WBEZ | 2011 municipal election http://www.wbez.org/tags/2011-municipal-election Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Chicago, suburbs head to polls; investigators on hand http://www.wbez.org/story/2011-municipal-election/chicago-suburbs-head-polls-investigators-hand <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//2011ballotreceipt.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:PunctuationKerning /> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas /> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables /> <w:SnapToGridInCell /> <w:WrapTextWithPunct /> <w:UseAsianBreakRules /> <w:DontGrowAutofit /> </w:Compatibility> <w:BrowserLevel>MicrosoftInternetExplorer4</w:BrowserLevel> </w:WordDocument> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="156"> </w:LatentStyles> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if !mso]><object classid="clsid:38481807-CA0E-42D2-BF39-B33AF135CC4D" id=ieooui></object> <style> st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } </style> <![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 10]> <style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} </style> <![endif]--></p> <div>Election Day is finally here. Voters in Chicago and a handful of suburbs can go to the polls from 6 a.m. until 7 p.m.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>A little over five months ago when Chicago Mayor Richard Daley dropped the big news, saying, &quot;I will not seek a seventh term as mayor of the city of Chicago.&quot;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>It set off the biggest city election in two decades. This is the first Chicago mayoral election since 1947 with no sitting mayor on the ballot.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Chicago voters will also pick a new city clerk, and there are multiple candidates in 43 out of the 50 aldermanic races.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>In any of those contests, if no single candidate wins more than 50 percent today, the top two vote getters will advance to a runoff election on April 5th.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Also today, there are a spattering of suburban races for trustee and alderman in Dolton, South Holland, North Chicago and Waukegan.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Meanwhile, Chicago election officials say they are stepping up efforts to deal with any problems on Election Day. Langdon Neal is chairman of the election board.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>He says over 300 investigators will be on hand to respond to any concerns about electioneering in campaign-free zones.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&ldquo;Many of our candidates and especially our neophyte candidates may not quite understand how that works and how vigorously we defend that,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;So that&rsquo;s one of the reasons we have an extra number of investigators available to protect our voters in and out and in front of the polling place.&rdquo;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>In Illinois it's illegal to campaign within 100 feet of a polling place. Officials say if electioneers refuse to leave campaign-free zones they can be arrested. One area that election officials will be keeping a close eye on is the 24th ward where there are 18 candidates on the ballot.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&ldquo;We&rsquo;ll have a lot of investigators in and around the 24th ward,&rdquo; Neal said. &ldquo;When we have wards with a large number of candidates that signals to us to pay special attention to those areas.&rdquo;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Neal told reporters that he predicts there will be runoffs at least half of the 43 contested aldermanic races.</div></p> Tue, 22 Feb 2011 12:42:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/2011-municipal-election/chicago-suburbs-head-polls-investigators-hand Checking the political pulse of voters the morning before the municipal election http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-21/checking-political-pulse-voters-morning-municipal-election-82634 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//0217debate Getty Scott Olson_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Some five months after Richard M. Daley&rsquo;s announcement to step down as mayor, it is almost time for Chicago to move on. Tuesday voters will have the opportunity to cast a ballot for a new mayor and in many cases, a new alderman.</p><p>Monday, <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> wanted to know what&rsquo;s on voters' minds as they prepare to vote. Who's excited and who's turned off by the election? What&rsquo;s got people headed out: The issues or the personalities? Who are Chicagoans voting for and why?<a target="_blank" href="http://www.twitter.com/848"></a> Host Alison Cuddy was joined by an excellent group of journalists:&nbsp; WBEZ political reporter Sam Hudzik, <em>Chicago Tribune</em> political reporter <a target="_blank" href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/chi-pearson-bio,0,5858700.story">Rick Pearson</a> - and<em> Chicago Sun-Times</em> columnist <a target="_blank" href="http://www.suntimes.com/news/mitchell/">Mary Mitchell</a>. <br />&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 21 Feb 2011 14:35:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-21/checking-political-pulse-voters-morning-municipal-election-82634 Community reporters weigh in on municipal races http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-17/community-reporters-weigh-municipal-races-82465 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//Ald. Ed Burke AP.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The 2011 municipal election will bring change throughout City Hall -- only six out of 50 aldermen are running unopposed. But with many eyes on the city wide mayoral race who&rsquo;s paying attention to what&rsquo;s happening ward by ward? Community reporters are plugged into the issues driving neighborhood voters to the polls.<br /><br />Ben Meyerson is the editor of <a target="_blank" href="http://www.chicagojournal.com/"><em>Chicago Journal</em></a>, which covers news in and around the Loop District. Samantha Abernethy is editor of both <a target="_blank" href="http://www.centersquarejournal.com/"><em>Center Square Journal</em></a> and <a target="_blank" href="http://www.roscoeviewjournal.com/"><em>Roscoe Review Journal</em> </a>&ndash; which cover Chicago&rsquo;s near North Side. And Arlene Jones is a columnist for <a target="_blank" href="http://www.austinweeklynews.com/"><em>Austin Weekly News </em></a>&ndash; she covers neighborhoods on Chicago&rsquo;s west side. <em>Eight Forty-Eight </em>turned to them to find out what different voters want from their aldermen.</p><p><em>Music Button: NewVillager, &quot;GenghisOn&quot;, Rich Doors 7&quot;</em></p></p> Thu, 17 Feb 2011 14:58:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-17/community-reporters-weigh-municipal-races-82465 Chicago mayoral candidate Miguel del Valle campaigns as a reformer http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-08/chicago-mayoral-candidate-miguel-del-valle-campaigns-reformer-81970 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//Picture 005_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The 2011 Chicago municipal election is two weeks away. Tuesday, <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> begins its one-on-one conversations with the candidates for mayor. The show plans to talk with everyone still in the race: Gery Chico, Rahm Emanuel, Carol Mosley Braun, Patricia Van Pelt Watkins and William &quot;Dock&quot; Walls.<br /><br />First up is <a target="_blank" href="http://www.delvalleformayor.com/">Miguel del Valle</a>. Del Valle first entered the political arena in 1982 when he worked on Harold Washington&rsquo;s successful mayoral campaign. In 1986, del Valle was elected to the state senate; he was the first Latino in that chamber. During his 20 years in the office, del Valle served as Assistant Majority Leader and chair of the Senate Education Committee.<br /><br />The current Mayor Daley appointed him <a target="_blank" href="http://www.chicityclerk.com/">City Clerk</a> in 2006. A few months later he was elected to a four-year term. Under del Valle, the office is credited with implementing unprecedented levels of transparency. But Miguel del Valle considers community activism his life&rsquo;s work.<br /><br />Thursday <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> talks with mayoral candidate Carol Mosley Braun.</p><p><em>Music Button: Stanton Moore, &quot;Root Cellar&quot;, from the CD Groove Alchemy, (Telarc) </em></p></p> Tue, 08 Feb 2011 14:44:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-08/chicago-mayoral-candidate-miguel-del-valle-campaigns-reformer-81970