January 10, 2018
KENNEDY'S "SEPARATION" IS HELPFUL IN GOVERNOR'S RACE

Chris Kennedy, along with Bill Daley, have been the proverbial Hamlets of Illinois politics for over two decades. To run or not to run? That was the biennial question. Kennedy, scion of the East Coast Kennedy Clan, always answered by vacillating, equivocating and prevaricating. He has been playing coy so long that nobody ever bothers to ask anymore...and now that he is running for governor, nobody gives the “Nowhere Man” much of a chance. Full Article...


January 3, 2018
SLEW OF POTENTIAL "HONORABLES" SEEK JUDGESHIPS

It is philosophized that life is mean, nasty and short. Being a judge in Cook County is the absolute obverse: Big pay, short hours, and lengthy tenure -- plus the perk of being obsequiously called "Your Honor." After 20 years on the bench, a judge can retire and collect 80% of his or her $190,000 salary as pension for life. Almost 30 judicial nominations will be on the 3/20/18 Democratic primary ballot, 10 countywide and 29 in the 15 subcircuits. A campaign for judge is mean, short and nasty, and a flock of lawyers are running. Forthwith is an analysis of each countywide contest, and a few subcircuit races. Full Article...


December 27, 2017
FOR MALE POLITICIANS, 2018 WILL BE THE "YEAR OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY"

Every male politician on the 2018 ballot, either in a primary or election, should be utterly, totally paranoid -- especially if they are an alpha male. Just one allegation of a past sexual indiscretion will be fatal. Democrats are clearing out their miscreants, like Al Franken. Republicans caught a break when Roy Moore lost in Alabama. 2018 will be a non-tolerance year. But the Republicans' 51-49 U.S. Senate majority is not necessarily in jeopardy. Democrats will try to make it a referendum on President Trump. It may not work. Full Article...


December 20, 2017
CHAOS-AS-USUAL IN 2018 MWRD CONTESTS

The Dec. 2 death of black Metropolitan Water Reclamation Dist. (MWRD) Comr. Tim Bradford may allow the county's embattled Republicans to double their number of Cook County officeholders -- from one to two, up to 12.5%. Bradford died 2 days before closure of the 90-day 2018 circulating and nominating petition filing period, so his "vacancy" will last until Dec. 2020, when his current term expires. It will not be filled in 2018. Under state law, the governor appoints any interim commissioners. Democrats are working overtime in Springfield to change the law and get Bradford's seat on the 2018 ballot. They changed the law when Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka died in 2014. For 2018, Todd Stroger is seeking the 2-year vacancy, against the slated Kim Dubuclet, a Preckwinkle protégé, and 5 candidates are running against the incumbent slate for the 3 6-year terms. Emerging NW Side Hispanic boss Luis Arroyo has a candidate, and black has-been Robert Shaw is also running. The part-time job pays $70,000. In the 7th Dist., rumors abound that US Rep. Danny Davis (D) will quit after the 3/20/18 primary and hand off the nomination to county Comr. Richard Boykin, his protégé. Boykin earned party gratitude when he aborted his challenge to Preckwinkle, and Davis's seat would be his payback. Full Article...


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