Tag: mayor

Rahm's Plan: Tax Cut or 'Largest' Hike in History?

FactCheck.org gets to the bottom of the dueling commercials between Rahm Emanuel and Gery Chico about taxes in the Chicago mayor’s race. Says the non-partisan organization: Rahm Emanuel and his leading opponent are airing less-than-truthful TV ads about taxes in the closing days of Chicago’s Feb. 22 mayoral election.

Chicago Tribune endorses Emanuel for mayor

Cites his toughness and willingness to realistically take on the city’s challenges. Read it here. 

Will Illinois Supreme Court restore Rahm Emanuel to the ballot?

Good question. Greg Hinz makes an interesting point:   But the matter — probably quickly — is now headed to the Illinois Supreme Court. There, perhaps the swing vote may be held by Justice Anne Burke, wife of Chicago Alderman Ed Burke (14th), who has endorsed another candidate: Gery Chico. That would suggest a political decision... Read more »

The high irony of Rahm Emanuel's getting booted off ballot.

Every Illinois election law has one purpose: to protect incumbents and insiders from challenges by interlopers, independents and anyone that nobody sent. Outsiders of whatever stripe usually have to meet higher standards to get on the ballot, compared with advantages typically given to the established.  Thus, a fairly straightforward provision in Chicago election law, clearly... Read more »

More racism in the Chicago mayor's race

Former President Bill Clinton’s appearance here endorsing Rahm Emanuel for mayor has brought forth the usual racism that seems to grip the old black leadership in town.  No, this time I’m not talking about the Rev. Jesse Jackson. it’s Rep. Danny Davis (D-Illinois) who brought it up this time. As reported in the Chicago Tribune:... Read more »

Does Chicago need a "nice" mayor or a hard guy?

( Alex Garcia, Chicago Tribune / January 13, 2011 ) A strong field: Chicago mayoral candidates Miguel del Valle, from left, Rahm Emanuel, Carol Moseley Braun and Gery Chico make their first appearance as a foursome Friday to field questions from the Chicago Tribune editorial board. How’s this for irony? In the rough and tumble... Read more »

Carol Moseley Braun brings the circus to town

But where are the clowns?      Quick, send in the clowns. Don’t bother, they’re here. -Lyrics from “Send in the Clowns,” by Stephen Sondheim The Chicago mayoral race threatened to become a boring seminar on issues until Carol Moseley Braun showed up as the “consensus” African American candidate. From that exact moment, veteran political observers... Read more »

Race-based mayoral pick showcases political immaturity

The cajoling, nagging or backroom dealing necessary to driveDanny Davis out of the Chicago mayoral race, leaving Carol Moseley Braun as the last major black candidate, signals the arrival — we’re told — of “political maturity” by African-American leaders. That’s what Chicago Sun-Times columnist and political analyst Laura Washington told The Associated Press shortly after black leaders on Saturday announced that Davis,... Read more »

Blago's new effing gold thing: Rahm Emanuel

Could it be that Rahm Emanuel’s opportunity to become Chicago’s mayor comes at just the right time for our convicted felon and former governor, Rod Blagojevich. Consider: Rahm Emanuel, now president Barack Obama’s chief of staff, wants to become mayor. He’ll have to run in the February primary. Rod Blagojevich’s new trial starts in January.... Read more »

Daley on Emanuel: "Everyone wants to be mayor."

UPDATE: Mayor Richard M. Daley said he doesn’t mind that White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel wants to be Chicago mayor. Everyone does, Daley said.  Well, not exactly everyone. And not everyone is in a position, like Emanuel with a national platform, to breathe down Daley’s neck. (My earlier post on Emanuel’s ploy is... Read more »
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