WBEZ | 53rd Ward http://www.wbez.org/tags/53rd-ward Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Ald. Ed Bus discusses his ideas for new city revenue--mustaches, beware http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-09-29/ald-ed-bus-discusses-his-ideas-new-city-revenue-mustaches-beware-92590 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-September/2011-09-29/Ed Bus.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>In an effort dig Chicago out of its massive budget deficit, the city’s<a href="http://chicagoinspectorgeneral.org/" target="_blank"> Inspector General, Joseph Ferguson,</a> released a series of <a href="http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-09-27/inspector-general-ferguson-proposes-taxes-and-tolls-balance-city-budget-" target="_blank">suggestions</a>. Some ideas aimed to cut costs, others would raise revenues; they could be called everything from thought provoking&nbsp; to politically impossible. The same was said of <a href="http://53rdward.com/" target="_blank">Ald. Ed Bus</a>. The 53rd Ward alderman has been a fixture at the council for years. He represents a very, very, very small ward on the Northwest Side of Chicago--that little triangle of land at Fullerton, Elston and Damen. Bus unsuccessfully ran for mayor on the platform "Keep it Like it Was," and was miffed that no one consulted him on how to boost revenue. He joined <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> to talk more about the suggestions floating around City Hall.</p><p><a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-09-29/alderman-ed-bus-53rd-releases-his-own-proposal-new-city-revenue-hint" target="_blank">Read an in-depth summary</a> of Ald. Ed Bus's ideas on WBEZ's news blog.</p><p>At WBEZ, Ed Bus is also known as <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/justin-kaufmann" target="_blank">Justin Kaufmann</a>, a senior content developer who blogs about the news.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 29 Sep 2011 14:04:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-09-29/ald-ed-bus-discusses-his-ideas-new-city-revenue-mustaches-beware-92590 Alderman Ed Bus (53rd) releases his own proposal for new city revenue (hint: there's a hippie tax) http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-09-29/alderman-ed-bus-53rd-releases-his-own-proposal-new-city-revenue-hint <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-September/2011-09-29/Ed Bus.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-September/2011-09-28/Ed Bus.jpg" style="width: 501px; height: 380px;" title="I love dis action shot of me and my bag of quick-crete (Tribune, I love ya)"></p><p>Hello, my name is Alderman Ed Bus. I'm the alderman, committeemen and field house supervisor for the 53rd ward, a post in which I've served for 40-45 years. This week, it has come to my attention that a certain inspector general (who shall remain nameless) put forth a report suggesting revenue and tax opportunities for the city of Chicago.</p><p>First off, that's our job. Secondly, I thought Daley got rid of this guy? Daley never liked the IG, so neither do I.</p><p>Anyway, let me address this malarkey. We don't need no outsider tellin' the council anything. If you want to raise taxes, keep it to yourself. We'll raise taxes if we want to. That's why we work 20 hours a week and get paid $100k.</p><p>I looked at this report while on the throne. Here's some highlights:</p><p>A toll for Lake Shore Drive. Wait, you want me to put a toll on Lake Shore Drive? I'm laughin' right now. What are we gonna do, turn our great thoroughfare into some suburban highway named after a lady? Not on my watch. We already spilled blood in the council just agreeing that we shouldn't have trucks on that road, so I ain't goin' near any talk about tolls. Besides, what's if there is a blizzard and the emergency vehicles don't have change?</p><p>A tax for suburbanites who work in the city: First off, I'm offended because half the 53rd ward is in the suburbs. I own half of Oak Lawn. And if we taxed suburbanites, all those businesses that employ suburbanites would just move to Gurnee. And all we'd be left with would be waste management and the Billy Goat. And not to mention the effect a suburban tax would have on Garrett's Popcorn. That would be disastrous.</p><p>Raise the income tax: I don't know Rahm. Daley would never do that.</p><p>You know what, the rest is mumbo jumbo that means mostly nothing to me, so I want to take the rest of my time to rattle off some of my ideas for Chicago gettin' rich again. I was going to save these ideas for re-election, but seriously, I never lose.</p><div class="inset"><div class="insetContent"><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><strong>Listen</strong></span><br><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-September/2011-09-29/EdBus.jpg" title="" width="280" height="150"><br> <span class="filefield_audio_insert_player" href="/sites/default/files/9-29-ed-bus[1]_0.mp3" id="filefield_audio_insert_player-117387" player="null">9-29-ed-bus[1].mp3</span></p></div></div><p>So here goes:</p><ul><li>A annual license for "dibs." Everyone knows that it snows and you gotta shovel out your parking spot. Then you go and get a chair or a couple of 2x4s and paint cans to hold your parking spot. Let's do it how we do it in the 53rd. Instead of handing out Christmas tree bags or hams for the poor, I hand out old office chairs to put in shoveled spaces. It's part of my charity drive every December. So instead of me giving those to you out of the goodness of my heart, now they cost $300 a year. You get a UPC sticker on that chair and if you don't have one, boom - $200 fine.</li><li>A $1500 fine for any authentic Irish bar established after 2010. Stop.</li><li>Hey, I'm not just about fining people. How 'bout aldermen, too? You get an automatic deduction from your paycheck if you talk too long on the floor. Or fall asleep. Or drool. I'm not naming names, but Ald. Burke talks too much.</li><li>Restaurants that serve small plates must pay extra taxes. And you get docked extra if your server says to me, "Have you ever done small plates? Let me tell you how the menu works..."</li><li>Mustaches. You want to grow one? You have to pay for it. And if it is a hippie mustache? Double fine. No, triple. And if I smell patchouli? Oh man, you better have your checkbook.</li><li>No ironic t-shirts. If your shirt says you work for Wells Automotive, you best work for Wells Automotive! Not only will this offense carry a fine, but it could get you banned for life.</li><li>And lastly, potholes. If you willingly drive past a pothole on the way to work and don't make an effort to fill it, you could be fined. And don't just stop and throw a random shoe in there. You have to do better than that. If you are caught blowing off a pothole, you will not only be ticketed, You may serve jail time. Which means you would have to choose a gang to be affiliated with. And then you'll have bigger problems than a pothole.</li></ul><p>So there ya have it. I should have been mayor. This town would be in the black and we would have beaten the Packers. I'm going to be on a local talk show today discussing my plan. <a href="http://www.wbez.org/848">I think it's called <em>840</em></a>. Oooh, new idea. Tax the talk shows. Write that down for me so I don't forget.</p></p> Thu, 29 Sep 2011 11:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-09-29/alderman-ed-bus-53rd-releases-his-own-proposal-new-city-revenue-hint Alderman Ed Bus: Honoring Daley; Waguespack steals 53rd; Walter E. Smithe commercial http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-05-06/alderman-ed-bus-honoring-daley-waguespack-steals-53rd-walter-e-smith <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-May/2011-05-06/edbus-radio.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-May/2011-05-06/edbus-radio.jpg" style="width: 495px; height: 372px;" title="Alderman Ed Bus (Photo/WBEZ) "></p><p><em>Each Friday afternoon, I give this sacred blog space to Alderman Ed Bus. <a href="http://53rdward.com">The 53rd ward alderman</a> has been in the Chicago City Council for over 40-45 years and is an avid follower of Chicago news, politics and gossip. He doesn't have an outlet because his staff isn't proficient in Google, so I give him this time. Enjoy.</em></p><p>Hello Chicago. What a week to be a legendary alderman, eh? There is so much happenin' it's making my head spin and my slacks bunch up. That's not a sexual joke, my slacks bunch up all the time because they are ill-fitting around the knee.</p><p>I thought this week was going to be easy. I took the family up to the Dells for a quick indoor water park getaway, but then I start readin' all the interweb chatter about my ward. Yeah, it turns out that the intersection of Damen, Elston and Fullerton is not my ward, instead it's the 32nd ward. That's Waguespack's ward. Ugh. They redistricted me out in one week's time and then put forth a plan to "fix" the famous intersection. What needs fixin?&nbsp; Everyone loves sittin' in traffic there. It makes you a Chicagoan. Then you got somethin' to complain about at awkward dinner conversations with your in-laws. You go ahead and fix that intersection? You are gonna be talking wit your daughter's boyfriend about your feelings, or worse, politics. So I kept it purposefully crappy for you. You are welcome. But then comes along this independent superstar alderman who wants to make his political play on my turf. Are you serious kid? Are you gettin' all Saddam Hussein on me here? Is the 53rd ward your Kuwait? I know I have a serious rule against using phones, but I had to call him. Here's that conversation:</p><p><audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1332483494-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/sites/default/files/bus-waguespack-final.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></p><p>In other news, we killed bin Laden. Which, I take partial credit for. Back in 2003, I put forth a resolution in the hall sayin' that 'Chicago approves any killing of Osama bin Laden.' No one paid attention to that part, all the media cared about was some zoning mumbo-jumbo I attached to it. Big deal.</p><p>I have a new ordinance I'm going to introduce for next week: If you are going to hold a summer festival, you cannot use those colorful wristbands anymore. Stamps only. I see those and I automatically think everyone around me has a contagious disease. And then I panic, leave and miss out on Vince Deguzio. And enough with the fancy food. Elephant ears and meatball sandwiches only.</p><p>Also, I heard there is a <a href="http://scavhunt.uchicago.edu/">scavenger hunt in Hyde Park</a> this weekend. Remember kids, scavenging is best left to the guys with pickup trucks who only drive in alleys. If I see any of you kids stealing scrap metal, we got problems.</p><p>I can't believe Daley is leavin'. It still hadn't hit me til we did our speeches at the hall on Wednesday. The media didn't use my speech, they just all used clips of Burke and Reilly. Of course. That's how it always goes down. But I thought my speech had a million great sound bites. Listen here:</p><p><audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1332483494-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/sites/default/files/Bus-Daleycitycouncil.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></p><p>And finally, you been seein' my mug all over the TV today. I'm in the Walter E. Smithe Brothers commercial honoring da Mare. I didn't know this was for broadcast. I thought I was directly talking to the mayor, like a wedding video. Little did I know that I would be montaged in a commercial with the former President of the United States and a bunch of no-name youngsters pancaked with TV makeup. Next time I want final say on who gets in:</p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="349" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/8sdbPU52ADc" width="560"></iframe></p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 06 May 2011 19:29:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-05-06/alderman-ed-bus-honoring-daley-waguespack-steals-53rd-walter-e-smith Video: Alderman Ed Bus & Mayor Daley http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-04-19/video-alderman-ed-bus-mayor-daley-85392 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-April/2011-04-19/photo(11).jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://www.wbez.org/sites/default/files/blog/insert-image/2011-April/2011-04-19/photo%2811%29.jpg" style="width: 406px; height: 542px;" title=""></p><p>Last week, I was able to participate in a farewell/retirement party for Mayor Richard M. Daley. And when I say able to participate, I mean I was given an audience with the King. Alderman Ed Bus was asked to perform.&nbsp;</p><p>The party was thrown by Chicago furniture celebrities, the Walter E. Smithe Brothers, to celebrate the mayor, but to also record a commercial for later airing.&nbsp; You can find out about all the <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/news/foster/4889362-452/a-wonderful-farewell-party-for-mayor-daley.html">celebrities and luminaries in attendance in today's Stella Foster column</a>.</p><p>My sketch comedy group (<a href="http://www.schadenfreude.net">Schadenfreude</a>) was asked by Tim Smithe to do a comedy bit for the event. It was sort of last minute, but we accepted for one main reason:&nbsp; the chance to perform Alderman Ed Bus and family in front of Mayor Daley.</p><p>See, we have been doing comedy for 12 years in Chicago and made our name (lowercase 'name') by doing Chicago-specific humor. Local neighborhoods, local celebrities, local politics. And no one has played a bigger role in our sketch comedy throughout the years than Mayor Daley - so much so, we put his name and phrase on the back our t-shirt (Front says Schadenfreude, back says "Richard M Daley, Mayor").&nbsp;</p><p>Our early years in Chicago's blackbox theaters included jokes about Daley's press conferences, Daley's beautification of the city and of course, a personification of Daley's Chicago machine through a fake alderman named Bus.&nbsp; We would end every Alderman Ed Bus sketch or monologue with "Thank you, and don't forget to vote for Daley/Bus."</p><p>Later, we brought Bus to the mainstage of the Chicago Improv Festival, The Goodman Theater, Steppenwolf, Second City and even on college tours and European festivals (there is tape of us somewhere doing Bus in a parade in Scotland). Bus was the embodiment of the 'Chicago Way.' But it translated to world-wide audiences because, as we know, all politics is local.</p><p>When we heard the news this past fall that Daley was going to retire, we jumped up and decided to use our character to parody the circus dedicated to replacing him. We had grand ideas to try and get Daley to be in our last episode of "<a href="http://www.53rdward.com">The 53rd Ward</a>." It would be almost like an ode to Da Mare, with a cameo to replace all cameos. It never happened. But what did transpire last Thursday night might just be better.</p><p>The Walter E. Smithe Brothers did a magnificent job of getting media, celebrities and politicians together to toast the mayor. It was really a cocktail party with a 5 minute show. The brothers did a toast to the mayor and before they did a rendition of "My Kind of Town," they brought up Schadenfreude.</p><p>I'll be honest. I've played big gigs and high profile events before, but I don't know if I've ever been as nervous as I was for Daley. First off, I thought he would be in the audience for the show, but realized before we began that he was going to sit behind me on stage. And secondly, it's Daley. If he doesn't laugh, the crowd won't laugh. If he is offended, I'm going to jail. This must be how the court jesters felt if their bits weren't working for the King. But when Sandy (the hilarious Jason Challenger) was introducing Bus, I committed to the bit and jumped on the stage and sat next to the mayor. He looked straight at me.&nbsp; I leaned in and said, "Mayor Daley - I'm Alderman Ed Bus." He stared me up and down...and then chuckled.&nbsp; It was at that point that I realized what I should have realized all along: Mayor Daley is the perfect audience member for Ed Bus. Really, he gets everything I'm trying to do. Every joke about a street, a neighborhood, a topic, he gets. There is no confusion. Just Chicago jokes. It's not in the clip above, but I tell Daley that we're renaming Ada between Fulton &amp; Lake Streets after him. And before I was done with the intersection, he was laughing. A) He knew how stupid it was to honorarily name streets, and b) he got that the street in question was very, very meaningless.</p><p>When the bit was over, I had a chance to get my picture with the mayor. He saw me, reached out his hand and said, "I liked your skit."</p><p>I liked your skit too, Mayor Daley. Thanks for the years. And thanks for the laughs.</p><p>Here is a clip of some of the jokes performed. It's not the whole routine, but it gives you some visuals behind the story. It was shot by the great Bill O'Neil, who does the Walter E. Smithe commercials. He went out of his way to give me this video. Thank you Bill!</p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="349" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/TJYMUMAyAnY" title="YouTube video player" width="560"></iframe></p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 19 Apr 2011 16:33:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-04-19/video-alderman-ed-bus-mayor-daley-85392 New video! Alderman Ed Bus: How to raise big campaign cash (featuring Rhymefest) http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-04-05/new-video-alderman-ed-bus-how-raise-big-campaign-cash-featuring-rhym <p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/mq5GInPr0NM" title="YouTube video player" width="500" frameborder="0" height="311"></iframe></p><p>This new Alderman Ed Bus video was ready a few hours ago, but I wanted to wait so I wouldn't persuade voters of the 20th Ward to vote for Rhymefest based on his funny cameo. Because of the 500 +/- voters who voted today in the 20th Ward, you KNOW half of those are ardent fans of the Justin Kaufmann blog and would run out and vote for him because of this performance. Riiigggght.</p><p>But we did our due diligence. Now that the polls are closed, we bring you a video of our <a href="http://www.53rdward.com">favorite Alderman Ed Bus (53rd)</a> making a surprise appearance at Che "Rhymefest" Smith's campaign office. Bus is endorsing Rhymefest. Not because he cares about his politics, but more because he wants the 20th Ward jobs. He has a few cousins that he can't fit on the 53rd Ward payroll.</p><p>This is directed by local fillmmaker Charley Rivkin. Charley brings a new life to Alderman Bus, by coaxing out Bus' wild side. And he gives Bus and Rhymefest a cinematic joyride down 80's music video memory lane. Enjoy.</p></p> Tue, 05 Apr 2011 23:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-04-05/new-video-alderman-ed-bus-how-raise-big-campaign-cash-featuring-rhym OP/ED: Alderman Ed Bus responds to Emanuel's idea to cut City Council in half http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-03-25/oped-alderman-ed-bus-responds-emanuels-idea-cut-city-council-half-84 <p><p>I was checking my e-mail when the mail room attendant dropped off a hand-written letter addressed to WBEZ. It was from longtime old school Chicago Alderman Ed Bus. Bus was apparently interested in responding to Mayor-elect Rahm&nbsp;Emanuel's idea of cutting the City Council in half. I&nbsp;transcribed for you, since the scanner is broken and the letter had sauce on it.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img title="" alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-March/2011-03-25/181663_1759711509302_1134462607_1984771_2185852_n.jpg" style="width: 491px; height: 368px;" /></p><p style="text-align: center;"><sup><strong>Alderman Ed Bus at a press conference (Feb 2011)&nbsp;</strong></sup></p><p><strong>OP/ED Submission for WBEZ</strong></p><p><strong>Attn:&nbsp;Mara Tapp</strong></p><p><strong>Alderman Ed Bus, 53rd Ward </strong><b><br /> </b><br /> Someone told me today that Rahm Emanuel made a startling announcement to City Council members that he wanted to cut us in half. I was at that meeting, but I guess I missed it. I was resting my eyes.</p><p>How dare Mr. Emanuel even think of something so irresponsible. See, I've been alderman for 40-45 years and NEVER have I been asked to sacrifice. That's not in the real Chicago code. We don't take cuts, we don't downsize and we certainly don't lay aldermen off. We worked very hard and spent a ton of money to be appointed to this job. And now you want to take this away.</p><p>If this is where the new Chicago is going, I'm not sure I want to be a part of it (unless of course, you want me to be... I could provide you with a list of 30 useless aldermen, easy).</p><p>Tell me this, if we cut the aldermen from 50 to 25, then what would we do with all those high-back leather chairs? I know a couple guys who could get rid of em for ya, Mr. Emanuel, but again, that means you gotta keep me around. I could be a real asset for you Rahm. I could tell you who is a snake, whose cousin is whose and what that one building used to be before they made it a Whole Foods. It was a Weiboldt's.</p><p>But we have to keep all 50 alderman. Why? Because we represent a certain number of people and we do it pretty well. My Monday night office hours are already jammed packed that I am thinking of extending it to a full hour. If I had to add more responsibilities and more constituents? Then I might have to open it up to two or three hours and now my Monday night is shot. Is that what this is about? You want me to work more Monday nights? Just come out with it, sir!</p><p>And to think,&nbsp;I ran for mayor to help you. If it weren't for me, the hipsters would have voted for del Valle. And I split the Grabowski vote with Chico. So all I'm asking is for a little consideration. That's how we play this game. Not with buttoned down suits and progressive ideas. <br /> <br /> If we lose 25 alderman, we might lose these services:<br /> <br /> 1. Bouncy House rentals. People come to me to rent bouncy-houses and I might not be able to provide you with rentals and a couple guys to blow them up. <br /> 2. Honorary street signs: I will not have time for big, lavish ceremonies to honorarily honor a street after that guy who runs the deli. <br /> 3. No more free food during 53rd Ward parades, community meetings or pot lucks. <br /> 4. I will no longer be available to participate in CAPS meetings, community forums or street festival karaoke/dunk-tanks. <br /> 5. Other stuff I haven't thought about yet. <br /> <br /> That's just the work I do for my community. But if there are only 25 alderman in City Council, who will I sit next to and blindly follow? My choices will be limited. I guess I'll do what I've always done and just vote for whatever the mayor tells me to. <br /> <br /> In conclusion, don't cut me. People of my ward need me. If I go, some big corporate alderman will take over the 53rd and privatize everything. You thought parking meters were bad? Wait til they privatize other services. Wait til robots show up at your kid's birthday party. See if your kids smile at the robot when he tries the quarter behind the ear trick. If the robot doesn't have fingers, that could be dangerous. <br /> <br /> And that would be blood on your hands, mayor-elect.</p><p>Now if you don't mind, WBEZ, stop being so liberal all the time and let me go on <em>Car Talk</em> to talk about the clutch on my Cutlass.</p></p> Fri, 25 Mar 2011 18:11:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-03-25/oped-alderman-ed-bus-responds-emanuels-idea-cut-city-council-half-84 53rd Ward video: The Alderman Bus makeover (featuring cameo by Stephanie Izard!!) http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-02-18/53rd-ward-video-alderman-bus-makeover-featuring-cameo-stephanie-izar <p><p><iframe height="311" frameborder="0" width="500" allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/mc5MXLdGwHA" title="YouTube video player"></iframe></p><p>We are just on fire with videos today! This one is actually part of the <a href="http://www.youtube.com/user/53rdward">53rd Ward series</a>, following Alderman Ed Bus running for mayor. In this episode, Bus takes up Burt Natarus' <a href="http://www.youtube.com/user/53rdward#p/u/5/4wSMayeuc9s">suggestion</a> and meets with his political consultand Deb Matzo. Matzo wants to makeover the alderman and bring him into 21st century politics. <br /><br />Celebrity cameos from Girl &amp;&nbsp;the Goat's <a href="http://www.stephanieizard.com/about">Stephanie Izard</a> and WBEZ&nbsp;blogger and ABC-7's <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/steve-dolinsky">Steve Dolinsky</a>.</p><p>Special thanks to Andrew Gill and Nick Wagner for shooting, as well as Adam Witt for editing. </p><p>This weekend, check out Alderman <a href="http://www.53rdward.com/2011/02/17/we-are-here-to-win-and-we-have-the-guest-list-to-prove-it/">Ed Bus &amp;&nbsp;friends at the Gallery&nbsp;Cabaret</a>. </p></p> Fri, 18 Feb 2011 19:25:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-02-18/53rd-ward-video-alderman-bus-makeover-featuring-cameo-stephanie-izar Video: Alderman Ed Bus hates the media (press conference at City Hall) http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-02-18/video-alderman-ed-bus-hates-media-press-conference-city-hall-82515 <p><p><iframe height="311" frameborder="0" width="500" title="YouTube video player" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/NjSAzyldlt8" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p><p><a href="http://53rdward.com">Alderman Ed Bus</a> (53rd) showed up for a public press conference at City Hall last week. Art imitates life. Bus answered a slew of real questions and gave some hints to what kind of mayor he would be, and what kind of mayor the media could expect.</p><p>Special thanks to Ben Chandler and Samuel Vega for shooting and to Ben Chandler for editing!</p><p>Full disclosure:&nbsp;Ed Bus is not real. He's a character I play.</p><p>If you want to meet the alderman in person, tonight and tomorrow is your chance!&nbsp;<a href="http://www.53rdward.com/2011/02/17/we-are-here-to-win-and-we-have-the-guest-list-to-prove-it/">The Alderman Ed Bus Victory Party will be at the Gallery Cabaret in Bucktown</a>. Special guests galore!&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 18 Feb 2011 15:03:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-02-18/video-alderman-ed-bus-hates-media-press-conference-city-hall-82515 'The Weekly Guide' with mayoral candidate Alderman Ed Bus (53rd) http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-18/weekly-guide-mayoral-candidate-and-53rd-ward-alderman-ed-bus-82513 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/edbus-cityhall_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Thursday <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> finished its one-on-one interviews with the candidates for Mayor of Chicago. Turns out there's one more left to sit down with--<a target="_blank" href="http://www.53rdward.com/">53rd Ward Alderman Ed Bus</a> is also in the race. His campaign slogan? &quot;Keep it like it was.&quot;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>The alderman&rsquo;s been on the show before, talking about his duties in the 53rd but it was high time to meet the man outside the confines of his office. Friday, Alderman Bus joined host Alison&nbsp;Cuddy to share what lights his personal fires in the latest installment of <a target="_blank" href="http://www.wbez.org/series/weeklyguide"><em>The Weekly Guide</em></a>.<br /><br />Alderman Ed Bus is sometimes known as <a target="_blank" href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/justin-kaufmann">Justin Kaufmann</a> &ndash; WBEZ&rsquo;s senior content developer.<br /><br />Catch Kaufmann and his sketch comedy troupe <a target="_blank" href="http://www.schadenfreude.net/">Schadenfreude</a> at the Alderman Ed Bus Victory Party Friday and Saturday night at 9:00 p.m. at the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.gallerycabaret.com/">Gallery Cabaret</a>.<br />&nbsp;</p><p><strong>53rd Ward Alderman Ed Bus's Picks:</strong><br />&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Friday:</strong></p><p><strong>Piano Bars in Chicago</strong><br /><a target="_blank" href="http://redheadpianobar.com/">Redhead Piano Bar</a><br /><a target="_blank" href="http://www.howlatthemoon.com/locations/location-chicago ">Howl at the Moon</a><br />&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Saturday:</strong><br /><br />At 8 p.m.: <a target="_blank" href="http://www.bluechipcasino.com/whats-new/events/creedence-clearwater-revisited ">Credence Clearwater Revisited at the Blue Chip Casino in Michigan City, Indiana</a></p><p>At 9 p.m.: <br /><a target="_blank" href="http://chicagopolkaholics.com/pshows.htm ">Polkaholics at Atlantic Bar and Grill</a><br /><a target="_blank" href="http://www.chicagobrauhaus.com/">Dinner and drinks at Chicago Brauhaus</a><br />&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Sunday:</strong></p><p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/snackville-junction-evergreen-park ">Lunch at Snackville Junction</a><br /><br /><em>Music Button performed live by The Opus: &quot;Street Talk&quot; (unreleased)</em></p></p> Fri, 18 Feb 2011 14:40:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-18/weekly-guide-mayoral-candidate-and-53rd-ward-alderman-ed-bus-82513 Paper Machete video: Alderman Ed Bus vs. Miguel del Valle http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-02-14/paper-machete-video-alderman-ed-bus-vs-miguel-del-valle-82310 <p><p><a href="http://53rdward.com">Alderman Ed Bus</a> (53rd) is entering the final week of campaigning for Chicago mayor. It's not looking great, but he did go up in the polls last week, according to <a href="http://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/ward-room/Weekly-Mayoral-Odds-115900769.html">nbcchicago.com</a>. The oddsmakers have Bus at a 9,999 to 1, which is up from 100,000 to 1 from the week before.&nbsp;</p><p>But Bus is making strides. Last week, the alderman was invited to Christopher Piatt's live variety show &quot;<a href="http://thepapermacheteshow.com/">The Paper Machete</a>.&quot; The Machete has a host of writers who live-read their work on a Saturday afternoon in Ricochet's, a Lincoln Square bar. On this particular Saturday, mayoral candidate Miguel del Valle was campaigning on the streets of Lincoln Square and entered the bar as Alderman Bus was being introduced.</p><p>This made for some spontaneous fun between two Chicago heavyweights. One real.</p><p><iframe width="500" height="311" frameborder="0" title="YouTube video player" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Lb44JinF7Qw" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p><p>The alderman has a busy week. Two more videos (including a press conference at City Hall) are coming out this week. The week ends with two shows at the Gallery Cabaret appropriately titled, &quot;<a href="http://www.53rdward.com/">The Alderman Ed Bus Victory Party</a>.&quot;&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 14 Feb 2011 17:45:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-02-14/paper-machete-video-alderman-ed-bus-vs-miguel-del-valle-82310