WBEZ | for a better chicago http://www.wbez.org/tags/better-chicago Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Chandler unseats Dixon, recaptures 24th Ward seat http://www.wbez.org/story/24th-ward/chandler-unseats-dixon-recaptures-24th-ward-seat-84809 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-April/2011-04-06/Chandler1.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>A former longtime Chicago alderman has recaptured his old seat. Michael Chandler won about 60 percent of Tuesday’s 24th Ward runoff vote. He’ll replace Ald. Sharon Denise Dixon, who finished with about 40 percent.<br> <br> Chandler celebrated in the city’s North Lawndale neighborhood. “I’m stronger, I’m a little wiser, smarter, and I’m ready to work harder,” he told WBEZ. “We’re going to fight like hell here to get as much money as we can to our community. The West Side has been overlooked and we’re going to fight to get dollars here.”<br> <br> The contest was a rematch of a runoff four years ago, when Dixon unseated Chandler, who had held the office for 12 years.<br> <br> This time, the two emerged from a field of 18 candidates on the February 22 ballot. Dixon accused Chandler of packing that contest with straw candidates to improve chances of a runoff — a charge he denied.<br> <br> The council voting records of Dixon and Chandler show neither crossing Mayor Richard Daley often. In this year’s campaign, citywide issues took a backseat to the ward’s public services, its economic development and the candidates’ accessibility.<br> <br> Dixon’s campaign suffered due to a 2009 run-in with Chicago police officers, who arrested her on suspicion of drunken driving. Charges were dismissed after a judge ruled there was no probable cause. Dixon is suing three of the cops.</p></p> Wed, 06 Apr 2011 08:58:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/24th-ward/chandler-unseats-dixon-recaptures-24th-ward-seat-84809 Chicago alderman vows to return donation, then takes her time http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-03-30/chicago-alderman-vows-return-donation-then-takes-her-time-84509 <p><p><a href="http://www.forabetterchicago.com/">For a Better Chicago PAC</a> – that well-funded, mysterious monster of the Chicago municipal elections – gave $10,000 to 6th Ward Ald. Freddrenna Lyle. The alderman received the donation on February 11th, and reported it to the Illinois State Board of Elections.</p><p>A few weeks later, For a Better Chicago started taking some extra heat from good government groups and the press. The crux of the complaints: that For a Better Chicago’s nonprofit arm slipped more than $850,000 in donations to its political arm before the end of 2010, allowing it to avoid any and all disclosure on the source of that cash. This was shady, <a href="http://www.ilcampaign.org/complaint-against-for-a-better-chicago">some argued</a>. But it was <a href="http://blog.ilcampaign.org/2011/03/sbe-votes-against-icpr-complaint.html">not illegal</a>, according to the Illinois State Board of Elections.</p><p>Lyle first <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/elections/ct-met-emanuel-council-fundraising-20110302,0,3034256.story">defended</a> her decision to accept the donation, then vowed in the <em>Tribune </em><a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/elections/ct-met-emanuel-council-fundraising-0320110303,0,1385406.story">to return it</a>:</p><blockquote><p>“I’m giving it back, I just wanted you to know. […] There has been some discussion that this group represents Republican interests, and if that is the case then the people in my ward would not like that very much. […] When I read the <em>Chicago Tribune</em> today and how this PAC tried to ignore rules and regulations to avoid disclosure, I just decided I didn't want that to become an artificial issue in my campaign. Then the mayor-elect called upon them to disclose their donors. I just thought it was for the best.”</p></blockquote><p>The trouble is, she hasn’t. That quote appeared in a <em>Tribune </em>story dated March 3rd – four weeks ago, and For a Better Chicago PAC said Wednesday it still has not received any money back from Lyle.</p><p>I called the alderman and asked what was up – and whether she still intended to return the cash. She said she does. The delay, according to Lyle, was a matter of postal service mistrust, and a second briefcase.</p><p>Lyle said her campaign actually made out a check for $10,000 to For a Better Chicago PAC on March 11, the week after her comments to the <em>Tribune</em>.</p><p>“Originally I was going to mail it, and then I said, ‘I’m not going to put a $10,000 check in the mail.' And I wanted to return it to them, and then I hadn’t been downtown, and then it got in the briefcase," Lyle said, explaining that she has two briefcases.</p><p>"And then I found it in the briefcase, and said, ‘What am I doing? I’ve got to get it down there.’ Because it has got to show up on their D2s.”</p><p>D2s are a political committee’s quarterly disclosure reports. And if Lyle doesn’t hand For a Better Chicago the check before the end of this month, there would be confusion: her campaign's report would indicate she had paid back the money to For a Better Chicago, but the PAC’s report would show it hadn't received it.</p><p>"And I certainly don’t want any issues with the Illinois board of elections,” Lyle said.</p><p>The alderman said she’s going to return it – in person – to the PAC’s office.</p><p>“I think it’s going to be very awkward, but it is what it is,” Lyle said, adding - with laughter, “It might be why I subliminally...forgot, you know.”</p><p>For a Better Chicago PAC is well aware of Lyle’s vow to return the money. In fact, after endorsing Lyle before the February 22nd election, it left her off of its list for the April 5th runoff.</p></p> Wed, 30 Mar 2011 22:38:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-03-30/chicago-alderman-vows-return-donation-then-takes-her-time-84509 Secretive PAC endorses aldermanic candidates http://www.wbez.org/story/aldermanic-races/secretive-pac-endorses-aldermanic-candidates <p><p>A secretive political action committee seeking to be a major player in Chicago aldermanic races has released its endorsements for the Feb. 22 election.</p><p>For A Better Chicago PAC has raised $865,000 for aldermanic candidates. The PAC plugs itself as &ldquo;an issue advocacy organization, working to ensure taxpayers and their families, businesses and the entire city are engaged and educated on the issues shaping the future of Chicago.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p><p>For A Better Chicago <a href="http://www.forabetterchicago.com/">PAC</a> isn&rsquo;t telling who its donors are, and, under state law, it doesn&rsquo;t have to. The chairman is Greg Goldner, founder of Resolute Consulting, a communications and public affairs firm. He managed Mayor Richard M. Daley&rsquo;s reelection in 2003. He also managed mayoral contender Rahm Emanuel&rsquo;s first congressional campaign. That&rsquo;s fueled speculation that Emanuel is stealthily behind For A Better Chicago. Emanuel&rsquo;s campaign says he isn&rsquo;t.</p><p>According to state elections filings, the PAC has so far given $10,000 each to Ald. Deborah Graham, 29th; Ald. JoAnn Thompson, 16th; Ald. Anthony Beale, 9th; Ald. Latasha Thomas, 17th; and Ald. Carrie Austin, 34th.</p> <div>Meanwhile, labor and business have also thrown their weight into aldermanic races that have several open seats. The Service Employees International Union <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/seiu/interview-tom-balanoff-head-chicago-seiu-chicago-municipal-races">plans</a> to spend millions in the election cycle. The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce PAC has also endorsed aldermanic candidates. Of the candidates endorsed by For A Better Chicago PAC, <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/city-council-2011/seiu-endorces-chicago-city-council-candidates">SEIU</a> didn&rsquo;t endorse Beale, Thompson or Austin. The <a href="http://www.chicagolandchamber.org/news/newsarchive/Documents/John's Documents/CCC PAC Endorsements with 07 Turnout.pdf">chamber </a>did not endorse Graham or Thompson.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>In the 3rd and 4th wards all three groups endorsed Pat Dowell and Will Burns. But in another South Side ward, the 7th, Sandi Jackson only received an endorsement from For A Better Chicago PAC. The group did not endorse candidates in uncontested races such as in the 14th Ward, where Ald. Ed Burke has long served. In the 50th Ward, For A Better Chicago PAC and the SEIU endorsed challenger Debra Silverstein. The chamber chose longtime incumbent Bernard Stone. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><b>For a Better Chicago PAC endorses the following candidates for the February 22<sup>nd</sup> municipal election:</b></div> <div><b>&nbsp;</b></div> <div>1<sup>st</sup> Ward&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Proco &ldquo;Joe&rdquo; Moreno</div> <div>2<sup>nd</sup> Ward&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Genita Robinson</div> <div>3<sup>rd</sup> Ward&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Pat Dowell</div> <div>4<sup>th</sup> Ward &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; William &ldquo;Will&rdquo; Burns</div> <div>5<sup>th</sup> Ward &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Leslie Hairston</div> <div>6<sup>th</sup> Ward&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; No endorsement at this time</div> <div>7<sup>th</sup> Ward&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Sandi Jackson&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <div>8<sup>th</sup> Ward &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Michelle Harris&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <div>9<sup>th</sup> Ward &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Anthony Beale&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <div>10<sup>th</sup> Ward &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; John Pope&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <div>11<sup>th</sup> Ward &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; James Balcer&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <div>12<sup>th</sup> Ward&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; No endorsement at this time</div> <div>15<sup>th</sup> Ward&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; No endorsement at this time</div> <div>16<sup>th</sup> Ward &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; JoAnn Thompson&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <div>17<sup>th</sup> Ward &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Latasha Thomas</div> <div>18<sup>th</sup> Ward &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Lona Lane</div> <div>19<sup>th</sup> Ward &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Matt O&rsquo;Shea</div> <div>20<sup>th</sup> Ward&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Willie Cochran</div> <div>21<sup>st</sup> Ward&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Howard Brookins</div> <div>22<sup>nd</sup> Ward&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; No endorsement at this time</div> <div>23<sup>rd</sup> Ward&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Michael Zalewski</div> <div>24<sup>th</sup> Ward&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; No endorsement at this time&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <div>25<sup>th</sup> Ward &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Danny Solis&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <div>26<sup>th</sup> Ward&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Roberto Maldonado</div> <div>27<sup>th</sup> Ward&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Walter Burnett</div> <div>28<sup>th</sup> Ward &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Jason Ervin &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <div>29<sup>th</sup> Ward &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Deborah Graham&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <div>30<sup>th</sup> Ward &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Ariel Reboyras</div> <div>32<sup>nd</sup> Ward&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Scott Waguespack&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <div>34<sup>th</sup> Ward &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Carrie Austin</div> <div>35<sup>th</sup> Ward &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; No endorsement at this time&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <div>36<sup>th</sup> Ward &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; John Rice&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <div>37<sup>th</sup> Ward &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Emma Mitts&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <div>38<sup>th</sup> Ward &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Timothy Cullerton&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <div>39<sup>th</sup> Ward &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Margaret Laurino&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <div>41<sup>st</sup> Ward&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; No endorsement at this time</div> <div>43<sup>rd</sup> Ward&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; No endorsement at this time</div> <div>45<sup>th</sup> ward&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; No endorsement at this time</div> <div>46<sup>th</sup> Ward&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; No endorsement at this time</div> <div>47<sup>th</sup> Ward&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Tom O&rsquo;Donnell</div> <div>48<sup>th</sup> Ward &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Harry Osterman</div> <div>49<sup>th</sup> Ward&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; No endorsement at this time&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <div>50<sup>th</sup> Ward&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Debra Silverstein</div></p> Wed, 02 Feb 2011 14:26:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/aldermanic-races/secretive-pac-endorses-aldermanic-candidates