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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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Updated 41 hours ago

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***

    As a former Precinct Captain...

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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 43 hours 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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Homeless Woman under 51st Metra Underpass on Lake Shore Gone

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A woman news reports have referred to as Christine - though who has introduced herself to me as Cary-Beth - has been living under this underpass for at least a year. She was posted about last year: http://chicago.everyblock.com/kindness/apr22-homeless-woman-51st-st-and-lake-park-ave-6099675/ when she accepted medical assistance. Recently, I noticed last Thursday that she was no longer in the area, and in fact her sleeping bag was left empty. I checked with the gas station she goes for snacks at times...

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A woman news reports have referred to as Christine - though who has introduced herself to me as Cary-Beth - has been living under this underpass for at least a year. She was posted about last year: http://chicago.everyblock.com/kindness/apr22-homeless-woman-51st-st-and-lake-park-ave-6099675/ when she accepted medical assistance. Recently, I noticed last Thursday that she was no longer in the area, and in fact her sleeping bag was left empty. I checked with the gas station she goes for snacks at times and they had not seen her. By Sunday, the area was swept clean of all her belongings. Does anyone know if her family members took her in, if she was taken to the hospital or a shelter, or otherwise? I pass by her often and have often chatted with her since I live nearby. Would love to know if anyone has news.

  • To Anne - yes, I agree. I wonder if those were retrieved by friends or family of hers. If she ends up needing a new comforter/chair/grocery cart I would like to help out, but longer term I hope that the court situation that put her under the viaduct resolves itself and she finds a warmer place to stay.

  • The facebook group is called Hyde Park Classics.
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/hpclassics/?ref=br_tf

Jan 27

Updated 2 days ago

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
  • Bronzeville Curmudgeon Bronzeville Conservator

    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...

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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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Board of Election Commissioners for the City of Chicago
http://www.chicagoelections.com/en/home.html

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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...

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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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Cook County Clerk Offcie Still Discriminates Against GLBT Community

The Cook County Clerk Office is still discriminating against the GLBT Community.
On February 15th after being together for 12 years my partner Patrick and I were married surrounded by friends and family. What an exciting time filled with so much love and joy.

On February 19th we went to the office of the Cook County Clerk to turn in our marriage license and apply for copies of our marriage certificate. What an absolute horrible experience. Not only was the...

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The Cook County Clerk Office is still discriminating against the GLBT Community.
On February 15th after being together for 12 years my partner Patrick and I were married surrounded by friends and family. What an exciting time filled with so much love and joy.

On February 19th we went to the office of the Cook County Clerk to turn in our marriage license and apply for copies of our marriage certificate. What an absolute horrible experience. Not only was the person behind the counter indifferent, she was difficult. Then to make the whole thing worse, on the receipt for our marriage certificate they used the language of bride and groom! My partner Patrick and I were standing right in front of this person, she had our marriage license with both our names on it and the words, "spouse and spouse". She did not even spell my name correct on the receipt. She spelled Shane with a "G" at the end. This was supposed to be a special day but all I felt was anger and embarrassment as I was forced to explain why this was wrong and why they needed to fix it, while I was being stared at by everyone in the room.

After all the work and sacrifice our community has made and we still have to deal with this stupid and obvious discrimination.

  • I pity the woman responsible for your unfortunate experience. Clearly shes unhappy; don't let her ignorance cloud your great day.

  • Emily M Pastor, Designer, Hyde Parker (since 2005).

    I'm so sorry to hear that this was your experience. It just serves as a reminder that the work for full inclusion continues. You can't legislate hearts and minds, but laws are a huge step forward. Joy to you and your partner as you begin a new chapter of life together!

  • I was very happy to get this very kind response from David Orr the Cook county Clerk regarding my recent complaint about our marriage certificate:

    Dear Mr. Desautels,

    I am writing in response to your February 24th email in which you described your unpleasant experience on Feb. 19 while purchasing...

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    I was very happy to get this very kind response from David Orr the Cook county Clerk regarding my recent complaint about our marriage certificate:

    Dear Mr. Desautels,

    I am writing in response to your February 24th email in which you described your unpleasant experience on Feb. 19 while purchasing a marriage certificate at our downtown Bureau of Vital Records. Customer satisfaction is something we take very seriously, and I’m sincerely sorry we failed you and your partner.

    While I understand your frustration and disappointment, the problems you experienced were not a result of discrimination. My staff and I pride ourselves on treating every customer with the respect they deserve, and we have enthusiastically welcomed more than 6,500 same-sex couples to our office in the first year of marriage equality.

    Rather, this incident was due to an employee who failed to meet the high standards expected of my employees. The bride-groom error on your receipt was also due to the clerk’s poor performance. All of the official marriage documents – the application, license and certificate – automatically display the titles designated by the couple. Our cashiering receipts, however, must be edited by the clerk. The clerk skipped this last step. We have spoken with and disciplined the employee, and she will be re-trained on how to issue a marriage license.

    I sincerely regret that we did not serve you better. Please accept a refund for the $34 you paid on Feb. 15. We would also like to send you a complimentary commemorative certificate. You can contact Director of Vital Records Brenski Coleman at 312-603-6703 or brenski.coleman@cookcountyil.gov to work out the details.

    Finally, congratulations on your recent marriage. I wish you and Patrick a lifetime of love, joy and laughter.

    Kind regards,
    David Orr
    Cook County Clerk

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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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