Tag: Carol Moseley Braun

Mayor's race: Did the media call the race, or create it?

Mayor's race: Did the media call the race, or create it?
I got a chance to talk to Chicago mayoral candidate Patricia Watkins shortly after former U.S. Sen. Carol Moseley Braun essentially called Watkins a crack head in a televised debate. “What were you thinking when she did that?” I asked. Watkins was short-answered and tight-lipped. But what’s clear, she said on “The Barber Shop Show,”... Read more »

What will Chicago's future mayor do with the city's public housing?

Last night, public housing residents and leaders from across the city gathered to hear Chicago’s mayoral hopefuls answer one important question: What are you going to do with our homes? The answer? Well, it was a bit fuzzy. To start with, only three of the six candidates running for mayor even bothered to show up,... Read more »

Chicago's mayor candidates play 'Jenny from the block,' but who's got the guts to actually help poor folks?

All the candidates who hope to be Chicago’s next mayor love to spend time telling us why they’re better than the next guy. But lately, they’ve entered into a new competition–one that seems a little ridiculous at times–who’s more “street” than the next guy. Today’s Chicago Tribune chronicles the ways each candidate tries to claim... Read more »

News Roundup: Local Chicago businesses show signs of recovery

The neighborhood around Ford’s South Side assembly plant was hit hard two years ago after the recession caused the plant to lay off 800 workers. Now, with the recent addition of 1200 jobs, the area is showing signs of recovery. Economic indicators show that the nation is slowly recovering, calming fears of a “double dip”... Read more »

News Roundup: Measure to extend jobless benefits fails to pass the House vote.

While Illinois unemployment rate crept down last month, the state remains plagued by unemployment in the country’s tepid economic recovery. While the federal unemployment benefits are set to run out over the holiday season, a measure to extend the benefits failed to pass with the two-thirds majority required by the tactic used to bring the... Read more »

Chicago's next female mayor

Madigan says she'll continue to serve as the state's Attorney General, but not as mayor.
Chicago’s first female mayor, Jane Byrne. The City of Chicago hasn’t had a female mayor since Jane Byrne was elected in 1979–the first and only woman to run Chicago. I was certain that when Mayor Richard M. Daley announced he wouldn’t seek an unprecedented 7th term, certainly plenty of women would join the fray of... Read more »