WBEZ | Susana Mendoza http://www.wbez.org/tags/susana-mendoza Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en With in-house design of Chicago city sticker, clerk tries to avoid more controversy http://www.wbez.org/news/house-design-chicago-city-sticker-clerk-tries-avoid-more-controversy-98325 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/IMG_0325.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>After a design submitted by a high school student was scrapped for having symbols perceived to be gang-related, the office of Chicago’s City Clerk came up with its own design for this year’s vehicle sticker.</p><p>City Clerk Susana Mendoza said in coming up with the final design she wanted something that was simple and dignified.</p><p>Mendoza said, "I think it's a city sticker that we can all be proud to have on our vehicle."</p><p>The city sticker takes its cue from Chicago's flag with two light blue bands and the red stars replaced by logos representing the police and fire department as well as paramedics.</p><p>Mendoza said there’s no final decision on whether the youth design contest will take place next year.</p><p>She said she made good on her promise to pay for a $1,000 savings bond to give to the original winner of the contest. That’s the prize he would have received from the city had the design been used.</p><p>Mendoza tried to steer away from the controversy over the design.</p><p>"It's unfortunate but at the end of the day, I don't want to focus on that," she said. "We have moved past that. That's old news."</p><p>She focused instead on a feature found on the flip side of the city sticker. A new QR-code will allow smart phone users to access a webpage where they can find out about street closures and report potholes.</p><p>Mendoza ‘s office is also pushing for more people to purchase stickers online with a redesign of the website. She also mentioned a new will call option for users that prefer not to have their sticker mailed.</p><p>These options don’t carry a fee beyond the cost of the sticker.</p><p>Online sales are set to begin April 23 with in person sales starting May 1.</p></p> Tue, 17 Apr 2012 17:37:09 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/house-design-chicago-city-sticker-clerk-tries-avoid-more-controversy-98325 Chicago Democrats clash over Illinois House seat http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-democrats-clash-over-illinois-house-seat-87408 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-June/2011-06-03/MendozaCityHallcrop.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>A top Chicago official is criticizing the way her party is filling her former Illinois House seat.<br> <br> Susana Mendoza resigned as District 1 representative last month to become city clerk. To replace her, the district’s Democratic ward committeemen chose Chicago police Sgt. Dena Carli.<br> <br> Party insiders say the plan is for Carli to exit the seat this summer, once a long-term replacement establishes residency in the district, which spans parts of several Southwest Side neighborhoods, including Little Village, Brighton Park and Gage Park.<br> <br> The sources say Carli’s replacement will be Silvana Tabares, a former editor of the bilingual weekly newspaper Extra. Tabares graduated last year from the leadership academy of the United Neighborhood Organization, a clout-heavy Latino group.<br> <br> UNO chief Juan Rangel says he doesn’t know anything about the plan but praises Tabares. “She would be, by far, the best candidate to fill the seat,” Rangel says.<br> <br> Mendoza doesn’t think so. She pushed for her replacement to be Evelyn Rodríguez, an aide to U.S. Rep. Luis Gutiérrez, D-Illinois.<br> <br> “Neither Carli nor Tabares is qualified,” Mendoza says. “The citizens and the residents of the First District were completely shortchanged in this process.”<br> <br> The Illinois constitution requires state lawmakers to live in their district for two years before their election or appointment.<br> <br> Tabares, listed at 4335 S. Spaulding Ave., says she’s lived in the district for “about two years” but claims she can’t remember the month she moved in.<br> <br> Tabares says she’s eager to serve in the seat but says she knows nothing about the plan for her to take it. She referred WBEZ questions about the plan to two of the committeemen: Chicago Ald. Ed Burke, Ward 14, and State Sen. Tony Muñoz, District 1.<br> <br> Burke and Muñoz didn’t return the station’s calls about the seat. Neither did Carli.</p></p> Fri, 03 Jun 2011 21:18:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-democrats-clash-over-illinois-house-seat-87408 Photos of Rahm Emanuel's inauguration as Mayor of Chicago http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-05-16/photos-rahm-emanuels-inauguration-mayor-chicago-86621 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-May/2011-05-16/IMG_4646.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Chicago welcomed a new mayor into office on Monday for the first time in 22 years.&nbsp; Thousands gathered at Millennium Park in downtown Chicago to witness the swearing in of Rahm Emanuel as leader of America's third largest city.</p><p>Among those on hand was our WBEZ colleague Adnan Rashid, one of 14 Pakistani journalists selected to participate in a U.S.-Pakistan journalist exchange program through the International Center for Journalists.</p><p>This marks his first visit to the United States, and his first encounter with American political pomp and circumstance.</p><p>Here are his images of the festivities:&nbsp;</p><div>&nbsp;</div><div class="daylife_smartgalleries_container" style="border: medium none; margin: 0pt; padding: 0pt; overflow: hidden; height: 375px; width: 500px;"><iframe class="daylife_smartgalleries_frame" src="http://galleries.wbez.org/gallery_slideshow/1305584225053?width=500&amp;disable_link_to_hosted_page=0&amp;height=375&amp;show_related=1" style="border: medium none; margin: 0pt; padding: 0pt; overflow: hidden; height: 100%; width: 100%;" frameborder="0" scrolling="no"></iframe></div></p> Mon, 16 May 2011 23:25:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-05-16/photos-rahm-emanuels-inauguration-mayor-chicago-86621 Rahm Emanuel becomes Chicago's 46th mayor http://www.wbez.org/story/rahm-emanuel-becomes-chicagos-46th-mayor-86598 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-May/2011-05-16/Rahm Emanuel Oath2_Getty_Frank Polich.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Declaring that Chicago is ready for change, Rahm Emanuel took the oath of office Monday, becoming the 46th mayor in Chicago's history and the first Jewish resident to occupy the office.</p><p>Nearly all of Chicago's top elected officials were on hand for the occasion, as were Vice President Joe Biden and several U.S. cabinet secretaries.&nbsp; The event also featured the swearing in of Chicago's new City Council, City Clerk Susana Mendoza and Treasurer Stephanie Neely.</p><p>During his inaugural address, Emanuel praised outgoing mayor Richard M. Daley and his wife, Maggie, for their lifetime of service, but declared that serious challenges lie ahead.</p><p>"We must face the truth," he said. "It is time to take on the challenges that threaten the very future of our city: the quality of our schools, the safety of our streets, the cost and effectiveness of city government, and the urgent need to create and keep the jobs of the future right here in Chicago."</p><p>Emanuel placed schools atop his list of priorities and vowed to push for quick, effective change - even poking fun at his own high-strung reputation in the process.</p><p>"As some have noted, including my wife, I am not a patient man," he joked. "When it comes to improving our schools, I will not be a patient mayor."</p><p>As Emanuel went on to highlight challenges in reducing crime and the city's mounting financial difficulties, he vowed to work together with all of the city's many constituents.&nbsp; But he also issued a challenge.</p><p>"So today, I ask each of you - those who live here, and those who work here; business and labor: Let us share the necessary sacrifices fairly and justly," said Emanuel.</p><p><strong>The journey to today</strong></p><p>The inauguration ceremonies took place in the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park, a park which became one of the signature achievements of his predecessor, the retiring mayor Richard M. Daley.</p><p>Emanuel's inauguration capped a whirlwind - and largely unexpected turn of events - that began with an <a href="http://www.charlierose.com/view/content/10971">appearance Emanuel made on PBS' <em>Charlie Rose</em></a> in April of last year during which the then-White House chief of staff publicly revealed his interest in becoming mayor of Chicago one day.</p><p>The comment made national news and stirred the political dust in the Windy City, but the speculation soon dissipated as most seasoned political observers expected then-Mayor Richard M. Daley to seek a seventh term in office.&nbsp; Little did most people know that Daley would stun the political world in September 2010 by <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/news/politics/chicago-mayor-richard-daley-will-not-seek-re-election">announcing his current term would be his last</a>.</p><p>Daley's decision not to seek re-election set off a scramble to fill the office he came to occupy for 22 years and created a political vacuum which Emanuel raced to fill.&nbsp; Within weeks, he'd stepped down as White House Chief of Staff and was given a presidential send-off that was carried live on local and national television outlets.</p><p>While the list of names of potential mayoral candidates stretched into the dozens, Emanuel's name was always on the short list of top contenders given his political and fundraising skills.&nbsp; In the end, just six candidates remained on the ballot, though it was unclear for weeks whether Emanuel would be one of them.</p><p>During much of the fall, Emanuel fended off a series of legal battles that focused on whether he was eligible to run for mayor.&nbsp; At issue was whether he met the minimum one-year residency requirement to be allowed on the ballot.&nbsp; The battle became a centerpiece of the election campaign until the <a href="http://articles.cnn.com/2011-01-27/politics/emanuel.ballot_1_residency-ruling-elections-decision?_s=PM:POLITICS">Illinois Supreme Court ultimately ruled</a> in his favor, just a few weeks before&nbsp; the February municipal elections.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>On Election Day, <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/around-nation/2011-02-22/rahm-emanuel-be-chicagos-next-mayor-82747">Emanuel won a sweeping victory, winning a majority of votes cast</a> and avoiding a run-off, reflecting strength in all corners of the city.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>A return to elected office</strong></p><p>The election not only marked a changing of the guard for Chicago, but it also marked a return to elected public office for Emanuel. &nbsp; Previously, he served for three terms in the U.S. House of Representatives representing the legendary 5th congressional district on the city's north side. While in office, he earned a national reputation as a key architect of the Democrats successful strategy to regain control of Congress in 2006.&nbsp; Emanuel then left Congress in 2009 to serve as Chief of Staff to newly-elected President Barack Obama.</p><p>The move wasn't the first time Emanuel left the Chicago area to serve a president.&nbsp; He worked as fundraiser and key advisor to Democrat Bill Clinton during Clinton's 1992 campaign for the presidency and for most of his two terms in office thereafter.&nbsp; It was his work in the Clinton administration on such projects as the passage of the NAFTA treaty that earned him a reputation as a highly effective and fearsome political operator.&nbsp;</p><p>But Emanuel's beginnings in politics can be traced back to the man he succeeds as mayor, Richard M. Daley.&nbsp;&nbsp; He worked as a fundraiser for Daley, helping him win election to office in 1989.&nbsp; That experience and those connections helped pave the way for his career since.</p><p>"I have big shoes to fill," Emanuel said Monday. "Nobody ever loved Chicago more or served it better than Richard Daley."</p></p> Mon, 16 May 2011 14:45:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/rahm-emanuel-becomes-chicagos-46th-mayor-86598 The Weekly Political Roundup: February 21st – February 25th http://www.wbez.org/blog/best-game-town/2011-02-25/weekly-political-roundup-february-21st-%E2%80%93-february-25th-82996 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Rahm victory.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img height="334" width="500" alt="" class="'caption'" title="(Getty/John Gress)" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-February/2011-02-25/Rahm victory.jpg" /></p><p>This week, it&rsquo;s pretty straightforward, and you probably don&rsquo;t need us to tell you: the big story came early (then, repeated often) with Rahm Emanuel&rsquo;s mayoral victory Tuesday. He won with 55% of the vote, avoiding a runoff; the Chicago News Cooperative has <a href="http://www.chicagonewscoop.org/emanuel-jumps-out-to-early-lead/ ">a breakdown</a> of how he did ward-by-ward. Despite being the first mayoral race in 22 years without an incumbent running (and <a href="http://newsblogs.chicagotribune.com/clout_st/2011/02/city-election-official-predicts-turnout-just-over-50-percent.html">official predictions</a> that over half the city&rsquo;s eligible voters would come out), <a href="http://www.chicagoreader.com/TheBlog/archives/2011/02/24/in-rahms-race-voting-stifled-by-lack-of-suspense">turnout</a> was only 42% overall. <br /><br />The next day, Emanuel thanked voters at the 95th Red Line station before holding a <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/news/emanuel-hits-streets-morning-after-election-win">press conference</a> to outline some of his priorities. He says he&rsquo;s not looking for a rubber-stamp City Council. But if he can get a majority of the next council in line with his agenda, <a href="http://www.chicagonewscoop.org/is-emanuels-big-victory-a-mandate-for-dramatic-cuts/">big cuts</a> are likely to come. <br /><br />As part of <a href="http://www.chicagonewscoop.org/runoffs-for-aldermen-pose-first-test-for-emanuel/ ">the effort</a> to encourage a friendly City Council, Emanuel says he&rsquo;ll use his resources to help out certain candidates in runoff races. There are 14 aldermanic runoffs set for April 5&mdash;and some candidates such as 24th Ward incumbent Sharon Dixon <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/eugene-sawyer/some-aldermanic-candidates-say-theyd-happily-take-emanuels-leftover-cash">have already said</a> they&rsquo;d love the assistance.</p><p>Other wards with runoffs include the 20th, where Che &ldquo;Rhymefest&rdquo; Smith is up against incumbent Willie Cochran, and the 50th, where longtime Ald. Bernie Stone is facing a challenge from Debra Silverstein. <br /><br />Regardless of the outcomes in those races, it&rsquo;s clear that <a href="http://www.chicagonewscoop.org/chicago-city-council-election-change-coming-but-how-much/">change is coming</a> to the council. The most notable indication may have been in the 47th ward, where 30-year-old Ameya Pawar pulled off a surprise upset against a hand-picked successor of longtime Ald. Gene Shulter; Pawar will become the city&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/47th-ward/chicago-gets-first-asian-american-alderman">first Asian-American alderman</a>. In another first, Illinois State Rep. Susana Mendoza is the <a href="http://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/ward-room/Mendoza-First-Female-City-Clerk-116725899.html">first woman elected</a> to the post of City Clerk.<br /><br />In midst of all the post-election analysis, Cook County Board President (and former Alderman) <a href="http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-24/toni-preckwinkle-talks-cuts-after-election-82832">Toni Preckwinkle joined</a> <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> to talk about the cuts coming to county government. The board is considering her 2011 budget today; this morning <a href="http://newsblogs.chicagotribune.com/clout_st/2011/02/cook-county-board-votes-to-repeal-sales-tax-increase-by-2013.html">they voted</a> to repeal the last half of the county&rsquo;s recent sales tax increase. <br /><br />The big news this week in state matters is Democratic state Sen. Rickey Hendon&rsquo;s announcement that <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/bill-brady/rickey-hendon-outspoken-chicago-democrat-resigns-illinois-senate">he&rsquo;s resigning</a>. He refused to answer the <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-rickey-hendon-resigns-20110224,0,6222573.story"><em>Chicago Tribune</em>&rsquo;s questions</a> about whether or not his decision to quit had anything to do with a Federal probe of state grants he sponsored.</p><p>And speaking of the Feds, prosecutors this week <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/3972150-417/prosecutors-to-drop-some-charges-against-blagojevich.html ">moved to drop</a> three charges against former Gov. Rod Blagojevich in an effort to simplify their case against him. Also this week, current Gov. Pat Quinn <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-quinn-budget-20110224,0,2199510.story">reduced budget cuts</a> to the Department of Human Services from $208 million to $100 million. <br /><br />In a bit of national politics that hit home, Sen. Dick Durbin and U.S. Reps. Dan Lipinski and Bobby Rush are <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%3ac86b99f2-e392-4122-a390-b08880e7c1d4&amp;sid=sitelife.chicagobusiness.com#axzz1F0Y0wAjp ">railing against </a>(pun intended) Republican efforts to cut funding for the Englewood Flyover project. It&rsquo;s part of an effort to reduce rail congestion in Chicago. <br />&nbsp;</p><p><em>Photo credit: Getty/John Gress</em></p></p> Fri, 25 Feb 2011 22:15:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/best-game-town/2011-02-25/weekly-political-roundup-february-21st-%E2%80%93-february-25th-82996 Mendoza to become Chicago's city clerk http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago/mendoza-takes-early-lead-city-clerk-race <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/susana_blackdress.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><em>Updated at 10:20 p.m.&nbsp; </em>It appears that state Rep. Susana Mendoza will replace mayoral candidate Miguel del Valle as the next city clerk of Chicago. With 98 percent of precincts reporting, Mendoza holds a big lead over Water Reclamation District Commissioner Patricia Horton.</p><p>2,522 of 2,570 precincts - 98 percent</p><p>Susana Mendoza, 318,049 - 60 percent</p><p>Patricia Horton, 211,038 - 40 percent</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 23 Feb 2011 01:33:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago/mendoza-takes-early-lead-city-clerk-race