The [Thursday] Papers
The Beachwood is off today on a company retreat to refocus our chi, but will return tomorrow in all its stupendous glory.
The [Wednesday] Papers
"The new council will be without its second-longest-serving member, 50th Ward Ald. Bernard Stone, who suffered a crushing loss. Also gone is 6th Ward Ald. Freddrenna Lyle, a veteran African-American leader who went down in a narrow defeat.
"Not even the 36th Ward, long a Democratic machine bastion, was safe from change. Appointed Ald. John Rice, the former driver for political powerbroker William J.P. Banks, lost to a little-known firefighter, Nicholas Sposato."
All to the good.
But I'm kind of heartbroken that Rhymefest lost to Rahmfest - er, Willie Cochran.
"That's because today is the day after the city runoffs, the conclusion of an election season that, for the first time in decades, did not officially involve a mayor named Daley. The aldermen are eager to rush down to City Hall to do their business. They're all about reform now.
"And Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel just can't wait to take over and reform things. And he will, too. Just as soon as outgoing Mayor Richard Daley and his White House chief of staff brother Bill Daley say it's OK."
Huh. That actually doesn't seem like it would be all that unusual for Chicago, but . . .
"I can't remember this happening to a candidate in my years at the Board of Election," a spokesman for the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners told the paper.
Maybe Baskin was just getting a head start on the inevitable fate of so many aldermen - though that displayed a bit of overeagerness; he lost to incumbent JoAnn Thompson.
Still, you've got to admire his pluck.
Cappleman becomes the council's second openly gay alderman, along with Tom Tunney.
"Cappleman also appears poised to become the first Chicago alderman to take advantage of Illinois' civil union law, as he and his partner of 20 years, Richard Thale, said during the campaign that they plan to enter into a civil union when the law takes effect June 1."
Just remember, Pilsen: Flip-flop once, shame on Solis. Flip-flop twice, shame on you.
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Posted on April 7, 2011
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