Tag Archives: chicago mayoral election

Election 2011: Lots of sizzle—but where were voters?

23 Feb

Aldermanic candidate Mitch Newman plants a sign of his own—directly in front of Rahm Emanuels sign—in the 43rd Ward. (Photo by Paige Wagenknecht)

It was one of the most historic Chicago mayoral elections in decades, with Rahm Emanuel now facing arguably the most daunting fiscal challenges since the Great Fire of 1871. But it was decided with only 40 percent of the eligible voters casting ballots, or about 10 percent less than predicted by officials.

That didn’t keep the day from being lively. Here’s a citywide, scrapbook look, compiled by DePolitics1011 staffers and other sources, at election-related happenings from start to finish.

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A Chicagoan explains his vote for Emanuel

22 Feb

By Sam Royko

(An opinion piece.)

In an election which may decide the future of the city I’ve come to call home, I’ve begun to ask myself the question—what makes Chicago unique?

One could argue that there are numerous traits that set Chicago apart from the big cities of the East and the sprawling cities of the West. We’re Midwest. We’re away from the glitz of Hollywood and the Wall Street money of New York. We have our own unique politics. And, when you look around, you’ll see generations of people who have come here to work hard.

This is reflected in everything that is Chicago. Just consider a few of these things.

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Chico, del Valle show ‘consensus’ not a factor in Chicago elections?

21 Feb

By Maham Khan

The discussion over Latino votes in Chicago’s mayoral race has proved one thing: either polls lie, or “consensus candidates” are becoming more of an illusion than a reality.

Maybe that’s why both Miguel del Valle and Gery Chico knew there was no point in joining forces. And even if they did, according to the polls, they still wouldn’t make a dent in Rahm Emanuel’ numbers of Latino supporters.

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Just asking: When does election tackle real issues?

6 Jan

By Jack Conaty

(This is one in a series of guest Op-Ed articles for DePolitics1011.com. Conaty is the former chief political correspondent for WFLD-TV in Chicago.)

Sometime during the second season of “Mad Men”, ad executive Don Draper is faced with a client angry that plans to modernize Penn Station in New York City in the early 60’s are running into cultural resistance. Draper’s advice is classic. “If you don’t like the discussion, change the conversation.”

Fast forward, if you will, to the culture wars in the Chicago race for mayor and you can sense that dynamic is well underway. Rahm Emanuel has already been branded as a one name sensation, like Cher or Madonna or Sting. But selling that brand in this race is still a challenge. So change the conversation.

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As ‘consensus’ black candidate, Moseley Braun faces big hurdles

3 Jan

Chicago mayoral candidate Carol Moseley Braun responds to a question during a news conference Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2010, in Chicago. Braun says Bill Clinton's decision to campaign for Rahm Emanuel amounts to an outsider helping an outsider in the Chicago mayoral race. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)




















By Associated Press

Former U.S. Sen. Carol Moseley Braun has become the “consensus” black candidate in Chicago’s mayoral race, a position that African-American leaders believe will give her a shot at winning against a strong field that includes former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel.

But now that she is in the spotlight, Braun will have to answer questions about her qualifications, as well as problems that led voters to boot her from the Senate in 1998 after one term and why voters should hand City Hall’s keys to someone who hasn’t been elected to anything for years.

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Chicago election first test for new campaign finance laws

23 Dec

By Christine Hurley

The Chicago elections Feb. 22 will be the first affected by the state’s new campaign finance law, but candidates still have a window to make it “politics as usual” before adhering to the standards.

Starting Jan. 1 at midnight, political candidates and organizations will have limits imposed on all money coming from private sources. There will also be limits on the transferring of money between political committees.

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