WBEZ | ballot http://www.wbez.org/tags/ballot Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Suburban voters largely reject tax increase referenda http://www.wbez.org/story/suburban-voters-say-no-tax-increases-schools-84792 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-April/2011-04-05/enseignement_01.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>A majority of residents in many of Chicago's suburban communities on Tuesday said 'no' to ballot proposals that sought to increase their tax rates. In communities from far northern Lake County to far southwestern Kendall County, most voters weren't in a spending mood.</p><p>Among the referenda that went down to defeat on Tuesday were proposals to raise more funds for school districts, including Winthrop Harbor School District 1, Prospect Heights School District 23, West Northfield Elementary School District 31, Highland Park/Deerfield Community Township High School District 113, Arbor Park Elementary School District 145, Mokena School District 159, and Lockport High School District 205.&nbsp; In each case, voters rejected plans to increase tax levies or to issue new bonds.</p><p>Voters in Oak Park and Wilmette, however, bucked the prevailing trend.&nbsp; They gave a thumbs up to proposals that asked to boost the amount of tax revenues available to their local elementary school districts.&nbsp;</p><p>Oak Park District 97 won approval for a plan to increase property taxes 3.8 percent.&nbsp; Supporters say the hike will help avoid cuts to staff, as well as cuts to arts and sports programs.</p><p>Wilmette School District 39, meanwhile, prevailed in its push to raise its tax rate. The victory now paves the way for an expected $6.4 million in additional revenues to cover projected budget deficits.</p><p>But elsewhere, other units of government which had hoped to boost their revenue streams came up empty handed.</p><p>Voters in Prospect Heights rejected two separate measures. One would've increased the city's sales tax rate by five-tenths of a percent; the other would've enabled the municipality to issue more than $5 million in bonds for police pensions.</p><p>Proposals to increase tax levies for the Palos Fire District and the Olympia Fields Park District also went down to defeat on Tuesday, as did a plan to create a local sales tax in Yorkville.</p><p>In west suburban Wheaton, residents pulled the curtain down on a proposal to use $150 thousand in city funds to restore the Grand Theater.&nbsp; And in Cicero, voters simply stopped the music altogether:&nbsp; they voted to ban neighborhood block parties, although the referendum is non-binding.</p></p> Wed, 06 Apr 2011 01:47:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/suburban-voters-say-no-tax-increases-schools-84792 Emanuel back on the ballot hours before latest mayoral debate http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/%5Bfield_program_ref-title-raw%5D/emanuel-back-ballot-hours-latest-mayoral-debate <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Mayoral debate Rahm focus - Getty Chris Sweda-Pool_1.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The top four mayoral candidates gathered to debate Thursday night. Mere hours before the event, Rahm Emanuel&rsquo;s candidacy was still in question. But late Thursday the <a href="http://www.state.il.us/court/" target="_blank">Illinois Supreme Court</a> settled the matter. In a unanimous ruling, the judges overturned an earlier appellate court decision that Emanuel did not meet residency requirements. <em>Chicago Tribune&rsquo;s</em> political reporter <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/chi-pearson-bio,0,5858700.story" target="_blank">Rick Pearson</a> has been keeping an eye on the case and the mayoral race. He joined <em>Eight Forty-Eight </em>to offer a little debrief and analysis.<br /><br />The debate on WGN Thursday was moderated by anchor <a href="http://www.wgntv.com/about/wgntv-news-team-micah-materre,0,633732.htmlstory" target="_blank">Micah Materre</a> who will join <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> Monday for its regular <em>Month in Review</em>.</p><p><em>DJ Chris Widman Music Button: Two Fingers, &quot;Fool's Rhythm&quot;, Ninja XX DLP (Ninja Tune)</em></p></p> Fri, 28 Jan 2011 14:26:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/%5Bfield_program_ref-title-raw%5D/emanuel-back-ballot-hours-latest-mayoral-debate Emanuel on campaign trail, Illinois Supreme Court to take his case http://www.wbez.org/story/ballot/emanuel-campaign-trail-illinois-supreme-court-take-his-case <p><p>Rahm Emanuel's name can be printed on ballots for the Chicago mayoral race. The Illinois Supreme Court issued the order on Tuesday. The emergency order stands until the Supreme Court makes a final decision on whether he qualifies to run.</p><p>Emanuel was all smiles as he greeted union members on Chicago's Southwest side this morning. He was back on the campaign trail and received the endorsement from Teamsters Joint Council 25, the day after the Illinois Appellate Court said Emanuel doesn't meet the residency requirements needed to run for mayor. Emanuel said he's sure he'll be on the ballot for the February election.</p><p>&quot;The most important thing is you know my determination and my sense of certainty - not certainty, but confidence - in the sense that, in the end, we will be on the ballot so people will have that option to vote,&quot;&nbsp;he said.</p><p>Emanuel tried to divert reporters' questions about his residency into issues related to the mayor's race, like how to entice companies to move to the city. Attorneys for Emanuel filed an official appeal to the state Supreme Court this morning, asking the court to allow him on the February ballot. Just a few hours later, the court agreed to take the case.<br />&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 25 Jan 2011 19:20:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/ballot/emanuel-campaign-trail-illinois-supreme-court-take-his-case Appellate court rules Emanuel off the ballot http://www.wbez.org/story/ballot/appellate-court-rules-emanuel-ballot <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Rahm_Olsen_108123053.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><strong>Updated: 6:37pm</strong>. The Illinois Appellate Court issued <a href="http://www.wbez.org/sites/default/files/ruling.pdf">a written ruling</a> Monday stating that Chicago mayoral candidate Rahm Emanuel does not meet the qualifications to be on the February municipal ballot.&nbsp; Emanuel said he will appeal the decision to the Illinois Supreme Court.</p><p>The three-judge panel decided 2-1 that Emanuel did not meet the requirements for running for mayor.</p><p>Attorney Burt Odelson has argued Emanuel doesn't qualify to be on the ballot because he claims the former White House chief of staff doesn't meet a requirement that the mayor of Chicago live in the city for one year before taking the office. &quot;You can't mentally just have a residence,&quot; Odelson said last week after arguing before the appeals court. &quot;You have to have a residence. You have to go somewhere.&quot;</p><p>Emanuel's attorneys have argued their client never abandoned his North Side home when he went to work in Washington, D.C. as President Obama's chief of staff.</p><p>Meeting with reporters shortly after the decision came down, Emanuel said his laywers are going to ask for a stay to keep his name on the ballot.&nbsp;</p><p>&quot;I have no doubt that we will in the end prevail in this effort,&quot; Emanuel said, noting a forceful dissent to the Appellate Court decision. &quot;As my father used to say, nothing's ever easy in life. So nothing's ever easy. This is just one turn in the road.&quot;</p><p>Sure enough, by Monday evening, Emanuel's team filed its <a href="http://www.wbez.org/sites/default/files/emergency.pdf">initial paperwork </a>with the state Supreme Court.</p><p>Emanuel pointed out to reporters the searing dissent written by Appellate Judge Bertina Lampkin. The court's ruling, Lampkin wrote, was based &quot;on the whims of two judges,&quot; using a standard for residency that is &quot;a figment of the majority's imagination.&quot;</p><p>&quot;The majority's decision disenfranchises not just [Emanuel], but&nbsp; every voter in Chicago who would consider voting for him,&quot; Lampkin wrote.</p><p>Monday's ruling overturns previous decisions by a circuit court judge and the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners. A statement from the board, which prints the ballots, said, &quot;We're going to press with one less candidate for mayor.&quot;</p><p>Meanwhile, Emanuel&rsquo;s opponents hastily called press conferences Monday afternoon to respond to the court&rsquo;s decision. Gery Chico, the former head of Chicago&rsquo;s community college system and the No. 2 fundraiser in the race next to Emanuel, told reporters he was surprised by the news. But Chico declined to attack Emanuel, and said the ruling will not chance his campaign strategy.</p><p>&quot;We're gonna run our campaign the way we did yesterday, we're gonna run it the same way tomorrow,&rdquo; Chico said. &ldquo;We're gonna run it on the issues, we're gonna talk about better schools, jobs and safer neighborhoods.&quot;</p><p>Don Rose is a Chicago political analyst. He calls it a &quot;totally&nbsp;stunning legal opinion&quot; and says there are numerous possibilities&nbsp;to what happens next.</p><p class="MsoNormal">The Illinois Supreme Court may take the appeal this week.&nbsp;If the appellate court's decision is upheld, Emanuel could still&nbsp;run a write-in campaign.</p><p class="MsoNormal">But University of Illinois at Chicago Professor Dick Simpson&nbsp;says even if Emanuel could win an extremely difficult write-in&nbsp;campaign, his candidacy would still be open to legal challenges.</p></p> Mon, 24 Jan 2011 17:57:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/ballot/appellate-court-rules-emanuel-ballot Judge: Rahm Emanuel to stay on ballot http://www.wbez.org/story/ballot/rahm-emanuel-stay-mayor-ballot <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Rahm Emanuel AP.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>A Cook County judge says Rahm Emanuel is eligible to run for Chicago mayor, but the ballot dispute involving the ex-White House chief of staff isn't over yet. <br /><br />Circuit Court Judge Mark Ballard heard arguments for a bit less than an hour Tuesday morning in a Daley Center courtroom just steps from city hall. <br /><br />The anti-Emanuel legal team claimed the candidate gave up his residency when he rented out his Chicago house while working for President Obama in Washington. Lawyers for Emanuel argued he left only to serve his country, and always planned to return.<br /><br />In a written opinion, Ballard sided with Emanuel, upholding a decision last month by the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners.<br /><br />&quot;We find there was sufficient evidence to support the Board's conclusion that Candidate Emanuel intended to remain a Chicago resident during his temporary absence, and did not, therefore, abandon his Chicago residency,&quot; Ballard wrote.<br /><br />Burt Odelson, an attorney for the objectors, told reporters he expected to lose in circuit court. Oldeson said he will appeal the ruling on Wednesday.<br /><br />&quot;Those of us who practice election law, we don't look at these as losses. They're just stepping stones to get to the appellate and [state] supreme court,&quot; Odelson said.<br /><br />Emanuel attorney Kevin Forde said &quot;at some point&quot; Odelson has &quot;to call it quits.&quot;<br /><br />&quot;He's lost before a hearing officer,&quot; Forde said. &quot;He's lost before three [election board] commissioners - all of whom are very, very familiar with the election law. He's lost before a very experienced judge here.&quot;<br /><br />The legal challenges could drag on for weeks, complicating things for city election officials who, by the end of the month, must prepare ballots for early voting.<br /><br />Meantime, Odelson declined to provide specifics about who was paying for the lengthy ballot battle.<br /><br />&quot;Well, for me it's been very expensive. Very time-consuming and very expensive,&quot; he said.<br /><br />Odelson said he is getting paid by the two people officially listed as &quot;objectors&quot; in his filings, Walter P. Maksym, Jr., and Thomas L. McMahon. But when asked if anyone else is chipping in to pay the bills, Odelson told reporters it was none of their business.<br /><br />&quot;It's my business who's paying me,&quot; he said. &quot;Just like it's your business who pays you.&quot;<br /><br />Odelson is not required to publicly report how much he is being paid for the Emanuel challenge. But the Emanuel campaign is required to disclose its bills, though one of its lawyers, Mike Kasper, said he has not done the math.<br /><br />&quot;I've been busy on the case, I will say that,&quot; Kasper said.</p></p> Tue, 04 Jan 2011 19:20:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/ballot/rahm-emanuel-stay-mayor-ballot Danny Davis: In it to win it? http://www.wbez.org/blog/best-game-town/danny-davis-it-win-it <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Cong Danny K. Davis.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Congressman Danny Davis isn't taking the holiday break lightly.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>As others quitely gear up for a renewed Chicago mayoral campaign after the New Year, Davis is stepping up the energy and the publicity this week. &nbsp;</p><p>First came yesterday's press conference aimed at highlighting his pledge to clean up city politics.&nbsp; Now comes his statement today that former President Bill&nbsp;Clinton should rethink his plans to campaign in Chicago on behalf of Rahm Emanuel.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2010-December/2010-12-28/Cong Danny K. Davis.JPG" style="width: 498px; height: 332px;" /></p><p>The Davis campaign issued a press release today urging Clinton not to make such an appearance, arguing that doing so could jeopardize his &quot;long and fruitful relationship&quot; with the African-American community.&nbsp; After all, Clinton was often symbolically known as America's &quot;first black president&quot; by some in the community long before Barack Obama won election to the White House in 2008.&nbsp;</p><p>Davis claims that relationship could be hampered by choosing to support a white candidate, Rahm Emanuel, over two black candidates who've considered him a friend as well - Davis and former U.S. Senator and Ambassador Carol Moseley Braun.</p><p>Expectations of a Clinton campaign visit have been high ever since Emanuel entered the mayor's race.&nbsp; Emanuel worked in the Clinton White House as a key advisor before returning to Chicago in the late 1990's to work in investment banking and make a later run for Congress.</p><p>Davis's statement today is another sign that the campaign is both concerned about the gathering momentum for Emanuel (a poll last week showed his lead growing) - and about breaking out of the pack.&nbsp; That same poll showed Davis mired in the single digits.&nbsp; Add to that an unsolicited call from his campaign offering him for a one-on-one interview in January and the signs suggest a deepening commitment to the race ahead.&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 28 Dec 2010 22:40:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/best-game-town/danny-davis-it-win-it