Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Tell Me Who To Vote For

posted by chicago pop

For once, I want you to tell me something. I want you to tell me who to vote for, or who I should want to vote for, or who I should want to have installed by appointment -- whichever may be the most appropriate scenario --as my 4th Ward Alderperson.

Because, as we all know, Toni Preckwinkle is on her way up and out, on to higher things. Last Saturday the Tribune endorsed our wonderful 4th Ward Alderperson in her race for President of Cook County Board. Good-bye old-time black South Side Democratic machine, hello black Hyde Park reformer. We wish her the best of luck, but are mostly sorry to see her go because we have no idea what the hay is going to happen to our dear 4th Ward, which we'd prided ourselves on telling people was an island of sanity next to an atoll of utter, involuted stasis, careerism, and mammoth, out-of-control community organizations (the 5th Ward) and flanked, until quite recently, by the carnivalesque hats of Dorothy Tillman.

So who are all these folks clamoring to take all my phone complaints at the 4th Ward office? There's George Rumsey, who seems like a nice enough guy, with a soft spot for mums and bulbs, and a chip on his shoulder the size of the old US Steel yard for the University of Chicago; then there's some radio guy Norman Bolden whose claim-to-fame is that he owns a block of 43rd Street; and of course State Representative Will Burns is Preckwinkle's anointed successor, who looks like a clean-cut kind of guy, but I've never heard of him.

Have I missed anyone? Surely I have. Someone help me out here.

9 comments:

C. said...

Vote for Will. He's a U of C grad, very experienced relative to his age when it comes to IL and Chicago politics, and, most importantly, he's committed to the community.

The basics can be found at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Will_Burns

Jimm said...

You can track all of the aldermanic races here at www.earlyandoften.org

Richard Gill said...

"Involuted stasis" in the 5th Ward. No two words could say it better, C-Pop. Would that we in the 5th could have an Aldermanic election contest and a choice to make, such as in the 4th.

chicago pop said...

I'm with you, Richard: I'd much rather it was you guys who had a choice to make this election cycle, not us.

Greg said...

If history continues to repeat itself, the 5th Warders will have a choice between Leslie Hairston and... Leslie Hairston.

chicago pop said...

Looks like I'm voting for Will Burns.

fran said...

agree with C

will is smart, competent, decent, experienced and will be a needed addition to the city council when we have a new mayor

george said...

I just learned yesterday at the Oktoberfest of one more candidate. Adam Miguest ("A Fresh Wind"). His campaign flyer said he was a former intern of Bobby Rush and a resident of North Kenwood. He's not listed yet on the "early and often" website.

Trish said...

George has a master's from the U of C and works with them professionally and has for over 30 years. He's for an open development process for zoned planned developments (which is after the legal requirement). His survey and work with the Block development project was used by the Vermilion people in the design. You can see his concerns for the 4th Ward at www.georgerumsey.com