March 20, 2019
CHICAGO MAYORAL ANALYSIS: LIGHTFOOT WILL BEAT PRECKWINKLE

Losing is not fun, and it is going to be especially ignominious for Chicago aldermen Pat O'Connor (40th) and Deb Mell (33rd) when they are defeated in the 4/2 runoff. The winners will be a pair of "democratic socialists," which makes it more galling. On Feb. 26 O'Connor got 33.2% and Mell got 41.3% -- very unimpressive performances by veteran officeholders.There was a definite trickle-down effect from the mayoral contest, with Lightfoot finishing first in both wards. Plus, in the Trump era, voters are increasingly leftist, and SOCIALISM is not a dirty word. Full Article...


March 13, 2019
CHICAGO MAYORAL ANALYSIS: LIGHTFOOT WILL BEAT PRECKWINKLE

For the 67% of Chicago's 1.6 million registered voters who DID NOT vote for Lightfoot or Preckwinkle on 2/26, the upcoming 4/2 mayoral runoff is LEAST WORST vs. WORST choice scenario -- and Lightfoot will be the the winner. ATTACHED is a CHART showing primary voting statistics in various wards. Daley lost because dark money from the Operating Engineers tied him to Rauner. Preckwinkle failed to pull her anticipated 20-24% because voters don't want the same old/same old. Joyce took votes away from Daley. Lightfoot is different, and that's what voters want. She will win 58-42%. Full Article...


March 6, 2019
ARENA'S DEFEAT PRECIPITATES MUCH JOY IN 45TH WARD

"In the 45th Ward there are people who laugh. In the 45th Ward there are children who shout. There is much joy in Chicago's 45th Ward. Because Ald. John Arena has been voted out." In a 2/26 stunner, Arena was ousted 7,542-5,359 by firefgihter Jim Gardiner, who got 50.1%. Arena's mission in life is to de-segregate, and he was obsessed with bringing "affordable housing" to the ward. Voters thought otherwise. Ungracious to the end, Arena said that such housing is a done deal, and he may be back in 2023. It was a blowout in the 41st Ward, where Ald. Anthony Napolitano got over 70%. Robert Murphy pulled a gaffe in the 39th Ward, proclaiming himself the "frontrunner," bu then getting 29%..He will lose to Samantha Nugent in the 4/2 runoff. Aldermen Pat O'Connor (40th) and Deb Mell (33d) got 35% and 41%, doing much poorer than expected, and are in a runoff, as is Jessica Gutierrez, who was favored to oust Ald. Ariel Reboyras (30th). Full Article...


February 27, 2019
ALLEN'S EXIT MAY MEAN JUDGESHIP FOR MULROE

Chicago's 2019 election is only half over, but politicians are already pondering and planning for the next Big Event -- the March 2020 Democratic primary. Tom Allen's resignation as Circuit Court judge opens a spot in the 10th subcircuit, and State Sen. John Mulroe will likely get it, opening up a 10th District vacancy, which local committeemen will fill. Luis Arroyo, the North Side Numero Uno, is targeting State Sen. Omar Aquino and 31st Ward Dem committeeman Joe Berrios. State Rep. Mike McAuliffe, without Rauner's $2 million, is in grave danger. Comr. Frank Avila's daughter will take his seat at the MWRD. Clerk of Court Dorothy Brown will face Michele Harris, and State's Atty. Kimm Fox will face Jerry Joyce. In Cook County, the next cycle starts before the last one is over. Full Article...


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