WBEZ | Mayor http://www.wbez.org/tags/mayor Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Who was 25-year-old Rahm Emanuel? http://www.wbez.org/series/year-25/who-was-25-year-old-rahm-emanuel-108327 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/rahm25yo.jpg" alt="" /><p><p dir="ltr">As mayor of the city of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel&rsquo;s days are anything but repetitive.</p><p dir="ltr">Some days, he crisscrosses the city for press conferences, packing in <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/midterm-emanuel-still-cozy-city-council-107199">phone calls to aldermen</a> and business leaders on the way.</p><p dir="ltr">Other days, he&rsquo;s in meetings at City Hall, talking Wrigley renovations or budget fixes, or maybe even calling President Barack Obama to talk over top issues, and who knows what else.</p><p dir="ltr">He&rsquo;s known to try to squeeze in a <a href="http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324564704578626070625333886.html">workout</a> wherever he can, and sometimes, he commutes to work on the <a href="http://redeyechicago.tumblr.com/post/57525285278/our-mayor-really-gets-around">train </a>to mix things up a bit.</p><p>But 25-year-old Emanuel nailed down a pattern and stuck to it.</p><p>The year was 1984. Emanuel lived in Lakeview, near Waveland and Southport, in an old house converted into four apartments. He distinctly remembers his neighbors from that house: Emanuel was a graduate student at Northwestern University then, and would take the L back and forth to class every day.</p><p>As he recalls, there was just one restaurant by the Southport train station: a pizza place that sold pies by the slice.</p><p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;d get off the train after school, get dinner, which was a slice of pizza, eat it walking home, and sit down and do my homework,&rdquo; Emanuel said. &ldquo;Is that pathetic?&rdquo;</p><p>Emanuel&rsquo;s two-bedroom apartment was on the second floor of the house. His rent: $330. And that included utilities.</p><p>&ldquo;You couldn&rsquo;t touch a parking space for $330 there today,&rdquo; Emanuel said.</p><p>His classes were at <a href="http://www.northwestern.edu/magazine/spring2012/feature/in-your-face-sidebar/rahms-grad-school-days-at-northwestern.html">Northwestern</a>&rsquo;s School of Speech and Communications, where he studied mass communications and classical rhetorical theory.</p><p>Emanuel squeezed the master&rsquo;s program into nine months.</p><p>&ldquo;It was basically I wanted to do mental gymnastics for a year, &rdquo; Emanuel said. &ldquo;When I had graduated [from undergrad] and started working, I was not done enjoying the life of the mind, so to say.&rdquo;</p><p>The mayor said 25 marked a critical point. He always knew he wanted to go to graduate school, but that year he realized it was now or never.</p><p>When he wasn&rsquo;t debating about Aristotle or Cicero, Emanuel dabbled in political work. He spent some of that year at the Illinois Public Action Council. He was also in the throes of then-Congressman Paul Simon&rsquo;s campaign for a U.S. Senate seat, where he worked alongside people like Lisa Madigan, David Axelrod and Forrest Claypool, to name a few.</p><p>And yes, he was still <a href="http://www.joffrey.org/node/2854">dancing </a>when he was 25 years old. Twice a week.</p><p>Emanuel was a serious dancer in his youth, even earning a scholarship to the Joffrey Ballet. He passed it up to go to Sarah Lawrence. He says once the pressure was off to dance professionally, he wanted to get back to it.</p><p>Dance, Emanuel says, was important for discipline, as well as exercise.</p><p>But come on, besides all that, he must have been doing some socializing and dating as a twenty-something, right?</p><p>Emanuel says he&rsquo;ll keep most of those stories under wraps, but that his 25-year-old self was very much in the mindset of: &ldquo;I&rsquo;m gonna be single for the rest of my life.&rdquo;</p><p>There was one woman he dated that year. Emanuel says the relationship ended when she decided to move to Washington, D.C. for a job, and he wanted to stay in Chicago.</p><p>But amid all the pizza, Aristotle, politics and ballet, Emanuel&rsquo;s sights were already set on Washington.</p><p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m going to finish Northwestern,&rdquo; Emanuel said was the goal. &ldquo;And I&rsquo;m going to try and figure out how to one day work for a person who&rsquo;s going to be elected president.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr"><em>Lauren Chooljian is WBEZ&rsquo;s Morning Producer/Reporter. Follow her<a href="http://twitter.com/triciabobeda"> </a><a href="https://twitter.com/laurenchooljian">@laurenchooljian</a>.</em></p></p> Wed, 07 Aug 2013 16:47:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/year-25/who-was-25-year-old-rahm-emanuel-108327 Former Gary, Indiana Mayor Rudy Clay dies at age 77 http://www.wbez.org/news/former-gary-indiana-mayor-rudy-clay-dies-age-77-107543 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP329880679245.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson is remembering her predecessor, Rudy Clay, as an icon in the community.</p><p>Freeman-Wilson issued a statement following Clay&#39;s death Tuesday saying &quot;his heart for the citizens of Gary, Indiana will be remembered and cherished for years to come.&quot;</p><p>Freeman-Wilson&#39;s office says the cause of death has not been confirmed but Clay had been battling prostate cancer for more than two years. He was 77.</p><p>Clay was appointed mayor by Democratic leaders in 2006 and elected to a four-year term the following year. He was seeking-re-election in 2011 when he dropped the effort because of the cancer.</p><p>She says Clay truly cared about people.</p><p>&ldquo;He cared about their everyday needs as simple as whether they could pay their light and gas bills or whether or not they had places to live and places to shop,&rdquo; she told WBEZ.&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 05 Jun 2013 08:46:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/former-gary-indiana-mayor-rudy-clay-dies-age-77-107543 Mayor Richard M. Daley: An Appraisal http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/mayor-richard-m-daley-appraisal-107250 <p><p><strong>Keith Koeneman</strong> writes about Chicago history, politics and culture. &nbsp;His recently released book on the retired mayor of Chicago, &quot;<em>First Son: The Biography of Richard M. Daley</em>,&quot; was built on unprecedented access to the key players in the long-running Daley administration. The book tells the story of a complicated leader&mdash;sensitive and tough, impatient and persistent&mdash;who as mayor not only ran but also embodied Chicago.</p><div>In <em>First Son: The Biography of Richard M. Daley</em>, Koeneman chronicles the complex and often contradictory life of an American political legend. &nbsp;Through more than 100 interviews, he tells an up-close, insider story of political triumph and personal evolution, highlighting Daley&rsquo;s achievements and mistakes.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Koeneman also demonstrates how Daley&rsquo;s influence expanded beyond his beloved city, especially after protégés Rahm Emanuel, David Axelrod and Valerie Jarrett, as well as his confidant and brother Bill Daley, became major players under President Obama.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/EC-webstory_17.jpg" style="float: left;" title="" /></div></div><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><br /><br />Recorded live Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at Elmhurst College.</p></p> Wed, 08 May 2013 15:21:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/mayor-richard-m-daley-appraisal-107250 Gary's new mayor makes history--and plans to revitalize the city http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-29/garys-new-mayor-makes-history-and-plans-revitalize-city-94417 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-November/2011-11-29/Democrat Karen Freeman-Wilson is greeted by a shopper at Fresh County Market in Gary, Ind. as she campaigns on election day Tuesday Nov. 8, 2011. (AP PhotoSun-Times Media, Stephanie Dowell).jpg" alt="" /><p><p><a href="http://karenaboutgary.com/Advisory-Task-Force/index.html" target="_blank">Karen Freeman-Wilson</a> won the race for mayor of Gary, Indiana back in November; in the process, she made history. Freeman-Wilson is the state’s first African-American female mayor and Gary’s first female mayor.</p><p>Freeman-Wilson was born and raised in Gary and attended <a href="http://www.law.harvard.edu/index.html" target="_blank">Harvard Law School</a>. Her hometown faces big struggles, from high unemployment to chronic crime, but Freeman-Wilson said she has a plan: It is called Blueprint for Rebuilding Gary.</p><p>Her ambitions include bringing new business to the area, creating jobs and improving the city’s infrastructure. However, her biggest challenge will be getting citizens to have hope in their city.</p><p>Mayor-elect Freeman-Wilson joined <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> to talk about what she hoped to accomplish and how she planned to do it. She will officially be sworn into office on Dec. 31.</p><p><em>Music Button: Louis Armstrong and the All Stars, "Back Home Again In Indiana", from the album The California Concerts, (Decca)</em></p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 29 Nov 2011 15:30:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-29/garys-new-mayor-makes-history-and-plans-revitalize-city-94417 Naperville council votes to end red light cameras http://www.wbez.org/story/naperville-council-votes-end-red-light-cameras-93703 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/archives/images/cityroom/cityroom_20100610_akeefe_1238416_Red _large.png" alt="" /><p><p>West suburban Naperville is ending it's red-light camera program. A split vote on Tuesday resulted in the council nixing the red light camera program. They cited statistics that show red light cameras have reduced collisions at some intersections.</p><p>But two of the city's three cameras must be removed during upcoming construction. Council members have debated whether it makes financial sense to keep the last camera.</p><p>Karen DeAngelis is the Director of Finance for the city of Naperville. She said the average net monthly revenue is $65,000 dollars from all three cameras. The average monthly maintenance is $29,000 dollars. DeAngelis said the remaining camera is at the least violated of all intersections, so it may not result in the city making money off of it.</p><p>Councilman Bob Fieseler said that's in part because motorists have become more cautious and there are now fewer violations.</p><p>"Let's take government out of the enforcement business until there's a problem," Fieseler said.</p><p>Fieseler said the question remains as to whether violations will creep back up without the cameras.</p><p>In January, Naperville will go back to catching motorists entirely the old fashioned way with police officers.</p><p>Stopping the camera program will pile an additional $200,000 dollars to the city's $1.9 million dollar shortfall in next year's budget.</p></p> Wed, 02 Nov 2011 19:27:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/naperville-council-votes-end-red-light-cameras-93703 Assessing Chicago's green credentials during a budget crisis http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-09-22/assessing-chicagos-green-credentials-during-budget-crisis-92314 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-September/2011-09-22/Chicago River.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Former Mayor Richard M. Daley wanted to make Chicago the <a href="http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/daleys-green-crusade" target="_blank">greenest city in America</a>. He got a lot of credit for being environmentally friendly but the record turned out to be mixed: more green roofs but still no city-wide recycling. And despite claims that the Chicago River's water quality improved more recently, it became clear that the river still ran dirty. The federal government said it wants the river <a href="http://articles.chicagobreakingnews.com/2011-06-02/news/29614721_1_sewage-overflows-chicago-river-waterways" target="_blank">cleaned up</a> and Mayor Emanuel signaled that he had his eye on it too - he wants it to be a <a href="http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/mayor/press_room/press_releases/2011/september_2011/mayor_rahm_emanuelannouncesplanstomakethechicagoriverthecitysnex.html" target="_blank">recreational space for residents</a>. But how central are environmental considerations to Chicago politics? And what happens to sustainability in the face of a budget crisis? To find out, <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> was joined by <a href="http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/hhenderson/" target="_blank">Henry Henderson</a>, director of the <a href="http://www.nrdc.org/" target="_blank">Natural Resources Defense Council's</a> Midwest program.</p><p><em>Music Button: Balkan Beat Box, "Delancy-Stefano Miele Balkan Carnival Remix", from the album Nu Made, (JDub)</em></p></p> Thu, 22 Sep 2011 13:28:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-09-22/assessing-chicagos-green-credentials-during-budget-crisis-92314 Area mayors look for opportunities to collaborate with Chicago http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-08-24/chicago-area-mayors-look-opportunities-collaborate-big-city-90955 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-August/2011-08-24/Rahm - AP.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>From the roar of planes overhead to the earth below the runways, airports have long been a point of contention between Chicago and its neighbors. In 1989, a group of suburban mayors declared all-out war with Chicago over the proposed expansion of O’Hare International Airport. The struggle, contentious or not, inspired former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley to later call for region-wide economic cooperation.</p><p>On Monday, Mayor Rahm Emanuel continued that conversation in a meeting with the <a href="http://www.mayorscaucus.org/" target="_blank">Metropolitan Mayors Caucus</a>. To find out more about their priorities for cooperation with the City of Big Shoulders, <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> was joined by three mayors who attended the meeting: <a href="http://addisonadvantage.org/government/board.shtml" target="_blank">Larry Hartwig</a>, mayor of west suburban <a href="http://addisonadvantage.org/" target="_blank">Addison</a> and the executive coard chair of the <a href="http://www.mayorscaucus.org/">Metropolitan Mayors Caucus</a>;<a href="http://www.tinleypark.org/votp.asp?ctp=government/mayor/welcomemessage.htm" target="_blank"> Ed Zabrocki</a>, mayor of <a href="http://www.tinleypark.org/" target="_blank">Tinley Park</a> and vice-chair of the caucus and Gene Williams, mayor of <a href="http://www.lynwoodil.us/" target="_blank">Lynwood</a> and president of <a href="http://www.ssmma.org/" target="_blank">South Suburban Mayors and Managers</a><strong>.</strong></p><p><em>Music Button: Shawn Lee &amp; Clutchy Hopkins, "Full Moon" from the CD Clutch of the Tiger (Ubiquity)</em></p></p> Wed, 24 Aug 2011 13:57:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-08-24/chicago-area-mayors-look-opportunities-collaborate-big-city-90955 Claypool on CTA budget: Springfield mandates and health obligations led to ‘fiscal abyss’ http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-06-23/claypool-cta-budget-springfield-mandates-and-health-obligations-led-%E2%80%98fis <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-June/2011-06-23/claypool.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel didn’t waste any time putting his picks in some of city’s top positions. Forrest Claypool is an old ally of the mayor’s and a longtime political player. Emanuel tapped him to run the Chicago Transit Authority. Previously, Claypool was a Cook County commissioner and ran the Chicago Park District under former Mayor Richard M. Daley. In 2010, Claypool lost a bid for Cook County Assessor.<br> <br> Claypool has run as and been called a reformer. &nbsp;He has come up against unions in the past, which could become an issue as the CTA confronts a budget deficit. <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> was joined by the CTA president to learn more about what Chicago can expect from bus and rail service.</p><p><strong>WBEZ:</strong> A couple of eyebrows were raised when your appointment was announced. You’re the third head of the CTA that doesn’t come with a background in transportation, with that kind of experience in ground transportation. What do you hope to accomplish on the job? Why did you want to take this?</p><p><strong>CLAYPOOL:</strong> Public transit is one of the most critical things for a great metropolis. The great thing about the great cities like Chicago and New York is the density that generates wealth and energy and activity of people who want to come together and be creative and create commerce. A strong public transit system is the artery and the links that allow people to move to and from quickly and efficiently, for job purposes, for business purposes and to link communities together seamlessly. I don’t think people really fully realize how wealth producing, job producing mass transit is when it’s done right, and how critical it is to the quality of life in the city. So it’s a critical mission and a huge management challenge, which is why I’m grateful to Mayor Emanuel because my career has been as a public manager and I think I’ve had success in the past in a lot of different roles and I think this is a big challenge that I welcome.</p><p><strong>WBEZ:</strong>You said [the CTA] can be an economic driver if it’s done right. You have a reputation as a reformer. That was your track record at the Chicago Parks District. What does reform look like at the CTA? How do you do it right?</p><p><strong>CLAYPOOL:</strong> It’s finally dealing with the economic realities. That’s going to be true at the schools; it’s going to be true at City Hall. The CTA has lived on borrowed time, borrowing hundreds of millions of dollars every year in recent years to balance the budget, borrowing from the future to pay for current expenses. You just can’t continue to do that. We have a big investment challenge in that the infrastructure is in declining health. It is difficult to improve service if you have an infrastructure that needs billions of dollars in repairs. So the first order of business is to right the fiscal ship. The problem has been that the legislature in Springfield has imposed huge new mandates, about $130 million a year in new spending imposed upon us by new legislative fiat for pension and health-care obligations, declining state of federal aid, a whole host of issues that have led us to the fiscal abyss and that’ll be the biggest challenge we have.</p><p><strong>On Budget Deficit</strong></p><p><strong>WBEZ:</strong> You said this is the perfect budget storm. This year, what kind of deficit are you facing?</p><p><strong>Claypool:</strong>We don’t know exactly yet. All I can say is that at this point it will be severe. It will be unprecedented. And it will be a major challenge. That is where most of our effort and focus is right now. But while we’re dealing with that, we want to make sure we can do everything we can from a management perspective to make the system the best it can be for our customers. That is why this week, we launched a major security initiative with Chicago Police Department to put more police officers on the trains, undercover as well as visible, wolf pack patrols, and saturating the system with cameras. I think our safety is our number one issue but also the safety and cleanliness of the system for our customers.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>On CTA Security</strong></p><p><strong>WBEZ:</strong> You got money from Homeland Security to put some 3,000 new cameras -- double what was already there. We did a lot of those kind of security upgrades in the way after September 11th. Is safety still an issue on the CTA? Is terrorism a concern?</p><p><strong>Claypool: </strong>We live in a unique age and I think we have to be very vigilant. Our security and safety people work closely with the all agencies to try to make the system as secure as possible. Safety is the number one priority.</p><p><strong>On Service Cuts</strong></p><p><strong>WBEZ: </strong>In previous years, we’ve seen cuts to service, we’ve seen layoffs. Are those going to happen?</p><p><strong>Claypool: </strong>Again, it’s too early to tell. We’re digging in deep, the budget will be due in late fall. I don’t think people really fully understand that the CTA has been used as a piggybank by politicians in the past. The average fare is actually 98 cents. We were required by law to provide discounted fares for seniors, veterans, law enforcement, students and for everyone else a higher fare. It gives you a sense that for a system of this magnitude, for all its needs, only getting 98 cents for every rider, that is part the issue of the CTA’s fiscal challenges.</p><p><strong>On Fare Hikes</strong></p><p><strong>WBEZ:</strong> The mayor said he doesn’t want to see a fare hike. Is that feasible? Are you going to have to raise fares?</p><p><strong>Claypool:</strong> Again, it’s too early. We don’t have enough facts, enough information about what needs to be done. It is clear there is an appetite for transit, there is a demand that is there and growing. They understand that with gas and parking prices.</p><p><strong>On Union Labor</strong></p><p><strong>WBEZ:</strong> What are you going to be asking union labors for?</p><p><strong>Claypool:</strong> We’re definitely going to be having some very direct conversations. I’ve already had some conversations with our union leader and they know it’s going to be a difficult budget and they should prepare for that.</p><p><strong>WBEZ:</strong>What should they prepare for?</p><p><strong>Claypool:</strong>They should be prepared for that it is not going to be business as usual. It’s not a typical year in which they can expect normal activity.</p><p><strong>WBEZ:</strong> They’ve faced layoffs before. They’re paying more for health care and pension. Is more of that coming?</p><p><strong>Claypool: </strong>Again, the pension and health-care issue should not be a major issue. What happened was the legislature had the CTA pay upfront for all the benefits, which is an additional $130 million burden. And that will grow more than 10 percent of our operating budget.</p><p><strong>WBEZ: </strong>What is the solution?</p><p><strong>Claypool:</strong> Increasing ridership is the solution, but it’s a chicken-and-egg game. The Red Line, our workhorse, is in need of repair. The slow zones are preventing enough trains which do nothing to help increase ridership. If you can improve the system, add more trains, speed the faster trains.</p><p><strong>WBEZ:</strong> What about privatizing like selling station names?</p><p><strong>Claypool:</strong> We’re looking to maximize revenue but it’s not a panacea. It’s not going to solve the budget deficit. Privatizing doesn’t really play into the CTA going forward. Our core mission is the delivery of services. Any sort of lease arrangements make sense if all the money all goes back into the city, not the operating expenses. I’m hoping for reform legislation to allow private investment in rail, especially with the government pulling back.</p><p><em>Music Button: Shawn Lee, "Lucy Lucy", from the CD Sing A Song, (Ubiquity)</em></p></p> Thu, 23 Jun 2011 13:26:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-06-23/claypool-cta-budget-springfield-mandates-and-health-obligations-led-%E2%80%98fis A reporter's view of Chicago's City Council http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-05-05/reporters-view-chicagos-city-council-86103 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-May/2011-05-05/City Hall Flickr Leonardo Bonanni.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Wednesday's <a href="http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/about/council.html" target="_blank">City Council</a> meeting was also the last for 13 aldermen. Their replacements, along with the new mayor, will be sworn in on May 16. Meanwhile, as the new 50-member council gets underway, <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> wondered, who will be watching what they're up to? And how do they do it?<br> <br> For advice, <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> turned to reporter Mick Dumke from the <a href="http://www.chicagoreader.com/" target="_blank"><em>Chicago Reader</em></a>. Dumke has uncovered dozens of stories about City Hall, and has also taught an actual class about how to cover city hall.</p><p><em>Music Button: Oranj Symphonette, "March of the Cue Balls", from the CD Plays Mancini, (Grammavision)</em></p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 05 May 2011 14:03:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-05-05/reporters-view-chicagos-city-council-86103 Hammond GOP mayoral hopeful out http://www.wbez.org/story/george-janiec/hammond-gop-mayoral-hopeful-out-84515 <p><p><span id="internal-source-marker_0.7241763980135641" style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; font-weight: normal; font-style: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">A Lake County, Indiana judge says George Janiec is ineligible to run in the Hammond mayoral primary because he is a member of the city’s nonpartisan public school board.</span></p><p><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; font-weight: normal; font-style: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Lake County Superior Court Judge Jesse Villalpando Jr.’s ruling says if Janiec wants to run in the race, he’ll have to resign from the school board first.</span></p><p><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; font-weight: normal; font-style: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">“Janiec is the person who created this controversy and logically is the only person who can remove the condition undermining his municipal ambitions. He still has time to help himself,” Villalpando wrote in his ruling released Wednesday afternoon.</span><br> <span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; font-weight: normal; font-style: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Four years ago, Janiec came within 500 votes of upsetting incumbent Hammond Mayor Tom McDermott Jr.</span></p><p><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; font-weight: normal; font-style: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Janiec won a seat on the Hammond school board just last year, but in February, he wanted another crack at trying to become mayor of Northwest Indiana’s largest city.</span></p><p><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; font-weight: normal; font-style: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Earlier this month, his candidacy was challenged by a Hammond resident on the grounds that Janiec could not run for a partisan office while holding a position on a nonpartisan board.</span><br> <span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; font-weight: normal; font-style: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">A majority of the Lake County Election and Voters Registration Board agreed and voted to remove Janiec from the primary ballot at its meeting in early March.</span></p><p><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; font-weight: normal; font-style: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Janiec challenged that ruling in Lake County Superior Court.</span></p><p><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; font-weight: normal; font-style: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">“On the day before filing closed in February, 2011, as Janiec himself told the court on March 29, Janiec broke that pledge when he filed his Declaration of Candidacy for Municipal Election, declaring himself a partisan candidate for Mayor, City of Hammond,” Villalpando wrote.</span></p><p><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; font-weight: normal; font-style: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Villalpando had said last week that he would rule by this Friday, April 1; instead, he ruled two days earlier than that. The judge has noted that, in this case, “time is of the essence” because early voting ballots have already been printed without Janiec’s name included.</span><br> <span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; font-weight: normal; font-style: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Early voting starts Monday, with the primary opening on May 3.</span></p><p><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; font-weight: normal; font-style: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Villalpando has scheduled a final hearing on the case for Thursday at 3 p.m. at his downtown Hammond courtroom. </span><br> <span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; font-weight: normal; font-style: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"> </span></p></p> Thu, 31 Mar 2011 00:30:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/george-janiec/hammond-gop-mayoral-hopeful-out-84515