Saturday, January 24, 2015

2007 elections: YouTubin' the locals...

[VIDEO] Today we're going back two election cycles to find this post via Gaper's Block regarding the 2007 elections. Author Richard Carnahan takes a look at some of the notable YouTube videos posted before the city elections of that year.

Unfortunately most of those videos posted there no longer exist. As a matter of fact some of these videos could be viewed as offensive so those that aren't available you should be glad you can't see them. Regardless there are still some videos of note in that post.

The best video of that cycle (shown above) was done by our old friend artistmac who lived in the 3rd ward. In fact in that post he wrote the very last comment in that Gaper's Block post. For almost 9 minutes he drives around Bronzeville showing the condition of the ward as it was represented by then Alderman Dorothy Tillman. He especially notes all the vacant lots and not much development.

Of course artistmac, had documented a lot of events during the 2007 elections from the February elections to the April run-off especially a debate where Tillman only sent a representative to a candidate forum. All this representative did was make the audience mad when she simply stated that Tillman had other things to do.

Either way in the run-off election of 2007, Ald. Tillman would be defeated by current 3rd ward Alderman Pat Dowell. And it appears artistmac's 3rd ward is about to get some grocery stores in the future with a Mariano's coming soon!

If you have any YouTube videos for the 2015 races to share feel free to do so. Send us a tweet, post to our FB page, or send a quick e-mail!

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