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.