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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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CPS students catch Emanuel with inaccurate statistics; make video

6 Feb

By Christine Hurley

Mayoral candidate Rahm Emanuel argued in a recent debate funding for charter schools was justified, based on student performances and the failure of public schools to match their success. “When you take out Northside and you take out Walter Payton, the seven best performing high schools are all charter schools,” said Emanuel.

Wrong, say students from one of those very Chicago public high schools the candidate dissed.

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Now it can be told: How Mike Royko once influenced Chicago balloting

20 Jan

The late, great Mike Royko, Pulitzer Prize winning Chicago newspaper columnist, would have had a ball covering the Feb. 22 city election. Every one of his former readers can agree on that. From Slats Grobnik, his literary alter-ego, to more direct approaches deflating political balloons, the City Hall runoffs would be target-rich turf for Mike’s one-of-a-kind style and knowledge. Here is the latest segment in a periodic “Royko Retro” series leading to Feb. 22 voting for a new mayor and aldermen.

Paul Sullivan

Who: Paul Sullivan, Chicago Tribune baseball writer

Paul spent two years with Mike in the 1980s at The Tribune before moving to the sports department, where he became a beat writer in 1997 covering the Cubs (Royko’s favorite team). He describes his job with the famed newspaper columnist as “two grueling years as his reporter/researcher/Italian sausage fetcher/ bank check depositor and eventually learned how to become a reporter.”


Q: Do you have any favorite stories to tell from your time with Royko? Any memories that stick out more than others?

PS: Too many stories to mention, but I guess my favorite was when he decided that he wanted night baseball at Wrigley Field and was certain that most Cubs fans agreed with him. He decided to run a poll and asked fans to send him postcards saying “yes” or “no” to lights.

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27 Oct

Eric Zorn

Zorn, a graduate of the University of Michigan, has worked at the Chicago Tribune since 1980. After five years as a feature writer and radio columnist in the Tempo section he moved to the metropolitan news staff, where in late 1986, he became a news-feature columnist. In August of 2003, Zorn started the Tribune’s first Web log, which appears five days a week.

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