October 18, 2017
"IRRECONCIABLE DIFFERENCES" PROMPT ALD. SPOSATO TO QUIT AS 38TH WARD DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEMAN

"Irreconciable differences" is normally used as the pretext for a no-fault divorce. In the case of Chicago Ald. Nick Sposato (38th), it's the reason why he resigned as ward Democratic committeeman and bailed out of the Democratic Party. Of the 80 ward and township Democratic committeemen, Sposato fully understood that all but a handful are just ciphers -- toothless, powerless and ignored (like himself). Sposato resigned from the city council's leftist "Progressive Caucus" last year, and recently concluded that being a committeeman has "no power," that slatemaking is "a farce," and that the Democrats nationally and locally are "too far to the left." Replacing Sposato as 38th Ward committeeman will be State Rep. Rob Martwick (D-19) -- the Master Multi-tasker. In addition to his Springfield job, Martwick works for his dad's law firm, which specializes in property tax reductions, and has his own political consulting firm, which makes a bundle. He also has credible primary and election challenges in 2018. Sposato said he will seek re-election in 2019, and Martwick promises that he won't run against him. We'll see. Full Article...


October 11, 2017
JUDICIAL JOCKEYING ALREADY FIERCE FOR 2018

Justice is supposed to be blind, but those aspiring to be a Cook County judge are neither deaf, dumb nor blind. The meek don't inherit a judgeship. Cunning and luck are required. Finding worthy 3/20/18 democratic primary concludes December for and the jockeying for 7 countywide vacancies, and at least 4 "late" vacancies is under way, along with 15-20 subcircuit vacancies. The democrats' slate is qoataized, which has spurred competing slates of blacks, women and former prosecutors. A black is running for 6, and a woman for 5 of the county slots. Victory in any judiciary primary depends not on qualifications, but on gender, race, ballot position, slating and Irish-surnames. The democrats will also have a "late slate," ranging the retirement of 3-5 judges around December 4, and then rushing replacements on the ballot, thereby eliminating competition. A turf battle is raging in the Hispanic 6th sub circuit, where local bosses Berrios and Arroyo have different forces. The race in the 10th subcircuit also looks complicated. Full Article...


October 4, 2017
"DUDS" APLENTY ON POLITICAL SCENE

Life, as well as politics, is full of "duds." In sports, a dud is a player who doesn't help his team win. In politics, a dud is a politician who doesn't win re-election to a second term. "Unfulfilled expectations" are usually the reason. If a candidate is elected to office on the basis of grandiose promises, or does not pass the "quality of life" test, they are gone. There have been a plethora of duds: Carter, Bush I, Walker, O'Connor, Rice, Clewis, Rittenberg, Stroger, Bilandic, Brraun, A Chicago alderman has $6.2 million at his/her disposal during the first term. There is no excuse for losing. Full Article...


September 27, 2017
EX-TOP COP McCARTHY FACES UPHILL 2019 CHICAGO MAYORAL CHALLENGE

Rahm threw him under the proverbial bus in the Laquan McDonald fiasco, but Garry McCarthy may get his payback in 2019. The former Chicago police superintendent has formed an "exploratory" committee to do polling and raise money in preparation for a 2019 mayoral race. Remember how contrite and pleading Mayor Emanuel was in 2015, after he got 47% in the primary, and faced Chuy Garcia in the runoff? Well, he spent $30 million, got his second term, and is back to the same old, same old. The mayor delayed release of the McDonald shooting video, which occurred in 10/14, until after he won in 4/15. McCarthy was the scapegoat. Ex-Top Cops have not fared well politically, and McCarthy may be no exception. But Emanuel is monumentally unpopular, has no tangible political base, and -- if crime remains rampant -- will lose if voters have a one-on-one 2019 choice. McCarthy is a credible alternative. If it's a McCarthy-Emanuel runoff in 4/19, McCarthy wins. Full Article...


September 20, 2017
BOYKIN PLANNING CHALLENGE TO PRECKWINKLE, WITH 1-CENT/OZ. SODA TAX TOP ISSUE

Cook County consumers, already socked with a 10.5% sales tax -- the highest in the nation -- are now paying a penny-per-ounce soda tax on sugared beverages. That adds up to 72-cents on a six-pack of Pepsi, and 68-cents on a 2-liter bottle. Where's the DuPage County line? It also adds up to severe political problems for county board president Toni Preckwinkle and her 8 pro-tax commissioners. Black Comr. Richard Boykin is planning to challenge her in the 3-20-18 Democratic primary, and starts off as only a slight underdog. The Board will have repeal votes on Oct. 10-11, but Preckwinkle can veto any repeal, and 11 votes are needed to override. It's a lose-lose situation: If Preckwinkle vetoes, it's the primary issue in the primary; if she doesn't, she looks toothless and powerless. Toni The Tiger is no more. The beverage industry will heavily fund all pro-repeal challengers, while Mayor Bloomberg will finance pro-tax ads. Comrs. Arroyo and Moody are under heavy pressure to switch, and newly-appointed Comr. Deer will likely side with Boykin, the 4 Republicans, and the 3 white Democrats to vote for repeal. ATTACHED IS A CHART listing commissioners, districts, and their 2016 soda tax vote. Full Article...


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