Monday, February 18, 2019

Chicago GOP endorsements in #ChiMayor19

It's not often we hear about Chicago Republicans especially during a mayoral election however depending upon where you get your news they're making some endorsements in the mayoral race which is in the final weeks.

To start Chicago Young Republicans and the Northwest Side GOP organizations have formally endorsed candidate Willie Wilson. This is a release from the Chicago Young Republicans:
Today the Chicago Young Republicans are announcing a strong recommendation for all Chicago-based Republicans to vote for Dr. Willie Wilson for Chicago Mayor on Tuesday, February 26th, 2019. While there are no true Republican candidates in this Mayoral election, Dr. Wilson has the most values that align with our beliefs of free enterprise, limited taxes, school choice and funds to support our police.

In making this recommendation, Chicago Young Republican President Chris Myers said “Dr. Wilson is the best shot we have to inject some conservative principles into the Mayor’s office. He understands that keeping taxes low is the best thing to encourage business and has deep community relationships to work on that many challenges that face our city.”

Dr. Wilson is a self-made business man is who is pro-business, supports a property tax cap and supports school choice for our youth. To help solve violence in Chicago, Dr. Wilson would welcome a meeting with anyone from Congress or the President to get Federal funding to support our Police Department.
And today from Illinois Review the Chicago GOP endorses Paul Vallas:
According to a statement issued by the Chicago Republicans, Paul Vallas was supported by 16 committeemen, Willie Wilson by nine committeemen, Garry McCarthy by two, Jerry Joyce by one. Three committeemen declined to endorse.

Committeemen voting for Vallas cited his strong knowledge of city government, personal honesty, willingness to take on corruption, and ability to tackle difficult budget problems.

Committeemen voting for Wilson cited his compelling personal story, success in business, outsider status, and ability to appeal to a broad swath of the city.

Republicans currently get approximately 20% of the vote in the City of Chicago in any competitive statewide race. The Republican vote in a Chicago municipal election is untested, the group says, because it has been decades since a strong Republican candidate has run for mayor. This year, however, Republicans are likely to have a significant impact, the group says, because there are 14 candidates in the race, with no single candidate polling over 15%. Top candidates are separated by only a few points. Republican voters could single-handedly get a candidate into the runoff.

"Candidates for mayor need to listen to us," said Chris Cleveland, chairman of the Chicago GOP. "In any election in which there are multiple competitive Democrats, we decide which one wins."
I suppose now, is whether or not city Republicans truly have the small heft Chris Cleveland wants to claim!

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Random Acts of Kindness Day #rakday

[VIDEO] Something posted this morning from Jahmal Cole at a local Jewel-Osco parking lot. Here's the description he wrote:
What's something simple you can do to improve your community? After I shop, I always take my cart back to the coral. This small habit helps me build muscle to take on bigger challenges. But when something is easy to do, it's just as easy not to do it.

It's just as easy not to greet your neighbor.

It's just as easy not to pick up trash.

It's just as easy not to shovel your neighbor’s snow.

Thank you Jewel-Osco for partnering to spread this message on Random Acts of Kindness Day.

Visit for more.
BTW, we should be doing random acts of kindness everyday. Great message by Mr. Cole.

Friday, February 15, 2019

Travel Advisory: High Risk Funeral Procession

You might have seen this from Concerned Citizen's of Chatham and I see that Ald. Anthony Beale posted this as well (at least until it was deleted).
Let me state the route of this procession
Therefore neighborhood advocates involved with peacekeeping activities are calling for all area residents, businesses and faith based organizations to be aware and cautious when using, or crossing, Cottage Grove Ave between 115th street & 67th (Marquette road) between the hours of 1pm until 3pm 2 hours), where a procession leaving the "House of Hope" will travel to Oakwoods cemetery.
From what I'm seeing as far as comments this might involve the funeral of Lawrence "Big Law" Loggins who was murdered earlier this month. Police fear retaliation in his murder.

Sun-Times voting guide

Probably not the only place, however, here's one voter guide to share with you. At least for those of you who haven't yet early voted in the 2019 election. And definitely for those of you who are waited for election day later this month to decide the Windy City's Mayor, Treasurer, Clerk or even the 50 aldermen.

Sun-Times voting guide - it's all there and if there are others we should pay attention to feel free to let us know about them. Post them to our FB page or feel free to mention us on Twitter.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Capitol Fax: The black exodus

Rich Miller talks about the so-called Black exodus out of this state.

The focus on the mainstream media of this state might focus on say middle or upper income whites who are leaving this state due to taxes for example. What they might miss is why Blacks are leaving Illinois. And Miller shares a tweet of someone who's seeking to crunch some numbers on this issue.
I will admit I've been linking to CapFax a lot lately.

Monday, February 11, 2019

Capitol Fax: Because… Burke! #ChiMayor19

Well yeah because obviously, we're still talking about Ald. Ed Burke and the current federal indictments of him. And of course mayoral candidates hitting each other over their relationships with Burke.

You can read about it from Rich Miller
As Miller states correctly
But even if Burke wins reelection he’ll be a shell of his former self. And there’s nobody in the city council who can easily fill those shoes.

"Weak" Mayor #ChiMayor19

Found this incorrect statement from the student newspaper of the University of Chicago.
Chicago operates under a strong mayor-council system, meaning that more power is concentrated in the hands of the mayor rather than in the City Council.
Technically speaking Chicago has a weak mayor system where the Chicago City Council largely prevails, however, starting with Mayor Richard J. Daley and through some of the later mayors such as Harold Washington, Richard M. Daley and even Rahm Emanuel. Mayors in recent times have wielded some significant power which has led to this Tribune Editorial.
But that’s not how it works. The little mayors strut about town but turn docile when they enter City Hall. Too many of them are accustomed to taking orders on how to vote — and pleading for favors in return — from the mayor’s office. A report this month from the University of Illinois at Chicago’s political science department that analyzes aldermanic voting behavior found that Mayor Rahm Emanuel has enjoyed a more rubber-stamp City Council than Mayor Richard J. Daley and Mayor Richard M. Daley had. That’s right, the current council is even more rubbery — more pliable — than under the Daleys. Keep reading for the names of Chicago’s most obedient aldermen.
As far as Chicago by city charter having a strong council/weak mayor system:
It sounds like a punchline, but Chicago, by charter, actually has a “weak-mayor” system. That means that most of the power is vested in the city council — or, you know, is supposed to be.

In reality, however, everyone knows that Chicago’s mayor is anything but weak, and traditionally is considered one of — if not the most — powerful municipal chief executives in the nation. A big reason for that? Unlike most other cities with weak-mayor systems, Chicago’s boss has the power to draw up the budget.
Finally two articles that argue that the next mayor of Chicago could be a "weak mayor"

Let's start with Slate:
It’s about to evolve a lot faster. The optimistic take on the shift to a weak mayor is that it means less power for the monied interests who dominated the meeting schedule at Emanuel’s City Hall, more power for neighborhood organizations and unions, and an opportunity for coalition building across the city’s major aldermanic caucuses. Fifty years of the status quo yielded one of the nation’s most infamously corrupt local governments, so why not shake things up?

The pessimistic take is that the loss of a strong mayor will render the city incapable of confronting the elephant in the room: debt. Despite Emanuel’s best efforts to cut costs and raise revenue, the city and the school district both have serious fiscal problems. (The Chicago Public Schools credit is so bad that it issued bonds in 2016 with an insane 8.5 percent interest rate.) Other, overlapping entities—such as Cook County and the Chicago Parks District—also aren’t in great shape. (To say nothing of the state of Illinois, whose problems are notorious.) Not all of those interests are under mayoral control, of course. Still, all of them need to raise money from the same group of 2.7 million people. Coordinating between them was a tough balancing act for a strong mayor. It will be even harder for a weak one.
And then Chicago mag:
Dick Simpson, a political science professor at the University of Illinois-Chicago, was an independent alderman during Richard J. Daley’s reign. Last week, Simpson wrote in an op-ed for the Tribune: “[W]ith a new mayor, it is especially important that the City Council no longer operate as a rubber stamp to the mayor’s wishes. It is time for the council to be a legitimate legislature, initiating its own proposals and holding the new mayor accountable.”

We may get a City Council that demands that kind of authority — or at least, more of a Council than we now have. The body’s Progressive Caucus, a group of independent aldermen which now numbers about a dozen members and includes Scott Waguespack and Carlos Ramirez-Rosa, is certain to grow after the next election.

At the same time, old machine warhorses such as Margaret Laurino, Pat O’Connor, and Ed Burke are retiring or facing serious challenges. And voters radicalized by the Trump presidency are looking for candidates who share their anger and passions.

The City Council “can take as much [power] as they’ve got the votes to take,” Simpson told Chicago. “They’re already starting to get a better handle on finances and the budget, although there are still fewer than 10 aldermen who can read the budget.”

The relationship will also depend on the next mayor, Simpson said. “If the mayor was weak, they’d be able to bargain with the mayor.”
The coming election with many mayoral candidates will be very interesting. No one has emerged in my opinion however time will tell who might either win outright on February 26, 2019 or who might draw the run-off that would be contested in April 2019

Crain's: Al Capone's two-flat, a recent foreclosure, for sale #6WardChicago

Pic via Chicago Historical Society
Al Capone - an infamous 1920s prohibition-era gangster - formerly had his home in the Park Manor area at 7244 S. Prairie Ave. is on sale again. We've seen this property on this blog before over the years. And Dennis Rodkin of Crain's writes:

Friday, February 8, 2019

Capitol Fax: It’s just a bill

The new governor JB Pritzker has been more supportive of easing restrictions on marihuana in Illinois. Indeed we're beginning to see movement on medicinal marihuana in this state. Today Rich Miller covers movements on any marihuana legislation.

One of these pieces of legislation involves one of our local state representatives, Rep. Andre Thapedi.

Tribune: For some South Side Chicago residents, losing 2 Target stores isn't just an economic blow

This is the month that the Targets in Morgan Park (just off of I-57 at 119th Street) have closed for good. It seems reading this recent Tribune piece it is still a sore spot for many in those communities, especially in Chatham where the Target had opened in 2002.
Store closings aren’t unusual. But for neighborhoods served by the Targets that have left — among them Chatham, South Shore, Avalon Park, Grand Crossing, Morgan Park, Calumet Park — it is a particular blow because of the lack of big-box, nationally recognizable shopping options. The community’s emotional response reveals just how the disparity is taken personally and its impact on the morale of a neighborhood.

As Target is closing its South Side locations, it plans to open at least one new store on Chicago’s North Side, deepening the emotional blow to residents south of downtown.

“Target filled a gap in terms of the quality of life for these communities,” said U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush of Chicago, who staged public protests and demonstrations to try persuade the retailer to stay. “Abruptly, that gap has been reopened, without any consideration, commentary or collaboration with the community at all.”

It’s no wonder that residents feel so upset that some are vowing never to shop at the stores again, Rush said.

“The emotional reaction stems from, here you have a community that has been underserved for decades, finally getting a small respect, some sense of quality of life for consumers and they felt they had options to buy and purchase goods,” he said. “They were kicked to the curb, so to speak. When will it stop? We befriended Target. We supported Target. And now we’re left without many options. (Residents) are mad, they are angry.”

Nedra Sims Fears, executive director of the Greater Chatham Initiative, said Target’s pullout “just feels like a deliberate disinvestment.”

“Target wouldn’t tell us how many people the stores served, the revenue,” she said. “We wanted to work with them. But we can’t work with an organization that is impenetrable. It feels like a betrayal.”

Target called the decision to close the stores difficult but one based on their performance. A company spokeswoman said at the time that the move was “not about a neighborhood or geography,” though she said the proximity of other stores was a consideration. She also said Target remains committed to Chicago.

A Target spokeswoman declined further comment Thursday.

But in the two South Side areas affected, the closings remain a sore topic raised on email discussion groups and social media, and at community meetings. When people talk to Fears about it, she reminds them of the many small businesses and locally owned stores that could use their support.

“We are not defined by one store,” Fears said she tells them. “Target gave our community some cachet. … It had an appeal. I believe we have some lovely boutiques in the area, and we will all come together and figure out what a replacement option will look like.”

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Aldermanic forums for #6WardChicago & #Ward09 #ChiMayor19

West Chesterfield Club House

Posted to Concerned Citizen's of Chatham to be located at the West Chesterfield Club House at 9351 S. Michigan on February 9, 2019.

Monday, February 4, 2019

Corruption? #ChiMayor19 #twill

Corruption with a question mark since there are no charges or indictments in these two pieces from Rich Miller's blog for your reading pleasure today.

Both pieces involve outgoing Alderman Danny Solis who it was revealed had worn a wire that helped the charges against Ald. Ed Burke. Another revelation that has come out that Solis had worn a wire to record powerful state house Speaker Michael Madigan.

So the piece about Madigan is Miller's syndicated column
And the second involves what appears to be attempts at solicitation directed towards Ald. Solis by a local power broker

Friday, February 1, 2019

CapFax: Mayoral race odd couples #ChiMayor19

Did you know court clerk Dorothy Brown endorsed young upstart running for mayor Amara Enyia?Did you also know longtime congressman Bobby Rush endorsed former Secretary of Commerce & Obama chief of staff Bill Daley? Odd couples indeed...

Rich Miller blogs about it...

The Rink in Chatham

The video above from WBEZ is about The Rink at 1122 East 87th Street, in fact just across the street from the former stock car race track shared with you last week.

I hate to say it I've never been to The Rink. In fact I've never learned to even roller skate. I've been to a couple of rinks in my life especially to one on the north side that is no longer in operation (thanks a lot progress).

It's great to share on this blog places you should know about. Especially places that are important institutions for the community or at least to those who have patronized these places over the years. Also it's great to note places that are Black-owned and have remained successful over the years.

Perhaps one day I will visit The Rink and learn to roller skate, to be honest one of my early youthful goals had been to play hockey. It was one dream I never achieved because I never learned to skate let along take a wrist shot, however, now I know of one place nearby to learn to roller skate.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Schools will be closed on Thursday #Chiberia

Due to the extreme weather conditions so CPS students have two days off today and Thursday. Here's a Tribune article about the near record cold temps and the various closures and cancellations as far as schools.

Here's a notice posted to CPS' ig