WBEZ | 2011 Chicago mayor race http://www.wbez.org/tags/2011-chicago-mayor-race Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en A guide to Chicago's mayoral inauguration festivities http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-05-09/guide-chicagos-mayoral-inauguration-festivities-86263 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-May/2011-05-09/Rahm_20110125_ScottOlson_Getty.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-May/2011-05-09/Rahm shakes hands outside the Berghoff - Bill Healy.jpg" style="width: 495px; height: 329px;" title=""></p><p>Rahm Emanuel will be sworn into office on Monday, May 16th as Chicago's 46th mayor.&nbsp; Emanuel, of course, succeeds the retiring Richard M. Daley, who has held office for 22 years.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Daley's 22-year mayoralty not only means that he's the longest-serving mayor in Chicago's history (outlasting even his father, Richard J. Daley), it also means it's been a really long time since anyone in this city has experienced a mayoral inaugural celebration.</p><p>Not to worry.&nbsp; We've published the list of official inaugural festivities below for your reference.&nbsp;</p><p>The events kick off on Saturday, with a series of events aimed at celebrating Chicago's neighborhoods and its culture.&nbsp; According to the Emanuel campaign, the theme for the inauguration will be togetherness."&nbsp;</p><p>Then on Monday, Emanuel will take oath of office during a ceremony at Millennium Park.&nbsp;</p><p>WBEZ will feature live coverage of the event on-air at 91.5FM and on line here at wbez.org.</p><p><u><strong>Sat, May 14th</strong></u></p><p>9:00am-12:00pm</p><p>The weekend kicks off with a city-wide Day of Service. The Mayor-elect, City Clerk-elect, and Treasurer will join forces with Chicagoans to perform service activities in their neighborhoods and across the city. The Chicago Park District, Friends of the Chicago River, One Good Deed Chicago and Chicago Cares are among the organizations coordinating service projects.</p><p>1:00-4:00pm</p><p>Free family concert at Butler Field in Grant Park.&nbsp; The group, Chicago, will headline, but the event will also feature other artists performing, including JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound.&nbsp; Bring picnics and lawn chairs but no alcohol or glass will be permitted.&nbsp; A ticket will be required for entry, but the admission is free. Tickets are available at <a href="http://www.chicagotogether.org/">www.chicagotogether.org</a></p><p><u><strong>Mon, May 16th</strong></u></p><p>10:30am</p><p>Official inauguration ceremony at the Pritzker Pavillion in Millennium Park, featuring the swearing in of the Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel, City Clerk-elect Susana Mendoza, Treasurer Stephanie Neely, and City Council &nbsp; Festivities will begin at 10:30am, though by statute Emanuel won't take the oath of office until Noon. This event is open to the public.</p><p>2:00-4:00pm</p><p>Mayor-elect Emanuel will host an open house on the 5th floor of City Hall from 2pm-4pm following the swearing-in ceremony.&nbsp; In keeping with mayoral tradition, Chicago’s 46th mayor will greet his constituents and members of the public.</p><p>Emanuel named an inauguration committee to plan the festivities - and raised private funds to cover the costs.&nbsp; <a href="http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2011-05-10/news/ct-met-emanuel-inauguration-20110510_1_emanuel-transition-emanuel-administration-tarrah-cooper">According to the Chicago Tribune</a>, some donors contributed $50,000 toward the cause.&nbsp; Though Emanuel is not required to do so, he pledged to release the names of the donors after the inauguration takes place.</p></p> Mon, 09 May 2011 17:52:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-05-09/guide-chicagos-mayoral-inauguration-festivities-86263 @MayorEmanuel revealed! Will appear on Eight Forty-Eight Tues http://www.wbez.org/blog/best-game-town/2011-02-28/mayoremanuel-revealed-will-appear-eight-forty-eight-tues-83103 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Punk Planet Founder Dan Sinker.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><img hspace="7" vspace="7" align="left" alt="" style="width: 300px; height: 206px;" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-February/2011-02-28/Punk Planet Founder Dan Sinker.jpg" />A Columbia College journalism professor and former editor of <a href="http://www.punkplanet.com/">Punk Planet</a> magazine revealed today that he's the man behind the wildly popular <a href="http://twitter.com/MayorEmanuel">@MayorEmanuel Twitter</a> feed. Dan Sinker launched the feed soon after former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel launched his bid for mayor late last fall.&nbsp; But his identity wasn't known until now.</p><p>Sinker chose to break the news to<a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2011/02/revealing-the-man-behind-mayoremanuel/71802/"> The Atlantic.com</a> on Monday afternoon, which called @MayorEmanuel &quot;the best fake Twitter account ever&quot;. He will give his first extended broadcast interview to WBEZ's Eight Forty-Eight on Tuesday.&nbsp;</p><p>Sinker's revelation comes <a href="http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2011-02-02/entertainment/ct-live-0203-at-mayoremanuel-20110202_1_expletive-mayoremanuel-rahm-emanuel">after weeks of mounting speculation</a> as to the identity of the anonymous Twitterer. @MayorEmanuel has became one of the most popular social media accounts of the recent mayoral campaign, boasting nearly 39,000 followers.</p><p>Its steady stream of irreverent, satirical, profanity-laced commentary served as an imagined window into Emanuel's subconscious. The result was an often hilarious counterpoint to the official statements coming from the highly controlled and discplined candidate himself. @MayorEmanuel also featured recurring characters such as Quaxelrod, a take on Obama political guru David Axelrod, and Carl the Intern.</p><p>The Twitter feed even attracted the attention of the Emanuel campaign. &quot;We check it periodically and it's good for a few laughs,&quot; Tarrah Cooper, Emanuel's deputy press secretary, told the <em>Chicago Tribune</em>.</p><p>The identity of the person behind the Tweets became a favorite guessing game among Twitter users and political junkies in recent weeks. The Mayor-elect himself even weighed in, offering to donate as much as $5,000 to charity if the person behind the feed revealed his identity.</p><p>After shuttering <em>Punk Planet</em>, Sinker was given a prestigious <a href="http://knight.stanford.edu/fellows/2008/index.html">John S. Knight Fellowship</a> for mid-career journalists at Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA. Following his fellowship, he was hired as a faculty member in the Journalism department at Columbia College Chicago, where <a href="http://cms.colum.edu/studentnews/2009/11/faculty_profile_dan_sinker_pre.php">he's taught courses in Online Journalism and Mobile Journalism</a>, among others. Along the way, he's developed and experimented with new forms of storytelling using digital tools, including the creation of cellstories.net. In 2009, Sinker <a href="http://www.wbez.org/agill/2009/08/5-questions-with-cellstoriesnet-founder-dan-sinker/5687">spoke with WBEZ.org about cellstories.net and his overall approach to digital journalism</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>On Tuesday, Sinker will return to WBEZ to join <a href="http://www.wbez.org/848">Eight Forty-Eight</a> for a live conversation about the creation of @mayoremanuel and the struggle to keep his identity a secret. That conversation will take place at 9 a.m., with a rebroadcast at 9 p.m.&nbsp;</p><p><em>&nbsp;Updated at 4:49pm on 2/28/11</em></p></p> Mon, 28 Feb 2011 18:02:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/best-game-town/2011-02-28/mayoremanuel-revealed-will-appear-eight-forty-eight-tues-83103 BGIT #27: Post-election roundup http://www.wbez.org/blog/best-game-town/2011-02-25/bgit-27-post-election-roundup-82997 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Rahm Emanuel Elex Night_Getty_Scott Olson.JPG" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center"><img title="(Getty/Scott Olson)" alt="" style="width: 494px; height: 324px" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-February/2011-02-25/Rahm Emanuel Elex Night_Getty_Scott Olson.JPG" /></p><p>Chicagoans ended the first campaign for an open mayoral seat in 64 years this week by voting Rahm Emanuel into office with 55 percent of the vote. The news attracted international coverage, but now the big question is: what's ahead for America's third largest city?</p><p>To find out, we met up with Lee Bey, former Deputy Chief of Staff to Mayor Richard M. Daley, Cheryl Corley of NPR, and Dan Mihalopoulos of the Chicago News Cooperative for our post-election roundtable.</p><p>Over coffee at Petro's Restaurant across from Chicago's City Hall we covered such topics as the budget challenges ahead, who's in Emanuel's inner circle, his strategy for aldermanic runoffs and the prospects for a Burke v Emanuel smackdown.</p></p> Fri, 25 Feb 2011 21:44:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/best-game-town/2011-02-25/bgit-27-post-election-roundup-82997 Chicago's Mayoral Election http://www.wbez.org/story/2011-chicago-mayor-race/chicagos-mayoral-election <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Rahm mayoral win - AP Charles Rex Arbogast.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel has been elected mayor of Chicago and will succeed the retiring Richard Daley.</p><p>Emanuel called his victory &quot;humbling&quot; and &quot;most gratifying.&quot; He also thanked Daley for his lifetime of service to the city.<br /> <br />Emanuel said he is ready to meet the challenges head-on to &quot;make a great city even greater.&quot; He also said he had just talked to President Barack Obama, who sent affection for his hometown.<br /> <br />It was the city's first mayoral race in more than 60 years without an incumbent on the ballot and the first in more than two decades without Daley among the candidates.<br /> <br />With 97 percent of the precincts reporting, Emanuel was trouncing five opponents Tuesday with 55 percent of the vote to avoid an April runoff. Emanuel needed more than 50 percent of the vote to win.<br /> <br />The other major candidates - former Chicago schools president Gery Chico, former U.S. Sen. Carol Moseley Braun and City Clerk Miguel del Valle - had hoped to force a runoff but were no match for Emanuel.<br /> <br />Chico had 24 percent of the vote compared to 9 percent for both del Valle and Braun. Two other lesser-known candidates got about 1 to 2 percent of the vote.<br /> <br />Emanuel's win caps off a campaign that included an unsuccessful legal challenge to try to keep him off the ballot.</p><p>Chico told supporters tonight that he and Emanuel spoke on the phone and he pledged to help the new mayor any way he could.</p><p>2,522 of 2,570 precincts - 98 percent</p><p>x-Rahm Emanuel, 317,329 - 55 percent</p><p>Gery Chico, 138,864 - 24 percent</p><p>Miguel del Valle, 53,717 - 9 percent</p><p>Carol Moseley Braun, 50,974 - 9 percent</p><p>Patricia Van Pelt Watkins, 9,358 - 2 percent</p><p>William Walls, 5,142 - 1 percent</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 22 Feb 2011 22:17:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/2011-chicago-mayor-race/chicagos-mayoral-election We make history today http://www.wbez.org/blog/achy-obejas/2011-02-22/we-make-history-today-82708 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/bean.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;" class="MsoNormal"><img width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-February/2011-02-22/bean.jpg" /></p><p>It&rsquo;s such a ritual, this thing we do today.</p> <p>We trudge out to a neighborhood school or senior center or library and stand in line, sign our names and make a choice.</p> <p>Sometimes we&rsquo;re thrilled about our choice, sometimes indifferent, sometimes downright disgusted.</p> <p>But, in the end, we get to exercise this rare right and privilege that is voting.</p> <p>Today, the headlines from halfway around the world can only remind us how very fortunate we are that when we transition from one government to another, from the old leader to the new, our way is so safe and banal.</p> <p>And tonight, when the votes are finally counted, Chicago will be a little more democratic. We will know who our new mayor is or we will be one step closer toward that decision.</p> <p>And no matter who comes out on top, there will be a little bit of history to celebrate: all six candidates were unthinkable as potential leaders of the city a generation ago.</p> <p>And five of them will absolutely make history:</p> <p>If Carol Moseley Braun or Patricia Van Pelt Watkins wins, Chicago will have its first female African-American mayor.</p> <p>If Gery Chico or Miguel del Valle prevails, the city will have its first Latino mayor; a Mexican-American in Chico, a Puerto Rican in del Valle.</p> <p>If Rahm Emanuel wins, Chicago will seat its first Jewish mayor.</p> <p>Descendants of slaves, children of immigrants &hellip; the candidates all speak to the grandeur of our admittedly battered and often begrudging democracy.</p> <p>But they&rsquo;re all, each and every one, evidence of the arch of justice.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 22 Feb 2011 18:04:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/achy-obejas/2011-02-22/we-make-history-today-82708 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 Chicago mayoral candidate William "Dock" Walls III takes another run for office http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-16/chicago-mayoral-candidate-william-dock-walls-iii-takes-another-run-offic <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Dock Walls_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>In less than a week voters will decide who they want to run the City of Chicago. To make things a bit easier, <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> has been holding one-on-one conversations with all the candidates for Mayor. Host Alison Cuddy spoke with Miguel Del Valle, Carol Moseley Braun, Patricia Van Pelt-Watkins and Rahm Emanuel. Wednesday, William &quot;Dock&quot; Walls&nbsp;III stopped by <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em>.<br /><br />Walls is a graduate of IIT-Chicago Kent College of Law. He first entered the political arena in 1980s, when he served under the late Chicago Mayor Harold Washington. Walls also served as National Political Director under the Reverend Jesse L. Jackson&rsquo;s at <a target="_blank" href="http://www.rainbowpush.org/">Rainbow PUSH</a>.<br /><br />William &quot;Dock&quot; Walls has previously run for elected office. He ran for Mayor in 2007. He also ran for governor, city clerk and for Illinois&rsquo; 1<sup>st</sup> Congressional seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.</p></p> Wed, 16 Feb 2011 14:31:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-16/chicago-mayoral-candidate-william-dock-walls-iii-takes-another-run-offic The four-headed Chicago mayor: Can we vote for all of them? http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-02-15/four-headed-chicago-mayor-can-we-vote-all-them-82354 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/AP110127124284[1].jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img title="" alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-February/2011-02-15/AP110127124284.jpg" style="width: 491px; height: 327px;" /></p><p>While watching the mayoral debate last night, I&nbsp;finally realized who I am voting for. Yep, I'm voting for all four.</p><p>Chicago needs a strong leader for this unprecedented financial time. We need a leader who is going to be progressive with pension reform and policing. We need a leader with experience tackling tough civic problems, someone who is charismstic, someone who understands the city's history and diversity.&nbsp; Here's my breakdown of what each candidate brings to the table and why they should join forces:</p><p><strong>Rahm Emanuel</strong> - The clear favorite, what Rahm brings to the table is experience. He references auto industry bailouts, mortgage crisis clean-up and Tom DeLay. These are all stories that affect us as a country, and&nbsp;Emanuel was in the middle of these stories. While del&nbsp;Valle was fighting Phil Rock about sub-districts of the Cook County Judicial system, Emanuel was esentially running the White House. I'll take Rahm's experience, in a heartbeat. &nbsp;But...</p><p><strong>Gery Chico</strong>: I'm not sure I would have Rahm&nbsp;Emanuel as my&nbsp;COO. It seems like Emanuel would be better suited to be the creative go-to to handle such issues, and Gery Chico would be my boss. Here's the point that Chico is trying to drive home: He's been here before. He's been Chief of Staff in several Chicago departments and knows the ins and outs of working with city government. He isn't going to ruffle feathers and cause all out political war by announcing cutbacks. I like that in my boss. He understands where we've been and won't take us back there.</p><p><strong>Miguel del&nbsp;Valle</strong>: What de Valle lacks in experience, he makes up for in spirit. He is the driving grassroots spirit of this campaign. He's protecting the people in neighborhoods and respecting the working class, talking about how to make our city neighborhoods better. Those issues can be glossed over when the business of big cities takes center stage.</p><p><strong>Carol&nbsp;Moseley Braun</strong>: I&nbsp;love Carol's spunk. She is loose, casual and quite frankly, this campaign's rabble-rouser (apologies to Chico). And not only that, but she represents history. She is the only African-American female Senator in U.S. history. HISTORY!&nbsp;We need that kind of history, that kind of special&nbsp;person who embodies a moment in time. Having African-Americans like Moseley-Braun shows Chicago as a progressive city, bucking the trend of having old, white men at the helm. And Braun (whether you like it or not) does represent a portion of the black community in Chicago, which for so long hasn't had a strong voice representing it in City Hall. This would make Carol a tremendous asset for the city of Chicago and for a sitting mayor.</p><p>It makes sense, doesn't it?</p><p>I&nbsp;don't think their plans for the future of Chicago differ that much. They all want more police, they all want to save pensions. They all want to root out corruption and they all want a focus on schools. But their backgrounds and their styles alone aren't appealing.&nbsp;Put all four together? You've got my vote.</p><p><em>PHOTO: The photo above is from the earlier mayoral debate. Last night's photos from&nbsp;WTTW&nbsp;debate didn't include Carol&nbsp;Moseley Braun. AP&nbsp;cited that she didn't arrive until after the photo was taken. </em></p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 15 Feb 2011 14:59:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-02-15/four-headed-chicago-mayor-can-we-vote-all-them-82354 Best Game in Town #24: Is Obama the new Reagan? http://www.wbez.org/blog/best-game-town/2011-02-11/best-game-town-24-obama-new-reagan-82202 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/obamaboehner.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img height="352" align="absMiddle" width="500" alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-February/2011-02-11/obamaboehner.jpg" /></p><p>On this week's episode of the WBEZ political podcast <em>The Best Game in Town</em>, historian Rick Perlstein helps us explore the comparisons between Presidents (and Illinoisans)&nbsp;Barack Obama and Ronald Reagan. Perlstein wrote a <a href="http://www.newsweek.com/2011/01/23/what-would-ronnie-do.html">recent article</a> for <em>Newsweek</em> on the topic. Plus: a look ahead to the first days in office for Chicago's next mayor, with political consultant Dave Lundy, political scientist Jaime Dominguez, NPR reporter Cheryl Corley, and <em>Chicago Sun-Times</em> columnist Laura Washington.</p></p> Fri, 11 Feb 2011 21:13:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/best-game-town/2011-02-11/best-game-town-24-obama-new-reagan-82202 How Chicago will tranisition from Richard M. Daley to new mayor http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-10/how-chicago-will-tranisition-richard-m-daley-new-mayor-82095 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/daleypresser_5.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>When the votes are tallied and the campaigning dust has settled, Chicago&rsquo;s next Mayor will face an even bigger task: Getting up to speed on a city that&rsquo;s been run by someone else for over two decades. So where do you begin, and what does a smooth transition of power look like?<br /><br />With more than 30 years experience covering Chicago politics, Bob Crawford has an idea or two. He's the former political editor with <a href="http://chicago.cbslocal.com/station/wbbm-newsradio-780/" target="_blank">WBBM Newsradio 780</a>.</p><p><em>Music Button: Q-Burns Abstract Message, &quot;Brainwormed&quot;, from the CD Exclusive Selections Vol. 1, (Eighth Dimension)</em></p></p> Thu, 10 Feb 2011 14:38:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-10/how-chicago-will-tranisition-richard-m-daley-new-mayor-82095