel and Stone,’” said Stone. “All the Orthodox Jews did not support Rahm, because Rahm had done stuff that was negative, as far as the Orthodox Jews were concerned.” </span></div><div style="background-color: transparent; ">&nbsp;</div><div style="background-color: transparent; "><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; font-weight: normal; font-style: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; ">The 50th Ward has a significant population of Orthodox Jewish voters, and both Stone and Silverstein are from that community. Emanuel has endorsed Silverstein. </span><br> <br> <span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; font-weight: normal; font-style: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; ">This race, which has gone to a run-off, has become a tight one. Stone has held the seat for almost 38 years, and argues his experience is more critical than ever because the city’s budget troubles are mounting and Chicago will see new leadership under Emanuel and a slate of new city council members. But many in the ward point to its physical appearance and say it has deteriorated under Stone, and that they’re ready for someone new. Silverstein, a certified public accountant, has latched onto that sentiment in her campaign. A political newcomer herself, Silverstein still brings significant political power to her bid from her husband, Ira Silverstein. Ira Silverstein is the area’s state senator, as well as the 50th ward’s Democratic committeeman. That has concerned some ward residents, who worry too much power would be concentrated in one family.</span></div></p> Wed, 30 Mar 2011 22:58:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/50th-ward/stone-%E2%80%9Ci%E2%80%99m-aggrieved-party%E2%80%9D-attack-ad-campaign-84510 Long-awaited Devon garage remains closed, despite political hoopla to the contrary http://www.wbez.org/story/50th-ward/long-awaited-devon-garage-remains-closed-despite-political-hoopla-contrary <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//forweb1.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>In the election rush last week, I fell behind on reading the free local, ethnic papers that I usually pick up every week from stores along Devon Avenue. I finally got around to picking them up on Thursday, and to my surprise, found that I had apparently missed a big story on Devon Avenue&mdash;perhaps the biggest it&rsquo;s seen in years. &ldquo;Alderman Stone opens major parking complex on Devon Avenue,&rdquo; <a href="http://www.indiatribune.com/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=5216:alderman-stone-opens-major-parking-complex-on-devon-avenue&amp;catid=25:community&amp;Itemid=457">touts</a> the India Tribune. Another local publication, <a href="http://www.hiindiaweekly.com/">hi India</a>, plastered a photo on the cover of its <a href="http://www.hiindiaweekly.com/show.aspx?pageID=1&amp;edition=02/18/2011">Feb. 18<sup>th</sup> issue</a> of Stone cutting a red ribbon in front of the garage, flanked by the project&rsquo;s developer, Mohammad Tariq Siddiqui.</p> <div>To understand why this is such a big deal, you have to rewind several years. Devon Avenue shoppers used to have a choice of several city-owned, metered lots when they patronized businesses along the street. But by 2006, Chicago had sold those properties to private developers. This particular lot, at Rockwell and Devon, was among them. In 2005 Siddiqui was awarded a contract that came with millions of dollars in tax increment financing. His design for the six-story complex would include retail space on the ground floor, condos above, and more than 230 parking spots.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>That was more than six years ago. In the meantime, Devon Avenue merchants have complained the parking situation has only worsened. They lost the city-owned lots, they&rsquo;ve seen parking meter rates increase, they feel that ticket enforcement is more aggressive than elsewhere in the city, and they&rsquo;ve watched the city restrict parking on more and more side streets to local residents only. Few merchants were happy to see the city sell the lot at Rockwell and Devon, but now they&rsquo;re just impatient to have it finished. &ldquo;Once they open, it will be no problem,&rdquo; said one business owner, who, like others, believes easier parking can help redress some of the difficulties brought on by the economic downturn.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>But here&rsquo;s the thing: the day I saw the headlines announcing the garage&rsquo;s opening, it was actually closed. In fact, the part of Rockwell Avenue that drivers have to turn onto to enter the complex was blocked off with a &ldquo;Do Not Enter&rdquo; sign. I went back a few days later to find that sign was gone, but I went inside the garage to take a gander, and the gate arms were up. There were a couple of cars in there, but construction materials still lay about. A bobcat machine blocked the exit. As I wandered out, I ran into Siddiqui, who confirmed that, despite the announcement to the contrary, the garage wasn&rsquo;t actually open and it might not be for a couple of weeks. So what was that hoopla about, a week before the election? &ldquo;It was just a ribbon-cutting,&rdquo; said Siddiqui.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Greg Brewer has a different take. &ldquo;They did the same thing four years ago,&rdquo; said Brewer, who just came off a second unsuccessful bid to unseat 50<sup>th</sup> Ward Ald. Bernard Stone. &ldquo;They had the big groundbreaking about two weeks before election, and then it just sat there.&rdquo; Brewer headed a lawsuit against Siddiqui in 2007, in which residents claimed the development violated local building covenants. The suit failed in court, and Stone blames it for delaying the project. Brewer dismisses that claim, saying that the group only sought an injunction for a couple of months.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Brewer isn&rsquo;t the only one that thinks the ribbon-cutting was just a politically-motivated charade. A business owner on Devon, who asked to remain nameless for fear of reprisals by city inspectors, sounded jaded when he talked about the whole thing. &ldquo;The alderman, he wanted to show it,&rdquo; the business owner said. &ldquo;Before the election, he wanted to show it.&rdquo; Stone tallied 38 percent of last Tuesday&rsquo;s vote, putting him in a runoff with challenger Debra Silverstein. Silverstein garnered 33 percent of the vote.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Stone and Siddiqui both deny shenanigans. &ldquo;It has nothing to do with the election,&rdquo; said Stone. &ldquo;I didn't set the ribbon cutting, the owner set the thing.&rdquo; Siddiqui says he set the time for the ribbon-cutting months ago, but that last month&rsquo;s blizzard kept the project from completion. &ldquo;The weather has created all kinds of time drama,&rdquo; said Siddiqui. &ldquo;This was planned because all the people that were willing to come (to the ribbon-cutting), they could come that day.&rdquo; So&hellip; keep your eyes open? Parking may (or may not) soon come to Devon.</div></p> Tue, 01 Mar 2011 17:46:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/50th-ward/long-awaited-devon-garage-remains-closed-despite-political-hoopla-contrary North Side Aldermanic Races http://www.wbez.org/story/bernard-stone/north-side-aldermanic-races <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//3478679048_abba175cf3_b.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><em>Updated At: 11:00 p.m.</em> There were a number of tight North Side aldermanic contests, with runoffs to follow in April. Among the highlights are a virtual tie in the 46th Ward race to replace retiring Ald. Helen Schiller, and 83-year-old Ald. Bernie Stone will face challenger Debra Silverstein in a runoff, as Stone edged Silverstein by just a few hundred votes.</p><p><strong>Alderman Ward 35</strong></p><p>36 of 36 precincts - 100 percent</p><p>Rey Colon, (i) 4,451 - 51 percent</p><p>Miguel Sotomayor, 2,174 - 25 percent</p><p>Nancy Schiavone, 2,117 - 24 percent</p><p><br /><strong>Alderman Ward 36</strong></p><p>55 of 55 precincts - 100 percent</p><p>John Rice, (i) 6,709 - 48 percent</p><p>Nicholas Sposato, 3,346 - 24 percent</p><p>Jodi Biancalana, 1,964 - 14 percent</p><p>Brian Murphy, 656 - 5 percent</p><p>Thomas Motzny, 650 - 5 percent</p><p>Bruce Randazzo, 628 - 5 percent</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Alderman Ward 38</strong></p><p>53 of 53 precincts - 100 percent</p><p>Timothy Cullerton, (i) 5,795 - 48 percent</p><p>Tom Caravette, 2,699 - 22 percent</p><p>Bart Goldberg, 945 - 8 percent</p><p>Carmen Hernandez, 723 - 6 percent</p><p>Mahmoud Bambouyani, 704 - 6 percent</p><p>Sheryl Morabito, 672 - 6 percent</p><p>John Videckis, 402 - 3 percent</p><p>Ed Quartullo, 237 - 2 percent</p><p><strong><br />Alderman Ward 39</strong></p><p>47 of 47 precincts - 100 percent</p><p>Margaret Laurino, (i) 7,735 - 76 percent</p><p>Mary Hunter, 2,392 - 24 percent</p><p><strong><br />Alderman Ward 41</strong></p><p>56 of 57 precincts - 98 percent</p><p>Mary O'Connor, 5,885 - 30 percent</p><p>Maurita Gavin, 4,890 - 25 percent</p><p>Richard Gonzalez, 1,887 - 10 percent</p><p>Thomas Murphey, 1,718 - 9 percent</p><p>Jim Mullen, 1,650 - 8 percent</p><p>Daniel Lapinski, 1,593 - 8 percent</p><p>Brock Merck, 728 - 4 percent</p><p>John Quinn, 528 - 3 percent</p><p>Barbara Ateca, 353 - 2 percent</p><p>James Schamne, 152 - 1 percent</p><p>George Banna, 134 - 1 percent</p><p><br /><strong>Alderman Ward 43</strong></p><p>57 of 59 precincts - 97 percent</p><p>Michele Smith, 5,040 - 37 percent</p><p>Tim Egan, 3,862 - 29 percent</p><p>Charles Eastwood, 1,394 - 10 percent</p><p>Rafael Vargas, 1,219 - 9 percent</p><p>Mitchell Newman, 637 - 5 percent</p><p>Bita Buenrostro, 408 - 3 percent</p><p>Jim Hinkamp, 378 - 3 percent</p><p>Mike Jankovich, 356 - 3 percent</p><p>Carmen Olmetti, 149 - 1 percent</p><p><br /><strong>Alderman Ward 45</strong></p><p>53 of 53 precincts - 100 percent</p><p>John Garrido, 5,121 - 32 percent</p><p>John Arena, 3,567 - 23 percent</p><p>Marina Faz-Huppert, 3,065 - 19 percent</p><p>Michael Ward, 1,638 - 10 percent</p><p>Anna Klocek, 1,189 - 8 percent</p><p>Don Blair, 965 - 6 percent</p><p>Bruno Bellissimo, 216 - 1 percent</p><p><br /><strong>Alderman Ward 46</strong></p><p>47 of 47 precincts - 100 percent</p><p>Molly Phelan, 2,712 - 20 percent</p><p>James Cappleman, 2,706 - 20 percent</p><p>Emily Stewart, 2,018 - 15 percent</p><p>Don Nowotny, 1,591 - 12 percent</p><p>Marc Kaplan, 1,331 - 10 percent</p><p>Michael Carroll, 1,241 - 9 percent</p><p>Scott Baskin, 821 - 6 percent</p><p>Befekadu Retta, 602 - 4 percent</p><p>Diane Shapiro, 458 - 3 percent</p><p>Andy Lam, 186 - 1 percent</p><p>Caitlin McIntyre, 141 - 1 percent</p><p><br /><strong>Alderman Ward 47</strong></p><p>51 of 52 precincts - 98 percent</p><p>Ameya Pawar, 8,351 - 51 percent</p><p>Tom O'Donnell, 7,157 - 44 percent</p><p>Matt Reichel, 600 - 4 percent</p><p>Tom Jacks, 342 - 2 percent</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Alderman Ward 48</strong></p><p>53 of 54 precincts - 98 percent</p><p>Harry Osterman, 10,161 - 81 percent</p><p>Philip Bernstein, 716 - 6 percent</p><p>Jose Arteaga, 639 - 5 percent</p><p>Patrick McDonough, 629 - 5 percent</p><p>Steven Chereska, 354 - 3 percent</p><p><br /><strong>Alderman Ward 49</strong></p><p>42 of 42 precincts - 100 percent</p><p>Joe Moore, (i) 6,857 - 72 percent</p><p>Brian White, 2,665 - 28 percent</p><p><br /><strong>Alderman Ward 50</strong></p><p>44 of 45 precincts - 98 percent</p><p>Bernard Stone, (i) 4,143 - 37 percent</p><p>Debra Silverstein, 3,763 - 34 percent</p><p>Greg Brewer, 2,095 - 19 percent</p><p>Ahmed Khan, 659 - 6 percent</p><p>Michael Moses, 475 - 4 percent</p><p>Here is a look at some of the aldermanic races WBEZ reporters will be following closely.</p><p><strong>50th Ward</strong></p><p><em>Updated At: 8:40 p.m. </em>&nbsp; Vote tallies show tight races in the 46th and 50th wards on Chicago's North Side, where runoffs appear likely. Candidates in the 46th Ward are vying to replace retiring Ald. Helen Schiller, who represents much of Uptown. Chicago's oldest alderman, 83-year-old Bernie Stone, is fighting to hold onto his seat in the 50th Ward.</p><p>On the city&rsquo;s far North Side, West Ridge residents say this race is about the same issues brought up in past elections: development and beautification of the once-thriving retail corridors on Devon and Western Avenues, as well as building cohesion among the ward&rsquo;s ethnically diverse populations. When incumbent Ald. Bernard Stone declared that he would run again for an eleventh term, the 83-year-old said now was &ldquo;&shy;not the time for change.&rdquo;</p><p>In his last election Stone found himself forced into a runoff. Later, he lost the Democratic Committeeman seat to State Senator Ira Silverstein. In this race, Silverstein&rsquo;s wife, Debra, is running against Stone, as is one-time Stone ally, Michael Moses. Both of those challengers hail from the area&rsquo;s Orthodox Jewish community. Also running are Greg Brewer, an architect who unsuccessfully bid for Stone&rsquo;s seat in the last election, and Ahmed Khan, a young community organizer of Indian-American descent.</p><p><strong>47th Ward</strong></p><p><em>Updated At: 9:06 </em>&nbsp; Ameya Pawar has a slight lead over Tom O'Donnell and two other challengers in the 47th Ward race to replace Ald. Gene Schulter.</p><p>In this ward, 35-year incumbent Gene Schulter dropped his reelection bid in January to make a play for the Cook County Board of Review. That unsuccessful run set up the first wide-open race since the 1970s in this ward that includes Lincoln Square, North Center and Ravenswood. Schulter threw his support behind Tom O'Donnell, a longtime ally who is president of the Ravenswood Community Council. Schulter gave O'Donnell at least $15,000, helping set up a huge money advantage for O'Donnell. He raised more than $100,000 since jumping into the race just over a month ago.</p><p>His biggest competitor is 30-year-old Ameya Pawar, a program assistant at Northwestern University who bills himself as young, savvy and reform-minded. He collected endorsements from both major daily papers, and managed to raise about $30,000 without the backing of an established political organization. Activist Matt Reichel and Northwestern University administrator Tim Jacks are also running for the seat.</p><p><b>46th Ward</b></p><p>This ward is largely contained within the Uptown neighborhood, which entered this election at a crossroads. For years it&rsquo;s been under pressure to preserve a tradition of taking care of the economically and socially underserved. At the same time, young homeowners want to see new businesses that can serve them, and raise their property values.</p><p>Outgoing Ald. Helen Shiller had championed to keep affordable housing in the 46th Ward, and she won her final battle most recently with the creation of the Wilson Yards mixed-use development. The development brought in a Target and an Aldi grocery, but it also included low-income and senior housing. Shiller&rsquo;s decision not to run left the door open to eleven candidates, who have had to delicately address economic development while retaining affordable housing.</p><p><strong>41st Ward</strong></p><p>This ward includes far-Northwest Side neighborhoods like Edison Park, Norwood Park and Edgebrook -- largely white, middle-class areas home to many cops, teachers and city workers. There, the City Council's only Republican, Brian Doherty, gave up a reelection bid for an unsuccessful run for the state legislature. He threw his support behind his longtime administrative aide, Maurita Gavin (who, it so happens, took Alderman Doherty to prom back in the 1970s). She is running on a platform of continuity, promising even to keep largely the same staff.</p><p>She faced a huge field of 10 challengers, including three former or current police officers and a fireman. In contention are Mary O'Connor, a small business-owner and Democratic committeeman, Richard Gonzalez, a police sergeant who has loaned large sums to his campaign, and Thomas Patrick Murphey, an urban planner who nabbed the Chicago Tribune's endorsement. Bread-and-butter issues dominated this campaign, like basic city services and preventing local police from being deployed to other wards. Most candidates promised to fight to uphold the area's &quot;suburb in the city&quot; character, dominated by single-family homes and good schools. Also running for this seat are former police officer Jim Mullen, firefighter Daniel Lapinski, small-business owner James Schamne, police officer Brock Merck, George Banna and Barbara Ateca.</p><p><em>Odette Yousef and Gabriel Spitzer contributed to this story.</em></p><p><br />&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 22 Feb 2011 21:54:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/bernard-stone/north-side-aldermanic-races Crime issue boils in some ward races, simmers in others http://www.wbez.org/story/24th-ward/crime-issue-boils-some-ward-races-simmers-others <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//24th Ward forum 2cropped.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Chicagoans who punch cards for their favorite aldermanic candidates might have the issue of crime on their minds. But depending on where they live, they will have heard more&mdash;or less&mdash;about crime from their candidates. Talk of crime is loud on Chicago&rsquo;s North Side, where there&rsquo;s relatively little violence. And some say there&rsquo;s complacency among candidates in West Side neighborhoods, where there&rsquo;s more crime. Two WBEZ bureau reporters, Odette Yousef and Chip Mitchell, look at this mismatch between crime and election talk. We start with Odette on Chicago&rsquo;s North Side.<strong><br /></strong><br />AMBI: Ready? Front! At ease.<br /><br />YOUSEF: Thirty or so police officers from the Rogers Park police district are on hand for an outdoor roll call. They&rsquo;re at Warren Park on a freezing night.<br /><br />AMBI: Twenty-four oh five, Twenty-four twelve...<br /><br />YOUSEF: Normally, police hold roll calls inside the district station. But 50th Ward Ald. Bernard Stone asked them to do it here this time.<br /><br />STONE: On behalf of the entire 50th Ward, I want to thank each and every one of you for what you do for us.<br /><br />YOUSEF: Usually, shows like this only happen when a jarring crime rocks a neighborhood. The police and community all come out to show criminals that law-abiding citizens still own the streets. But no major incident has happened recently in this police district. Ald. Stone is running for reelection. One of his opponents thinks that&rsquo;s the real reason he called this show of force: A little politics before a scheduled CAPS meeting. CAPS is the city&rsquo;s community policing program.<br /><br />MOSES: I was very disappointed in Ald. Stone trying to take CAPS and make it a political event. CAPS and politics do not mix.<br /><br />YOUSEF: So candidate Michael Moses leaves after the roll call. But he&rsquo;s the only one. The other four candidates all stay through the meeting. It&rsquo;s hard to say exactly how residents and politicians in the Rogers Park police district should feel about crime, because the stats are kind of all over the place. In 2010, general &ldquo;violent crime&rdquo; in the district fell more than 5 percent from the previous year but murder went up 75 percent. In another North Side police district, murder increased 400 percent. But consider this: That&rsquo;s from only one murder the previous year. So, we&rsquo;re talking about five murders in one North Side district in 2010. But some West and South side police districts saw dozens of murders last year. Still, crime is one of the top issues in North Side races.<br /><br />ROSENBAUM: Too often the media and everybody in this business, we talk about violent crime rate in Chicago. And the reality is that crime is more complex and neighborhood disorder is complex.<br /><br />YOUSEF: This is Dennis Rosenbaum. He&rsquo;s a criminologist at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Rosenbaum says even when violent crime may be low, residents feel fearful when they or their neighbors are victims of lesser offenses, like graffiti, car breakins, and auto theft. And, that fear translates into politics.<br /><br />ROSENBAUM: In times of fear and external threat, we tend to turn to authority figures to give us guidance. So it&rsquo;s a way of taking control over issues.<br /><br />YOUSEF: So Rosenbaum says it&rsquo;s little wonder North Side politicians are talking about nonviolent crime&mdash;after all, their constituents take it seriously. But there&rsquo;s another reason why North Side candidates are talking crime and safety. For two years, Chicago Police Supt. Jody Weis has advocated so-called beat realignment. It would involve redrawing maps of where cops patrol, so there&rsquo;d be more officers and cars in high-crime areas. One fear is that the North Side would lose officers to the West and South sides, where there&rsquo;s more violent crime. Previous efforts to realign beats have fallen flat, but there are rumors Weis is still trying to make it happen. Weis declined to confirm those rumors for WBEZ this week, but here&rsquo;s what he told us a couple months ago.<br /><br />WEIS: What we think by moving people around from districts that are not necessarily the quietest districts, but districts that have an abundance of police officers, we think we can move them over to the districts that are shorter, we can start attacking the whole image of Chicago.<br /><br />YOUSEF: The future of beat realignment in Chicago is unclear. For one, the two frontrunners in the mayoral race are against it. And they say they want to dump Supt. Weis. Still, North Side aldermanic candidates continue to talk about realignment and run against it. One of them is Michael Carroll. He&rsquo;s running in the North Side&rsquo;s 46th Ward. He&rsquo;s also a cop.<br /><br />CARROLL: As a police officer, I know, absolutely, putting more police officers in high-crime areas to bring down the crime rate works. However, I have a very hard time sending our police assets from our community, when we have a clear problem with gang activity and violence somewhere else.<br /><br />YOUSEF: Carroll says his ward has pockets of violent crime that are just as bad as parts of Chicago&rsquo;s West or South sides. He fears losing cops on the North Side would make those places more dangerous. Carroll&rsquo;s opponents are pretty much of the same mind. Most want the city to hire more officers, rather than shift existing officers around. But those same candidates concede that could be tough because the city&rsquo;s faced with a $600 million deficit. Not many have detailed roadmaps for how they&rsquo;d overcome that tricky problem. But in the 48th Ward, one candidate does. It&rsquo;s Harry Osterman.<br /><br />OSTERMAN: What I&rsquo;d like to try to do is see if we can modify state law to use dollars for public safety. There&rsquo;s a surplus in TIF funds for the city of Chicago, and potentially using some of that to hire police officers is something that I think would be worthwhile.<br /><br />YOUSEF: Osterman&rsquo;s goal of hiring more police is popular on the North Side. But using TIFs to get there may be less so. Tax increment financing districts have a bad reputation for being slush funds. So, maybe it&rsquo;s telling that Osterman wants to use them. On the North Side at least, the debate about crime and safety is so loud that candidates will turn to whatever tools are around to ensure police resources stay put. Reporting from Chicago&rsquo;s North Side, I&rsquo;m Odette Yousef.<br /><br />MITCHELL: And I&rsquo;m Chip Mitchell at WBEZ&rsquo;s West Side bureau. The political talk about crime is a lot different in this part of Chicago. Not many aldermanic candidates are hollering for more patrol officers. There are some loud voices on the issue. They&rsquo;re regular folks or community activists, like a woman named Serethea Reid. She moved into the Austin neighborhood a couple years ago.<br /><br />REID: There were people on the corner, drinking, selling alcohol out of the trunks of their cars&mdash;partying, loud music&mdash;two blocks from the police station.<br /><br />MITCHELL (on scene): So what have you done about it?<br /><br />REID: I started by calling the police. We&rsquo;d call, wait 10 minutes, call, wait 10 minutes, call. And the police were not coming.<br /><br />MITCHELL: Reid started attending local meetings of CAPS, the community-policing program. She soon noticed a stronger police presence near her house, but she wanted more help for the rest of Austin. So, last summer, Reid formed a group called the Central Austin Neighborhood Association. It meets in a church.<br /><br />AMBI: Today, I wanted, I was going to start with reviewing and sharing what our mission is....<br /><br />MITCHELL: Reid&rsquo;s group shepherds Austin residents to Police Board meetings, where they demand better service. She&rsquo;s writing various Chicago agencies for data to see if police response times are slower in Austin than in other neighborhoods. And Reid wants information about that beat-realignment idea police Supt. Jody Weis talks about.<br /><br />REID: All the responses I&rsquo;ve gotten were that it was going to take a few months before he&rsquo;s done: &lsquo;It&rsquo;s not finalized. We can&rsquo;t talk about it because he&rsquo;s working on it.&rsquo;<br /><br />MITCHELL: Reid says she feels like officials are giving her the runaround. She says her alderman isn&rsquo;t helping much either. That&rsquo;s despite the fact that it&rsquo;s election season, when politicians tend to speak up about nearly everything. So I&rsquo;ve been checking out West Side campaign events to see whether aldermanic candidates are pushing for police beat realignment.<br /><br />AMBI: I want to say thank you to each and every one of you candidates. Let&rsquo;s give them a round of applause.<br /><br />MITCHELL: This is a high-school auditorium in North Lawndale. Sixteen candidates crowd onto the stage to explain why they would be the best 24th Ward alderman. The forum lasts more than two hours, but not one of the candidates brings up the idea of realigning police beats or other ways to bring in officers from lower-crime areas. After the forum, I ask incumbent Sharon Denise Dixon why.<br /><br />DIXON: I can&rsquo;t answer that question for you, but that is a very good question. I can&rsquo;t answer it but it certainly should have been on the radar here, seeing that Lawndale is a high-crime area with lots of homicides and drug activity, etc. So that should definitely be a concern.<br /><br />MITCHELL: I&rsquo;ve reached out to aldermanic incumbents in five West Side wards with a lot of crime. All of the aldermen express interest in shifting police to high-crime neighborhoods. But none is trying to organize any sort of campaign to make it happen. In the 29th Ward, Ald. Deborah Graham points out that any organizing would meet resistance from people in low-crime areas.<br /><br />GRAHAM: Some of our aldermen on the north end [of the city] are fearful of losing their police officers.<br /><br />MITCHELL: Graham wishes police Supt. Jody Weis would lay out his plan and build public support for it.<br /><br />GRAHAM: Having a clear understanding of why we need the realignment&mdash;to ease their discomfort of possibly losing squad cars&mdash;would be very helpful.<br /><br />MITCHELL: But there may be another reason why so few West Side candidates are pressing the issue. 24th Ward challenger Valerie Leonard says many constituents don&rsquo;t want more officers.<br /><br />LEONARD: Talk to younger people, especially on the street. They say they&rsquo;re scared of the police. They say that the police are always picking on them and...<br /><br />MITCHELL (on scene): It&rsquo;s not a winning campaign issue.<br /><br />LEONARD: That&rsquo;s true, given the history.<br /><br />MITCHELL: The history includes a point in 2003, when Mayor Daley was running for reelection. He promised to realign police beats. That riled aldermen of lower-crime wards, including some on the North Side. After the election, Daley backed away from his promise. Instead of realigning beats, his administration set up elite police teams to rove across large swaths of the city, from one crime hotspot to another. That way, the low-crime areas didn&rsquo;t have to give up patrol cops. One reporter called it the path of least resistance. But Chicago police SWAT officer Erick von Kondrat points to a downside.<br /><br />VON KONDRAT: These teams out there&mdash;whether they&rsquo;re area gang teams or some of the other citywide teams that move from district to district on a need-by-need basis&mdash;they don&rsquo;t have that opportunity on a day-to-day basis to make the connections that are really going to bolster the trust between the community and the police department.<br /><br />MITCHELL: Officer Von Kondrat says distrust in the police partly explains why West Side aldermen don&rsquo;t campaign for more beat officers. But he says there&rsquo;s another reason. He noticed it when he was a 24th Ward candidate himself (before a challenge to his nominating papers knocked him off the ballot).<br /><br />VON KONDRAT: A lot of these incumbents, because Mayor Daley is leaving, they don&rsquo;t really know what they&rsquo;re going to be stepping into at this point in time.<br /><br />MITCHELL: Again, the mayoral frontrunners don&rsquo;t support beat realignment. So, Von Kondrat figures, no West Side alderman can afford to be on the new mayor&rsquo;s bad side.<br /><br />VON KONDRAT: Going against that force is probably not in your best interest. It wouldn&rsquo;t make much sense to bring that issue up.<br /><br />MITCHELL: The beat-realignment idea has stalled, time and again, since the 1970s. The alternative would be to hire more cops for high-crime areas. That&rsquo;s basically what the top mayoral candidates are suggesting. In this economic climate, though, it&rsquo;s not clear what option the city can afford: financing a larger police department or shifting around the cops it already has. Chip Mitchell, WBEZ.<br />&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 17 Feb 2011 21:59:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/24th-ward/crime-issue-boils-some-ward-races-simmers-others Re-Jew-venating Devon Avenue: Clergy, businessmen launch effort http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/re-jew-venating-devon-avenue-clergy-businessmen-launch-effort <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//avi_small.JPG" alt="" /><p><div>A few weeks ago, I tripped onto an intriguing lead during an interview with the head of the <a href="http://www.westridgechamber.org/">West Ridge Chamber of Commerce</a>. Amie Zander and I were talking about what it would take to revitalize business on Devon Avenue on Chicago&rsquo;s far North Side, and she mentioned that a group of Orthodox Jewish businessmen and rabbis had taken matters into their own hands. Zander didn&rsquo;t have much in the way of detail, but what she had heard was that a group of community leaders had pooled money to lure Jewish-owned businesses back to Devon. Zander&rsquo;s attempts to contact the group had, so far, been unsuccessful.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Then a couple weeks later, I happened to be interviewing 50<sup>th</sup> Ward Alderman Bernard Stone, and he mentioned the same thing.&nbsp;Stone said the group was working with his office to reverse the flight of Jewish businesses on Devon between California Ave and Kedzie Ave. &ldquo;They have been very helpful in finding businesses to move into those stores as they become vacant,&rdquo; said Stone. Stone said together, they found a new tenant to lease the recently-closed Morgan Harbor Grill, a kosher sushi restaurant on the street. And Stone said this group also found a new business to replace <a href="http://www.alljudaica.com/">Rosenblum&rsquo;s</a>, a bookstore that moved to Skokie last month.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Rosenblum&rsquo;s departure was, for many in the local Orthodox community, another landmark moment in the decline of what was once called &ldquo;Jewish Devon,&rdquo; the name used to refer to a mile-long stretch between Western Ave and Kedzie Ave. Now, it reflects only a small handful of stores on a strip half that size. Where Rosenblum&rsquo;s, an Israeli-Moroccan restaurant, Hashalom, and a longtime shoe repair store once were, empty windows now stare depressingly at passersby.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Here&rsquo;s what I&rsquo;ve gathered about the group that&rsquo;s trying to reverse the trend. It&rsquo;s called the Devon Initiative Association, and it&rsquo;s headed by businessman Sidney Glenner. Glenner owns several elderly nursing and rehab homes. Rabbi Baruch Hertz of Congregation Bnei Ruven, at Whipple and Devon, is also involved. Glenner was unavailable for an interview; Hertz did not respond to requests. But some of their activity is clear from publicity efforts in bulletins of local synagogues and Jewish schools.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>According to <a href="http://www.jbizchicago.com/classified-ads/devon-avenue/">one of those ads</a>, they&rsquo;re hoping that a year&rsquo;s free rent will lure Jewish businesses back to the street. And in at least <a href="http://listserv.shamash.org/cgi-bin/wa?A2=ind1011&amp;L=LIKPESHAT&amp;P=R6809&amp;1=LIKPESHAT&amp;9=A&amp;I=-3&amp;d=No+Match;Match;Matches&amp;z=4">one case</a>, it worked:</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><span>&ldquo;Devon Fish and Pizza would like to extend a hearty thank you to Rabbi Sidney Glenner, Mr. Yosef Davis, and the entire Devon Initiative Association for helping us open our new restaurant.&nbsp; We wish them tremendous hatzlacha in their amazing work&hellip;&rdquo;</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Davis also did not respond to several requests for an interview. Devon Fish and Pizza is the new restaurant that moved into Morgan Harbor Grill&rsquo;s former space less than two months ago. It was opened by the same person who owns <a href="http://www.thegreatchicago.com/">Great Chicago Food and Beverage Company</a> a little further west on the street. That owner did not respond to requests for an interview.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>It&rsquo;s not clear what terms are attached to these agreements. Do businesses that take a year&rsquo;s free rent have to commit to staying in that location for a period of years? And is the Devon Initiative Association only interested in filling up vacant spots on Devon? Or, are they eyeing locations that may have tenants that they don&rsquo;t consider desirable?</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Another question is whether the effort aims solely to put Jewish <i>businesses</i> on the street, or if there&rsquo;s also a push to bring more Jewish residents to the neighborhood as well. <a href="http://listserv.shamash.org/cgi-bin/wa?A2=ind1010&amp;L=LIKPESHAT&amp;P=R6855&amp;1=LIKPESHAT&amp;9=A&amp;I=-3&amp;d=No+Match;Match;Matches&amp;z=4">Another ad</a> suggests residences are included:</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;<span><span>Thank you to the Devon Initiative Association for establishing a fund providing up to $30,000 towards the purchase of a Sacramento and Devon Town Home.&rdquo;</span></span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>A sum like that makes you wonder&hellip; how much does this group have to spend on this initiative, and how far can that money go?</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><span>Avrom Fox, for one, thinks the effort is destined to fail. Fox owns Rosenblum&rsquo;s. Speaking over the phone from his store&rsquo;s new location in Skokie, about 5 miles from his old Devon storefront, Fox still sounds bitter about having had to move. &ldquo;</span>Is it ethical to try to give away (money) to attract people to Devon Ave when you know the chances of them succeeding is poor?&rdquo; asked Fox. &ldquo;<span><span>They are kind of in a desperate way trying to do something that is, in my opinion, too little too late.&rdquo;</span></span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><span>Fox wants to know why the group is suddenly springing into action now, and what they&rsquo;re doing to help existing businesses on Devon. Fox went to several of the businessmen and rabbis that are involved in the new initiative a few years ago to ask for help. &ldquo;I told them that if there were any way for us to be remaining (on Devon Avenue), it would be for the Jewish institutions in West Rogers Park, but particularly the very Orthodox Jewish institutions in West Rogers Park and individuals, to patronize us,&rdquo; Fox remembered. &ldquo;They </span>said we understand what you&rsquo;re saying, we hear you,&rdquo; continued Fox, &ldquo;<span><span>but they took us for granted.&rdquo; Fox said his appeals yielded no results.</span></span></div> <p>Fox said business is picking up in his new location, but he regrets that, after twenty years owning the business, he had to leave Devon. Now that Rosenblum&rsquo;s departed, remaining Jewish businesses on Devon, like Moshe&rsquo;s New York Kosher next door, are doing even worse. &ldquo;Is Devon all of a sudden, if you have a couple of Jewish businesses, is it going to look different?&rdquo; asked Fox. He, for one, is skeptical.&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 17 Dec 2010 19:36:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/re-jew-venating-devon-avenue-clergy-businessmen-launch-effort 50th ward candidates talk business http://www.wbez.org/story/50th-ward/50th-ward-candidates-talk-business <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//Picture 041b.JPG" alt="" /><p><div>Aldermanic candidates for Chicago&rsquo;s 50<sup>th</sup> Ward held their first public forum of this election season at a luncheon organized by the <a href="http://www.westridgechamber.org/">West Ridge Chamber of Commerce</a> and WBEZ.&nbsp;All six registered candidates were on hand at the Croatian Cultural Center in Chicago's West Ridge neighborhood to answer questions about how they would help the ward&rsquo;s business community. The election will be February 22, 2011.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The registered candidates are as follows. None had a challenge filed against their candidacy up to the date of the forum.</div> <ul><li><a href="http://www.gregbrewer.org/">Greg Brewer</a>, architect. Brewer ran for 50<sup>th</sup> Ward alderman in 2007.</li><li><a href="http://www.electahmedkhan.com/">Ahmed Khan</a>, community activist.</li><li><a href="http://tommorris4alderman.webs.com/">Tom Morris</a>, City of Chicago hoisting engineer. Morris ran for 50<sup>th</sup> Ward alderman in 2003. He also ran for both 50<sup>th</sup> Ward committeeman and 16<sup>th</sup> District State Representative in 2004.</li><li><a href="http://www.michaelmosesforalderman.com ">Michael Moses</a>, attorney. Moses ran for 50<sup>th</sup> Ward alderman in 1995. He also ran for 16<sup>th</sup> District state representative in 2004.</li><li><a href="http://www.debrasilversteinforalderman.com/">Debra Silverstein</a>, Certified Public Accountant.</li><li><a href="http://www.goodforthe50th.com/">Bernard Stone</a>, 50<sup>th</sup> Ward Alderman</li></ul> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Candidates introduce themselves starting around 2:15 in the audio.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Here&rsquo;s what the moderator Odette Yousef (WBEZ), the West Ridge Chamber of Commerce and audience members asked the candidates:&nbsp;</div> <ol type="1" start="1"> <li>What would you do about empty storefronts in the 50<sup>th</sup> Ward&rsquo;s retail corridors, and what do you think of proposed redevelopment plans for Western Ave.? (Answers start with Michael Moses around 09:00)</li> <li>What would you do to combat the perceived increase in gang activity, graffiti, and panhandling in the ward&rsquo;s business corridors? (Answers start with Bernard Stone around 19:56)</li> <li>What is your solution to the perceived parking problems in the ward&rsquo;s business areas? (Answers start with Tom Morris around 27:30)</li> <li>What would you, as alderman, do to help an entrepreneur who has hit city roadblocks in an effort to open a business in the 50<sup>th</sup> Ward? (Answers start with Greg Brewer around 34:55)</li> <li>How would you, as alderman, help to find more financial support for the West Ridge Chamber of Commerce? (Answers start with Debra Silverstein around 42:07)</li> </ol> <div>The candidates concluded with closing statements, beginning &nbsp;around 49:26.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div><div>Many expect this race to be close, perhaps closer than the last one in 2007. In that race, incumbent Bernard Stone was forced into a run-off with grassroots candidate Naisy Dolar. This time, Stone is in a different position. He lost his seat as the 50<sup>th</sup> Ward&rsquo;s Democratic Committeeman a few years ago to State Senator Ira Silverstein &ndash; husband to Debra Silverstein, who now challenges Stone. There are also more candidates in this race than last, which could force a runoff election in April of 2011.&nbsp;</div></p> Thu, 02 Dec 2010 20:17:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/50th-ward/50th-ward-candidates-talk-business