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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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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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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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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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The run to city hall: DePaul political panel tonight

9 Feb

The Chicago election Feb. 22 already is one for the books, no matter who’s on the ballot, and it will get special attention Feb. 9 at DePaul University from a panel of experts that includes a campaign reformer, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and former Cook County elected official.

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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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