December 13, 2017
2018 DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY WILL BE "ALMOST ABOUT THE SAME," BUT PRECKWINKLE, BERRIOS AT RISK

Cook County's upcoming 3/20/18 Democratic primary will be ALMOST ABOUT THE SAME -- although it's entirely possible that Toni Preckwinkle and/or Joe Berrios will get beat. For county board president, Bob Fioretti goes one-on-one with Preckwinkle, setting up a referendum on her governance. Fioretti filed 38,405 petition signatures. Todd Stroger's non-filing definitely helps Fioretti. Without a huge black vote, she will lose. Ditto for Assessor Joe Berrios: He needs Preckwinkle to deliver a huge black vote to him, or he could lose to Fritz Kaegi. Fioretti says voters want "change." They will have ample opportunity to get it next March. Full Article...


December 6, 2017
GUTIERREZ, GARCIA PULL "BAIT & SWITCH" IN 4TH CONGRESSIONAL DIST.

It's a bait and switch. In politics, that means an incumbent (US Rep Luis Gutierrez) feigns a campaign for re-election, then conveniently fails to file at the petition deadline, or shortly thereafter withdraws, so that some kin or ally (Chuy Garcia) can effortlessly win the incumbent's seat. That's just what happened in Chicago's 4th congressional district. It was Chuy for Luis. Others like Bill Lipinski and Mike Sheahan perfected the stunt, but Ald. Gene Schulter (47th) failed in 2011. Nevertheless, a whole bunch of 4th Dist. candidates energized themselves to get 800-plus signatures in a few days. Garcia, Gutierrez's choice, faces Aldermen Proco Joe Moreno (1st) and Carlos Ramirez-Rosa (35th), plus others. Sending Garcia to Washington gets him out of the 2019 mayoral picture. He got 43.8% in the 2015 runoff. Ramirez-Rosa was booted off Dan Biss's ticket for lieutenant governor when it was revealed that he advocates a Palestinian homeland, and Jewish PACs and donors will spend whatever it takes to beat him. For county board president, Todd Stroger has taken a hike. Full Article...


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