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From Ellis Island to GOP, a look at 5 memorable mayors

19 Mar

By Megan Ashley

Did you know Richard J. Daley started as a Republican? That a Chicago Tribune editor was a mayor of the city? That one mayor spent his first birthday as an immigrant on Ellis Island?

Rahm Emanuel joins a colorful group of predecessors when he’s sworn in and here’s a look at five of the more noteworthy:

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Will Emanuel’s city council become ‘fully functioning’?

9 Mar

By Jennifer Schanz

With the mayoral drum roll of Feb. 22 behind us, Chicagoans and a rookie pool of alderman are looking to the mayor-elect to see what City Hall changes, if any, will be made.

Even before Rahm Emanuel was elected, hints of deep cuts to the budget, shifts in the city council power structure, a plan for Chicago’s struggling public school system and new union pension expectations were alive and well, among other things.

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An outsider looks at Daleys, asks if the era is really over

9 Mar

Chicago's mayor Richard M. Daley. (Photo courtesy of Creative Commons)

By Marin Kolev

(This opinion piece is by Marin Kolev, a graduate student from Bulgaria in the College of Communication.)

After 43 years of reign, the mighty Daley Regime in Chicago ended. On Feb. 22, Rahm Emanuel changed the history of the Windy City.

Last Sept. 7, Richard M. Daley announced that he was not going to run for re-election. We all got caught in a whirlwind of news, names of prospective candidates and predictions. Names were dropped in and out every day from the list of candidates. Chicago got into a campaign mode with candidates everywhere greeting people.

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Moseley Braun disappears—on her Facebook page

26 Feb

By Megan Ashley

Facebook proved to be a popular campaign tool during Chicago’s mayoral election. Candidates used the social media platform to reach voters, contact volunteers, share pictures and educate potential supporters.

You might even say it predicted the winner: Rahm Emanuel had 59,897 followers on Tuesday, with Gery Chico at 5,036, Miguel del Valle 4,250 and Carol Moseley Braun 1,646.

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Shrinking black vote to Rahm instead of Moseley Braun?

22 Feb

By Jennifer Schanz

Chicago’s minority voting demographics are changing, and nothing is more representative of this than the city’s mayoral election. But in looking at mayoral campaigns thus far, how much will the population of ethnic groups really affect this elections outcome?

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More money, low turnout make it automatic for Emanuel victory

15 Feb

Political panelists James Houlihan, Bruce Dold, Cynthia Canary and Mick Dumke respond to comments from the event's moderator, Thom Serafin (foreground). (Photo by Len Kody)

By Chris Dubiel

(The following is an opinion piece by Chris Dubiel, a junior in the College of Communication at DePaul University.)

A majority of students felt that Rahm Emanuel would win the mayoral election by the end of a recent political panel discussion that took place at DePaul University’s Loop Campus. People sharing this thought will probably neglect to vote, while they really should go to the polls in an effort to change politics as usual.

Chicago will vote for a new mayor Feb. 22 and people are already finding that this election may not need their vote because it has a predetermined winner, according to polls, in Rahm Emanuel. Although this particular election will be historic because Chicago will have an entirely new mayor, like many times before, people will stay home on Election Day because they feel the race is already won.

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Attention mayoral candidates: What’s your stance on culture?

14 Feb

(Photo by Christine Hurley)

By Christine Hurley

It’s better to ask for forgiveness than permission. That’s what Michael Orlove, Senior Programs Director for Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs, said he learned while working with legendary Lois Weisberg, who recently left her position as Cultural Affairs Commissioner with an election cloud hanging over the city’s arts’ scene.

“Lois, more than anyone, paved the way,” he said of Chicago’s international reputation as a thriving cultural metropolis.

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