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Article: Garcia faces obstacles and opportunity in bid to woo black voters

If Jesus “Chuy” Garcia is to be elected mayor of Chicago over Rahm Emanuel, he’s going to need to find a way to persuade black voters to trust him — not an easy sell given the historic tensions between the city’s African-American and Hispanic communities.

Those tensions are not talked about much in polite circles — and probably aren’t well understood in white Chicago — which is why I proceed here with great trepidation.

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If Jesus “Chuy” Garcia is to be elected mayor of Chicago over Rahm Emanuel, he’s going to need to find a way to persuade black voters to trust him — not an easy sell given the historic tensions between the city’s African-American and Hispanic communities.

Those tensions are not talked about much in polite circles — and probably aren’t well understood in white Chicago — which is why I proceed here with great trepidation.

But everyone who knows the omnipresent role of race in Chicago politics recognizes this is the subtext on which the April 7 runoff election could well be decided, so we might as well start putting it out there in the open.

Whether you regard it as prejudice or the natural outcome of people pitted against each other for scarce economic opportunity, it’s fair to say that some blacks harbor resentment toward Hispanics in much the same way that some whites resent blacks.

“It’s unspoken. It’s completely real. It exists,” agrees one Chicago Latino who knows the territory. “It is an issue [Garcia] is going to have to overcome.”

http://chicago.suntimes.com/news/7/71/397012/garcia-faces-obstacles-opportunity-bid-woo-black-voters

  • Erica in Bronzeville 12 yrs in Bronzeville; Ready for a Brighter Day

    R4A, I understand it is an issue of citizenship and belonging. Some blacks in Chicago, and other major cities with sizable representation for both groups, believe that immigrant latinos have more opportunities for jobs when blacks are US citizens. Perceived or real, I understand that is a sentiment held by...

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    R4A, I understand it is an issue of citizenship and belonging. Some blacks in Chicago, and other major cities with sizable representation for both groups, believe that immigrant latinos have more opportunities for jobs when blacks are US citizens. Perceived or real, I understand that is a sentiment held by many in our city. With anti-immigrant messages and sentiment on the rise over the past few years, that hasn't helped. In addition, the two groups are reluctant to identify the parallels in their experience and existence in the US. Given all of that, it makes is clearer why some blacks might question if Garcia truly has their best interests at heart.

    Just so you know, this is not my mindset. I'm just calling out the heart of the issue.

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    EnB, you have done great job capturing the heart of the issue and I know that dog does not hunt for you either. One of the greatest tools of those who are in power and want to keep it is to take advantage of situations like this to polarize the...

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    EnB, you have done great job capturing the heart of the issue and I know that dog does not hunt for you either. One of the greatest tools of those who are in power and want to keep it is to take advantage of situations like this to polarize the already polarized and keep them mean mugging each other rather than mean mugging the folks who really deserve it. I know premise is true as I heard it already from a number of people in my circles. When challenged it none of them could really defend it and some of them were just down right stupid. Just think about it, we have been conditioned for years and have voted for folks who could care less about us. Maybe Chuy is one of them, I don't know. But what I do know is that our oppressor and the problems we face were not heaved upon us by our Latino/Hispanic brothers and sisters. Now, it will be very telling what happens should Chuy win. Sadly, it seem we have become the whooping bag and dumping bag of so many.....Thanks for the chit chat.

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Article: Mitchell: Why I'll miss mayoral candidate Willie Wilson

Chicago mayoral candidate Willie Wilson talks to his room of supporters with his wife Janette (right center) at the Swissotel Chicago after his loss Tuesday evening. | Michael Schmidt/Sun-Times
I’m going to miss me some Willie Wilson.

After all, he’s probably the last of his kind.

Frankly, I’ve never seen a black politician bold enough to bow his head, like Wilson did, in a room full of white power-brokers and ask the Good Lord for help. While the act might...

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Chicago mayoral candidate Willie Wilson talks to his room of supporters with his wife Janette (right center) at the Swissotel Chicago after his loss Tuesday evening. | Michael Schmidt/Sun-Times
I’m going to miss me some Willie Wilson.

After all, he’s probably the last of his kind.

Frankly, I’ve never seen a black politician bold enough to bow his head, like Wilson did, in a room full of white power-brokers and ask the Good Lord for help. While the act might have seemed foolish to some, it was a clear indication to me that Wilson understood where his strength comes from.

You can’t say that about most politicians.

The sky could be falling. Lake Michigan could be washing across Lake Shore Drive and the typical politician would pretend to be in complete control.

Wilson’s campaign, though raw and at times dysfunctional, put a spotlight on black achievement, something I believe should have been focused on a lot more during the campaign.

http://chicago.suntimes.com/chicago-politics/7/71/395742/ill-miss-mayoral-candidate-willie-wilson

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Article: Wilson 'retracts' Garcia endorsement, vows to consult supporters first

Millionaire businessman Willie Wilson on Thursday “retracted” his election eve promise to endorse Jesus “Chuy” Garcia over Mayor Rahm Emanuel in the April 7th runoff and said he would consult his supporters before making a move that, he hopes, will elect the next mayor of Chicago.

One day after meeting privately with both Emanuel and Garcia, Wilson talked openly about a subject he says has been shoved under the rug: the historic tension between blacks and Hispanics.

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Millionaire businessman Willie Wilson on Thursday “retracted” his election eve promise to endorse Jesus “Chuy” Garcia over Mayor Rahm Emanuel in the April 7th runoff and said he would consult his supporters before making a move that, he hopes, will elect the next mayor of Chicago.

One day after meeting privately with both Emanuel and Garcia, Wilson talked openly about a subject he says has been shoved under the rug: the historic tension between blacks and Hispanics.

It’s one of the reasons why Wilson is determined to seek input from some of his 48,660 supporters before making an endorsement.

He wants to know how they feel about the rivalry that has forced the two groups to compete against each other for jobs and contracts while immigration leapfrogged over the issue of economic fairness. He needs to know whether they believe Emanuel or Garcia will better deliver for the African-American community.

“There’s a lot of animosity between Hispanics and blacks. African-Americans feel Hispanics are replacing them, even though they’ve been there the longest. They’re getting more contracts and more jobs,” Wilson said.

http://chicago.suntimes.com/chicago-politics/7/71/398906/wilson-retracts-garcia-endorsement-vows-consult-supporters-first

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Article: Emanuel on the bubble

Precinct tallies came early, as if the numbers couldn't wait to be heard. They spoke for an electorate that delivered a megadose of humility — of embarrassment, really — to a once-confident incumbent. More than half of Tuesday's voters tried to fire Mayor Rahm Emanuel. They exposed him as beatable. Toe-to-toe with Anybody But Rahm, Emanuel lost.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/editorials/ct-emanuel-runoff-garcia-chicago-mayor-edit-0225-20150224-story.html

  • GRD GRD

    With such low turnout, hard to say what's really true here. I think many assumed Rahm would pull it off and didn't bother to come out. The runoff will give us a better idea.

    Hopefully people will get off their bums and vote.

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Best and Worst of Chicago Music

I had an interesting weekend sampling the best and worst of Chicago regarding music, manners and culture.

On Sunday, after a really boring church service (one guy got up and cried!), I spent 3 and a half great hours at a Hyde Park neighborhood tavern, very nice middle aged, mostly African American crowd. There was THE best music I have ever heard on the juke box - 70s, 80s R&B, Blues, Motown, Jazz with melody. I liked it so much...

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I had an interesting weekend sampling the best and worst of Chicago regarding music, manners and culture.

On Sunday, after a really boring church service (one guy got up and cried!), I spent 3 and a half great hours at a Hyde Park neighborhood tavern, very nice middle aged, mostly African American crowd. There was THE best music I have ever heard on the juke box - 70s, 80s R&B, Blues, Motown, Jazz with melody. I liked it so much I ask a woman to dance and we did - some others danced later, nice partner dancing.

In contrast I went to the Chicago Bulls Phoenix Suns basketball game on Saturday, the best seats ever, mid court 10th row. The game was OK, but they played the absolute rock bottom worst music. Lady Gaga *&$*% violent rap &*(*&(. The cheer leaders were attractive, but in tasteless uniforms - gyrating to this terrible music they looked like low down whores!

I try to root for local Chicago teams, but I can't get behind the Bulls as the players and whole culture there seems to promote the worst, lowest class 'Hood culture.

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Article: Emanuel’s ‘tough decisions’ and the future of Chicago schools

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s campaign theme, as you may have noticed, is about being “tough.”

“Rahm Emanuel has made the tough decisions for Chicago’s future and we are seeing the results,” according to one of the ever-present Internet ads that crossed my screen last night.

Looking over the record, though, it’s hard to find major “tough decisions” — where Emanuel risked political capital to go against the popular will — except one: the massive school closing of 2013.

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s campaign theme, as you may have noticed, is about being “tough.”

“Rahm Emanuel has made the tough decisions for Chicago’s future and we are seeing the results,” according to one of the ever-present Internet ads that crossed my screen last night.

Looking over the record, though, it’s hard to find major “tough decisions” — where Emanuel risked political capital to go against the popular will — except one: the massive school closing of 2013.

Getting the city’s finances in order? Whatever he’s done was accomplished with a combination of backdoor fees and fines and refinancing bond debt far into the future. Thousands of city jobs were cut or privatized, but it was done a few hundred at a time. Early in his term, Emanuel reduced library hours and closed half the city’s mental health clinics, for minimal cost savings, but the opposition those moves met ensured he wouldn’t go there again.

Pension reform? Emanuel put in place a scheme that’s likely to be ruled unconstitutional, but only after the election. It was a placeholder for whatever he’s really planning — which he isn’t talking about.

http://chicagoreporter.com/emanuels-tough-decisions-and-the-future-of-chicago-schools/#Chuy2015

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Article: No, Chuy, let's not hire a thousand more cops

But voters—and police unions—like the sound of "more cops," so such pledges make good campaign poetry. After Emanuel got elected he began governing in prose, which meant shifting officers around and relying increasingly on overtime rather than fulfilling his pricier promise to hire a thousand new ones.

Now, four years later, Cook County commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia offers himself as a liberal alternative to Emanuel. He's sparing no cliches in the poetry of his campaign. He's "the neighborhoods guy" who...

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But voters—and police unions—like the sound of "more cops," so such pledges make good campaign poetry. After Emanuel got elected he began governing in prose, which meant shifting officers around and relying increasingly on overtime rather than fulfilling his pricier promise to hire a thousand new ones.

Now, four years later, Cook County commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia offers himself as a liberal alternative to Emanuel. He's sparing no cliches in the poetry of his campaign. He's "the neighborhoods guy" who will "empower communities" by "bringing stakeholders to the table." Oh, and he'll hire a thousand extra cops.

"Violent crime is a staggering problem throughout the entire city," he says on his website. (That's not correct. It's a staggering problem in certain neighborhoods, and it appears to be declining citywide.) "I will keep the promise Mayor Emanuel broke—the promise to put 1,000 new police officers on the street. Without those officers, we will never be able to end the heartbreaking violence that has taken the lives of so many of our children."

http://www.chicagoreader.com/Bleader/archives/2015/02/20/no-chuy-lets-not-hire-a-thousand-more-cops

  • Rick Roche bronzeville father of 4

    The city can't afford to make pension payments for the current police force. Has Chuy addressed the financial realities? Which taxes would he raise?

  • Erik H Loyola & UofC alumnus, Chicago Loot Drop charity

    At least this time we won't be renting 1,000 cops on overtime for a NATO summit.

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For Jay Travis supporters, the momentum of last year’s election continues

So far PUA has hosted listening sessions with mayoral and aldermanic candidates and two rallies, one for Garcia and another for Bolden at Ain’t She Sweet Cafe, 526 E. 43rd St.

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ARTICLE: The next 50 Chicago Public Schools Rahm Emanuel will close

This is it. Tuesday’s mayoral election will either herald King Rahm’s second Chicago coronation or his national embarrassment if he fails to avoid a run-off.

Run-off Rahm. I like the sound of that.

The Chicago media would have you believe that Rahm has it in the bag. They would have you believe there is no reason to vote; so, please, stay home. However, the latest poll shows that it is going to be close and Chicago voters still have the...

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This is it. Tuesday’s mayoral election will either herald King Rahm’s second Chicago coronation or his national embarrassment if he fails to avoid a run-off.

Run-off Rahm. I like the sound of that.

The Chicago media would have you believe that Rahm has it in the bag. They would have you believe there is no reason to vote; so, please, stay home. However, the latest poll shows that it is going to be close and Chicago voters still have the opportunity to decide this election...as they should.

For concerned parents with children in the Austin/North Lawndale, Englewood/Gresham, Burnham Park, Fullerton, Fulton, Garfield/Humboldt, Lake Calumet, Pershing, Midway, Pilsen/Little Village, Ravenswood/Ridge, Rock Island, and Skyway network of Chicago Public Schools, let me remind you that, after all the grief he has caused you and your families, you have reason to give Rahm Emanuel run-off grief now. Both of my parents were Chicago Public School teachers so I understand and share your concerns.

http://www.chicagonow.com/kelly-truth-squad/2015/02/the-next-50-chicago-public-schools-rahm-emanuel-will-close/

  • Sara Brandt New South Loop Resident

    Please also consider voting on other issues such as crime, unemployment and animal welfare. Don't assume the incumbent has it and not vote. There is often a low voter turnout so individual votes can make a difference.

  • Erica in Bronzeville 12 yrs in Bronzeville; Ready for a Brighter Day

    Today's ballot includes mayor, alderman, treasurer, city clerk, and in 37 wards, elected school board or not.

3 days ago

Article: Election 2015: Will Emanuel Avoid A Runoff?

The big question mark ahead of Chicago's municipal election Tuesday is whether Mayor Rahm Emanuel will secure the 50 percent plus one vote needed to avoid a runoff.

A poll conducted Sunday by Ogden and Fry showed Emanuel holding his lead in the race with more than 48 percent of the vote, though the survey has a margin of error of 3.68 percent.

It remains too close to determine whether the four mayoral challengers -- Ald. Bob Fioretti (2nd), Cook...

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The big question mark ahead of Chicago's municipal election Tuesday is whether Mayor Rahm Emanuel will secure the 50 percent plus one vote needed to avoid a runoff.

A poll conducted Sunday by Ogden and Fry showed Emanuel holding his lead in the race with more than 48 percent of the vote, though the survey has a margin of error of 3.68 percent.

It remains too close to determine whether the four mayoral challengers -- Ald. Bob Fioretti (2nd), Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia, community activist William Walls and businessman Willie Wilson -- will pull Emanuel, a former congressman and chief of staff to President Barack Obama, under the threshold he needs to win re-election outright, according to the polling firm's memo.

If the race is forced into a runoff, the two top candidates will go head-to-head in an April 7 runoff. Garcia, who entered the mayoral contest with support from Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis after she opted against running due to health issues, has been placing second in the polls.

The possibility of a runoff hinges on voter turnout, polls have suggested. According to the Chicago Election Board of Commissioners, 90,000 Chicagoans took advantage of early voting this year, a 23 percent increase compared to the 2011 municipal election, in which Emanuel was elected to his first term.

http://www.progressillinois.com/posts/content/2015/02/23/election-2015-will-emanuel-avoid-runoff

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Catching Up With Chicago Mayoral Challenger Fioretti On Election Day Morning (VIDEO)

Ald. Bob Fioretti (2nd), one of four Chicago mayoral challengers taking on incumbent Rahm Emanuel in Tuesday's municipal election, voted this morning at his polling place with his fiance Nicki Pecori.

Fioretti talked with reporters after casting his ballot shortly after 7 a.m. at Van Buren Place, an assisted living facility located at 1504 W. Van Buren St. in the city's 28th Ward. During the 2012 ward remap, Fioretti was drawn out of his original 2nd Ward and into the...

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Ald. Bob Fioretti (2nd), one of four Chicago mayoral challengers taking on incumbent Rahm Emanuel in Tuesday's municipal election, voted this morning at his polling place with his fiance Nicki Pecori.

Fioretti talked with reporters after casting his ballot shortly after 7 a.m. at Van Buren Place, an assisted living facility located at 1504 W. Van Buren St. in the city's 28th Ward. During the 2012 ward remap, Fioretti was drawn out of his original 2nd Ward and into the 28th Ward, currently represented by Ald. Jason Ervin, who faces no aldermanic challengers this election.

After casting their ballots, Pecori told Fioretti, "I'm proud of you," and the two shared a kiss.

Fioretti told reporters he believes his "message has resonated" with voters, adding that he has put forward "realistic solutions to deal with the problems of the future."

"We're facing a fiscal problem," Fioretii said, noting that if the city's financial issues are addressed "the right way, we won't have to raise property taxes, and I hope the mayor heard what I was saying many of times, because if we raise property taxes one more time in this city, we're going to see another urban flight in addition to what's happening now in this city."

http://progressillinois.com/quick-hits/content/2015/02/24/catching-mayoral-challenger-ald-bob-fioretti-election-day-morning

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Audio: Bob Fioretti on why voters should vote for him

"I have always fought for what I believe- even on the floor of the city council." - Alderman Bob Fioretti on WBEZ

https://soundcloud.com/afternoonshiftwbez/bob-fioretti-on-why-voters-should-choose-him

  • I was at mollison school at 5:30 and waited till 6 when they opened,went in and they were not set up ,i still waited ten more minutes,still not ready,so i had leave for work.I won't be able to make it later because i get off @ 6:00 coming from ohare on the Kennedy.

  • Erica in Bronzeville 12 yrs in Bronzeville; Ready for a Brighter Day

    Rob, you should definitely report your experience to the Board of Elections! Terrible!
    Better luck tonight!

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City Inspections Lead 19 Residential Buildings Into Circuit Court for Dangerous Lack of Heat

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If Alex Galmore wants to stay warm inside his Southwest Side apartment in the 7200 block of South Richmond, he has to plug in multiple space heaters and turn on a gas stove because his furnace doesn't not work.

7249 S. Richmond;

5658 S. Wells;

7625-33 S. East End;

3493 N. Karlov / 4040 W. Roscoe;

• 3493 N. Karlov / 4040 W. Roscoe;

3301-05 W. Bryn Mawr/ 5548-54 N. Spaulding;

• 3301-05 W. Bryn Mawr/ 5548-54 N. Spaulding;

5049-57 W. Ferdinand;

6840 S. Throop;

1902 N. Kildare;

6701-15 S. Merrill / 2135-41 E. 67th St;

• 6701-15 S. Merrill / 2135-41 E. 67th St;

2607-09 N. Lavergne / 4956-58 W. Wrightwood;

• 2607-09 N. Lavergne / 4956-58 W. Wrightwood;

4631-35 S. Lake Park Ave;

9449-53 S. Loomis / 1354-58 W. 95th St;

• 9449-53 S. Loomis / 1354-58 W. 95th St;

5706 S. Christiana;

10745 S. Eggleston;

3535-39 W 63rd Pl;

1632 W. 100th Pl;

6514-16 S. Talman;

4434 W. Monroe.

4 days ago

Audio: Chicago mayoral race interview: Bob Fioretti

"We can't police ourselves out of this problem. To improve violence we need to increase jobs and economic opportunities across the board." - Alderman Fioretti on Chicago crime on Rivet Radio

http://www.rivetnewsradio.com/share/127610/

4 days ago

Bob Fioretti at Top of Coalition of Black Community Organizers Questionnaire!!

Bob scored higher than any other in the Coalition of Black Community Organizers questionnaire! More than 50 organizations unite to form the Coalition of Black Community Organizations (CBCO) and work to improve the city at the community level.
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4 days ago

ARTICLE: Poll: Mayoral race 'too close to call' to avoid runoff

While the five mayoral candidates are making a big push before Tuesday’s election, a new poll released Monday morning shows it’s “too close to call” whether or not Mayor Rahm Emanuel will be able to avoid a runoff.

The Ogden & Fry poll has Emanuel at 48.3 percent, while Jesus “Chuy” Garcia comes in at 26.5 percent.

Willie Wilson (15.2 percent), Bob Fioretti (6.8 percent) and William “Dock” Walls (3.3 percent) round out the field.

The poll, with a margin of error of +/- 3.68 percentage points, means Emanuel is within the margin of error of the 50 percent plus one he needs to avoid a runoff.

http://chicago.suntimes.com/politics/7/71/388581/poll-mayoral-race-close-call-avoid-runoff

4 days ago

Punch 3 for Bob Fioretti for Chicago Mayor!!!

Chicagoans, Election Day is Tuesday, February 24th. I'm asking you all to Punch 3 for Alderman Bob Fioretti for Mayor of Chicago! Tell your friends and family in Chicago!

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Updated 5 days ago

Sneed exclusive: Michelle Obama gets to pick library spot — and she favors NYC

The Obama library . . .

Blah blah blah blah blah.

Enough already.

Sneed hears rumbles that the ad nauseam rhetoric about the proposed Chicago sites for the Barack Obama presidential library may be just a smokescreen.

Sneed is told by several top sources that first lady Michelle Obama got the green light from her husband to pick the spot.

And, at this juncture, she wants it in New York!

http://chicago.suntimes.com/politics/7/71/345285/sneed-michelle-obama-gets-pick-library-spot

  • Susan S. resident

    Never been to one. If it's for tourists, the park land they want to take is for residents.

  • Has anyone commenting ever actually seen the part of the park they are talking about using?? I doubt it yiu have. Residents who ACTUALLY use the park are all for the use of the park land. As part of the development the ENTIRE park will be restored to its original state. This beautiful park has long been neglected it is in dire need of restoration. Bring on the library. Non residents need not reply.

5 days ago

Alderman Bob Fioretti: The Vision to Lead, The Experience to Succeed

Chicago needs leadership with a track record of fighting for its people. On Tuesday, punch 3 for you and me! ‪#‎ReadyForFioretti‬ ‪#‎Bob2015

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5 days ago

ARTICLE: Fioretti dishes out fist bumps, kisses baby as Election Day approaches

Mayoral candidate Bob Fioretti dished out fist bumps, shook hands and even kissed a baby Sunday morning as he made the rounds at a popular South Side breakfast spot less than 48 hours before the polls open.

“I don’t hear people beating their chests and saying I’m so proud to live in Chicago, it’s not happening,” Fioretti said during a brief table-hopping hiatus at the Original House of Pancakes in the Beverly neighborhood.

“Leadership is not by how much money you raise. Leadership is by making sure the people have a voice, good education, safety in their streets, they have jobs and good economic development.”

http://chicago.suntimes.com/news/7/71/387082/bob-fioretti-pancake-house-campaign

5 days ago

VIDEO: Five to Know: Bob Fioretti

"The best way to improve education in Chicago is finding the resources for our neighborhood schools...Chicago's economy will fail if we don't bring jobs in our neighborhoods."

Find out more about why Chicago is ‪#‎ReadyForFioretti‬ on NBC Chicago's Five to Know!

http://www.nbcchicago.com/video/#!/news/politics/Five-to-Know--Bob-Fioretti/292487771

Feb 18

Updated 5 days ago

The History of Fioretti Advocating for Pullman

Mayoral challenger Bob Fioretti was an early champion of the national monument designation who serves on the Historic Pullman Foundation Board.

When fire ravaged the historic Pullman clock tower, then-board president Fioretti helped secure $10 million in state funds to restore it.

On Wednesday, Fioretti called Emanuel a “Johnny-come-lately” to the community-based campaign for the national monument designation and the Obama visit a “pure political ploy.”

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Mayoral challenger Bob Fioretti was an early champion of the national monument designation who serves on the Historic Pullman Foundation Board.

When fire ravaged the historic Pullman clock tower, then-board president Fioretti helped secure $10 million in state funds to restore it.

On Wednesday, Fioretti called Emanuel a “Johnny-come-lately” to the community-based campaign for the national monument designation and the Obama visit a “pure political ploy.”

“The president could have come in at any other time of the year. It could have been a citywide celebration during warm weather. Instead, he flies in a few days before the election. Anybody can see through it. He’s trying to bolster up sagging support and polling for Rahm Emanuel,” Fioretti said.

Fioretti noted that he sponsored a March, 2013 City Council resolution urging the federal government to grant the national monument designation and got “pushback” from the Emanuel administration.

“They didn’t want to do it at that time. I don’t think he knew what Pullman was until the national parks administrator came down for that hearing,” Fioretti said.

At the very least, Fioretti said Emanuel and Obama “should acknowledge the five decades of work by the people in Pullman” that culminated in the national monument designation.

http://chicago.suntimes.com/news/7/71/378355/will-obamas-pre-election-visit-pullman-help-shore-black-votes-emanuel

  • g...... resident

    Sucks that Fioretti was not invited to this event. Just shows how small Rahm is. Should have been a real man and given credit where it's due. What's right is right. Didn't vote for Rahm.

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Tomorrow, Sat Feb 21 @5PM - Twitter Townhall with Bob Fioretti!

Join Alderman Fioretti at a Twitter Town Hall event TOMORROW from 5-6pm! Bob will be answering your questions about how we can work together to improve the city.

Be sure to follow twitter.com/fioretti2ndward to be a part of the conversation!

Feb 16

Updated Feb 20

"Bronzeville" The New Metropolis

Calling for all artisans, professionals, expatriates to come home to Bronzeville and let's revitalize the Culture that thrived here, the time is perfect the venue is ideal, and we have the perfect backdrop for greatness this wonderful stately neighborhood whose history is known all over the World.

  • Ray

    The tourist dollar is so much more substantial than the retail dollar, in both the purpose and benefit, the entire World has interest of what happened in Bronzeville. Our Alderman should be pursuing this Idea for this area, with this concept in mind going forward.

  • Bronzeville Curmudgeon Bronzeville Conservator

    Ray & Erica in Bronzeville:

    Did you know that 4th ward Alderman Will Burns just hosted a ground breaking ceremony for a new field house to be built on 35th & Cottage Grove today?

    Will be calling his office Monday morning to get a public copy of the plan, so...

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    Ray & Erica in Bronzeville:

    Did you know that 4th ward Alderman Will Burns just hosted a ground breaking ceremony for a new field house to be built on 35th & Cottage Grove today?

    Will be calling his office Monday morning to get a public copy of the plan, so that we can incorporate this publicly funded recreational initiative into the proposed Bronzeville/35th St Illinois Main Street project community outreach and education initiative.

    Have scheduled a walking tour of Bronzeville with approximately 35 students from Northwestern University at 10 AM in the morning!

    Will also be speaking on a panel discussion in the morning at Metropolitan church 41st King Drive at 11 AM, about Bronzeville emergence as a tourism destination.

    Virtually,

    Harold L. Lucas

    1-773-819-2054

    www.bviconline.info.info

Feb 20

Article: Why Chicago Needs a Mayoral Runoff

The mayor's energy and enthusiasm are impressive. Yet despite his claims, he hasn't shown interest in an honest discussion of what he's done and what needs to happen next. Instead he's relied on talking points that emphasize his triumphs, even the ones that never happened.

That's where the runoff could help.

For example, Emanuel says he's moved hundreds of police officers from desk jobs to ... View more the streets, fulfilling a promise to invest in community policing. But most...

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The mayor's energy and enthusiasm are impressive. Yet despite his claims, he hasn't shown interest in an honest discussion of what he's done and what needs to happen next. Instead he's relied on talking points that emphasize his triumphs, even the ones that never happened.

That's where the runoff could help.

For example, Emanuel says he's moved hundreds of police officers from desk jobs to ... View more the streets, fulfilling a promise to invest in community policing. But most cops are shifted around so often they don't get to know the community. While the police department spends $100 million a year on overtime, the number of officers on the force has dropped by about 300 since Emanuel took office.

Crime totals have fallen in Chicago, as they have nationwide, but an average of seven people are still shot in the city every day. If Emanuel is dragged into a runoff, he might have to explain whether he has a sustainable public safety plan.

The mayor has also touted his leadership in raising Chicago's minimum wage to $13 an hour by 2019. But that only happened after his approval ratings plunged and activists and aldermen pushed him for months. If anything it's an argument for a runoff, because it shows that under pressure from voters Emanuel often listens.

http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/chicago-mayoral-runoff-2015-election-rahm-emanuel-jesus-chuy-garcia-robert-fioretti/Content?oid=16576654&utm_source=Chicago+Sun-Times&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=274408_POLITICS_2.20.15_CONTROL&dm_i=2JCP,5VQG,2L0ZHE,CM91,1

Feb 20

Article: Race for Chicago Mayor: Bob Fioretti likes being the underdog

Fioretti has been an Alderman for the last 8 years but this political fight is the toughest he has ever been in. He hopes to separate himself from the incumbent and front-runner Rahm Emanuel, by calling the mayor an elitist and himself a grass-roots guy fighting for the disenfranchised.

Fioretti wants an expansion of vocational education in CPS. He wants to create neighborhood jobs and raise our minimum wage to $15 an hour. He supports an elected school board and wants to expand universal pre-K in buildings that have the space. He also wants to overhaul the vocational program at CPS and wants the police department to hire 1,000 new officers.

http://wgntv.com/2015/02/19/race-for-chicago-mayor-bob-fioretti-likes-being-the-underdog/

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Feb 19

A year later, Jay Travis supporters band together to support Garcia, Bolden

So far the group has hosted listening sessions with mayoral and aldermanic candidates and two rallies, one for Garcia and another for Bolden at Ain’t She Sweet Cafe, 526 E. 43rd St.

Feb 19

Chicago Has Put Its Money Behind Fioretti for Mayor

Bob Fioretti is the only candidate who has had the majority of his campaign funds supported by people who actually live in Chicago instead of corporate interests! See the graphic below. Looks like Chicago is ‪#‎ReadyForFioretti

Feb 19

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Feb 18

Article: Alderman Bob Fioretti’s progressive push to become Chicago’s next mayor

"Fioretti has the backing of a good number of young, multiethnic millennials in the city of Chicago. For those paying attention, the evolution of his public policy stances can be attributed to former mayoral candidate Amara Enyia being hired as his campaign’s policy expert. Over the last four years, Fioretti has done a decent job of personally rebuffing the wholesale transformation of the city."

http://rollingout.com/politics/ald-bob-fiorettis-progressive-push-mayor/

Jan 09

Updated Feb 18

Fioretti Demands that Emanuel 'Defend His Record' in Debates

So who is REALLY for an Elected School Board in Chicago?

Today: “It is absurd and offensive that the candidates for mayor have not publicly agreed to debates yet,” Fioretti was quoted as saying in a statement.

“Voters deserve to question candidates and understand what we will and will not do for Chicago. Rahm has to come and defend his record. Chuy [Garcia] needs to explain why he changed positions on an elected school board after his [Chicago Teachers Union] endorsement and where he has been all these years while progressives have been fighting this mayor.”

Source: http://chicago.suntimes.com/politics/7/71/277595/fioretti-demands-emanuel-defend-record-debates

  • GRD GRD

    Erica, as I said above leaning Fioretti. Still doing final reading up on the candidates. CanTV posted a link for a third ward candidate forum and other ward can be found there too, here is the link for anyone that missed the post. Not trying to mix apples and oranges, alderman races and mayor.

    http://cantv.org/watch-now/3rd-ward-aldermanic-candidate-forum/

  • Erica in Bronzeville 12 yrs in Bronzeville; Ready for a Brighter Day

    There was supposed to a 3rd and 4th ward candidates forum last night at Mollison Elementary. I showed up only to learn that the forum had been cancelled. It was also interesting too see several people picking up Pat Dowell signs on King Drive. Hmm...

Feb 17

Updated Feb 18

VIDEO: 3rd ward aldermanic candidate forum

Hear what candidates for alderman had to say during a public forum hosted by Chicago Southside Branch NAACP: http://ow.ly/Je1LY

Feb 17

VIDEO: Get ready for election day

It's never too late to learn - 4th ward residents can learn more about the candidates for alderman with this forum: http://ow.ly/Je2r4

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