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20th Ward Aldermanic RUN OFF ELECTION

To my neighbors in the 20th Ward, may I remind you of Carol Mosley-Braun's infamous statement she made about the "crack lady" when she was running for Mayor and how that was the catalyst that possibly lost her the election. Well, our current Alderman went there with one of the candidates running against him during a debate when he stated to him (not verbatim) "you talking about helping the children, but you are behind in your child support payments." Really,...

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To my neighbors in the 20th Ward, may I remind you of Carol Mosley-Braun's infamous statement she made about the "crack lady" when she was running for Mayor and how that was the catalyst that possibly lost her the election. Well, our current Alderman went there with one of the candidates running against him during a debate when he stated to him (not verbatim) "you talking about helping the children, but you are behind in your child support payments." Really, Willie? (You can watch it on You-tube if you weren't in the audience. All the debates for all the wards as well as the debate between the Mayoral Candidates is on you-tube as well.) Did Willie think telling the audience that his opponent was behind in child support was going to garner him more votes. I think not, what it did was allow us to see the current alderman in his true form. MY OPINION: It is not by coincidence that you see all these changes happening in Woodlawn and the surrounding areas going on now. It is to fool you into thinking that Willie (AND THE MAYOR) is doing something for the community. Where has (T)he(Y) been in the past four years? Why did it take an election year for all this work to begin? As voters we need to demand more from our elected officials....not just during an election year, but all year-round. We shouldn't just see the police in our neighborhoods as representatives of the government, we need more visuals of the Alderman, Congressman, Senators, Mayor, etc. I've gotten more material in the mail in a week about what Willie (MAYOR) has done in the 20th Ward (CITY) than I have in four years since I've been living in the ward (CITY). I employ you to seek change and ask that you take it to the polls and vote for it! Show these elected officials that to get our support, they need to actively participate on our behalf. I am not being paid to endorse anyone, but I will vote my candidate of choice. BAILEY for Alderman of the 20th Ward and the other guy for Mayor......IJS

  • JD Concerned Citizen in the 20th Ward

    The sound of 2 hands slowly clapping in a mocking derisive manner.

  • Good morning EB neighbors! Would believe we got about 1 inch of snow or less last night and at 4A we got snow plowing in the Manor but with 19 inches it took forever. .Is this an improvement or a Rahm trying to "fool" the ward to get back in office. .Don't be fooled. .We are "wiser" than that. Stay tunes and observe all things. ....it's the little things that makes you see the motive. ...

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How can Cochran say that he's SURPRISED by the Runoff in the 20th Ward?

Cochran says that he's SURPRISED by the Runoff in the 20th Ward. Not sure why since he was FORCED into a Runoff in the LAST 20th Ward Aldermanic Election by Che Rhymefest Smith. He assuredly really is NOT ready for this Runoff!

Willie Cochran Surprised by Runoff in 20th Ward, but He Says He's Ready
http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20150225/woodlawn/willie-cochran-suprised-by-runoff-20th-ward-but-says-hes-ready

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and 20th Ward Ald. Willie Cochran are both headed for a runoff election on April. 7.

Willie Cochran has also publicly endorsed Mayor Rahm Emanuel for re-election.

  • In Che Rhymefest Smith's defense, he was diligent and persistent and he really did try. You don't get 45.4 percent of the votes without putting in some major efforts. Cochran won by about 200 votes and WE KNOW EXACTLY where those votes came from.

    ***SIGH***

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    In Che Rhymefest Smith's defense, he was diligent and persistent and he really did try. You don't get 45.4 percent of the votes without putting in some major efforts. Cochran won by about 200 votes and WE KNOW EXACTLY where those votes came from.

    ***SIGH***

    As a former Precinct Captain of the 20th Ward 26th Precinct, when former Alderman and Ward Committeeman, Arenda Troutman, went to prison, I was one of those 20th Ward residents who VOTED FOR WILLIE COCHRAN! I BELIEVED in him because I bought into his aggressive and progressive campaigning. Where I made my mistake, I DIDN'T GET INVOLVED. I just went to the polls and voted and I HAVE NEVER BEEN MORE DISAPPOINTED IN MY LIFE at the DISCONNECT between Alderman and the community, not to mention at being treated like the Elected Official is doing us a favor and that we the people need to seek him out instead of him being transparent and accountable to those of us who voted him into office.

    I HAVE STORIES which include mishaps with someone in Cochran's camp. This individual was an ACCURATE REPRESENTATIVE of the Cochran Administration, a perfect extension to who this man is. He's a liar and a bully and he uses STRONG ARM tactics to get what he wants or thinks he deserves. He made a serious mistake when he barked at my door. I AM A FIGHTER, WILL NOT BE BULLIED & I'M NEVER INTIMIDATED! That is why at 51 years of age, I am heading to law school in the Fall so that I can FIGHT for the weak, the disenfranchised, and the manipulated AGAINST bullies and systems like the Cochran Administration.

    I'm working DIRECTLY with Kevin Bailey. Needed to ensure that I wasn't making the same mistake. I messed up not getting involved in Che Rhymefest Smith's campaign. However, I AM MAKING UP FOR MY MISTAKES NOW. I ADORE Kevin Bailey. Unlike Willie Cochran, KEVIN BAILEY IS A MAN OF INTEGRITY AND MERIT who genuinely want to be of service to the people of the 20th Ward and he was ALWAYS the most viable candidate to run against the incumbent.

  • Willie Cochran doesn't believe enough in himself or his own campaign which is why HE TELLS THE VOTERS LIES about Kevin Bailey. Cochran is MANIPULATIVE and has had a monopoly over a certain group of people in the 20th Ward. As a 19 year resident and former Precinct Captain, I...

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    Willie Cochran doesn't believe enough in himself or his own campaign which is why HE TELLS THE VOTERS LIES about Kevin Bailey. Cochran is MANIPULATIVE and has had a monopoly over a certain group of people in the 20th Ward. As a 19 year resident and former Precinct Captain, I know EXACTLY what he did in his runoff with Che Rhymefest Smith and what he thinks is his ace in the hole in this RUNOFF. He says that he's ready for the RUNOFF with Kevin Bailey. He is NOT ready. Instead of him doing somersaults at winning his last re-election, he should have taken the time to LISTEN to what being forced into a RUNOFF actually meant in the first place, what were voters saying to him, those who didn't vote in favor of his re-election in only his 2nd Term in office. Instead, he beat his chest in victory and continued business as usual. SURPRISED that he's in a RUNOFF AGAIN in what would have been his 3rd Term in office, that speaks volumes about this SAD AND UNSCRUPULOUS MAN! He doesn't care about his constituents, he is clearly not listening to them, and he is OUT OF TOUCH with them...by design.

    IT IS TIME FOR HIM TO CHANGE CAREERS, ONCE AGAIN!

Jan 26

Updated 3 days ago

  • I don't care for any of the candidates involved but Cochran,as much as I hate to say it, is probably the best choice...for now.

  • JD Concerned Citizen in the 20th Ward

    From the Chicago Board Of Elections website (http://www.chicagoelections.com/en/frequently-asked-questions.html):

    Q: Will there be write-in candidates?
    A: No. There will be no write-in spaces on the ballots. Voters may select only among the two candidates who received the most votes at the Feb. 24 election.

    Just another way in which the BOE exerts its omnipotence. What a choice!

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I BELIEVE IN & TRUST "Chuy" Garcia for Mayor of Chicago! #Chuy2015

We already know what Rahm hasn't done and isn't going to do! I BELIEVE IN & TRUST "Chuy" Garcia for Mayor of Chicago! #Chuy2015
http://www.chicagonow.com/interesting-chicago/2015/02/time-is-running-out-for-chuy-garcia/

  • Bronzeville Curmudgeon Bronzeville Conservator

    Great mayoral campaign that will determine where the Obama Library will be constructed and who will benefit!

  • Bronzeville Curmudgeon Bronzeville Conservator

    If Rham Emanuel and the Insidious and deviously arrogant University of Chicago, blow the opportunity to bring the Obama Library to Chicago, the Mayor will be toast and should move back to his elitist north suburban community.

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2015 Mayoral Election

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IT'S A RUNOFF!!!!!!!!!!!

IT'S A RUNOFF!!!!!!!!!!!

JESUS ''CHUY'' GARCIA, against incumbent, RAHM EMANUEL, for Chicago Mayor!

KEVIN BAILEY, against incumbent, WILLIE B. COCHRAN, for 20th Ward Alderman!

TUESDAY, APRIL 7, 2015

EVERYONE is cordially invited to this party! AIN'T NO PARTY LIKE A RUNOFF PARTY!

  • Todd Agosto Analyst/Investigator at Veritatem Cognoscere
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    Todd Agosto, as tax paying, voting Bronzeville resident stakeholders, we have never asked politicians for permission to create or implement visions and plans for the future development of Bronzeville, as an emerging African American heritage tourism destination!

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    Todd Agosto, as tax paying, voting Bronzeville resident stakeholders, we have never asked politicians for permission to create or implement visions and plans for the future development of Bronzeville, as an emerging African American heritage tourism destination!

    That is why we have been relatively successful and effective in our sustainable (20) twenty year protracted struggle, to develop Bronzeville/Black Metropolis as a premier African American oriented heritage tourism destination.

    The question today is, which of the two candidates campaiging for Mayer of Chicago, will present the best platform that serves the economic, business and civic engagement and empowerment issues effecting African American communities in Chicago?

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2015 MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS

2015 MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
6:00 AM - 7:00 PM

PUNCH #55 with PRIDE!

Elect Kevin Bailey for 20th Ward Alderman
http://www.electkevinbailey.com/

CAMPAIGN OFFICE
5047 S. Ashland Avenue
Chicago, Illinois, 60637

(773) 599-7582

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PUNCH #2 to RENEW CHICAGO and VOTE for Dr. Willie Wilson, a MAN YOU CAN TRUST to be a MAYOR YOU CAN TRUST!

Elect Dr. Willie Wilson, Mayor of the City of Chicago
http://www.electwilliewilson.com/

844-OUR-MAYOR
844-687-6296

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Commentary from this EveryBlock Chicago account holder.

Commentary from this EveryBlock Chicago account holder.

My name is Michele Evans-Brock.

This account was initially created IN SUPPORT OF 20th Ward Aldermanic Candidate Kevin Bailey.

I later started supporting Mayoral Candidate Willie Wilson. Now, during the RUNOFFS, I am supporting Mayoral Candidate "Chuy" Garcia.

This is NOT the account of ANY of the above mentioned candidates and they therefore are not able to respond to candidate related questions of voters.

***GENERAL STATEMENT***

I personally do NOT and will NOT...

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Commentary from this EveryBlock Chicago account holder.

My name is Michele Evans-Brock.

This account was initially created IN SUPPORT OF 20th Ward Aldermanic Candidate Kevin Bailey.

I later started supporting Mayoral Candidate Willie Wilson. Now, during the RUNOFFS, I am supporting Mayoral Candidate "Chuy" Garcia.

This is NOT the account of ANY of the above mentioned candidates and they therefore are not able to respond to candidate related questions of voters.

***GENERAL STATEMENT***

I personally do NOT and will NOT engage in discussions, especially to NEGATIVE responses of which the responders have long sense been MUTED or will be MUTED. To do so is unproductive use of valuable and productive time and pulls unnecessary focus from what I, as a supporter of these candidates, am working to accomplish.

Those who do not like me or MY CHOICE of candidates, I'm unsure how many times they feel that they need to express their NEGATIVE views, perceptions, and assessments, but, they can feel free to continue doing so WITHOUT my participation.

These posts are meant to reach the UNDECIDED and to provide enough information for the UNDECIDED to maybe make a decision for my candidates and also to keep current supporters updated on current events with the candidates campaigns. They can also read the negative responses and make whichever decision that they feel in their hearts that they need to make.

THANK YOU and GOD BLESS!

Sincerely,

Michele Evans-Brock

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Two 20th Ward Candidates Witness Shooting Outside Polling Place Saturday - Woodlawn - DNAinfo.com

Radcliffe, like Bailey, did not know who the shooters were targetting.

"They were very close and I didn't really see anybody else out there," Radcliffe said. "It's just ironic, we were both in the same area at the same time and we don't know why the shots were fired, but they were fired. Someone could've been killed. One of my campaigners could've been killed. ... I could've been killed."

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Radcliffe, like Bailey, did not know who the shooters were targetting.

"They were very close and I didn't really see anybody else out there," Radcliffe said. "It's just ironic, we were both in the same area at the same time and we don't know why the shots were fired, but they were fired. Someone could've been killed. One of my campaigners could've been killed. ... I could've been killed."

After Bailey spoke with police, Radcliffe, the current Morgan Park baseball coach, and Bailey both agreed they should leave the area.

"I went up to him, shook his hand and told him and his mother to be careful. We said it wasn't a good time for us to continue this," Radcliffe said.

Radcliffe, posted on his campaign Facebook page that he and his campaign members were "in great danger" Saturday.

"Ernest was out campaigning ... with his campaign crew when a shooting broke out," the post said.

Like Bailey, Radcliffe said the incident was an example of why they were seeking to become alderman.

"This is the reason our community needs to elect a new alderman because of the danger our community is in," Radcliffe wrote. "Ernest will not be scared off by no one. Ernest will stand his ground and continue to fight for his community while others are sitting by doing absolutely nothing."

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Two 20th Ward Candidates Witness Shooting Outside Polling Place Saturday - Woodlawn - DNAinfo.com Chicago
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Winners and losers in Mayor Rahm's TIF game

This article was written in the Reader on 11/22/2013

It's sad to say, but many of Mayor Rahm's most loyal aldermanic supporters come from wards that get the least in the great TIF scam.
Some reformers I know are a little down in the dumps after Mayor Emanuel trounced them in last week's TIF showdown.
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This article was written in the Reader on 11/22/2013

It's sad to say, but many of Mayor Rahm's most loyal aldermanic supporters come from wards that get the least in the great TIF scam.
Some reformers I know are a little down in the dumps after Mayor Emanuel trounced them in last week's TIF showdown.
That is, when they tried to get the City Council to force the mayor to spend some of the millions he's got stashed in his TIF slush funds on our dirt-broke public schools, most of the aldermen buckled under pressure from the boss.
Still, I don't see last Wednesday's vote as a total loss. Think of it this way—Aldermen Scott Waguespack, Robert Fioretti, Rick Munoz, Toni Foulkes, and their progressive colleagues smoked out the mayor's loyalists, forcing them to concede that they'd rather let Emanuel squander millions than adequately fund the public schools.

So at least we know where everyone stands—the boss is first, the kids come last.

He not only strong-armed the aldermen into abandoning whatever principles they might have, but also commanded them to read from the talking points his aides conveniently distributed. Other aldermen defended the TIF program. I can understand why Alderman Burnett's so effusive about tax increment financing. One of the program's central flaws is that it favors gentrifying wards, like his, over poor ones.
Thus, the program that's intended to help the poorest of the poor neighborhoods largely benefits richer ones, like the near-west- and near-north-side communities Alderman Burnett represents. Through 2010, the city spent about $197 million in TIF dollars on various projects in the 27th Ward.

In contrast, the city spent about $7.9 million in Alderman Anthony Beale's far poorer south-side 9th Ward.

Those who got, get more. And those who don't got, get the shaft.
It's pretty sad that the mayor's most dependable TIF supporters represent the wards that fare the worst in this ongoing scam.

Feb 23

Addresses of Polling Places for the Fifth Ward

Ward Precinct Address Where to Vote

5 1 OKeefe School 6940 S Merrill Av
5 2 Revere School 1010 E 72 St
5 6 St Philip Neri School 2110 E 72
5 10 Parkside School 6938 S East End Av
5 12 St Paul Evangelical Luth Church 7621 S Dorchester Av
5 13 Woodland Cmty School 6657 S Kimbark Av
5 14 St Philip Neri School 2110 E 72 St
5 16 Wadsworth Stem School 6650 S Ellis Av
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Ward Precinct Address Where to Vote

5 1 OKeefe School 6940 S Merrill Av
5 2 Revere School 1010 E 72 St
5 6 St Philip Neri School 2110 E 72
5 10 Parkside School 6938 S East End Av
5 12 St Paul Evangelical Luth Church 7621 S Dorchester Av
5 13 Woodland Cmty School 6657 S Kimbark Av
5 14 St Philip Neri School 2110 E 72 St
5 16 Wadsworth Stem School 6650 S Ellis Av
5 17 The Parkways 6720 S East End Av
5 25 The Parkways 6720 S East End Av
5 26 Shorewind Towers 2373 E 70 St
5 28 ABJ Community Svcs 1818 E 71 St
5 29 Senior Suites Of South Shore 2355 E 67 St
5 30 South Shore Fine Arts Acdy 1415 E 70 St
5 31 OKeefe School 6940 S Merrill Av
5 32 Senior Suites Of South Shore 2355 east 67
5 33 Park Shore East Assoc 6250 S Harper Av
5 36 Cyril Apts 7150 S Cyril Av
5 38 OKeefe School 6940 S Merrill Av
5 40 OKeefe School 6940 S Merrill Av

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Feb 22

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Press Release - Attempted Shooting involving 20th Ward Aldermanic Candidate, Kevin Bailey.

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WHAT: KEVIN BAILEY CANDIDATE FOR ALDERMAN OF THE 20TH WARD, ATTEMPTED SHOOTING

WHEN: FEBRUARY 21, 2015 at approximately 4:40pm

LOCATION: Intersection of 63rd St. and Evans

CHICAGO, IL - On February 21, 2015 at approximately 4:40 pm, Kevin Bailey, candidate for Alderman of the 20th Ward, was at the 20th Ward's Early Voting location greeting voters. Suddenly, without notice or warning, a group of young men raised a gun in the direction of Bailey, and...

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PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WHAT: KEVIN BAILEY CANDIDATE FOR ALDERMAN OF THE 20TH WARD, ATTEMPTED SHOOTING

WHEN: FEBRUARY 21, 2015 at approximately 4:40pm

LOCATION: Intersection of 63rd St. and Evans

CHICAGO, IL - On February 21, 2015 at approximately 4:40 pm, Kevin Bailey, candidate for Alderman of the 20th Ward, was at the 20th Ward's Early Voting location greeting voters. Suddenly, without notice or warning, a group of young men raised a gun in the direction of Bailey, and without saying a word, fired the hand gun in Bailey's direction.

Kevin Bailey was not injured in this incident and is filing a police report.

During the course of the campaign, Kevin Bailey and his campaign team have received numerous threats and attempts at intimidation. “I will not be intimidated, I will not be afraid," Bailey said. "These are the issues of our community, and I refuse to hide or let up on the fight to establish a better and safer community and continue to challenge the status quo. And incidents like this only serve to fortify me to ensure that resident and visitors never have to endure threats to life and property.”

Contact:
Steve McKessey at (215) 796-4818

  • Bronzeville Curmudgeon Bronzeville Conservator

    Kevin Bailey, Chicago politics ain't bean bag!

    You must be running an effective campaign if you are being threatened.

    Power concedes nothing without a demand.

    Go get your votes , and don't let the paid off knuckle heads intimidate you.

Feb 16

Updated Feb 22

The ILLEGAL PRACTICES of 20th Ward Aldermanic Candidate, Andre Smith

‪#‎TeamBailey‬ speaking out against vote buying. "Challenging the Status Quo" begins at home... ‪#‎punch55‬.

  • JD Concerned Citizen in the 20th Ward

    Until a few days ago, waging a write-in campaign for 20th Ward alderman was not on my ‘to-do’ list. I hadn’t deemed a write-in campaign viable because of the massive apathy throughout the ward. Obviously, I’m thinking differently now. Two reasons: the library and Rahm. Overflow crowds at all the...

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    Until a few days ago, waging a write-in campaign for 20th Ward alderman was not on my ‘to-do’ list. I hadn’t deemed a write-in campaign viable because of the massive apathy throughout the ward. Obviously, I’m thinking differently now. Two reasons: the library and Rahm. Overflow crowds at all the public forums where the Obama Library is concerned indicates there is, at the very least, a lot of people paying attention to that one issue. And chances are, they’ll vote. As for the (anti) Rahm group, I’m not so sure. While there is palpable, shall we say, dislike for the incumbent mayor prevalent in the 20th Ward, it’s hard to predict if that means people will come out and vote against him. Some studies indicate people tend to not vote at all when feeling negatively about a candidate or an election. In other words, it’s hard to know if the same people who say, “I hate Rahm ‘cause he closed the schools”, will vote. I certainly hope they do (vote) and I hope they realize that the ultimate form of protest at the polls is the write-in vote. It will tell the entrenched politicians (Republican, Democrat, whoever), in a language they can understand, that you can never be taken for granted again. When a write-in ballot is cast the political ‘tremors’ will not only be felt in the 20th Ward, they’ll feel it at City Hall, in Springfield and in Washington, D.C.. (Oh yeah, he’ll be paying attention.) We should give the entire Machine establishment somethin’ they ain’t never had. Let us reject not only City Hall’s chosen candidate, let us reject and repudiate the entire system that creates him (the incumbent) and others who want to be him (challengers that engage in ‘dirty tricks’). We have to not only break the Machine, we must demonstrate, in the strongest way possible, our total disdain for what it hath wrought. WRITE-IN: JEROME A. DAVIS, 20TH WARD ALDERMAN. And it’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood ‘cause you can vote early.

  • JD Concerned Citizen in the 20th Ward

    . . .and here's what some voters are saying/thinking:

    Yesterday afternoon I found two fliers, folded together and inserted in the fence above my mailbox. One was a copy of the flier that began this thread (a photo of that flier is linked above by Todd A) and a second...

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    . . .and here's what some voters are saying/thinking:

    Yesterday afternoon I found two fliers, folded together and inserted in the fence above my mailbox. One was a copy of the flier that began this thread (a photo of that flier is linked above by Todd A) and a second was a Kevin Bailey campaign flier. Both were on exactly the same paper stock/size: 8.5" x 11" glossy magazine style paper. This does not conclusively prove that the Bailey campaign is responsible for distributing the lie-based hit piece on Cochran represented by the first flier, but it is consistent with that theory and also consistent with a pattern of "press releases" from apparent Bailey campaign operatives that make sensational claims against other 20th Ward aldermanic candidates, or scaremongering inferences, without weak or zero supporting evidence (e.g. see “Press Release - Attempted Shooting involving 20th Ward aldermanic Candidate, Kevin Bailey.” Or The ILLEGAL PRACTICES of 20th Ward aldermanic Candidate, Andre Smith). It is notable to me that the Bailey campaign has so far taken no steps on this thread to clarify the issues raised or distance themselves from the deeply unethical and outrageous claims contained in the anti-Cochran flier. Because of this pattern of activity, I am not confident that Mr. Bailey’s actual identity is even remotely related to the identity he is seeking to promote vis-à-vis his official campaign fliers. Far too much of Mr. Bailey’s campaign material seems to focus on unsupported innuendo and either passively accepted or actively promoted slander. I hope the gentleman is not as deeply flawed as the materials that seem to be promoted by his campaign, but so far, the evidence is not encouraging.

    All the more reason(s) to bypass the balloted candidates. Separate yourself. WRITE-IN: JEROME A. DAVIS, 20TH WARD, ALDERMAN.

Jan 31

Updated Feb 22

No evidence in flier accusing alderman of complicity in torture

Today glossy color fliers were distributed claiming that 20th Ward Alderman Willie Cochran was ... second in command of the John Burge torture crew" and "either personally tortured black men or knew about it and did nothing to stop it!" I was surprised to read this, since I've followed the well documented Burge torture case fairly closely and had never heard anything connecting Cochran. I did some research online and was unable to corroborate the charges. The flier claims to...

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Today glossy color fliers were distributed claiming that 20th Ward Alderman Willie Cochran was ... second in command of the John Burge torture crew" and "either personally tortured black men or knew about it and did nothing to stop it!" I was surprised to read this, since I've followed the well documented Burge torture case fairly closely and had never heard anything connecting Cochran. I did some research online and was unable to corroborate the charges. The flier claims to be from the "Committee to Stop Police Brutality and Killings" but there is no contact information or committee member names listed. Similarly, the only Google hits I found with a similar group name attached have no leadership, member names, or contacts. The Chicago Reader has an online "Who's Who" in the Burge case and Cochran is not mentioned (http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/the-police-torture-scandal-a-whos-who/Content?oid=1921098). I FOUND NO EVIDENCE TO SUGGEST THAT THE FLIER'S CLAIMS ARE TRUE AND THE LACK OF ATTRIBUTIONS ON THE FLIER SUGGEST IT IS A POLITICAL HIT-PIECE BUILT ON COMPLETELY FABRICATED LIES. There seems to be some real money coming into the 20th Ward race. Does anybody know who it's coming from? I'm not a big fan of Cochran but I appreciate factually based political argumentation and this flier is an ugly piece of character assassination.

  • Jolyon renter/resident

    Yesterday afternoon I found two fliers, folded together and inserted in the fence above my mailbox. One was a copy of the flier that began this thread (a photo of that flier is linked above by Todd A) and a second was a Kevin Bailey campaign flier. Both were on...

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    Yesterday afternoon I found two fliers, folded together and inserted in the fence above my mailbox. One was a copy of the flier that began this thread (a photo of that flier is linked above by Todd A) and a second was a Kevin Bailey campaign flier. Both were on exactly the same paper stock/size: 8.5" x 11" glossy magazine style paper. This does not conclusively prove that the Bailey campaign is responsible for distributing the lie-based hit piece on Cochran represented by the first flier, but it is consistent with that theory and also consistent with a pattern of "press releases" from apparent Bailey campaign operatives that make sensational claims against other 20th Ward aldermanic candidates, or scaremongering inferences, without weak or zero supporting evidence (e.g. see “Press Release - Attempted Shooting involving 20th Ward aldermanic Candidate, Kevin Bailey.” Or The ILLEGAL PRACTICES of 20th Ward aldermanic Candidate, Andre Smith). It is notable to me that the Bailey campaign has so far taken no steps on this thread to clarify the issues raised or distance themselves from the deeply unethical and outrageous claims contained in the anti-Cochran flier. Because of this pattern of activity, I am not confident that Mr. Bailey’s actual identity is even remotely related to the identity he is seeking to promote vis-à-vis his official campaign fliers. Far too much of Mr. Bailey’s campaign material seems to focus on unsupported innuendo and either passively accepted or actively promoted slander. I hope the gentleman is not as deeply flawed as the materials that seem to be promoted by his campaign, but so far, the evidence is not encouraging.

  • JD Concerned Citizen in the 20th Ward

    Jolyon, you must be a skilled carpenter, as you've hit numerous 'nails' squarely on the head. All the more reason(s) to bypass the balloted candidates (or at the very least, the incumbent and Mr. Bailey) and WRITE IN: JEROME A. DAVIS, ALDERMAN, 20TH WARD.

Feb 22

Updated Feb 22

Pattern of outrageous and unsupported claims in pro-Bailey literature and posts.

Yesterday afternoon I found two fliers, folded together and inserted in the fence above my mailbox. One was a copy of the flier that began the thread "No evidence in flier accusing alderman of complicity in torture" and a second was a Kevin Bailey campaign flier. Both were on exactly the same paper stock/size: 8.5" x 11" glossy magazine style paper (see attached photos). This does not conclusively prove that the Bailey campaign is responsible for distributing the lie-based hit...

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Yesterday afternoon I found two fliers, folded together and inserted in the fence above my mailbox. One was a copy of the flier that began the thread "No evidence in flier accusing alderman of complicity in torture" and a second was a Kevin Bailey campaign flier. Both were on exactly the same paper stock/size: 8.5" x 11" glossy magazine style paper (see attached photos). This does not conclusively prove that the Bailey campaign is responsible for distributing the lie-based hit piece on Cochran (as alleged by others in the previously mentioned thread) represented by the first flier, but it is consistent with that theory and also consistent with a pattern of "press releases" from apparent Bailey campaign operatives that make sensational claims against other 20th Ward aldermanic candidates, or scaremongering inferences, with weak or zero supporting evidence (e.g. see “Press Release - Attempted Shooting involving 20th Ward Aldermanic Candidate, Kevin Bailey.” Or The ILLEGAL PRACTICES of 20th Ward Aldermanic Candidate, Andre Smith). I am so far unaware of any steps taken by the Bailey campaign to clarify the issues the problematic literature and posts have raised or distance themselves from the deeply unethical and outrageous claims contained in the anti-Cochran flier. Because of this pattern of activity, I am not confident that Mr. Bailey’s actual identity is even remotely related to the identity he is seeking to promote vis-à-vis his official campaign fliers. Far too much of Mr. Bailey’s campaign material seems to focus on unsupported innuendo and either passively accepted or actively promoted slander. I hope the gentleman is not as deeply flawed as the materials that seem to be promoted by his campaign, but so far, the evidence is not encouraging.

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Feb 20

How to vote in Chicago’s 2015 elections

Fifth Ward voters may cast ballots anytime from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday, at the Jackson Park field house, 6401 S. Stony Island Ave.

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...document with voter’s name and address) to the Chicago Board of Elections offices, at 69 W. Washington St.

Fourth Ward voters may cast ballots anytime from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday, at the King Community Center, 4314 S. Cottage Grove Ave.

Hyde Park-Kenwood’s 4th Ward polling stations will be located at: 5480 S. Kenwood Ave. (precinct 1), 4850 S. Lake Park Ave. (9), 936 E. 47 St. (15), 1330 E. 50 St. (22, 23 and 24), 4949 S. Cottage Grove Ave. (26), 1448 E. 53 St. (27), 4800 S. Chicago Beach Dr. (31), 810 E. Hyde Park Blvd (33).

Hyde Park-Kenwood’s 4th Ward polling stations will be located at: 5480 S. Kenwood Ave. (precinct 1), 4850 S. Lake Park Ave. (9), 936 E. 47 St. (15), 1330 E. 50 St. (22, 23 and 24), 4949 S. Cottage Grove Ave. (26), 1448 E. 53 St. (27), 4800 S. Chicago Beach Dr. (31), 810 E. Hyde Park Blvd (33).

Hyde Park-Kenwood’s 4th Ward polling stations will be located at: 5480 S. Kenwood Ave. (precinct 1), 4850 S. Lake Park Ave. (9), 936 E. 47 St. (15), 1330 E. 50 St. (22, 23 and 24), 4949 S. Cottage Grove Ave. (26), 1448 E. 53 St. (27), 4800 S. Chicago Beach Dr. (31), 810 E. Hyde Park Blvd (33).

Hyde Park-Kenwood’s 4th Ward polling stations will be located at: 5480 S. Kenwood Ave. (precinct 1), 4850 S. Lake Park Ave. (9), 936 E. 47 St. (15), 1330 E. 50 St. (22, 23 and 24), 4949 S. Cottage Grove Ave. (26), 1448 E. 53 St. (27), 4800 S. Chicago Beach Dr. (31), 810 E. Hyde Park Blvd (33).

Hyde Park-Kenwood’s 4th Ward polling stations will be located at: 5480 S. Kenwood Ave. (precinct 1), 4850 S. Lake Park Ave. (9), 936 E. 47 St. (15), 1330 E. 50 St. (22, 23 and 24), 4949 S. Cottage Grove Ave. (26), 1448 E. 53 St. (27), 4800 S. Chicago Beach Dr. (31), 810 E. Hyde Park Blvd (33).

Hyde Park-Kenwood’s 4th Ward polling stations will be located at: 5480 S. Kenwood Ave. (precinct 1), 4850 S. Lake Park Ave. (9), 936 E. 47 St. (15), 1330 E. 50 St. (22, 23 and 24), 4949 S. Cottage Grove Ave. (26), 1448 E. 53 St. (27), 4800 S. Chicago Beach Dr. (31), 810 E. Hyde Park Blvd (33).

Hyde Park-Kenwood’s 5th Ward polling stations will be located at: 5500 S. Woodlawn Ave. (precinct 3), 936 E. 54 St. (4), 5050 S. Lake Shore Dr. (7 and 22...

...s 5th Ward polling stations will be located at: 5500 S. Woodlawn Ave. (precinct 3), 936 E. 54 St. (4), 5050 S. Lake Shore Dr. (7 and 22), 5631 S. Kimbark Ave. (8), 5200...

...will be located at: 5500 S. Woodlawn Ave. (precinct 3), 936 E. 54 St. (4), 5050 S. Lake Shore Dr. (7 and 22), 5631 S. Kimbark Ave. (8), 5200 S. University Ave. (9), 5480 S...

...precinct 3), 936 E. 54 St. (4), 5050 S. Lake Shore Dr. (7 and 22), 5631 S. Kimbark Ave. (8), 5200 S. University Ave. (9), 5480 S. Cornell Ave. (11), 5325 S. Cottage Grove...

...St. (4), 5050 S. Lake Shore Dr. (7 and 22), 5631 S. Kimbark Ave. (8), 5200 S. University Ave. (9), 5480 S. Cornell Ave. (11), 5325 S. Cottage Grove Ave. (15), 5401 S. Cornell...

...Shore Dr. (7 and 22), 5631 S. Kimbark Ave. (8), 5200 S. University Ave. (9), 5480 S. Cornell Ave. (11), 5325 S. Cottage Grove Ave. (15), 5401 S. Cornell Ave. (18 and 23), 5429...

...5631 S. Kimbark Ave. (8), 5200 S. University Ave. (9), 5480 S. Cornell Ave. (11), 5325 S. Cottage Grove Ave. (15), 5401 S. Cornell Ave. (18 and 23), 5429 S Dorchester Ave. (19), 5200 S...

...S. University Ave. (9), 5480 S. Cornell Ave. (11), 5325 S. Cottage Grove Ave. (15), 5401 S. Cornell Ave. (18 and 23), 5429 S Dorchester Ave. (19), 5200 S. Hyde Park Blvd. (20), 936...

...Ave. (11), 5325 S. Cottage Grove Ave. (15), 5401 S. Cornell Ave. (18 and 23), 5429 S Dorchester Ave. (19), 5200 S. Hyde Park Blvd. (20), 936 E. 54 St. (21), 1526 E. 55...

...Grove Ave. (15), 5401 S. Cornell Ave. (18 and 23), 5429 S Dorchester Ave. (19), 5200 S. Hyde Park Blvd. (20), 936 E. 54 St. (21), 1526 E. 55 St. (24), 5631 S. Kimbark Ave...

...S Dorchester Ave. (19), 5200 S. Hyde Park Blvd. (20), 936 E. 54 St. (21), 1526 E. 55 St. (24), 5631 S. Kimbark Ave. (27), 5801 S. Dorchester Ave. (34), 1700 E. 56 St...

...936 E. 54 St. (21), 1526 E. 55 St. (24), 5631 S. Kimbark Ave. (27), 5801 S. Dorchester Ave. (34), 1700 E. 56 St. (35 and 41), 5550 S. South Shore Dr. (37), 1450...

...1526 E. 55 St. (24), 5631 S. Kimbark Ave. (27), 5801 S. Dorchester Ave. (34), 1700 E. 56 St. (35 and 41), 5550 S. South Shore Dr. (37), 1450 E. 55 Pl (39...

...Kimbark Ave. (27), 5801 S. Dorchester Ave. (34), 1700 E. 56 St. (35 and 41), 5550 S. South Shore Dr. (37), 1450 E. 55 Pl (39...

...Ave. (34), 1700 E. 56 St. (35 and 41), 5550 S. South Shore Dr. (37), 1450 E. 55 Pl (39...

Feb 20

Opponents give Hairston “D”s, “F” on leadership at Apostolic Church forum

All 5th Ward candidates except Ald. Leslie Hairston showed up for a forum Tuesday night at Apostolic Church of God, 6320 S. Dorchester Ave.

Feb 19

Hare says Ald. Hairston could face runoff against her or Miles

Hare said she heard Hairston was polling in the 30-percent range at Tuesday’s forum at Apostolic Church of God, 6320 S. Dorchester Ave.

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“If it goes to a run-off I think it’ll be 50-50 me and Anne Marie,” she said at a private campaign party attended by friends and family at South Loop’s Bureau Bar, 75 E. 16th St.

Sep 26 2012

Updated Feb 19

62nd Woodlawn - Crime Scene

This afternoon the police had 62nd and Woodlawn blocked off, the officer told me that a man had been shot at 65th and Woodlawn and was apparently trying to make it to the hospital and died at 62nd and Woodlawn. We need a Divine Intervention and a whole lot of prayer. OMG!!

  • thank you so much Carol Carol

  • Yeah, I witnessed this shooting, called and talked to the detectives, described the get away vehicle and I don't think anything ever came of it.

Feb 16 2014

Updated Feb 19

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Feb 19

YMCA’s across Chicago area open to help parents during school closings

6330 S. Stony Island

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2424 W. Touhy Ave.

711 59th St.

4251 W. Irving Park Rd.

3333 N. Marshfield

6300 W. Touhy Ave.

1834 N. Lawndale Ave.

Feb 19

Feb 19

Ald. Leslie Hairston skips aldermanic forum at Apostolic Church, asks for change to format

Citing concerns over an unfair format, Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) decided to skip yesterday’s aldermanic forum hosted by Rev. Byron Brazier’s Apostolic Church of God, 6320 S. Dorchester Ave.

Feb 09

Updated Feb 18

Early Voting Begins

5th Ward - Jackson Park 6401 S. Stony Island

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Chicago Board of Elections - 69 W. Washington St., Lower Level Conference Room

1st Ward - Goldblatts Building 1615 W. Chicago

2nd Ward - Access Living 115 W. Chicago

3rd Ward - Chicago Bee Library 3647 S. State

4th Ward – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center 4314 S. Cottage Grove

6th Ward - Whitney Young Library 7901 S. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr.

7th Ward - Jeffery Manor Library 2401 E. 100th St.

8th Ward - Olive Harvey College 10001 S. Woodlawn

9th Ward - Palmer Park 201 E. 111th St.

10th Ward - Vodak/East Side Library 3710 E. 106th St.

11th Ward - District 9 Police 3120 S. Halsted

12th Ward - McKinley Park 2210 W. Pershing

13th Ward - West Lawn Park 4233 W. 65th St.

14th Ward - Archer Heights Library 5055 S. Archer

15th Ward - Gage Park 2411 W 55th St

16th Ward - Lindblom Park 6054 S. Damen

17th Ward - Thurgood Marshall Library 7506 S. Racine

18th Ward - Wrightwood-Ashburn Library 8530 S. Kedzie

19th Ward - Mount Greenwood Park 3721 W. 111th St.

20th Ward - Coleman Library 731 E. 63rd St.

21st Ward - Woodson Regional Library 9525 S. Halsted

22nd Ward - Piotrowski Park 4247 W. 31st St.

23rd Ward - Clearing Library 6423 W. 63rd Pl.

24th Ward - Douglass Library 3353 W. 13th St.

25th Ward - Chinatown Library 2353 S. Wentworth

26th Ward - Humboldt Park Library 1605 N. Troy

27th Ward - Eckhart Park 1330 W. Chicago

28th Ward - West Side Learning Center 4624 W. Madison

29th Ward - Amundsen Park 6200 W. Bloomingdale

30th Ward - Kilbourn Park 3501 N. Kilbourn

31st Ward - Portage Cragin Library 5108 W. Belmont

32nd Ward - Bucktown-Wicker Park Library 1701 N. Milwaukee

33rd Ward - Horner Park  2741 W. Montrose Ave

34th Ward - West Pullman Library 830 W. 119th St.

35th Ward - Independence Library 3548 W. Irving Park

36th Ward - West Belmont Library 3104 N. Narragansett

37th Ward - West Chicago Library 4856 W. Chicago

38th Ward - Hiawatha Park 8029 W. Forest Preserve

39th Ward - N. Park Village Admin Bldg 5801 N. Pulaski

40th Ward - Budlong Woods Library 5630 N. Lincoln

41st Ward - Roden Library 6083 N. Northwest Hwy.

42nd Ward - Museum of Broadcast Communications 360 N. State

43rd Ward - Lincoln Park Library 1150 W. Fullerton

44th Ward - Merlo Library 644 W. Belmont

45th Ward - District 16 Police 5151 N. Milwaukee

46th Ward - Truman College 1145 W. Wilson

47th Ward - Welles Park 2333 W. Sunnyside

48th Ward - Edgewater Library, 6000 N. Broadway

49th Ward - Pottawattomie Park 7340 N. Rogers

50th Ward - Warren Park 6601 N. Western

Feb 18

Election Day Less Than A Week Away

This post is a campaign for a candidate who I support and feel hasn't had enough social networking, on foot flyers won't reach everyone so I say, let's make a post for those to read while at there desks.

Those of us who have graduates of Hyde Park Academy in the last five years may recognize one of our 20th ward Alderman electoral candidates as a smiling face with a booming voice in hallways. Monday, taking bags out of the...

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This post is a campaign for a candidate who I support and feel hasn't had enough social networking, on foot flyers won't reach everyone so I say, let's make a post for those to read while at there desks.

Those of us who have graduates of Hyde Park Academy in the last five years may recognize one of our 20th ward Alderman electoral candidates as a smiling face with a booming voice in hallways. Monday, taking bags out of the trunk of my car, I was stopped by a gentleman who handed me a campaign flyer after thanking him for the flyer he asked did I graduate from Hyde Park Academy, I was surprised by this question since I was a student only for 1 year and had always been an inactive, quiet student in school. I answered yes, asking how he remembered when this was seven years ago? He laughed and boasted on how he makes it a point to know all faces of faculty and students in the school. We shook hands and he went on placing his flyer on car windshields.

PUNCH 57
VOTE ERNEST RADCLIFFE FEB. 24, 2015
A NEW APPROACH! VOTE FOR THE COACH

Alderman candidate Ernest Radcliffe has been seen walking the Woodlawn community, megaphone in-tow, his team of little league baseball players and their coaches and family members following the whole way! This parade of people made the walk from 51st & Ashland back East, to 71st & South Chicago/Cottage Grove and North on Cottage Grove further West to 63rd & Champlain! All with 1 message a plea for our young men to put the guns down! The Facebook page https://m.facebook.com/citizensforErmest shows the outreach of this gentleman to his community, and his hope to bring change. Yes, it's Time For Change! #20thWard #VoteForTheCoach

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Feb 17

VIDEO: 20th Ward Aldermanic Candidates Forum

It's not too late to learn before you vote on February 24th in Chicago- check out this video from an aldermanic candidate forum hosted by Resident Association of Greater Englewood (R.A.G.E.): http://ow.ly/Je5YS

Feb 17

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Feb 16

Updated Feb 16

Good morning EB neighbors

Lazy Monday is here & I am truly feeling lazy today, everyone bundle up, be 😀 & safe

  • Dr. Magic Stuck In South Shore Since 2011

    Ugh...Mondays. cold like a mofo and no football.
    😘 to you!

Feb 03

Updated Feb 15

The Best Pros and Cons on Dibs

After the first big snow fall the topic of 'Dibs' inevitably becomes a hot topic. Thought i'd create this thread to share some of the best arguments, for and against, i've come across. So pull up a chair and stay awhile. ;D

  • Todd Agosto Analyst/Investigator at Veritatem Cognoscere

    "For those who want to play Dibs Bingo this is for you. Have Fun!
    http://chicago.curbed.com/archives/2015/01/06/dibs-bingo-almost-makes-claiming-a-parking-spot-fun.php " ~ Bart Shore

  • Todd Agosto Analyst/Investigator at Veritatem Cognoscere

    btw for the record, i used dibs after the latest snowpocalypse. After clearing snow for my neighbors just north and south of me and helping a few neighbors across the street, i removed the dibs. For me, day one was about preserving my 'sweat-equity', day two, three and four was about making dibs unnecessary... while helping neighbors who either weren't physically up to the task or just chose to bow out because they were either burnt out or lazy.

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