I just don’t understand what the feds are up to. They indicted another firm today for bid rigging, a firm who had Victor Reyes as a top lobbyist. But Victor Reyes was not indicted, again. All the feds are doing is dancing around Daley, Degnan, Reyes, etc. They are not going after anyone closely associated with Daley or Daley himself. Sure they are investigating Patrick Daley, but that has been going on since 2007. These feds are just running out the clock. Why? Blago gets indicted and his top aides quickly flip on him. Sorich and Sanchez get convicted, and still they do n ot flip on Daley. Are threats behind this. Subtle threats. Who the hell knows the real story here, but something is seriously wrong.
these aldermen are now looking into hearings on the parking meter lease. IT”S OVER!!!! these stupid idiots need to get thrown out of office. wait until the meter rates get raised again. and they now said that 165,000 people are on the boot list with two tickets. PLEASE BOOT THEM ALL SO WE CAN GET MAD AND REVOLT AT THE NEXT ELECTION!!!!!!!
SUBURBAN RACES PRODUCE
FEW TRENDS OR CHANGES
ANALYSIS & OPINION BY RUSS STEWART
The only clearly discernible trend in the April 7 suburban elections was that there was no trend, only an eclectic array of results attributable to local factors.
The Jan/Bob Machine and the Blasé Machine kept control in Evanston and Niles. First-term mayors were ousted in Park Ridge, Morton Grove and Berwyn. Longtime mayors were bounced in Bensenville, Franklin Park and Palatine.
Incumbents retained dominance in Lincolnwood, Arlington Heights, Rosemont, Melrose Park and Mount Prospect. Unions scored a major win in Des Plaines, as did airport expansion advocates (especially Chicago Mayor Rich Daley) in Bensenville. The Republicans got takeovers in Harwood Heights and Morton Grove, and Democrats in Des Plaines and Franklin Park.
In northwest suburban Maine Township, the Republicans barely won. The area is moving inexorably Democratic.
Here’s an analysis:
Evanston: In a contest with national and state implications, Alderman Liz Tisdahl was elected mayor, replacing 16-year black incumbent Lorraine Morton, who retired. Tisdahl was the anointed candidate of Evanston’s formidable Jan/Bob Machine, run by U.S. Representative Jan Schakowsky (D-9) and husband Bob Creamer. In a turnout of 10,307, Tisdahl finished first with 6,400 votes (62.1 percent); trailing were pro-development attorney Stu Opdycke (1,803 votes), publicist Barnaby Dinges (1,284) and anti-development activist Jeanne Lindwall (620).
Schakowsky, age 64, is likely to run for U.S. Senator in 2010, and would face appointed black incumbent Roland Burris and state Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias in the Democratic primary. Maintaining her Evanston base was critical.
Park Ridge: First-term Republican Mayor Howard Frimark was handily defeated — 4,885-3,770 — by another Republican, Alderman Dave Schmidt, who got 56.5 percent. This oddity arose because Democrats failed to field a candidate.
“Reagan Republican” Schmidt entered the race as a “protest” candidate, fervently opposing construction of a $16 million police station. Schmidt didn’t expect to win, and didn’t have to forfeit his aldermanic seat.
But a “perfect storm” arose. The police station referendum lost by 4,332-3,824. Frimark took no position, stating that he would abide by the outcome. That equivocation was costly, as opponents flocked to Schmidt, who spent $30,000, to Frimark’s $71,000. Flanking Frimark on both the right and left, Schmidt energized fiscal conservatives while getting votes from liberals and Democrats, since he was the only alternative.
In 2005, Frimark won by 4,889-3,224, in a turnout of 8,113. Frimark thought he’d get 5,000 votes this year, but his vote declined by 1,119. Clearly, the 2009 result was anti-Frimark. In 2013, Schmidt won’t get a free pass from the Democrats.
Maine Township: Ironically, the Schmidt vote proved decisive in the tight race for supervisor between appointed Republican incumbent Carol Teschky and Democratic Trustee Peter Ryan.
In 2001, Republican Bob Dudycz won the supervisor’s job by 9,432-6,991; in 2005, he was re-elected by 9,751-6,982. On April 7, Teschky beat Ryan by 10,635-8,891. Turnout was 2,793 higher than 2005, and Ryan got 1,900 more votes than the 2005 Democrat. He should have won. But conservative Schmidt voters hit for Teschky, and she got 884 more votes than Dudycz. Had Frimark been unopposed, Park Ridge turnout would have been minimal, and Teschky would have lost. “They (the Democrats) spread lies about township finances,” said Teschky. “They brought in outside workers and outside money. They were rejected.”
But note this: Democrats lost by 2,411 votes in 2001, 2,769 in 2005, and 1,744 in 2009. Republicans should be very worried.
Niles: As they say, it ain’t over until it’s over. And the 2009 mayoral election isn’t over. Acting Mayor Bob Callero, who replaced Nick Blasé last August, faced four opponents. The most formidable was Trustee Kim Sychowski Biederman, who hammered Callero for his alleged “ethics” transgressions, and called for “change.”
The subtext of the campaign was Blasé’s indictment and plea for taking $420,000 in bribes from an insurance company. Callero was Blasé’s handpicked successor. Blasé endorsed him and his organization worked for him. But most voters evidenced no revulsion. They still love their 47-year mayor, who was first elected in 1961. As the “New Nick,” Callero finished first with 2,602 votes (48.9 percent) in a turnout of 5,324; Biederman was second with 1,412 votes (26.5 percent), followed by Chris Hanusiak (1,062), Luigi Nitti (138) and Carol Harczak (110).
“More than a majority wanted change” sniffed Biederman, adding that she may run again in 2013. “He (Callero) ran a negative campaign, attacking my endorsements” by prominent Democrats. Callero feels likewise: “She ran a negative campaign, fabricating ethics issues, and bringing in outsiders to tell us how to vote,” he said. “(Niles) voters resented it.” Callero, age 71, may not run again in 2013.
Niles voters are not used to tempestuous politics. A plurality, but not a majority, wish to continue Blasé-like rule, with low taxes and good services. Callero won’t be Blasé II. The real race for succession will be in 2013.
Harwood Heights: Democrat Ray Willas was mayor from 1973 to 2001. Since then, the village has suffered political chaos. In 2005, Democrat Peggy Fuller won the mayoralty by 28 votes. After four unproductive years, Fuller retired, and endorsed Trustee Mark Dobrzycki for the job. He faced Republican Trustee Arlene Jezierny, and got clobbered by 251 votes (57 percent). Jezierny begins her term with a 5-1 majority among trustees. She must govern well, or the revolving door will swing again in four years.
Franklin Park: A win is a win, however slim. Barrett Pedersen, the Leyden Township Democratic committeeman, ran a masterful, expensive campaign, ripping incumbent Republican Dan Pritchett for “abuse of power,” excessive city inspections, and a “friends and family plan” to pad the payroll, calling it “nepotism run amok.” Pritchett noted that Pedersen used to be village attorney, and never uttered a peep while collecting $36,000 a year. “He’s (Pedersen) an opportunist.”
Pedersen’s campaign copied organizer Saul Alinsky’s playbook: Pick a target, freeze it, personalize it, and then polarize it. By campaign’s end, Pritchett’s reputation was trashed, but Pritchett failed to spend the $150,000 in his campaign account to besmirch Pedersen. In a 3,812 turnout, Pritchett got 1,320 votes (34.6 percent); Pedersen got just 156 more (38.7 percent). Police officer Bill Ruhl got 1,016 votes (26.7 percent). Pedersen understood that any campaign is a referendum on the incumbent. Pritchett’s abysmal 34.6 percent was a massive voter rejection.
Des Plaines: Score a big win for the unions. Marty Moylan, an alderman and IBEW business agent, posted a 1,473-vote win for mayor, getting 43.2 percent. He will succeed term-limited Tony Arredia. Two Republicans – Mark Thompson and Dick Sayad – got a combined 50.1 percent. Had a single Republican run, Moylan might have lost.
With an anticipated $9-10 million annual revenue from the new casino, beginning in 2012, Des Plaines is a veritable cash cow. Moylan ran an astute and highly-visible campaign, raised over $50,000, and had a lot of outside Democratic workers. But Des Plaines’ mayors can only serve two terms, so Moylan will be history by 2017.
Morton Grove: Taxes do matter. Incumbent Democrat Rick Krier is an object lesson for Cook County Board president Todd Stroger. Krier failed to keep his promise to cut the “garbage tax,” and hiked a multitude of taxes and fees, proclaiming it was “necessary and responsible.” Voters thought otherwise. In 2005, Krier beat Republican Dan Staackmann by 2,435-1,955 (55 percent). In the 2009 rematch, running as the anti-tax candidate, Staackmann won 1,991-1,624 (55 percent). Krier’s vote dropped by 800 — a clear rejection.
Berwyn and Bensenville: Both towns had independent-minded mayors and have large Hispanic populations. Both now have pro-Daley stooges.
John Geils’ raison d’etre in Bensenville has been to block O’Hare runway expansion, ignoring other issues. Frank Soto organized Hispanics, had workers sent in from Chicago, and walloped Geils by 2,273-1,116 (67.1 percent).
The Hispanic Democratic Organization has evaporated, but Hispanic Democrats always seek to expand their turf. A big winner on April 7 was State Senator Marty Sandoval (D-12), whose district includes Cicero, Berwyn and Stickney.
In 2005, corruption-tainted Berwyn Mayor Tom Shaughnessy quit, and liberal reformer Mike O’Connor won a four-way contest, getting 5,927 votes (56.5 percent). This year, the old-line Democrats backed Alderman Bob Lovero, and Sandoval flooded Berwyn’s Hispanic precincts (40 percent of the town) with his workers.
Lovero topped O’Connor by 4,232-3,526 (49.4 percent), with two others running. O’Connor’s vote fell by 2,401 from 2005, and turnout fell by 1,917. Anti-corruption fervor has abated. Credit Sandoval for Lovero’s win, and add Berwyn to his turf.
E-mail Russ@russstewart.com or visit his website at http://www.russstewart.com.
WORD COUNT: 1,417.
CORRECTION: In the 4/8 article on Ald. Pat Levar, brother Tom’s wife was described as a Chicago park district superintendent at Sauganash Park. She WAS the superintendent, and is now retired.
SCORECARD ON PREDICTIONS: 8 RIGHT & 3 WRONG
RIGHT: HARWOOD HEIGHTS 3/4/09
Prediction: “Jezierny will win with 55%”
Outcome: Jezierny won with 57%
RIGHT: MORTON GROVE 3/25/09
Prediction: “Krier will lose by 400 votes”
Outcome: Mayor Krier lost by 267 votes
RIGHT: FRANKLIN PARK 3/18/09
Prediction: “In a turnout of 4,400, Pedersen will get 2,000 votes, to Pritchett’s 1,950 and Ruhl’s 450”
Outcome: Pedersen won by 156 votes
RIGHT (SORT OF): LINCOLNWOOD 3/25/09
Prediction: “Cope will finish a distant fourth”
Outcome: In the trustee’s race, Cope finished a close fourth, losing by 56 votes
RIGHT & WRONG: PARK RIDGE 4/1/09
Prediction: “Frimark’s re-election is now very much in doubt”
Prediction: “In a turnout of 8,500, both police (station) referendums will lose, but Frimark will win 4,300-4,200”
Outcome: Frimark lost by 4,885-3,770, but both referendums lost by 4,332-3,824
RIGHT: DES PLAINES 3/25/09
Prediction: Moylan will win
Outcome: Moylan won with 43.2%
RIGHT (SORT OF): EVANSTON 4/1/09
Prediction: Tisdahl will win with 44%
Outcome: Tisdahl won with 62.1%
WRONG: NILES 3/18/09
Prediction: “Biederman will get about 2,500 votes and win”
Outcome: Biedermen got 1,412 votes and lost to Callero
WRONG: MAINE TOWNSHIP 4/1/09
Prediction: “Ryan will win in a squeaker”
Outcome: Republican Teschky won by 1,744 votes
SCORECARD: OF 12 PREDICTIONS, 9 RIGHT AND 3 WRONG, FOR A 75% CORRECT SCORE.
This is to get sympathy from federal prosecutors and an angry public about the pot holes and the booting and the theft of all our quarters from these meters. Daley, go to prison and keep your problems to yourself! I have no sympathy for your wife because you have no sympathy for the poor and sick taxpayers who are being thrown out of their homes by you. You released this story on purpose. Your son is going to prison too!
(Response) Rich is the fool, lighten up on Maggie.
This is the first time that I am writing on here,
I am sick and tired of Mr. King coming into the yard at odd hours just checking up on the 11 to 7 crew, Kevin is a busy man he works at Home depot in Waughigan Ill. he is a surpervisor now in the plumbling dept. Just because he had his eyes closed doesn’t mean he was sleeping, he was in a trace, the rumor going around the trailer was that Mr. King caught Kevin sleeping again, but this time it wasn’t with me in the sleeping bag in his underware and me in my underwear, sleeping in the same sleeping bag, kevin likes to sleep with sleeping bags, But after all, the 11 to 7 crew works hard, we do need to relax a little bit, maybe we should sleep in the new truck, its got plenty of room in the back, besides Kevin is a great man, and has some great teeth. He is just like a bear in the woods, Kevin wants to be a Jamaican Brothas. Wonder if Kevin is going to show his other tattoo no one can see yet?
(response) If anyone is caught sleeping on the job, they should be reported to the Inspector General. If not, they are given special treatment. The second and third shift Investigators need additional supervision. They are being watched, they just do not know it. I think Kevin was busted by King a couple of days ago. Lets see what happens.
When are the people of this city going to stand up and take back their city.I have worked for the city for about 16yrs,and for the most part the people that I have worked with are stand up people,they are one of the many reasons why I put on that uniform,as do two of my sons,one of them is now
fighting in Afghanistan.
Why is it that my son, and other son’s and daughter’s are fighting and dieing in a war,and only 12% of the voters came out to vote.
This country of ours is worth fighting for, I don’t care what anybody says.The mayor and the alderman,should understand that city employees are the solution not the problem,we deserve better
treatment.We will be taking back our city,just say yes to voting!
here is my open letter to Mayor Daley, after all he is 67 years old today and we need term limits NOW.
Mayor Daley it is time to stand up and be the “FAMILY” man that you proclaim to be, anybody that really loves his wife like you claim to, that has the time and age to retire and care for her would, and you meet that criteria sir,So love your wife, care for her and be there for her,BE THE MAN and retire to do this, it is the manly thing to do,
Russ Stewart looks like the Pink Panter
Better yet, he looks like that one Muppet. Remember Jim Henson’s muppets, the one who looked like a doctor.
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