WBEZ | Bill Clinton http://www.wbez.org/tags/bill-clinton Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Foster glides past Biggert after race that looked tight http://www.wbez.org/news/foster-glides-past-biggert-after-race-looked-tight-103708 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/foster_smal_1.jpg" alt="" /><p><div><p>Defying opinion polls that depicted a neck-and-neck contest, Democrat Bill Foster easily defeated Republican U.S. Rep. Judy Biggert in the 11th Congressional District on Tuesday. With nearly all precincts reporting, Foster had almost 58 percent of the vote; Biggert had 42 percent.</p><p>In his victory speech, Foster expressed misgivings about the race&rsquo;s negative television advertising, a months-long barrage funded by campaign contributions and outside spending totaling roughly $14 million. &ldquo;I sense that both Congresswoman Biggert and myself were forced into an increasingly ugly world of politics today &mdash; a world that we were both deeply uncomfortable with,&rdquo; he said.</p><p>Biggert, a seven-term House member, appeared to blame her loss on congressional redistricting controlled by Illinois Democrats. &ldquo;This race wasn&rsquo;t supposed to happen,&rdquo; she told supporters in her concession speech. &ldquo;They thought that I would shy away from a tough race in a district tailor-made for my opponent, and they were wrong.&rdquo;</p><p>Other factors contributing to Biggert&rsquo;s defeat included strong Democratic get-out-the-vote efforts and growing Latino numbers in Chicago&rsquo;s suburbs. In the 11th District &mdash; which includes parts of Aurora, Naperville, Bolingbrook and Joliet &mdash; Hispanics constitute 22 percent of the population. Foster rallied them by pointing to Biggert&rsquo;s&nbsp;vote against the DREAM Act, a stalled bill that would have provided many young undocumented immigrants a path to citizenship.</p><p>Despite a bitter tone through much of the race, the candidates claimed to be moderate and eager to work across party lines. And they did not stand far apart on some hot-button issues. Both, for example, warmed up to legal recognition of same-sex marriage and avoided weighing in on whether Joliet should pursue a privately run detention center that would hold immigrants awaiting deportation.</p><p>On other issues, particularly economic matters, the candidates showed greater differences. Foster blasted Biggert&rsquo;s vote for a budget plan that would slash spending and overhaul Medicare, providing government subsidies to individuals who chose to buy private insurance.</p><p>On Social Security, Biggert backed enabling individuals to invest a portion of their contributions in the stock market &mdash; a proposal Foster called too risky. On health policy, Foster touted his vote for President Barack Obama&rsquo;s Affordable Care Act, a law Biggert characterized as a jobs killer and sought to repeal. On taxes, Biggert supported extending all of President George W. Bush&rsquo;s cuts, while Foster called for allowing them to expire for incomes above $250,000.</p><div><p>The election marks a comeback for Foster, 55, who served almost three years in a nearby House district. Republican Randy Hultren unseated Foster in a 2010 election that swept the GOP into control of the House.</p><p>As the Republicans retain their majority, Foster is vowing to work with them by focusing on, as he puts it, &ldquo;numbers instead of political positions.&rdquo;</p><p>&ldquo;We have to make sure that government investments are as cost-effective and highest-return as possible,&rdquo; he told WBEZ late Tuesday. &ldquo;And that&rsquo;s something that Democrats and Republicans agree on.&rdquo;</p><p>Foster said bipartisan points of unity could include cutting &ldquo;military systems the Pentagon doesn&rsquo;t want&rdquo; and encouraging a rebirth of domestic manufacturing. &ldquo;One of the best things about the ongoing recovery is that U.S. manufacturing is leading that,&rdquo; he said.</p><p>Foster also had a prediction about the election results. He said they would end acrimonious debates about Obamacare and financial reregulation.</p></div></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 07 Nov 2012 00:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/foster-glides-past-biggert-after-race-looked-tight-103708 Biggert, Foster turn to big names to drum up votes in tight House race http://www.wbez.org/news/biggert-foster-turn-big-names-drum-votes-tight-house-race-103671 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Judy Biggert AP cropped.jpg" alt="" /><p><div>After a firestorm of negative television advertising in their tight Illinois congressional race, Republican U.S. Rep. Judy Biggert and Democrat Bill Foster are trying to get their supporters to the polls using a few bells and whistles.<br><br>Foster, a former one-term U.S. House member, started robocalls Monday to potential voters in the suburban Chicago district using the voice of former President Bill Clinton, who said the candidate&rsquo;s experience in science and business provided &ldquo;the kind of common-sense experience and leadership we need in Washington.&rdquo;<br><br>Biggert, a seven-term House member, came up with an attention grabber of her own. In a YouTube video, U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk praised her as &ldquo;one of the ultimate suburban moms who should be representing us in the Congress next year.&rdquo; Kirk, the state&rsquo;s top Republican, has kept a low profile since suffering a stroke in January.<p>&nbsp;</p>The uplifting words from Clinton and Kirk stood out after months of mind-numbing accusations and counteraccusations in the TV ads. The money behind those ads flowed in as polls suggested the 11th District contest was one of the closest House races in the country. By October 17, according to their latest federal filings, the Biggert and Foster campaigns had raked in more than $2.5 million each.<p>&nbsp;</p>And that&rsquo;s just the beginning. The race attracted more than $8 million in outside money, according to the Federal Election Commission. Figures from the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics last month showed Biggert&rsquo;s campaign with an edge in that spending.<p>&nbsp;</p>On Friday, Foster resorted to lending his campaign $500,000. The money paid for his final TV ad, according to Foster campaign aide Aviva Bowen. &ldquo;We have to keep pace with the millions that [Biggert], her allies and the rightwing super-PACs have put up in false claims on TV,&rdquo; Bowen said.<p>&nbsp;</p>Biggert&rsquo;s team saw the loan differently. &ldquo;Congressman Foster is clearly desperate and terrified that Illinois voters are about to reject him and his dishonest smear campaigns once again,&rdquo; Biggert spokesman Gill Stevens wrote.<p>&nbsp;</p>On Monday, the candidates made a flurry of stops across the barbell-shaped district, which includes parts of Aurora, Naperville, Bolingbrook, Joliet and other suburbs west and southwest of Chicago. Foster&rsquo;s campaign said U.S. Rep. Donna Edwards (D-Maryland) was joining him on afternoon visits to sites set up for campaign volunteers. A Biggert aide said the Republican would attend a Joliet dinner hosted by the local chamber of commerce.<p>&nbsp;</p>Amid the combative TV ads, both candidates claimed to be moderate and eager to work across party lines. And they did not stand far apart on some hot-button issues. Both, for example, warmed up to legal recognition of same-sex marriage and avoided weighing in on whether Joliet should pursue a privately run detention center that would hold immigrants awaiting deportation.<p>&nbsp;</p>On other issues, particularly economic matters, the candidates showed greater differences. Foster blasted Biggert&rsquo;s vote for a budget plan that would slash spending and overhaul Medicare, providing government subsidies to individuals who choose to buy private insurance.<p>&nbsp;</p>On Social Security, Biggert backed enabling individuals to invest a portion of their contributions in the stock market &mdash; a proposal Foster called too risky. On health policy, Foster touted his vote for President Barack Obama&rsquo;s Affordable Care Act, a law Biggert characterized as a jobs killer and sought to repeal. On taxes, Biggert supported extending all of President George W. Bush&rsquo;s cuts, while Foster called for allowing them to expire for incomes above $250,000.<p></p>Both Biggert and Foster said they were trying to protect the middle class but neither seemed to have a personal stake in reversing the economic squeeze of recent decades.</p><p>&nbsp;</p>Biggert, 75, lives in Hinsdale and grew up in Wilmette, a suburb north of Chicago. Her father was a Walgreen Co. executive who headed the drugstore chain in the 1960s. She received a Northwestern University law degree and clerked for a federal judge. In politics, she began on a Hinsdale school board and made it to the U.S. House.<p>&nbsp;</p>Foster, 55, and his brother launched a theater lighting business that made them rich. Foster, a Harvard-educated physicist, also spent more than 20 years at the U.S. Department of Energy&rsquo;s Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory near Batavia, a suburb west of Chicago.<p>&nbsp;</p><div>Foster won a 2008 special election to replace retiring Republican U.S. Rep. Dennis Hastert, a former longtime House speaker. The Democrat served just one full term before Randy Hultgren, a Republican state senator, unseated him in 2010. Foster moved to a Naperville section included in the 11th, a new congressional district with borders drawn by state Democrats after the 2010 census.</div></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 05 Nov 2012 15:46:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/biggert-foster-turn-big-names-drum-votes-tight-house-race-103671 Chief Keef's taunting tweet has him in hot water http://www.wbez.org/blogs/marcus-gilmer/2012-09/chief-keefs-taunting-tweet-has-him-hot-water-102220 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/keef.jpg" title="Rapper Chief Keef (courtesy of the artist)" /></p><p><strong>Lead Story:</strong> Recently&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/marcus-gilmer/2012-08/young-immigrants-line-creating-extraordinary-scene-navy-pier-101755">I mused about</a> how some local rap artists, specifically Chief Keef, are emblematic of Chicago&#39;s violence problem. Now, police are looking into possible connections between Keef and <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/14964520-761/lil-jojo-murdered-in-chicago-police-now-looking-at-chief-keefs-tweets-source-says.html">the shooting death of one of his &ldquo;rivals</a>,&rdquo; Lil Jojo (aka 18-year-old Joseph Coleman). Police think the shooting may be part of a gang war between the Gangster Disciples and the Black Disciples, to which Keef has been tied. So far, there have been no solid connections between Keef and the murder, much less any charges. But Keef did draw attention from police for <a href="http://twitter.com/ChiefKeef/status/243233095120199680">a tweet following Coleman&rsquo;s death</a>:&nbsp;&ldquo;Its Sad Cuz Dat Nigga Jojo Wanted To Be Jus Like Us #LMAO.&rdquo; Of course, Keef later played the tired &ldquo;my account was hacked&rdquo; card. The story doesn&rsquo;t end there, though. Last night, Lupe Fiasco was dragged into the argument after <a href="http://www.fakeshoredrive.com/2012/08/video-lupe-fiasco-talks-chief-keef-rockie-fresh-chicagos-hip-hop-scene.html/">last week admitting</a> that the violence espoused by rappers like Keef scares him. Keef <a href="https://twitter.com/ChiefKeef/status/243470699031830531">responded</a> yesterday with a clear, mature volley: &ldquo;Lupe fiasco a hoe ass nigga And wen I see him I&#39;ma smack him like da lil bitch he is #300.&rdquo; And thus the discourse continues everywhere, including the media that&#39;s put Keef on a pedestal to begin with.</p><p><strong>Also: </strong>Wednesday&nbsp;night, former president Bill Clinton&nbsp;<a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/politics/ct-la-pn-clinton-dnc-obama-20120905,0,4840516.story">gave an impassioned (and really, really long) speech</a>&nbsp;at the DNC that concluded with the formal nomination of President Barack Obama to be the party&rsquo;s candidate for president. No surprise there. But local viewers may have had an &ldquo;<a href="http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/o-rly">O RLY</a>?&rdquo; moment during his speech. Talking of cooperation between Republicans and Democrats and how it can succeed, Clinton tossed off a few examples,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/05/us/politics/transcript-of-bill-clintons-speech-to-the-democratic-national-convention.html?pagewanted=all">including this</a>: &ldquo;Ask the mayors who are here. <em>(Cheers, applause.)</em> Los Angeles is getting green and Chicago is getting an infrastructure bank because Republicans and Democrats are working together to get it.&rdquo;</p><p>Really, Bill? I had no idea that the new infrastructure trust was a collaboration between Chicago Republicans (who are so rare they might as well be unicorns) and Democrats. I thought it was just another example of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/the-trust-fund-mayor/Content?oid=6036196">a mayor cramming a half-baked idea through the city council</a>, the consequences be damned. Like that successful parking meter deal.</p><p>The kicker: Immediately following that line, Clinton delivered his &ldquo;broken clock is right twice a day line&rdquo; and the camera &ndash; on MSNBC, anyway &ndash; panned to <a href="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v625/mdgilmer/rhamlaugh.jpg">a laughing Mayor Emanuel</a>. Because he always gets the last laugh. Dammit.</p><p><strong>And then:</strong> Alprentiss Nash, the man <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/marcus-gilmer/2012-08/yet-another-exoneration-reflects-ongoing-disturbing-trend-102101">just exonerated</a> of murder thanks to DNA evidence, was released after 17 years in prison for the crime he didn&rsquo;t commit. For his part, Nash seems to just be happy to be out of jail and doesn&rsquo;t appear to be bitter about his ordeal. In <a href="http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/local&amp;id=8799340">an interview with ABC 7</a>, he said, &quot;Now that I am free, why be bitter when life is so wonderful now?&quot;&nbsp;Nash says he&rsquo;s looking into going to culinary arts school and his attorney is weighing the options of a civil lawsuit against the city for wrongful imprisonment.</p><p><strong>RIP:</strong> <a href="http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/8343621/former-ravens-owner-art-modell-dies-87">Art Modell</a>, former owner of the Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens at the age of 87. While Modell is responsible for many things in the NFL&rsquo;s history &ndash; including helping to negotiate the league&rsquo;s television contracts and collective bargaining agreements with players &ndash; he&rsquo;ll always be remembered for relocating the Cleveland Browns to Baltimore to become the Ravens in 1996, breaking the hearts of Browns fans. It was a move that has allegedly since kept him out of the Hall of Fame.<br />&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Elsewhere</strong></p><ul><li><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/06/world/europe/putin-pulls-off-his-latest-feat-flying-with-migratory-birds.html?hp">Vladimir Putin or rugged outdoorsman beer spokesman</a>? You be the judge.</li><li><a href="http://www.latimes.com/news/science/la-sci-nfl-concussions-death-20120906,0,842879.story">According to a new study</a>, former NFL players are at a much higher risk of permanent brain diseases than non-players.</li><li>Things are getting interesting between China, Taiwan and Japan, <a href="http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120906a1.html">all over ownership of an</a> island that is totally not the island from <em>Lost.&nbsp;</em></li><li>Someone thought it <a href="http://movies.yahoo.com/video/ymovies-6393699/christmas-story-2-trailer-30507222.html">was a good idea to make a sequel</a> to <em>A Christmas Story</em> and it&rsquo;s mercifully going direct to DVD.</li><li>In 35 years, the Voyager space probe <a href="http://www.npr.org/2012/09/05/160609488/after-35-years-voyager-nears-edge-of-solar-system">has traveled <em>11 billion miles</em></a> and is close to the edge of the solar system where, I assume, thar be dragons.</li></ul><p><br /><strong>Looking ahead</strong></p><ul><li>Jury deliberations <a href="http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2012/09/05/jury-to-begin-deliberating-drew-petersons-fate/">are underway</a> at the Drew Peterson debacle trial.</li><li>Rev. Jesse Jackson <a href="http://www.myfoxchicago.com/story/19455795/high-school-seniors-speak-out-about-potential-teachers-strike">doesn&rsquo;t think</a> the teachers will strike while Rahm is <a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/boys-bus/emanuel-defends-trip-charlotte-while-teachers-strike-looms-102195">busy defending</a> his trip to the DNC. And the teachers? They <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/14955840-761/teachers-monday-strike-date-still-on.html">still say it&rsquo;s on</a>.</li><li>That local governments are <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/another-illinois-city-prohibits-teens-tanning-102193">having to step in and take a role</a> in preventing teens from frequenting tanning salons makes me look deep inside myself and wonder where we all went wrong as a society.</li><li>As if <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2012/08/31/health/chicago-hotel-legionnaires-disease/index.html">Legionnaire&rsquo;s Disease</a> wasn&rsquo;t a big enough worry, <a href="http://www.sacbee.com/2012/09/05/4787861/dupage-county-now-has-12-human.html">West Nile isn&rsquo;t going anywhere</a>, either.</li><li>Chicago Weather Wizard&trade; Tom Skilling says we&rsquo;re gonna get <a href="http://blog.chicagoweathercenter.com/2012/09/05/storms-wallop-chicago-area-overnight-more-threaten-wednesday-ahead-of-biggest-temp-pullback-in-four-weeks-by-the-weekend/">a cool-down</a> this weekend.</li></ul><p><br /><strong>Sports</strong></p><ul><li>Former Bears QB Jim McMahon <a href="http://www.csnchicago.com/football-chicago-bears/bears-talk/Sports-Illustrated-features-McMahon-real?blockID=768219&amp;feedID=10330">appears in the cover story</a> for <em>Sports Illustrated</em> next week talking about his head injuries sustained during his playing career.</li><li>The Bulls and coach Tom Thibodeau have <a href="http://espn.go.com/chicago/nba/story/_/id/8342029/source-chicago-bulls-tom-thibodeau-resume-contract-talks">resumed talks</a> to extend the coach&rsquo;s contract (as well they should).</li><li>University of Illinois junior Tatyana McFadden <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/breaking/chi-mcfadden-2for2-in-paralympics-20120905,0,5325635.story">is collecting gold</a> at the Paralympic Games in London.</li><li><a href="http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2012/09/05/usc-walk-on-loses-scholarship-to-make-room-for-linebacker-recently-released-from-jail/">Lane Kiffin proves</a> why he&rsquo;s one of the biggest jerks in college sports.</li><li>Sox Watch: Still one game up after <a href="http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/gameday/index.jsp?gid=2012_09_05_minmlb_chamlb_1&amp;mode=gameday&amp;c_id=cws">yesterday&rsquo;s</a> win. Panic level: 6.5 out of 10.<br />&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</li></ul><p><strong>Finally </strong></p><p>The history of the world in just two minutes. [via <em><a href="http://www.thehighdefinite.com/2012/09/our-story-in-2-minutes/">The High Definite</a></em>]</p><p style="text-align: center; "><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="450" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/MrqqD_Tsy4Q" width="600"></iframe></p></p> Thu, 06 Sep 2012 09:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/marcus-gilmer/2012-09/chief-keefs-taunting-tweet-has-him-hot-water-102220 The most boring presidential political scandals http://www.wbez.org/blog/claire-zulkey/2012-01-04/most-boring-presidential-political-scandals-95274 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2012-January/2012-01-04/jackson-rachel-631-large.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; font-weight: normal; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-January/2012-01-04/jackson-rachel-631-large.jpg" style="margin-left: 10px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; float: right; width: 275px; height: 339px; " title="A portrait of Rachel Donelson by Ralph E. W. Earl"></span>Before Andrew Jackson was president, he married a woman named Rachel Donelson in 1791. She had previously been married and believed that she was legally divorced. However, after marrying Jackson, Rachel found out this was not the case. Then she realized that she was mistaken, and everything was fine.<br> <br> Once, at a state dinner, Millard Fillmore spilled soup on his own tie but since it was just consomme, it didn't stain and hardly anyone noticed.<br> <br> Warren G. Harding's presidency was struck by many scandals. The Teapot Dome scandal was the most significant. In it, the top of a White House teapot went missing for some time shortly before the Queen of England came for a state visit, but it was found in time.<br> <br> George H. W. Bush almost caused a mild stir when he called a White House maid by the wrong name, but then quickly corrected himself.<br> <br> It is rumored that Richard Nixon once petted another dog while his dog Checkers looked on.<br> <br> While not implicating the president himself, James Garfield had to deal with the Star Route Scandal in 1881. This scandal dealt with corruption in the postal service. The public was angry about how much stamps cost, but then quickly got distracted when the president was shot.<br> <br> Jimmy Carter confessed to a reporter that he once felt lust in his heart for a donut one of his cabinet members was eating.</p><p>Bill Clinton was known for playing the saxophone, when technically it was the tenor saxophone that he played.</p></p> Wed, 04 Jan 2012 17:43:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/claire-zulkey/2012-01-04/most-boring-presidential-political-scandals-95274 Examining Mayor Emanuel: The money maker http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-05-16/examining-mayor-emanuel-money-maker-86584 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-May/2011-05-16/Rahm shakes hands in the Berghoff - Bill Healy.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Mayor-elect Emanuel raised big funds for Mayor Daley, former President Bill Clinton and numerous Democratic Congressional runs in 2006. He’s also filled his own campaign war chests and personal bank accounts. After leaving the Clinton White House he had a brief but very successful run as an investment banker.<br> <br> <em>Crain’s Chicago Business</em> political blogger <a href="http://www.chicagobusiness.com/section/blogs?blogID=greg-hinz" target="_blank">Greg Hinz</a> has had his eye on the money trail, and he joined <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> to talk about the new Mayor’s way with money.</p></p> Mon, 16 May 2011 13:13:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-05-16/examining-mayor-emanuel-money-maker-86584 What's next for Mayor Daley? http://www.wbez.org/story/whats-next-mayor-daley-85965 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/archives/images/cityroom/cityroom_20100908_shudzik_1279_With_large.png" alt="" /><p><p>Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley will chair what's expected to be his final city council meeting on Wednesday morning. Daley passes the mayor's office to Rahm Emanuel on May 16th.</p><p>Then what? What's a retired mayor to do while making a life in the city he used to run?</p><p>Daley has owned that mayor's office since April 24th, 1989 - more than 22 years ago. Before then, he served about eight years as Cook County State's Attorney and, before that, about eight in the Illinois Senate. You have to go all the way back to January 1973 to find a time when Daley was not an elected official.</p><p>And he's not all that interested in talking about his post-political plans.</p><p>DALEY: I'm not going to tell you what I'm going to do May 16th.</p><p>But he has talked about it, at least a little. Daley has been picked by the U.S. State Department to help lead an advisory council aiming to get more American students to study in China. That's a country he's visited at least five times as mayor.</p><p>Just don't call him "ambassador."</p><p>DALEY: No, I'm not an ambassador. No, I'm not. We have ambassadors appointed by the secretary of state. I'm not an ambassador of goodwill - no way.</p><p>The first meeting of that State Department committee is next Tuesday in Washington. Also, in his new life, Daley will give speeches. Of course, he gives lots of speeches now. But as a private citizen he's signed on with...</p><p>DALEY: Harry Walker Agency, that does speaking for both public and private people who left their business or are in business, involved in business.</p><p>He'll employ that speaking skill as other Harry Walker clients do, people like President Bill Clinton, TV weather personality Al Roker and U2's Bono.</p><p>DALEY: And talk about leadership, talk about government, talk about decision-making.</p><p>Daley could get up to $50,000 a speech, according to his press secretary. On top of that, the mayor will draw a pension, beginning right after he leaves office: totaling about $180,000 a year.</p><p>He's also kept up his Illinois registration as an attorney, so he could join or start a law firm. And he could always write a book, as so many politicians have.</p><p>CIANCI: Daley could write a heck of a book. I mean he's had a lot of experience. He's had an awful lot of interaction with different people and dignitaries.</p><p>Buddy Cianci is a former mayor of Providence, Rhode Island...</p><p>CIANCI: For 22 years over the course of four decades.</p><p>That math doesn't add up exactly because Cianci had two separate stints as mayor. Each one ended in legal troubles - the most recent ended with a prison sentence for racketeering conspiracy. He's out now - living in Providence, where everybody still knows his name.</p><p>CIANCI: Mayor. They call me 'Buddy.' They call me 'your honor.' You know, this title always kind of sticks. Depends on how friendly they want to be.</p><p>And they tend to be friendly, Cianci claims, when he goes around Providence and sees evidence of his time in office.</p><p>CIANCI: And I'm sure Richard will do the same thing. You can drive around the city and you've got great memories of things that you did and projects you were a part of or led and that people enjoy today. And that's a very, very satisfying feeling, at least it is to me.</p><p>So that's the upside to living where you once ruled. Then there's the downside.</p><p>CIANCI: You get frustrated sometimes when you see things happen. Sometimes I'll be driving around the city and I see a pothole that's been there for like two weeks or I see streetlights that don't work. Then the fiscal situation today at least in my city is frustrating.</p><p>Unlike most former mayors, though, Cianci has an outlet to air those frustrations. He's the "chief political analyst" on a local TV station and hosts a daily radio show - which he says keeps him "sane."</p><p>CIANCI: I think it's a nice balance to stay in the public eye but not have any of the responsibilities as far as governance is concerned.</p><p>That's a different strategy than has been taken by another longtime mayor. John Coyne headed Brooklyn, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland, for more than a half-century.</p><p>Now 94 years old, Coyne says he spends most of his retirement at home and with family. But he still gets irked by local politics.</p><p>COYNE: I get very, very upset. But I keep my mouth shut. Yes.</p><p>This was hardest to do right when he first left office.</p><p>COYNE: I was anxious to know what was going on, but only once in all the years since I left office did go into city hall. I went to the senior citizens fairs a couple times. And like they used to say, old soldiers never die, they just fade away.</p><p>Coyne did not leave office on his own terms. He was defeated back in 1999 after 52 years in office.</p><p>So that's one thing Mayor Richard Daley has going for him that many longtime mayors - like Coyne and Cianci - do not: He wasn't forced out. Daley got to pick his retirement day.</p><p><em>Music Button: James Farm, "If By Air", from the CD James Farm, (Nonesuch)</em></p></p> Wed, 04 May 2011 05:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/whats-next-mayor-daley-85965 Clinton endorses Emanuel, while competition goes on the attack http://www.wbez.org/story/bill-clinton/clinton-endorses-emanuel-while-competition-goes-attack <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/IMG_0007.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Rahm Emanuel won a public endorsement Tuesday in the race for Chicago mayor from his old boss, former President Bill Clinton. The late morning rally brought several hundred people to the Chicago Cultural Center. In a 19-minute speech, President Clinton said Emanuel would be fearlessly honest with the city, as he says his former aide always was with him.<br /> <br /> &quot;He never shirked to say, sometimes in extremely colorful language, when he thought I was wrong,&quot; Mr. Clinton said.<br /> <br /> Emanuel first worked for Mr. Clinton during the 1992 presidential campaign, helping with fundraising.<br /> <br /> &quot;And I didn't know I could raise the money to run, until I met him,&quot;&nbsp;the former president told the crowd.<br /> <br /> Mr. Clinton returned the favor on Tuesday, headlining a $5,000 per ticket fundraiser for Emanuel's campaign.<br /> <br /> The visit's been expected, and stirred some controversy last month when Congressman Danny Davis said in a statement that Mr. Clinton's involvement could fracture the former president's relationship with the city's black community. Davis dropped out of the race for mayor a couple days later and endorsed former U.S. Senator Carol Moseley Braun.</p><p>Meanwhile, some opponents are using President Clinton's campaign stop to criticize Emanuel.&nbsp;</p><p>Mr. Clinton appointed Emanuel to the board of mortgage giant Freddie Mac in 2000. Emanuel served during the time a scandal broke, which involved Freddie Mac misstating its earnings by $5 billion.</p><p>Chicago City Clerk Miguel del Valle slammed Emanuel over his ties to the company at a press conference shortly before the event with the former president.</p><p>&quot;Rahm Emanuel needs to explain what his role with Freddie Mac was, and why didn't he deal with the subprime lending crisis that began to take hold at the time that he was with Freddie Mac,&quot; del Valle said.</p><p>Mayoral candidate Gery Chico also held a nearly identical press conference at the same time on Tuesday.<br /><br />A spokesman for Emanuel's campaign said, &quot;It's not credible to suggest that Rahm is responsible for the housing crisis which began years after he served on the Board&quot; of Freddie Mac.</p></p> Tue, 18 Jan 2011 22:02:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/bill-clinton/clinton-endorses-emanuel-while-competition-goes-attack Clinton to rally, raise cash for Emanuel next week http://www.wbez.org/story/bill-clinton/clinton-rally-raise-cash-emanuel-next-week <p><p>Former President Bill Clinton is headed to Chicago next Tuesday to campaign for his former aide, mayoral candidate Rahm Emanuel. The event is scheduled to take place starting at 11 a.m. at the Chicago Cultural Center.</p><p>While there, Mr. Clinton will also headline a fundraising event for Emanuel, according to a source with knowledge of the event.</p><p>When news broke last month of a pending visit for Emanuel from the former Democratic president, it drew a sharp response from U.S. Rep. Danny Davis, who - at that time - was a candidate for mayor. Davis urged Clinton &quot;not to become involved&quot; in the election.</p><p>&quot;The African American community has enjoyed a long and fruitful relationship with the Clintons, however it appears as though some of that relationship maybe fractured and perhaps even broken should former President Clinton come to town and participate overtly in efforts to thwart the legitimate political aspirations of Chicago&rsquo;s (black) community,&quot; Davis said in a press release.<br /><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><font><font face="Times New Roman"><o:p></o:p></font></font></span></p><p>Davis withdrew from the race for mayor a few days later, endorsing the candidacy of former U.S. Sen. Carol Moseley Braun, who herself has longstanding ties with Mr. Clinton. He campaigned for her during her 1992 race for the Senate, after which she became the first African American woman to serve in the chamber. Mr. Clinton also nominated Moseley Braun to serve as U.S. ambassador to New Zealand.</p><p>A message left Thursday evening for Moseley Braun's campaign spokeswoman was not immediately returned.</p></p> Thu, 13 Jan 2011 23:14:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/bill-clinton/clinton-rally-raise-cash-emanuel-next-week The Clintonian Way: Lessons from President Clinton’s midterm rebound http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/clintonian-way-lessons-president-clinton%E2%80%99s-midterm-rebound <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/obama clinton Jim Watson Getty.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>This is not the first time that Democrats have lost their Congressional footing. During President Clinton&rsquo;s first term, Newt Gingrich famously led a Republican revolution and took over Congress in 1994. Despite the setback, Clinton won a second term and is prominent in American politics even today. In fact, President Obama recently tapped Clinton in to endorse his tax-cut deal with Republicans. Might Obama have more to learn from the way Clinton handled his Congressional defeat? Historian Rick Perlstein shared his thoughts. Perlstein is author of <a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/074324303X/booksinfo-20/ref=nosim/" target="_blank">&quot;Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America.&quot;</a></p><p><em>Music Button: Jason Robinson, &quot;The Two Faces of Janus&quot;, from the CD The Two Faces of Janus, (Cuneiform)&nbsp; </em></p></p> Thu, 06 Jan 2011 15:19:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/clintonian-way-lessons-president-clinton%E2%80%99s-midterm-rebound Parole hearing goes poorly for Puerto Rican nationalist http://www.wbez.org/story/alejandro-luis-molina/parole-hearing-goes-poorly-puerto-rican-nationalist <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Susler.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>A parole hearing did not go well for a Chicagoan that Puerto Rican nationalists call a patriot. <br /><br />The prisoner, <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/alejandro-luis-molina/puerto-rican-nationalist-argue-parole">Oscar López Rivera</a>, has served more than 29 years on a conviction of seditious conspiracy. Federal authorities accused him of leading a Puerto Rican independence group, the Armed Forces of National Liberation (FALN), that set off dozens of bombs, many in Chicago.<br /><br />On Wednesday, a U.S. Parole Commission examiner visited a federal prison in Terre Haute, Ind., where López Rivera is serving his sentence. The examiner heard from the inmate and some victims of a deadly 1975 blast for which the FALN claimed responsibility.<br /><br />In the end, the examiner said he&rsquo;d recommend at least another 12 years for the prisoner, according to his attorney, Jan Susler of Chicago.<br /><br />&ldquo;It was shameful,&rdquo; Susler said on her way home from the prison. &ldquo;The Parole Commission had no business allowing these people to attend or to attempt to influence the decision.&rdquo;<br /><br />Susler points out that López Rivera was convicted of seditious conspiracy, not a particular attack. She claims he had nothing to do with the 1975 bombing.<br /><br />Johanna Markind, assistant general counsel for the commission, said the parole recommendation will go to an executive reviewer and, eventually, a four-member board that heads the commission. She said a final decision could take months.</p></p> Wed, 05 Jan 2011 22:28:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/alejandro-luis-molina/parole-hearing-goes-poorly-puerto-rican-nationalist