WBEZ | Mayor Richard Daley http://www.wbez.org/tags/mayor-richard-daley Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Judge’s ‘belated’ decision to recuse could delay alleged torture case for months http://www.wbez.org/news/judge%E2%80%99s-%E2%80%98belated%E2%80%99-decision-recuse-could-delay-alleged-torture-case-months-108457 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/RS3083_daleypresser_4-scr_0.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>The attorney for an alleged victim of Chicago police torture says her client is a &ldquo;broken man&rdquo; after the judge in his case recused herself last week.</p><p>She says the judge&rsquo;s decision was politically motivated, and it could delay her client&rsquo;s search for justice for months.</p><p>Last week Cook County Judge Evelyn Clay withdrew from the case of convicted rapist Stanley Wrice.</p><p>In a phone conference last Tuesday, Clay told attorneys from both sides that it had &ldquo;belatedly come to [her] attention&rdquo; there would be &ldquo;an appearance of impropriety&rdquo; if she stayed on Wrice&rsquo;s case because she knows some of the witnesses, according to a court transcript.</p><p>Wrice&rsquo;s attorney Jennifer Bonjean says the judge&rsquo;s decision is an attempt to protect former Chicago Mayor Richard Daley from having to testify.</p><p>Wrice, 59, was sentenced to 100 years in prison for his alleged involvement in a 1982 gang rape. But he claims he didn&rsquo;t do it, and that he only confessed because he was tortured by police officers working under disgraced Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge.</p><p>Daley was the Cook County State&rsquo;s Attorney during Wrice&rsquo;s first trial in 1982.</p><p>Last year the Illinois Supreme Court ruled that Wrice&rsquo;s claims of torture warranted a review, and in January Clay ordered a full evidentiary hearing.</p><p>In her order Clay wrote that Wrice had &ldquo;established a substantial showing of actual innocence.&rdquo;</p><p>Bonjean said the judge&rsquo;s decision gave Wrice &ldquo;a little glimmer of hope.&rdquo;</p><p>&ldquo;You&rsquo;re gonna have that chance finally ... &lsquo;I get to take the stand and I get to question witnesses through my attorneys about what happened to me and how I ended up in jail as an innocent man for 31 years,&rsquo;&rdquo; she said of Wrice&rsquo;s reaction.</p><p>The hearing was set for Sept. 23, but now Bonjean said she doesn&rsquo;t know when it will happen.</p><p>Along with the former mayor, Illinois Appellate Judge Bertina Lampkin is also named as a witness in the case. Lampkin was the prosecutor in Wrice&rsquo;s first trial.</p><p>Court records show that Clay had known who the witnesses would be for Wrice&rsquo;s hearing for the past year and a half.</p><p>According to the transcript, when Bonjean pointed this out, the judge agreed and apologized for her &ldquo;belated recognition&rdquo; of the potential appearance of impropriety.</p><p>During the phone conference, Bonjean asked Clay four times to explain her decision to withdraw, and according to the court record, each time the judge declined.</p><p>&ldquo;Well, I prefer not,&rdquo; Clay said at one point. &ldquo;That&rsquo;s as far as I need to go,&rdquo; she said at another.</p><p>Bonjean says the timing of the decision and Clay&rsquo;s unwillingness to explain further are signs that Clay was pressured by her bosses to recuse herself in an effort to delay Daley and Lampkin from having to testify.</p><p>&ldquo;The powers that be would rather leave a man in jail to rot for the rest of his life than to simply require those people to answer legitimate questions that they should have answered decades ago,&rdquo; Bonjean said.</p><p>Judge Clay and the special prosecutor on Wrice&rsquo;s current case did not return phone calls.</p><p>A new judge is set to be assigned to the case on September 4.</p><p><em>Patrick Smith is a WBEZ reporter. Follow him on Twitter <a href="http://twitter.com/pksmid" target="_blank">@pksmid</a>.</em></p></p> Mon, 19 Aug 2013 16:13:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/judge%E2%80%99s-%E2%80%98belated%E2%80%99-decision-recuse-could-delay-alleged-torture-case-months-108457 Inspector general: Daley administration favored Maggie Daley's charity http://www.wbez.org/story/inspector-general-daley-administration-favored-maggie-daleys-charity-92814 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-October/2011-10-04/IMG_0080.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>The city of Chicago may have given preferential treatment to the non-profit founded by Mayor Richard Daley's wife, according to a new report from Chicago's inspector general Joseph Ferguson.</p><p>Companies that receive subsidies from the city through tax increment financing, or TIF, are supposed to give a share of that to a charitable organization.</p><p>According to Chicago's inspector general, between 1985 and 2009, 27 grant agreements directed cash contributions to private non-profits.&nbsp;Of those, 59 percent of the grants went to After School Matters, an organization founded and currently chaired by Maggie Daley. After School Matters received a total of $915,000 through the public benefits clauses. The funds don't include direct city grants.</p><p>Only one organization received more total funds than After School Matters. The Leland Apartments Development received a one-time grant of $1.25 million in 2002.</p><p>Inspector general Joe Ferguson says the selection of After School Matters gives the appearance of "preferential treatment for an organization with close ties to the city." Ferguson does not question the quality of work done by After School Matters.</p><p>The report says the vast majority of TIF recipients say the city unilaterally chose the non-profit to be included in the public benefits clauses.</p><p>Ferguson finds the TIF process lacks transparency and that no city representative interviewed for the report could explain the selection process.&nbsp;</p><p>The inspector general recommends that the city stop naming private organizations to receive the donations under the public benefits clauses. Or, the city should establish an open and transparent selection process, and TIF recipients can be permitted to help choose an eligible charity to support.</p><p>Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Tuesday at an unrelated news conference that he'll review the IG's report. He said he wants to implement changes to the TIF process. The amendments were recommended by a TIF review board that Mayor Emanuel commissioned earlier this year.</p><p>In a statement, After School Matters said it's false that developers would have to agree to donate to After School Matters in order to receive TIF assistance.</p><p>"It is also an insult to the work that former First Lady and After School Matters Chair Maggie Daley continues to do for the youth of this city," the statement reads.</p></p> Tue, 04 Oct 2011 18:18:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/inspector-general-daley-administration-favored-maggie-daleys-charity-92814 Judge: Daley can be named in lawsuit over police torture http://www.wbez.org/story/judge-daley-can-be-named-lawsuit-over-police-torture-90337 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/JonBurge_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>A judge has ruled former Chicago Mayor Richard Daley can be named in a lawsuit alleging police torture under former Commander Jon Burge.</p><p>Former Mayor Daley was the Cook County State's Attorney in 1986 when Michael Tillman was arrested for killing Betty Howard. Tillman said police put a gun to his head, poured 7-Up into his nose and suffocated him with a plastic bag until he confessed to the murder.</p><p>In 2010, after spending more than 20 years in prison, Tillman was exonerated and he subsequently sued several people he alleges were involved in the torture, ranging from the individual officers to Daley.</p><p>In a July decision, first reported by the Chicago Sun-Times, federal Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer ruled for the first time that Daley can be included in Tillman's lawsuit. She ruled that Daley is immune from lawsuits from his time as State's Attorney. She writes that she's uncertain Tillman "has alleged any extreme or outrageous conduct on the part of Mr. Daley as Mayor." Pallmeyer writes in her decision that she would welcome more court filings on that matter.</p><p>Several other people have also claimed they were tortured by Chicago police officers serving under Jon Burge. Burge is currently in prison for lying about the torture.</p></p> Wed, 10 Aug 2011 12:31:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/judge-daley-can-be-named-lawsuit-over-police-torture-90337 All praise for Mayor Daley in final council meeting http://www.wbez.org/story/all-praise-mayor-daley-final-council-meeting-86076 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-May/2011-05-04/Daley Last Council Meeting_M Spencer Green.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Chicago aldermen have said goodbye to their longtime leader. Retiring Mayor Richard Daley Wednesday presided over his final city council meeting.</p><p>Nearly all the aldermen gave speeches. And, as if they were signing Daley's high school yearbook, they remembered the good times and ignored the rough.</p><p>DALEY: Council, come to order. Clerk, call the roll, please.</p><p>When the meeting started Wednesday morning, some of the aldermen were certainly more stuffed that usual. They'd been hanging out in the back room of the chamber with Mayor Daley, and a long buffet of sausages, quiche, bagels and fruit.</p><p>The shout-outs to the mayor began quickly, with the invocation by Monsignor Daniel Mayall of Holy Name Cathedral.</p><p>MAYALL: In a special way, Great God in Heaven, bless Mayor Richard M. Daley. I'm certain he believes in you. And although he may have governed from that chair behind me longer than anyone else, he knows that never was he alone. You were with him.</p><p>The mayor crossed himself, and the council moved on, to honor police officers who shot a man who had a semiautomatic gun, and firefighters who saved a hundred-year-old woman from a burning building.</p><p>Then, a resolution.</p><p>MIGUEL DEL VALLE, CITY CLERK: Be it resolved, that we, the members of the city council of the city of Chicago, do hereby extend to Mayor Richard M. Daley, our deepest thanks and appreciation for his many years of exemplary service to the residents of Chicago.</p><p>BURKE: We were talking this morning, the mayor and I, about the fact that history reveals that very few occupants of the fifth floor of this century-old building leave voluntarily.<br> <br> Ald. Ed Burke, who's been in the council nearly twice as long as Daley's been mayor, noted that when past mayors left, their final meetings weren't so festive.</p><p>BURKE: As Jane Byrne sat through her last city council meeting, stoically and silently, it was the outgoing alderman, Richard Clewis, who summed things up when he said, 'This sounds like a wake to me.'</p><p>Crediting Daley with Millennium Park, education reform and even championships in recent years by the White Sox and the Blackhawks, Burke said Daley has made Chicago...</p><p>BURKE: ...the most livable city in the nation.</p><p>The two are not close - a political rivalry dating back decades. Daley walloped Burke in the 1980 Democratic primary for Cook County State's Attorney. But this was a day for a certain saccharine rhetoric, as alderman after alderman thanked Daley for his leadership, advice - and even for giving them a job.</p><p>AUSTIN: I'm not going to stay here long, because I can feel myself going to cry.</p><p>Ald. Carrie Austin was appointed by Daley to fill the seat left vacant by her deceased husband. The mayor later picked her to lead the budget committee.</p><p>AUSTIN: That will always be the greatest and the dearest thing to my heart.</p><p>Similar sentiments from recently appointed Ald. Joe Moreno:</p><p>MORENO: Your wisdom. Your fine wisdom when this seat opened. You appointed me. I thank you for that.<br> DALEY: Great decision. That one's one of the best.</p><p>Austin and Moreno are two of more than 20 sitting aldermen who were first appointed by Daley. It's the mayor's ability to fill vacancies that's furthered his grip on the council over the years. He got his way, with few exceptions, and few opponents.</p><p>But even those opponents, with the battles behind them, had mayoral praise at the ready. Daley once refused to let Ald. Joe Moore speak before a vote on repealing an ordinance he championed. On Wednesday, though, Moore called Daley a "transformational leader" who picked the hard fights and was "very fair."<br> <br> MOORE: Very fair, not only to the residents who live in or around downtown, but through the outer reaches of the city of Chicago, neighborhoods such as Rogers Park and Edgewater and West Ridge - the neighborhoods that I represent.</p><p>There were no snide comments about the botched parking meter lease deal. No talk of corruption or hiring fraud in city government. When aldermen did acknowledge Daley's more controversial moves, they did so in defense of the mayor. Like when Ald. Rey Colon made this reference the Daley's overnight destruction of Meigs Field.</p><p>COLON: There's a time to listen and to work things through the community, and there's a time to scrape those Xs on the runway. And you've managed to teach us when those times, when it's appropriate to do those times.</p><p>The aldermen chipped in and bought Daley a crystal bowl, engraved with the names of the more than 100 aldermen he's worked with. And Daley insists he has worked with them, rather than just ordering them around - a point he tried to drive home with reporters at a press conference later.</p><p>DALEY: You have to sit down, listen to them, and what they want and...how we can compromise. That's what you have to do. That's what leadership is all about. No one says, 'Go and do this.' They just pass it. It doesn't happen. It doesn't happen in life. I don't know how you figured this out. it doesn't.</p><p>The mayor was joined at the council meeting by two of his children, but not his wife. Maggie Daley is hospitalized. Recuperating, the mayor says, undergoing tests unrelated to her recent surgery.</p><p>Daley didn't want to talk about his future - what he'll do after he leaves office. He repeatedly reminded reporters he'll be a private citizen then. A private citizen who, Daley joked to the council, will soon have to get out of the habit of writing lots of notes to his staff.</p><p>DALEY: And all those blue notes I would send to you. I don't know what I'm going to do with all my blue notes when I - maybe I'll send them all to the alderman or something. But all my notes that I gather in my trips around the city or my trips around the world, and reading articles and magazines and everything else that I get a hold of. And just think, how can we adopt this to the city? And that was to me - this is the greatest job in America.</p><p>And with that, the aldermen stood and applauded. Daley thanked them a few times.<br> <br> DALEY: Thank you very much. Thank you.</p><p>And softly banged his gavel for a final time.</p><p>Wednesday's city council meeting was also the last for 13 aldermen. Their replacements - along with the new mayor, Rahm Emanuel - will be sworn in on May 16th.</p></p> Thu, 05 May 2011 14:07:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/all-praise-mayor-daley-final-council-meeting-86076 Daley sounds off on what makes a good leader http://www.wbez.org/story/mayor-richard-daley/daley-sounds-what-makes-good-leader-84883 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-April/2011-04-07/IMG_0244.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Richard Daley expressed a lot of emotions Thursday in talking about his 22 years as Chicago's mayor.</p><p>At a media conference, Daley talked about his experience completing projects in Chicago, singling out turning the West Loop from skid row to a developing area.</p><p>"You have to have leadership. You have to have leadership," Daley said. "You media, you don't like leadership. You want weak people."</p><p>And he criticized legislators in the federal government for not reaching an agreement on the budget.</p><p>"Move the agenda forward and not keep debating things over and over," he said.</p><p>When asked if having a compliant City Council helps get things done, Daley interrupted, saying, "I have never had a compliant City Council."</p><p>He said he was able to complete projects by working with people he didn't get along with. He cited an example in which he asked former President George W. Bush for help with a public housing program.</p><p>"He could've said no," Daley said of Mr. Bush. "He could've said none of the people voted for me. Chicago won't vote for me. Whatever I do, they won't vote for me. I'm a Republican. But he was President of the United States. You know what he said? Yes."</p><p>Daley said his advice to the new mayor being sworn in next month is to not be afraid to take criticism.</p></p> Thu, 07 Apr 2011 19:45:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/mayor-richard-daley/daley-sounds-what-makes-good-leader-84883 Daley bashes Illinois' proposed concealed carry law http://www.wbez.org/story/concealed-carry/daley-bashes-illinois-proposed-concealed-carry-law-84712 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-April/2011-04-04/IMG_0221.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Chicago Mayor Richard Daley is criticizing state legislation that would allow gun owners to conceal and carry their weapons. Lawmakers in Springfield are considering a bill that would permit gun owners over the age of 21 to apply for a concealed carry permit.</p><p>Speaking out against the legislation, Daley invoked the assassination of Martin Luther King, Junior.</p><p>"We have learned nothing from that assassination. We have learned nothing that guns are killing another generation of young people. There have to be more people to stand up. Not those that have lost their loved ones, but anybody standing up on behalf of some child lost today or tomorrow or last week."</p><p>A state House committee has approved the concealed carry bill. But it still needs approval from the entire legislature and the governor.</p></p> Mon, 04 Apr 2011 19:21:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/concealed-carry/daley-bashes-illinois-proposed-concealed-carry-law-84712 Daley wants foreign investors for express train linking O'Hare and downtown http://www.wbez.org/story/express-train/daley-wants-foreign-investors-express-train-linking-ohare-and-downtown-83873 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-March/2011-03-17/IMG_0166.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Chicago Mayor Richard Daley says a project to build a high-speed train from O'Hare International Airport to downtown is moving forward. Daley is looking for foreign investors to help construct the high-speed rail link between downtown and O'Hare. He has said he doesn't want government money to be spent on the project. Thursday, Daley said he's heading to China for 13 days, where he'll be on the lookout for foreign investors.</p><p>&quot;We should not be worried about foreign investments. They are not buying our country,&quot;&nbsp;Daley said. &quot;They are investing in our country. They're investing in business. They're investing in our workforce. They are not buying our country.&quot;</p><p>Daley said he believes other countries are willing to invest in the project. He wouldn't give a timeline for the high speed train, but the head of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce says he'd look for the train to be completed after 2016.</p><p>Daley has been pushing the idea of express trains to Chicago's two airports for years. An earlier plan fell through because of a lack of funding.<br />&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 17 Mar 2011 19:15:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/express-train/daley-wants-foreign-investors-express-train-linking-ohare-and-downtown-83873 Chicago, airlines strike deal to continue expanding O'Hare http://www.wbez.org/story/expansion/chicago-airlines-strike-deal-continue-expanding-ohare <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-March/2011-03-14/IMG_0130.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>After a long and bitter debate, a partial deal has been reached to continue expansion of O'Hare International Airport.</p><p>It took the federal government to mediate negotiations between the City of Chicago and United and American Airlines, the biggest carriers at O'Hare. For now, the newly announced $1.17 billion dollar agreement funds parts of the O'Hare Modernization Program, including rerouting roads and installing a runway on the airport's South Side.</p><p>The airlines had long said that O'Hare isn't busy enough to warrant an expansion, but United CEO Jeff Smisek says U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood helped changed his mind.</p><p>&quot;Do we need this runway today? Of course not. But we do believe that with time, we will and we're willing to help fund our portion,&quot;&nbsp;Smisek said.</p><p>When asked what the city gave up to move negotiations forward, Mayor Richard Daley would only say, &quot;I'm not gonna mention it.&quot;</p><p>Negotiations over the rest of the expansion are expected to resume in two years.<br /><br />&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 14 Mar 2011 19:45:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/expansion/chicago-airlines-strike-deal-continue-expanding-ohare Target coming to old Carson Pirie Scott building http://www.wbez.org/story/carson-pirie-scott/target-coming-old-carson-pirie-scott-building <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/IMG_7203.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>The historic former Carson Pirie Scott building in downtown Chicago is getting a new tenant. Target announced Tuesday it's filling in the first two floors of what's now referred to as the Sullivan Center, named after the building's architect, Louis Sullivan.</p><p>Carson Pirie Scott left the building in 2007, leaving a retail hole in the heart of downtown Chicago. Mayor Richard Daley says the new Target will help keep State Street and the rest of the Loop strong.</p><p>&quot;Everything is connected,&quot;&nbsp;Daley said. &quot;And so this is vitally important and it's changing. You can see both ends changing. You can see the middle changing and it's very dynamic. The core of the city is the key. If you don't have a core of the city, most cities fail.&quot;</p><p>A Target spokesman said the new store will create 200 new jobs. He said it won't carry the same types of products as suburban locations; think much smaller patio furniture for downtown residents. He expects the Target will open in October 2012. Ten Targets are currently open in Chicago.<br />&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 15 Feb 2011 18:43:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/carson-pirie-scott/target-coming-old-carson-pirie-scott-building The Weekly Political Roundup: February 7th – February 11th http://www.wbez.org/blog/best-game-town/2011-02-11/weekly-political-roundup-february-7th-%E2%80%93-february-11th-82182 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Gery Chico Debate_Getty_Scott Olson.JPG" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img height="328" align="middle" width="456" alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-February/2011-02-11/Gery Chico Debate_Getty_Scott Olson.JPG" /></p><p style="text-align: left;"><br />Whew. We&rsquo;re just over a week from the municipal elections, and things are getting hot in the race for Chicago mayor - even if it&rsquo;s cold outside.&nbsp; According to the latest <a href="http://www.chicagobreakingnews.com/news/local/ct-met-chicago-mayor-race-0211-20110210,0,5959045.story?track=rss&amp;utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ChicagoBreakingNews+%28Chicago+Breaking+News%29"><em>Chicago Tribune</em> poll</a>, Gery Chico is cutting away a bit at Rahm Emanuel&rsquo;s lead, raising Chico&rsquo;s hope of forcing a runoff. Emanuel is at 49%, Chico at 19%. Meanwhile, Carol Moseley Braun&rsquo;s support has dropped to 10% and Miguel del Valle&rsquo;s at 8%.</p><p>In response to an earlier <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/3728938-418/tv-mayor-poll-emanuel-in-lead-chico-a-distant-second.html">ABC7 poll</a>, Braun says: <a href="http://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/ward-room/Moseley-Braun-Accuses-Pollster-of-Lining-Rahms-Pockets-115753604.html">don&rsquo;t believe &lsquo;em</a>. The polling heightens the drama between Chico and Emanuel; this week both revealed their <a href="http://www.chicagonewscoop.org/emanuel-chico-unveil-plans-to-slash-spending/">plans to cut spending</a>. For starters, Emanuel says he&rsquo;d cut $75 million within 2 months of taking office. He declined to say what he&rsquo;d do about the city&rsquo;s underfunded pensions. Still, Chico&rsquo;s plan was less specific; though he&rsquo;s indicated in the past that he&rsquo;d favor a 2-tiered pension system, where Emanuel is more likely to cut pensions across the board.<br /><br />That split has city unions supporting Chico; labor is thought to be behind this <a href="http://www.xtranormal.com/watch/11089542/?listtype=ALL">xtranormal video</a> (swear warning!). More officially, public employee union leaders are <a href="http://www.chicagonewscoop.org/labor-seeks-money-for-emanuel-rebuttal-ad/">hoping to create</a> an ad rebutting Emanuel&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.chicagoforrahm.com/rahmtv/">new commercial</a> (called &ldquo;Service&rdquo;) that says &ldquo;city government is not an employment agency.&rdquo; Chico also picked up a slew of <a href="http://progressillinois.com/quick-hits/content/2011/02/07/endorsements-citizens-actions-slew-skilled-trades-unions?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ProgressIllinois+%28Progress+Illinois%29">trade union endorsements</a> this week, including one from <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/wire/chi-ap-il-chicagomayor-chic,0,2821968.story">firefighters</a>. Emanuel picked up endorsements from the <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/editorials/ct-20110204-mayoral-endorsement,0,6092899.story"><em>Tribune</em></a> and the <em>Sun-Times</em> (both late last week), along with Illinois secretary of state <a href="http://newsblogs.chicagotribune.com/clout_st/2011/02/jesse-white-endorses-rahm-emanuel-for-chicago-mayor.html">Jesse White</a>, and former city inspector general <a href="http://www.chicagonewscoop.org/hoffman-endorses-emanuel-for-mayor/">David Hoffman</a>. <br /><br />And we continue to learn more about the candidates: for one, all say they <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/3731413-417/soldier-field-safe-under-next-mayor.html">wouldn&rsquo;t sell</a> naming rights to Soldier Field. But in more serious matters, the LGBT <em>Windy City Times</em> is out with an <a href="http://www.windycitymediagroup.com/gay/lesbian/news/ARTICLE.php?AID=30420">election guide</a>, including answers from the candidates to their own questionnaire.</p><p>Also this week, the WCT hosted <a href="http://www.windycitymediagroup.com/gay/lesbian/news/ARTICLE.php?AID=30508">a forum</a>&mdash;but only half the candidates (Emanuel, Braun, del Valle) attended due to <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-defender/after-blizzard-induced-scheduling-conflict-mayoral-candidates-scramble">a conflict</a> with a <a href="http://progressillinois.com/quick-hits/content/2011/02/10/all-mayoral-candidates-share-stage-first-time?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ProgressIllinois+%28Progress+Illinois%29">C<em>hicago Defender</em> forum</a>. All six candidates made it there, sharing the stage in total for the first time during this campaign. All also agreed that African-Americans deserve reparations for slavery, though Emanuel&rsquo;s suggestion that the funds be used for economic development drew a testy response from Patricia Van Pelt-Watkins. Then, on Thursday, Fox Chicago held another forum with all six candidates&mdash;you can watch it in total <a href="http://www.myfoxchicago.com/dpp/news/elections/emanuel-chico-moseley-braun-del-valle-watkins-walls-chicago-mayor-forum-20110211">on their site</a>. <br /><br />In other mayoral campaign news, former Governor Rod Blagojevich made <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/news/politics/3345611-418/blagojevich-emanuel-staff-trial-gov.html">a cameo</a> when his attorneys <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-ap-us-blagojevichtrial-,0,2339978.story">filed a motion</a> claiming a conversation between him and Emanuel was missing from prosecutors&rsquo; evidence. <a href="http://blogs.suntimes.com/blago/2011/02/rahm_responds_to_missing_blago.html ">Emanuel said</a> no worries&mdash;he didn&rsquo;t do anything improper in any conversations with Blago. Finally, be sure to check out <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em>&rsquo;s one-on-one interviews with the mayoral candidates. <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> were both on this week; the rest of the candidates are expected to be on next week. <br /><br />As for the aldermanic races, several are getting attention in the media this week. The open race for the <a href="http://progressillinois.com/posts/content/2011/02/08/checking-aldermanic-races-29th-ward?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ProgressIllinois+%28Progress+Illinois%29">29th ward</a> (formerly Isaac Carothers&rsquo; domain) got a write-up from Progress Illinois, as did <a href="http://progressillinois.com/posts/content/2011/02/10/checking-aldermanic-races-35th-ward?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ProgressIllinois+%28Progress+Illinois%29">the 35th</a>.&nbsp; The <em>Tribune</em> had <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chicago/ct-x-c-43rd-ward-race-0209-20110209,0,2929340.story ">a story</a> on the race to replace Vi Daley in Lincoln Park&rsquo;s 43rd ward. The <em>Sun-Times</em>&rsquo; <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/news/marin/3722368-452/50th-ward-last-not-least-in-drama.html">Carol Marin says</a> this may be the toughest race incumbent 50th ward alderman Bernie Stone has ever faced. And Greg Hinz has <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%3a0d640dc5-7c93-4c5b-8a9a-98952ed845ea&amp;sid=sitelife.chicagobusiness.com#axzz1DfvrzQh9">a wrap-up</a> of a forum he moderated in Uptown&rsquo;s 46th ward. Meanwhile, the <a href="http://progressillinois.com/quick-hits/content/2011/02/08/ctu-announces-endorsements-city-council?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ProgressIllinois+%28Progress+Illinois%29">Chicago Teachers Union</a> and <a href="http://progressillinois.com/news/content/2011/02/09/sierra-club-announces-endorsements-city-council-races?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ProgressIllinois+%28Progress+Illinois%29">Sierra Club</a> endorsed candidates for City Council. <br /><br />Meanwhile, the current City Council <a href="http://newsblogs.chicagotribune.com/clout_st/2011/02/city-council-approves-chicago-firefighter-contract-with-2-percent-raises.html">voted for</a> a 2 percent raise for city firefighters. Airport concession workers are also hoping for a raise&mdash;and a <a href="http://progressillinois.com/posts/content/2011/02/09/concession-workers-chicagos-airports-want-keep-jobs-earn-living-wage?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ProgressIllinois+%28Progress+Illinois%29">proposed city ordinanc</a>e would provide a boost.</p><p>Speaking of airports, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray Lahood this week <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chibrknews-feds-no-ohare-pact-yet-in-airlinescity-talks-20110209,0,749809.story">mediated a meeting</a> between Mayor Daley and the heads of United and American Airlines, with no apparent breakthrough on the issue of O&rsquo;Hare expansion.</p><p>And speaking of concessions, the Taste of Chicago will be <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%3a00ffaf18-bf0e-4c97-bc1a-664b187fadc5&amp;sid=sitelife.chicagobusiness.com#axzz1DfvrzQh9">scaled back</a> this year, as Daley hands control of the festival to the Park District.</p><p>Also this week, <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/news/politics/3719623-418/daley-defends-surveillance-cameras-wants-more.html">Daley defended</a> the city&rsquo;s use of surveillance cameras after the ACLU <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2011/02/08/133600852/in-report-aclu-questions-chicagos-vast-network-of-surveillance-cameras">issued a report </a>saying they violate citizens&rsquo; privacy.</p><p>And <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%3aa13bc66b-b062-4bfe-8bf4-64ac2f9ce17c&amp;sid=sitelife.chicagobusiness.com#axzz1DfvrzQh9">another report</a> this week reviewed the city&rsquo;s pension funds and found them underfunded by $5.1 billion in the past decade.</p><p>Going beyond the city, Cook County State&rsquo;s Attorney Anita Alvarez <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/3738014-417/more-than-100-in-states-attorneys-office-to-get-pink-slips.html">began the process</a> of laying off more than 100 staff members, a day after <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/news/politics/3721274-418/preckwinkle-alvarez-wrangle-over-10-percent-cuts.html ">pushing back</a> on Board President Toni Preckwinkle&rsquo;s request to make cuts.</p><p>In state business, meanwhile, House Speaker <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/3725598-417/madigan-open-to-discussing-cuts-in-state-pensions.html">Michael Madigan said</a> he might consider cuts to state pensions. And the Senate <a href="http://www.sj-r.com/top-stories/x167307357/Senate-moves-to-eliminate-loophole-in-state-officials-appointment-process">approved a bill</a> eliminating a loophole that allowed the Governor to indefinitely appoint &ldquo;acting&rdquo; heads of state agencies without getting Senate approval. <br /><br />For Illinois politics in the national realm, Senators Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk are asking for <a href="http://www.nbcchicago.com/weather/stories/lake-shore-drive-lake-michigan--115527719.html">a federal review</a> of Lake Shore Drive after last week&rsquo;s blizzard caused major problems there (though, for the record, <a href="http://www.nbcchicago.com/weather/stories/lake-shore-drive-lake-michigan--115527719.html">a poll</a> found that Chicago residents were happy with the city&rsquo;s blizzard response).</p><p>Finally, <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%3a2924e4af-1da5-4ced-bab6-d61b6d958194&amp;sid=sitelife.chicagobusiness.com#axzz1DfvrzQh9">Greg Hinz says</a> it looks like several congressmen are already gearing up for the next election&mdash;look out.<br /><br />That&rsquo;s it for this week in review&mdash;let us know if you think we missed anything, and have a great weekend.</p></p> Fri, 11 Feb 2011 18:56:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/best-game-town/2011-02-11/weekly-political-roundup-february-7th-%E2%80%93-february-11th-82182