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How Emanuel is spending some of that reserve money

18 Mar

By Christine Hurley

The mayoral election is over, but what happens to the remaining funds Mayor-elect Emanuel has left? He began the year with little over $8.3 million in his campaign reserves. Now, it is estimated he has $2 million remaining.

Emanuel has chosen eight candidates in the 14 aldermanic run-off elections on April 5 to support. This can be financial or personnel.

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Ex-Ald. Oberman: Campaigns need public financing to be fair

5 Mar

By Evan Taylor

Martin J. Oberman served as alderman of Chicago’s 43rd Ward from 1975 to 1987. He was an acknowledged expert of the city budget and a constant adversary of the Chicago City Council’s heavy-handed political majority.

After leaving the City Council, Oberman was appointed Chairman of the Shore Protection Commission, which was tasked with doing a rehabilitation of Chicago’s shoreline while ensuring environmental protection. He ran for Illinois Attorney General in 1981, 1986 and again in 1994. Currently, he is a lawyer in private practice.

Here are some observations he had about the Feb. 22 election:

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Smith escapes penalty in 43rd despite election rule-breaking

1 Mar

By Zoe Barker and Jennifer Schanz

In a city that’s made a name for itself out of back alley politicians and shady campaigning, accusations of foul play before an election could be a good way to flounder, but apparently not for Michele Smith.

The 43rd Ward Committeewoman and Chicago Aldermanic candidate received 38 percent of votes Feb. 22, leaving her and Tim Egan, who received 29 percent, to face each other in a runoff in April. An impressive majority one might say, given Smith ran against nine other candidates.

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Chicago’s magnificent 7: Election just another day

21 Feb

By  Paige Wagenknecht

On Election Day, not every ward of the 50 in Chicago will be buzzing with aldermanic anticipation. For better or worse, seven city council races will have a single candidate.

They are a colorful group. One has a $6.6 million war chest despite never facing opposition, another loves to find city jobs for his family, and one makes arguably the best cinnamon rolls in Chicago. Read on:

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43rd Ward headed for runoff? Egan, Smith split endorsements

16 Feb

By Megan Ashley

Is the 43rd Ward aldermanic race headed for a special runoff with no candidate able to capture more than 50 percent of the votes Tuesday?

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Just friends? Not in the 43rd Ward, where Smith group admits guilt

1 Feb
Michele Smith

Michele Smith, running for 43rd Ward alderman in Lincoln Park.

By Zoe Barker and Jennifer Schanz

After a relatively calm campaign thus far in Lincoln Park, water in the 43rd Ward is getting murky between retiring Ald. Vi Daley’s organization and one of the candidates seeking to replace her, Michele Smith, the ward’s committeeman.

A hearing before the Illinois State Board of Elections took place Dec. 16, 2010 in response to a complaint by “Friends of Vi Daley” treasurer Barbara Guttman in which she accused “Friends of Michele Smith” of illegally using Daley’s D-2 financial disclosure report to solicit donors.

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32nd Ward Lincoln Park candidate forum anything but relaxed

24 Jan

The 32nd Ward aldermanic forum participants were (from left): Brian Gorman, Bryan Lynch, David Palik and—distancing himself from the others—Ald. Scott Waguespack. (Photo by Jennifer Schanz)

By Jennifer Schanz

Following the previous Thursday’s mellow, candidate forum for Vi Daley’s aldermanic seat in the 43rd Ward, Lincoln Park’s sister ward, the 32nd, produced anything but a laidback event for residents.

Those in attendance Thursday evening expected the evening to be informational, including Kim Schilf, president and CEO of the Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce, which sponsored the forum.

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