WBEZ | Bill Dock Walls http://www.wbez.org/tags/bill-dock-walls Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en The Weekly Political Roundup: February 14th – February 18th http://www.wbez.org/blog/best-game-town/2011-02-18/weekly-political-roundup-february-14th-%E2%80%93-february-18th-82524 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/0217debate.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img height="267" width="400" alt="" class="'caption'" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-February/2011-02-18/0217debate.jpg" title="(Getty Images/Scott Olson)" /></p><p>Missed anything this week in Chicago politics? We have you covered with our weekly digest of the best game in town.</p><p>We&rsquo;re in the final stretch to the municipal race of the century (thus far). So read up and get ready to vote on Tuesday, if you haven&rsquo;t already. Federal officials <a href="http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20110215/NEWS02/110219930/feds-to-monitor-mayoral-election#axzz1E2g6K6bD">will be watching</a> to make sure nothing untoward goes down. <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chibrknews-final-early-voting-count-73251-20110218,0,1159623.story">Over 73,000</a> have voted already --Thursday was the last day to vote early. The intensity of the mayoral race could be one reason the early turnout was over double what it was in 2007. The Obamas say <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chibrknews-obama-casts-absentee-vote-in-mayor-race-20110217,0,6049295.story">they&rsquo;ve cast</a> their absentee ballots, but they&rsquo;re not saying for whom. Of course, President Obama&rsquo;s been saying nice things about Rahm Emanuel, without formally endorsing him. On that note, Obama says his <a href="http://politics.blogs.foxnews.com/2011/02/15/obama-less-chicago-mayors-race-working-just-fine-says-obama">help isn&rsquo;t necessary</a>, so he&rsquo;s staying out of it. <br /><br />A couple of new&mdash;and conflicting&mdash;polls came out this week. First, <a href="http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/state-a-local-politics/143813-chicago-mayors-race--new-poll-puts-carol-moseley-braun-in-second-place-really">one that found</a> Carol Moseley Braun with 22.5 percent and in second place. The poll&mdash;notably paid for by Braun herself&mdash;contrasts other recent polls, including <a href="http://irma.org/2011/02/14/chicago-retail-merchants-association-poll-finds-emanuel-surpassing-50-margin-one-week-before-election/ ">another this week</a> from the Chicago Retail Merchants Association, which has Emanuel &ldquo;surpassing the 50% mark&rdquo; and Gery Chico in second place with 24%. It also puts Miguel Del Valle at 10 % and Braun at 6%. The low number for del Valle isn&rsquo;t deterring the candidate, who&rsquo;s out with a <a href="http://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/ward-room/Del-Valle-Is-Back-On-The-Air-116317314.html ">new TV ad</a> saying it&rsquo;s time for reform. Chico also has <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TZBGFHXMSA0&amp;feature=player_embedded ">a new ad</a>, hitting Emanuel for growing up &ldquo;in suburban safety and privilege,&rdquo; and calling Emanuel out for his tax plan. <br /><br />Emanuel says the plan will increase city revenue while saving &ldquo;working families&rdquo; hundreds of dollars a year; Chico says it really amounts to higher taxes for those same working families. Earlier this week, the <em>Chicago Tribune</em> <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/elections/ct-met-chicago-mayor-race-taxes-0217-20110216,0,5478357.story">fact-checked</a> both claims and determined both candidates are exaggerating. Another point of contention between the two&mdash;pension reform&mdash;<a href="http://www.suntimes.com/3859977-417/city-workers-not-happy-to-get-letter-from-rahm-emanuel.html">raised the pique</a> of some city workers who received a letter from Emanuel explaining his position on pensions. The workers want to know how he got their information to send the letter; the Emanuel camp says the letter was sent all over the city, not just to city workers. Braun called for <a href="http://www.myfoxchicago.com/dpp/news/metro/rahm-emanuel-letter-city-workers-carol-moseley-braun-investigation-20110217">a federal investigation</a> into the matter. <br />Emanuel this week also reached out to his comedic foul-mouthed impersonator, <a href="http://twitter.com/mayoremanuel ">@MayorEmanuel</a>, offering a<a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-talk-mayoremanuel-bounty-0217-20110216,0,5582026.story"> personal donation</a> to charity in exchange for revealing his or her identity. The Twitter sensation didn&rsquo;t bite and remains anonymous.<br /><br />Emanuel is also hoping to lure Latino voters to his side&mdash;in that effort, his campaign is <a href="http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2011-02-16/news/ct-met-chicago-mayor-race-sidebar-02120110216_1_tea-party-gery-chico-dirty-trick">putting out robocalls</a> recorded in Spanish that link Chico to an &ldquo;anti-immigrant&rdquo; tea party group that endorsed Chico. The Chico campaign calls it a &ldquo;dirty trick&rdquo; and says he&rsquo;s rejected the endorsement. On the flip side, the Emanuel campaign says <a href="http://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/ward-room/Emanuel-Accuses-Chico-of-Supporting-Anti-Semetic-Comments-116355774.html">a pejorative</a> made by a Chico supporter has &ldquo;ugliness behind it&rdquo;; a union leader called Emanuel a &ldquo;Wall Street Judas.&rdquo; Chico&rsquo;s not denouncing the comment&mdash;his spokeswoman says the Judas reference only has to do with being a traitor, not being Jewish. Mayor Daley <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/daley-slams-chico-not-denouncing-judas-comment">criticized Chico</a> for standing behind the comment, and <a href="http://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/ward-room/116445469.html ">Chico responded</a> with disappointment.&nbsp; All this came after a <a href="http://www.chicagonewscoop.org/braun-producers-gaffe-another-setback/">failed joke</a> on Sunday by Braun, in which she seemed to liken Emanuel to Hitler. She says that&rsquo;s not what she meant. Emanuel says he takes her at her word. Meanwhile, some <a href="http://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/ward-room/Anti-Semitic-Fliers-Attack-Emanuel.html">anonymous fliers</a> attacking Emanuel were undoubtedly anti-Semitic; Emanuel shrugged them off.<br /><br />Also this week, the University of Illinois at Chicago put out <a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Politics/2011/0214/On-eve-of-Chicago-election-a-call-to-confront-city-s-legacy-of-corruption">a report</a> calling for Chicago&rsquo;s next mayor to rid the city of corruption. Chico and Bill &ldquo;Dock&rdquo; Walls have officially signed on. When it comes to street crime, Emanuel says <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/news/elections/3820391-418/emanuel-endorses-supt.-weis-meeting-with-gang-leaders-bashes-chico-over-tea-party">he&rsquo;s down </a>with Police Superintendent Jody Weis&rsquo; gang tactics, despite having previously said he&rsquo;d replace Weis if elected. Emanuel also suggested he might replace the powerful Alderman Ed Burke as chairman of the City Council&rsquo;s Finance Committee&mdash;that has <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/news/politics/3839401-418/emanuel-burke-battle-brewing.html ">the ink</a> <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/elections/ct-met-chicago-mayor-race-0216-20110215,0,589715.story">flowing</a> over the potential of Council Wars Redux. <br /><br />That little poke came within Monday&rsquo;s candidate forum on WTTW, in which the other leading candidates also had their say on how the Council might change. You can watch the debate in full <a href="http://www.wttw.com/main.taf?p=42,8,80,32&amp;pid=d7VnX17bqUG5L53jUnjUct8DHz9HVbvH">here</a>. Thursday night was the last debate in the primary contest&mdash;the <em>Tribune</em> <a href="http://newsblogs.chicagotribune.com/clout_st/2011/02/live-blogging-the-final-chicago-mayors-debate.html">live-blogged</a> it, and you can watch the <a href="http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/politics&amp;id=7965893">whole thing</a> from ABC7. If you&rsquo;re hungry for more from the candidates, check out <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em>&rsquo;s interviews from this week from <br /><a href="http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-17/mayoral-candidate-gery-chico-touts-past-chicago-service-82461">Chico</a>, <a href="http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-16/chicago-mayoral-candidate-william-dock-walls-iii-takes-another-run-offic">Walls</a>, <a href="http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-15/chicago-mayoral-candidate-rahm-emanuel-82353 ">Emanuel</a>, and <a href="http://ttp://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-14/chicago-mayoral-candidate-patricia-van-pelt-watkins-82296">Patricia Van Pelt-Watkins</a> (they had <a href="http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-08/chicago-mayoral-candidate-miguel-del-valle-campaigns-reformer-81970">del Valle</a> and <a href="http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-10/chicago-mayoral-candidate-carol-moseley-braun-82097">Braun</a> on last week). Oh, and don&rsquo;t forget 53rd ward alderman and mayoral candidate <a href="http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-18/weekly-guide-mayoral-candidate-and-53rd-ward-alderman-ed-bus-82513">Ed Bus</a>. <br /><br />On the aldermanic front, the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform filed a <a href="http://www.chicagonewscoop.org/new-pro-business-pac-sued-to-reveal-donors/">state elections complaint</a> against For a Better Chicago. The watchdog group says the PAC, which is supporting several aldermanic candidates, should have to reveal its donor list. The chairman of For a Better Chicago says that&rsquo;s not true. If you&rsquo;re looking for some good reads on individual aldermanic races, start with the <a href="http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/chicago-politics-election-aldermania-wards/Content?oid=3263589 "><em>Chicago Reader</em> story</a> on the 27th, 47th and 32nd wards. <br />The <em>Sun-Times</em> profiled a <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/3545354-417/several-candidates-look-to-keep-political-power-in-family.html ">handful of candidates</a> who are hoping to follow family members into the City Council. The <em>Tribune</em> has a piece on the <a href="http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2011-02-16/news/ct-x-c-46th-ward-race-20110216_1_wilson-yard-vacant-storefronts-uptown">46th ward</a> race--where 11 candidates are running to succeed outgoing alderman Helen Shiller. ABC7 has a <a href="http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/politics&amp;id=7965347 ">brief story</a> on the 18 candidates in the 24th ward. The Chicago News Cooperative wrote up the <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/18/us/18cncward.html?_r=1&amp;partner=rssnyt&amp;emc=rss ">15th ward</a>. And Progress Illinois covered the issues in the race for the <a href="http://progressillinois.com/posts/content/2011/02/15/checking-aldermanic-races-3rd-ward">3rd ward</a>. <br /><br />Also up for City Council consideration is a proposed Clean Power Ordinance, though it doesn&rsquo;t seem to be going anywhere fast; frustration over that fact was evident in <a href="http://progressillinois.com/posts/content/2011/02/14/ad-hoc-hearing-clean-power-ordinance?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ProgressIllinois+%28Progress+Illinois%29">an unofficial hearing</a> on the issue. The Civic Federation, meanwhile, said they would like future city leaders to consider privatizing <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/news/elections/3807051-505/group-next-mayor-should-consider-privatizing-everything.html ">all city services</a>. In his way out, Mayor Daley hopes to <a href="http://newsblogs.chicagotribune.com/clout_st/2011/02/daley-launches-final-gun-control-push.html">tighten gun control </a>for the city and beyond. And don&rsquo;t expect him to fade into oblivion when he&rsquo;s gone&mdash;he&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-ap-il-daley-speakingcir,0,4604996.story">signed up</a> with an agent to launch a new public speaking career. If he&rsquo;s talking to Chicagoans, note that there are considerably fewer of them than there were ten years ago, according to <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/16/us/16illinois.html?_r=1&amp;src=mv ">new Census data</a>, which also reveals a declining African-American population.<br /><br />Another declining population is that of Cook County employees; the Circuit Court Clerk this week issued <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/3820198-417/court-clerk-lays-off-170-county-workers.html ">170 layoffs</a>. On Tuesday, county workers <a href="http://www.chicagobreakingnews.com/news/local/chibrknews-cook-county-workers-decry-budget-cuts-20110215,0,4844780.story">spoke out</a> publicly against the ongoing cuts.<br /><br />Governor Pat Quinn is proposing <a href="http://www.chicagobusiness.com/section/blogs?blogID=greg-hinz&amp;plckController=Blog&amp;plckScript=blogScript&amp;plckElementId=blogDest&amp;plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&amp;plckPostId=Blog%3a1daca073-2eab-468e-9f19-ec177090a35cPost%3a8fe4ddf1-40e8-4fbb-8795-8dc4b6b9fc36&amp;sid=sitelife.chicagobusiness.com#axzz1EEwhePzG">deep cuts</a> in the budget he introduced this week for his State of the State address. Still, spending would increase by almost $2 billion. As the governor begins work on getting his budget passed, advocates for a ban on the death penalty are <a href="http://progressillinois.com/quick-hits/content/2011/02/15/full-court-press-death-penalty-abolition-heats?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ProgressIllinois+%28Progress+Illinois%29">pushing hard</a> to get him to sign a bill that passed 2 months ago. And in news of a former governor, federal prosecutors this week <a href="http://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/ward-room/blagojevich-missing-phone-record-116194659.html">refuted</a> Rod Blagojevich&rsquo;s claims that any phone tap tapes were missing&mdash;they say if there&rsquo;s a conversation that&rsquo;s not there, it wasn&rsquo;t recorded. <br /><br />Meanwhile: House Speaker Mike Madigan, who recently went on the record saying he would consider pension changes for current state employees despite claims that it would be unconstitutional, said <a href="http://www.sj-r.com/top-stories/x1992209634/Pension-changes-likely-to-be-decided-by-state-Supreme-Court">it&rsquo;ll be up to</a> the Illinois Supreme Court to decide that. Another cost-saving measure up for consideration in the General Assembly is a proposal to merge the offices of Comptroller and Treasurer&mdash;that <a href="http://www.sj-r.com/breaking/x2097056262/Comptroller-treasurer-merger-advances-to-Senate">passed out</a> of Senate committee this week. <br /><br />Okie-doke, that&rsquo;s it for this week in review. Let me know if you think we missed anything, and have a great weekend.</p><p><em>Photo by Scott Olson (Getty Images)</em></p></p> Fri, 18 Feb 2011 17:41:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/best-game-town/2011-02-18/weekly-political-roundup-february-14th-%E2%80%93-february-18th-82524 When asked to, mayoral candidates quick to criticize Daley http://www.wbez.org/story/2016-olympics/when-asked-mayoral-candidates-quick-criticize-daley <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/IMG_0012.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Criticism of Chicago Mayor Richard Daley came easily to the candidates for mayor during their latest major debate.</p><p>This election has been largely free of direct attacks on Mayor Daley. But Monday night the candidates were asked to name Daley's greatest mistake, other than the controversial parking meter lease.<br /> <br /> &quot;He's done a good job for parts of the city and just kind of let other parts go with benign neglect,&quot; said former U.S. Sen. Carol Moseley Braun.<br /> <br /> Miguel del Valle, the current city clerk, said he disagreed with Daley's night-time destruction of the Meigs Field runway.</p><p>&quot;I would have done that very differently,&quot; del Valle said.<br /> <br /> Gery Chico, a former Daley chief of staff, said the mayor didn't work enough with aldermen, &quot;miss[ing] an opportunity to bring in a lot of bright people into discussions.&quot;<br /> <br /> Ex-White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel said Daley relied too heavily on the 2016 Olympic bid for job creation.<br /> <br /> &quot;While it was worth trying to try for that, you have to have a more robust, more agressive strategy that's long-lived besides just one goal, one objective,&quot; Emanuel said.<br /> <br /> Two other candidates on the ballot for mayor, Patricia Van Pelt Watkins and Bill &quot;Dock&quot; Walls, were not invited to Monday night's debate hosted by WTTW public television and the City Club of Chicago.</p></p> Tue, 15 Feb 2011 06:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/2016-olympics/when-asked-mayoral-candidates-quick-criticize-daley The Political Roundup: January 31st – February 4th http://www.wbez.org/blog/best-game-town/2011-02-04/political-roundup-january-31st-%E2%80%93-february-4th-81796 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Snow removal_Getty_Scott Olson.JPG" alt="" /><p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-February/2011-02-04/Snow removal_Getty_Scott Olson.JPG" style="width: 488px; height: 325px;" />&nbsp;</p><p>Missed anything this week in Chicago politics? We have you covered with our weekly digest of the best game in town.</p><p><strong>In the beginning, there was crack</strong></p><p>The blizzard may have hit Chicago on Tuesday, but white stuff started swirling early this week: at a candidate&rsquo;s forum on Sunday, mayoral candidate Carol Moseley Braun <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/itsallpolitics/2011/01/31/133374209/carol-moseley-braun-attacks-rival-as-past-crack-user">accused</a> the lesser-known Patricia Van Pelt-Watkins of being a former crack addict. Watkins, who admits to using drugs in the past, <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-met-chicago-mayor-race0201-20110131,0,4129836.story">responded later</a> that Moseley Braun&rsquo;s comments were unbecoming of a mayoral candidate and, by the way, she&rsquo;s never even seen crack. Watkins called for an apology, Moseley Braun initially declined to do so (though eventually did), and Watkins ultimately <a href="http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2011/02/02/moseley-braun-urged-to-leave-chicago-mayor%E2%80%99s-race-after-%E2%80%9Cstrung-out-on-crack%E2%80%9D-comment/?iref=obinsite">called for</a> Moseley Braun to leave the race. <br /><br /><strong>Early voting: in like a lamb</strong></p><p>In the meantime, early voting began Monday, with <a href="http://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/ward-room/Emanuel_Casts_His_Ballot_Chicago-114963974.html">Rahm Emanuel </a>and <a href="http://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/ward-room/Del_Valle_Casts_His_Ballot_Chicago-114965939.html ">Miguel del Valle</a> getting their ballots in with plenty of time to spare. They weren&rsquo;t the only ones&mdash;plenty of regular folk <a href="http://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/ward-room/Early-Voting-An-Early-Success-115007164.html">also voted early</a> on Monday&mdash;good move, perhaps, as voting ended up shut down for a few days due to the storm. It&rsquo;s supposed to be <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/business/chicagos-early-voting-sites-expected-reopen-friday">back in swing</a> as of Friday.<br /><br /><strong>Candidates shovel, too</strong></p><p>Oh, and about that storm: it prompted <a href="http://www.chicagobusiness.com/section/blogs?blogID=greg-hinz&amp;plckController=Blog&amp;plckScript=blogScript&amp;plckElementId=blogDest&amp;plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&amp;plckPostId=Blog%3a1daca073-2eab-468e-9f19-ec177090a35cPost%3a068de7c3-8b72-4d94-b954-6ab29549016c&amp;sid=sitelife.chicagobusiness.com">varied reactions</a> from the mayoral candidates&mdash;from a <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hE5sVi8MRBk">video</a> of Gery Chico shoveling snow to statements of <a href="http://www.myfoxchicago.com/dpp/news/politics/carol-moseley-braun-rahm-emanuel-gery-chico-miguel-del-valle-chicago-mayor-blizzard-20110202#">some disapproval</a> from other leading candidates over the city&rsquo;s handling of the blizzard, especially on Lake Shore Drive. But when it comes to dibs, <a href="http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2011/02/02/Chicago-mayor-hopefuls-support-spot-saving/UPI-55961296682555/">no probs</a>, say the candidates, aside from Bill &ldquo;Dock&rdquo; Walls.</p><p><strong>Public service announcements</strong><br /><br />But maybe, just maybe, you want to know how the candidates feel about the issues unrelated to snow (or crack). Good news for you: the Chicago News Cooperative has <a href="http://www.chicagonewscoop.org/mayoral-candidates-sound-off-on-citys-budget-woes/">in-depth answers</a> from candidates on a questionnaire regarding city budget woes. Equality Illinois has <a href="http://eqil.org/nextmayor.html">answers</a> to a questionnaire on LGBT issues; Greg Hinz <a href="http://www.chicagobusiness.com/section/blogs?blogID=greg-hinz&amp;plckController=Blog&amp;plckScript=blogScript&amp;plckElementId=blogDest&amp;plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&amp;plckPostId=Blog%3a1daca073-2eab-468e-9f19-ec177090a35cPost%3adeeac237-b47e-4af3-8766-2250a33ed5df&amp;sid=sitelife.chicagobusiness.com#axzz1D0h9re9Q">summarized</a> the responses. And NBC Chicago&rsquo;s Ward Room has a nice, quick <a href="http://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/ward-room/How-To-Make-Chicago-Less-Congested-114926474.html">roundup</a> of how candidates would improve the city&rsquo;s transportation infrastructure.<br />&nbsp;<br />The <em>Chicago Sun-Times</em> put out the word early this week that the paper <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/opinions/3568392-474/emanuel-mayor-chicago-candidate-chico.html">endorses Emanuel</a>. Del Valle, natch, disagreed with that editorial board, <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/news/politics/3641950-418/emanuel-del-valle-hdo-chico.html">linking</a> both Emanuel and Chico to convicted former Streets and Sanitation chief Al Sanchez. Sanchez was <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/al-sanchez/former-streets-and-sans-head-sentenced-30-months">sentenced</a> this week to 30 months in prison for political corruption.</p><p><strong>More blizzard woes</strong><br /><br />Mayor Daley has largely avoided fallout from his association with Sanchez; this week, he also <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-snow-politics-20110203,0,7314817.story">deflected criticism</a> for his administration&rsquo;s handling of the blizzard. That hasn&rsquo;t stopped some aldermen from dishing some, with some incumbent candidates <a href="http://www.chicagonewscoop.org/aldermen-fret-political-fallout-from-blizzard/">worried</a> that they&rsquo;ll bear the political brunt in elections if neighborhood snow removal isn&rsquo;t deemed adequate.</p><p>On the other hand, some of those same aldermen are among the candidates perhaps <a href="http://www.chicagonewscoop.org/well-funded-new-political-group-makes-picks/">getting a boost</a> from the group For A Better Chicago. The business-backed PAC issued endorsements earlier this week, and has some money to throw around.<br /><br />Meanwhile, an American Airlines spokeswoman says the blizzard is to blame for the <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chibrknews-airlines-cancel-meeting-with-daley-20110203,0,6570355.story">cancellation</a> of a meeting with Daley and United Airlines. They were scheduled to talk on Thursday about the troubled plan for O&rsquo;Hare expansion; the Daley administration accused the airlines of stalling.</p><p>And talk of privatizing the Taste of Chicago has officially <a href="http://newsblogs.chicagotribune.com/clout_st/2011/02/city-hall-rejects-taste-of-chicago-private-takeover.html">stalled</a>, as the administration rejected the lone bid to take it over.</p><p><strong>County cuts coming</strong><br /><br />As for Cook County government, it seems to be <a href="http://www.chicagobusiness.com/section/blogs?blogID=greg-hinz&amp;plckController=Blog&amp;plckScript=blogScript&amp;plckElementId=blogDest&amp;plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&amp;plckPostId=Blog%3a1daca073-2eab-468e-9f19-ec177090a35cPost%3aadffc0e0-0fcb-4dff-98b4-05a053e1cfdc&amp;sid=sitelife.chicagobusiness.com#axzz1D0h9re9Q">full steam ahead</a> for budget cuts&mdash;Board President Toni Preckwinkle put out a proposal on Tuesday calling for some 2,000 layoffs, and County Sherriff Tom Dart seemed to be on board.</p><p>On the Board of Review for Cook County, meanwhile, is Michael Cabonargi. The SEC attorney was <a href="http://www.chicagobusiness.com/section/blogs?blogID=greg-hinz&amp;plckController=Blog&amp;plckScript=blogScript&amp;plckElementId=blogDest&amp;plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&amp;plckPostId=Blog%3a1daca073-2eab-468e-9f19-ec177090a35cPost%3a859ff0c8-ffa9-4b8c-b05a-67c80288357a&amp;sid=#axzz1D0h9re9Q">appointed</a> to replace Joe Berrios on the board that hears property tax appeals&mdash;47th ward alderman Gene Schulter famously quit his bid for re-election in an effort to snag this position for himself.</p><p><strong>State snow</strong><strong>ed out</strong></p><p>Not too much happened this week in the realm of state politics&mdash;the legislative session and committee meetings were all <a href="http://progressillinois.com/news/content/2011/01/31/general-assembly-cancels-work-week-because-snow?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ProgressIllinois+%28Progress+Illinois%29">cancelled</a> due to the blizzard.</p><p>On Monday, though, Governor Pat Quinn <a href="http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/01/31/illinois-governor-signs-civil-union-law/?partner=rssnyt&amp;emc=rss ">signed a bill</a> legalizing civil unions in the state. The law goes into effect June 1st. Last Friday, State Rep. Deb Mell said <a href="http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/%5Bfield_program_ref-title-raw%5D/civil-unions-law-state-rep-deb-mell-pushes-gay-marria">now&rsquo;s the time</a> to push for gay marriage.<br /><br /><strong>Some D.C. bits</strong></p><p>And in Washington, a repeal of last year&rsquo;s health care legislation was <a href="http://progressillinois.com/news/content/2011/02/03/effort-repeal-health-care-reform-dies-senate?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ProgressIllinois+%28Progress+Illinois%29">killed</a> in the Senate. Sen. Mark Kirk was among those voting for the repeal.</p><p>Also this week, 8th district Congressman Joe Walsh (who unseated Melissa Bean) <a href="http://progressillinois.com/news/content/2011/02/03/effort-repeal-health-care-reform-dies-senate?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ProgressIllinois+%28Progress+Illinois%29">scored</a> a House subcommittee chairmanship&mdash;a significant get for a freshman. <br /><br />That&rsquo;s it for the political week in review&mdash;let me know if we missed anything, and get some rest from shoveling this weekend!</p></p> Fri, 04 Feb 2011 18:22:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/best-game-town/2011-02-04/political-roundup-january-31st-%E2%80%93-february-4th-81796 Emanuel raising big money from out-of-towners http://www.wbez.org/story/bill-dock-walls/less-half-emanuels-reported-campaign-cash-coming-chicago-residents <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Rahm - AP file_0.png" alt="" /><p><p><em>Updated at 11:50 a.m.&nbsp; </em></p><p>Rahm Emanuel's campaign fund has racked up roughly $12 million dollars in the ex-White House chief of staff's quest to become Chicago's next mayor. But less than half of that cash came from inside the city limits.<br /><br />Emanuel's latest fundraising report, filed Thursday with the Illinois State Board of Elections, shows he is far outpacing his rivals in the race for mayor. His total includes the roughly $1.1 million he transferred from his federal campaign account - leftover funds from his congressional career.</p><p><strong>Help from California, New York</strong><br /><br />Emanuel got a big boost from some donors who will have no chance to vote in the February 22nd election. Based on the contributions itemized in Emanuel's reports through late last week, more than half of the money reported came from contributors with addresses outside Chicago. That includes a $50,000 donation from Donald Trump, $75,000 from Steven Spielberg, and more than $200,000 from Haim Saban, a former owner of Fox Family Channel, and his wife Cheryl. <br /><br />By way of context, 36 percent of the itemized cash raised by Mayor Richard Daley's 2007 re-election campaign came from donors with addresses outside the city. The report filed yesterday by Gery Chico, a former school board head and current mayoral contender, shows that 45 percent of the money listed in his itemized contributions came from outside Chicago. <br /><br />While Emanuel raised hefty donation totals from around the country, with big hauls from residents of New York City and Beverly Hills, nearly all of Chico's non-Chicago dollars came from the suburbs.<br /><br />Emanuel's campaign, in emails Friday morning, chose to focus on other numbers - individual contributors rather than dollars - that could indicate stronger local support. According to spokesman Ben LaBolt, non-Chicagoans made up just 39 percent of Emanuel's campaign donors through Wednesday.</p><p><strong>Chico takes second</strong><br /><br />All told, Chico reported raising more than $2.5 million dollars for his campaign.</p><p>Another candidate, Patricia Van Pelt Watkins, raised just over a half-million dollars. Close to $300,000 of that came from Pastor Joseph L. Stanford of Ambassadors for Christ Ministries, who is the founder of Target Area Development Corporation, the group Van Pelt Watkins led until she began her campaign for mayor. She was also helped by an excess of $82,000 in donations from the organization's staff.</p><p>Former U.S. Sen. Carol Moseley Braun's campaign filed a report declaring close to $450,000 in donations. Community activist Bill &quot;Dock&quot; Walls reported raising no money during the second half of 2010 in his run for mayor.</p><p>As of late Friday morning, campaign finance reports were not available on the election board's website for mayoral candidate Miguel del Valle, who is currently the Chicago city clerk.</p><p><strong>Where the Daley money has gone</strong></p><p>Mayor Daley's refusal to make a public endorsement in the mayoral election does not mean his top donors have decided to sit on the fence, as well.</p><p>In the four years prior to his 2007 re-election, Daley received $25,000 or more in contributions from at least 63 different people, political action committees, unions or businesses. A quick look at the recently-filed campaign finance reports reveals that at least 17 of those Daley-backers have given money to Emanuel's campaign, accounting for more than $900,000. These include gifts from some of the biggest names in Chicago business: John A. Canning, Jr., Richard Driehaus, , Kenneth C. Griffin, Mellody L. Hobson - the list goes on.</p><p>Chico scored cash from a small handful of the top Daley backers, most notably Patrick G. Ryan, the Olympic booster and founder of Aon. Moseley Braun received a large chunk of her fundraising total from another Daley donor, John W. Rogers, Jr., founder of Ariel Investments. Rogers gave her $100,000.&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 21 Jan 2011 11:54:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/bill-dock-walls/less-half-emanuels-reported-campaign-cash-coming-chicago-residents No spark in first major Chicago mayoral debate http://www.wbez.org/story/bill-dock-walls/no-spark-first-major-debate-mayorals-race <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Photo125.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>In their first major televised debate, candidates for Chicago mayor tried to prove to the 250 high schoolers in attendance - and everyone watching at home - that they know how to improve the city's schools, decrease the drop-out rate and prevent crime.</p><p>Facing several dozen questions from the students, the mayoral hopefuls provided little drama and few specifics in their responses. Instead, they shared snippets from their campaign platforms.</p><p>Miguel del Valle says if teacher training, mentoring and evaluating are improved, &quot;You will be able to weed out the individuals who should go into another profession. They shouldn't be teaching.&quot;<br /> <br /> Gery Chico wants to give a laptop computer to every student, a plan he defended to a skeptical student.</p><p>&quot;Instead of just using textbooks, and say, 'Open your social studies book to Chapter 5. Let's read about China,' I'd rather you be able to have you get on Skype and talk to your counterparts in Beijing,&quot; Chico said.</p><p>Carol Moseley Braun said that to help reduce Chicagos' dropout rate, it is up to schools to provide alternatives to gangs.<br /> <br />&quot;If basketball is somebody's life, that they can have basketball at school, and that'd be an incentive for them to stay in,&quot; Moseley Braun said.<br /> <br /> To make sure all kids have access to a variety of extra-curricular activities, Rahm Emanuel said he wants to &quot;consolidate&quot; schools.<br /> <br /> &quot;That's the tough choices we're going to have to make,&quot; Emanuel said. &quot;So you can make sure you get what you need.&quot;</p><p>The two other candidates for mayor, Bill &quot;Dock&quot; Walls and Patricia Van Pelt Watkins, were not invited to attend. Nonetheless, Van Pelt Watkins answered all the questions posed to the other candidates, according to her campaign. The video is posted on her <a href="http://www.patriciaforchicago.com/">website</a>.</p><p>The forum was sponsored by WTTW public television, which <a href="http://www.wttw.com/main.taf?p=42,8,80">broadcast it</a> Monday night, and Mikva Challenge, a group that tries to get students involved in politics and government.</p><p>School violence and harassment also came up during the debate, and three of the four candidates said they had personally been victims of bullying.</p><p>Asked for deatils following the debate, Emanuel said his bike was stolen and he was beat up after returning from a summer trip to Israel.<br /><br />&quot;That type of bullying happened when I was growing up because of what I look like when I get very tan, dark,&quot; Emanuel said.<br /><br />Miguel del Valle also said he received a lot of bruises.<br /><br />&quot;It was racial,&quot; Del Valle told reporters. &quot;I was one of the first Latino families to move into the neighborhood.&quot;<br /><br />Carol Moseley Braun says there was this one girl in particular who would pick on her over and over again.<br /><br />&quot;One day I just kind of went berserk,&quot; Moseley Braun said, laughing. &quot;She didn't pick on me anymore.&quot;<br /><br />The only candidate to say he was not bullied was Gery Chico.<br /><br />&quot;You know, you got in one or two fights in my neighborhood. You learned how to defend yourself,&quot; Chico said. &quot;You won a couple fights. They left you alone.&quot;</p></p> Tue, 18 Jan 2011 06:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/bill-dock-walls/no-spark-first-major-debate-mayorals-race