WBEZ | aldermanic elections http://www.wbez.org/tags/aldermanic-elections Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Stone loses 50th Ward, offers no apologies http://www.wbez.org/story/50th-ward/stone-loses-50th-ward-offers-no-apologies-84802 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-April/2011-04-06/P1000355.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>In a race that dislodged Chicago’s second-longest serving member of City Council, &nbsp;Alderman Bernard L. Stone lost his seat of nearly 38 years to a political newcomer. Debra Silverstein, a certified public accountant, swept the ward with 62 percent of the vote, against Stone’s 38 percent. For many residents of this ethnically and religiously diverse far North Side ward, Silverstein will be the first new alderman within their lifetimes.</p><p>“This has been a very tough campaign,” Stone told reporters from his campaign headquarters, which adjoin his ward office in the Lincoln Village shopping center. “I’ve never had the situation where I’m up against the machine. I’ve always been the machine, this time I’m against the machine,” he said. Throughout the race, Stone railed against Silverstein’s endorsements from mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel, labor unions, and the political apparatus that her husband, Ira Silverstein, commands as Democratic Committeeman of the 50th Ward. Stone was committeeman until he lost that post to Ira Silverstein in 2008.</p><p>Debra Silverstein ran on a largely negative platform, often claiming that Stone’s office failed to provide basic constituent services, such as street cleaning, filling potholes, and baiting alleys for rats. “The people of the 50th Ward are really ready for change,” said Silverstein at her campaign victory party at Great Chicago Food and Beverage on Devon Avenue. “There are so many things that we can do for this ward, and somebody has to get in there with the vision and the determination to turn things around for the betterment of the community, and I hope to be that person,” she said.</p><p>Stone has called this race against Debra Silverstein the most “personal” of his political career. “I started her husband in politics,” Stone said, referring to Ira Silverstein, who is also a state senator. “I gave him his first boost, and in turn what they did is they stripped me of everything. So why should I do anything to help her?”</p><p>After conceding to Silverstein over the phone, Stone walked from his campaign headquarters to Pure Cafe, around the corner, where his supporters gathered for food and muted reflection. Stone sat with his family and ate soup between interviews and phone calls. “I’m proud of services that I’ve rendered in my ward. I’m proud of the things we’ve built in my ward. And I’m proud of everything we’ve done,” said the 83-year old politician. “I don’t want to apologize for anything I’ve done. I made mistakes, but I’m human. Humans make mistakes.” Stone gave no concession speech.</p><p>In the following interview, WBEZ’s Odette Yousef asks Stone whether he will help Silverstein transition into office and what he hopes his legacy will be.</p><p><audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1332483432-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2011-april/2011-04-06/berny-two-way.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></p></p> Wed, 06 Apr 2011 06:35:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/50th-ward/stone-loses-50th-ward-offers-no-apologies-84802 Stone: “I’m the aggrieved party” in attack ad campaign http://www.wbez.org/story/50th-ward/stone-%E2%80%9Ci%E2%80%99m-aggrieved-party%E2%80%9D-attack-ad-campaign-84510 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-March/2011-03-30/for web.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>50th Ward Alderman Bernard Stone testified under oath Wednesday that he had no idea his reelection campaign was paying an outside committee to attack his opponent. Stone testified in a public hearing at the Illinois State Board of Elections as part of an investigation into Concerned Citizens of the 50th Ward, a political action committee that originally filed as independent of any candidate. But Stone’s campaign manager, Abrar “Adam” Quader, admitted he directed about $13,000 from the Bernard L. Stone Campaign Committee to pay for mailers, robocalls, and other communications that explicitly attacked Debra Silverstein, Stone’s opponent in this year’s city council race. Quader said he was responsible for the content of those materials and for the funding of the PAC, even though its papers were filed under the name of a 22-year old student at Truman College.</p><div style="background-color: transparent; "><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; white-space: pre-wrap; ">Stone said at the hearing that he is treasurer of his own campaign committee, and signed the checks that ultimately went to Concerned Citizens of the 50th Ward. But under questioning by the attorney for the complainant, Stone admitted that he had absolutely no knowledge of what one check, for $4000, covered. </span></div><div style="background-color: transparent; ">&nbsp;</div><div style="background-color: transparent; "><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; white-space: pre-wrap; ">“I never reviewed their invoices,” said Stone. “I put my complete trust in Mr. Quader.”</span><br> <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; white-space: pre-wrap; ">The Board investigation was prompted by a complaint by David Lifsics, a volunteer with the Silverstein campaign. Debra Silverstein has complained in several interviews about the shadowy organization that blitzed ward residents one week before the February 22 election. Prior to Lifisics’s complaint, the shadowy organization had not filed any financial disclosure forms, as required by the State Board of Elections. It also did not establish a bank account to accept contributions until after the complaint was filed. Its chairman, political science student Erik Avila, said all its funds came from the Bernard L Stone Campaign Committee. Avila said Concerned Citizens of the 50th Ward still has between $15,000 and $16,000 debt.</span><br> <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; white-space: pre-wrap; ">But under oath Wednesday, Stone said he was the victim in this matter. “What I'm saying here is that I'm the aggrieved party. Money was misdirected, my instructions were not followed.” Stone blamed Quader, saying Quader had led him to believe that the checks were being used to pay for mailings directly from his campaign. </span></div><div style="background-color: transparent; ">&nbsp;</div><div style="background-color: transparent; "><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; white-space: pre-wrap; ">“Everything that Concerned Citizens put out in those brochures was true,” said Stone. “I didn't say it wasn't true, but it was... negative campaigning. I refused to have gone down to that level.” </span></div><div style="background-color: transparent; ">&nbsp;</div><div style="background-color: transparent; "><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; white-space: pre-wrap; ">Stone said once he found out that Quader had routed money to Concerned Citizens of the 50th Ward, after the Feb. 22 election, they severed ties.</span><br> <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; white-space: pre-wrap; ">Stone also told reporters that he was hurt by the signs produced by Concerned Citizens of the 50th Ward, because they showed his name alongside that of Mayor-Elect Rahm Emanuel. </span></div><div style="background-color: transparent; ">&nbsp;</div><div style="background-color: transparent; "><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; white-space: pre-wrap; ">“They cost me votes by putting out those signs, which show ‘Emanuel and Stone,’” said Stone. “All the Orthodox Jews did not support Rahm, because Rahm had done stuff that was negative, as far as the Orthodox Jews were concerned.” </span></div><div style="background-color: transparent; ">&nbsp;</div><div style="background-color: transparent; "><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; white-space: pre-wrap; ">The 50th Ward has a significant population of Orthodox Jewish voters, and both Stone and Silverstein are from that community. Emanuel has endorsed Silverstein. </span><br> <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; white-space: pre-wrap; ">This race, which has gone to a run-off, has become a tight one. Stone has held the seat for almost 38 years, and argues his experience is more critical than ever because the city’s budget troubles are mounting and Chicago will see new leadership under Emanuel and a slate of new city council members. But many in the ward point to its physical appearance and say it has deteriorated under Stone, and that they’re ready for someone new. Silverstein, a certified public accountant, has latched onto that sentiment in her campaign. A political newcomer herself, Silverstein still brings significant political power to her bid from her husband, Ira Silverstein. Ira Silverstein is the area’s state senator, as well as the 50th ward’s Democratic committeeman. That has concerned some ward residents, who worry too much power would be concentrated in one family.</span></div></p> Wed, 30 Mar 2011 22:58:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/50th-ward/stone-%E2%80%9Ci%E2%80%99m-aggrieved-party%E2%80%9D-attack-ad-campaign-84510 Video debrief: Final hours of the Februrary municipal election http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-02-21/video-debrief-final-hours-februrary-municipal-election-82670 <p><p><iframe height="281" frameborder="0" width="500" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/20216241?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0&amp;color=b30000"></iframe></p><p>WBEZ's Steve Edwards and Sam Hudzik debrief on the final hours of the 2011 mayoral campaigns.</p></p> Mon, 21 Feb 2011 22:19:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-02-21/video-debrief-final-hours-februrary-municipal-election-82670 Does Chicago really need 50 aldermen? http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/does-chicago-really-need-50-aldermen <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/preckwinkle at board_2.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Currently, there are 50 aldermen on city council&mdash;one for each ward. But according to one of &quot;Eight Forty-Eight's&quot; guests Monday, it could be smaller. Emily Miller is a policy and government affairs coordinator with watchdog organization the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.bettergov.org/">Better Government Association</a>. A <a target="_blank" href="http://bgathinktank.wordpress.com/2010/12/10/cutting-size-of-chicago-city-council-bga-analysis-does-the-math/">new analysis</a> from the BGA says downsizing Chicago&rsquo;s city council and consolidating wards could streamline city government and save taxpayers millions. Not so fast, says former alderman <a target="_blank" href="http://www.uic.edu/depts/pols/faculty/dicksimpson.html">Dick Simpson</a>, who currently heads up the University of Illinois at Chicago&rsquo;s department of political science.</p></p> Mon, 24 Jan 2011 14:52:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/does-chicago-really-need-50-aldermen Mayor Monday: WBEZ's bureau reporters break down some of Chicago's aldermanic races http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/mayor-monday-wbezs-bureau-reporters-break-down-some-chicagos-aldermanic-races <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Retta Phelan Shawn Allee.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>On this week's <a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/mayor-monday"><em>Mayor Monday</em></a>, the show's tearing its eyes off the big prize to take a look at the men and women of <a href="http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/about/council.html" target="_blank">Chicago&rsquo;s city council</a>. Mayor Daley may have a lock on colorful turns of phrase. But the council has its own cast of characters: The 50 city council members of Chicago meet once a month and vote on everything from municipal money matters to zoning issues. They also approve some of the Mayor&rsquo;s major appointees. Under Daley, some say the council has been pretty much a big old rubber stamp of approval. But this spring could bring the biggest city council turnover in decades.<br /><br />To find out what that means for city politics, &quot;Eight Forty-Eight&quot; gathered WBEZ's bureau reporters to discuss the races they&rsquo;re following in and around their communities: Chip Mitchell reports out of the West Side bureau, Natalie Moore heads up the South Side bureau in Englewood and Odette Yousef keeps an eye on the North Side in WBEZ's Devon Ave. location.</p><p>&nbsp;<em>A correction has been made to this story:</em>&nbsp;</p><p><em>One of our guests mistakenly referred to a 2007 municipal runoff in the 46th Ward race in Chicago. Actually, the current alderman, Helen Shiller garnered 53 percent of the vote, enough to make a runoff for the seat unnecessary. </em></p><p>Music Button: Shawn Lee's Ping Pong Orchestra, &quot;Dirty Birdy&quot;, from the CD Music and Rhythm, (Ubiquity)</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 24 Jan 2011 14:41:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/mayor-monday-wbezs-bureau-reporters-break-down-some-chicagos-aldermanic-races