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For those who are interested, a memorial for Joe Mielnik is scheduled for next Thursday at Nick's, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Further details as warranted.

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Toni Time
"If facing the most political attacks were the sole measure of a candidate's chances of winning, then Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle would have emerged Wednesday night as the undisputed front-runner in Chicago's crowded race for mayor," the Tribune reports.

Agreed. And she is still the frontrunner. But which way/s will the large chunk of still-undecided voters break? That is the question.

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Here's something I didn't realize: Preckwinkle stands alone in not calling for an end to aldermanic prerogative.

"I think almost every candidate running for mayor today agrees this has to end, with the exception of President Preckwinkle, who still defends it," Mendoza said. "It's a policy of the past, and we believe we need to clean up corruption, it starts with that."

"Preckwinkle responded by noting she favored banning any outside income or side jobs by alderman, but did not directly address why she won't ban aldermanic prerogative."

As I've been saying, Preckwinkle's policies are progressive, but her politics are Machine-y.

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"While Preckwinkle spent much of the debate distancing herself from Burke and the corruption investigation, Daley tried to distance himself from his own family - unsolicited. He even used the negative moniker 'career politician' to describe fellow family members.

"That, of course, would include his father, Richard J. Daley, and brother Richard M. Daley who served as mayor for a combined 43 years, plus his brother John P. Daley, who has been in elected office for 38 years, first as a state representative and state senator, and then as a Cook County commissioner for the last 16 years."

This might work for Bill if it wasn't for the fact that he was Richard M. Daley's top advisor - and if his private sector work wasn't getting rich instead of, I dunno, working on behalf of the homeless or something.

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"The forum ended on a lighter note as Hinz asked the candidates which of their rivals they'd vote for, if forced to do so.

"In perhaps the most surprising moment of the debate, Preckwinkle said 'Paul,' referring to Vallas, who is held in low regard by the Chicago Teachers Union and progressive organizations that most staunchly support Preckwinkle.

"Vallas deflected in turn, saying, 'I'm not going to try to offend Toni here, but I will not vote for anyone who entered the race after Rahm Emanuel dropped out,' a reference to Preckwinkle, Mendoza, Chico and Daley. Citing the same reason, Enyia and Lightfoot said only they wouldn't support a candidate who failed to challenge Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who in September made the surprise decision to drop his bid for a third term."

Fair enough, and unless I've missed it, Preckwinkle has not been asked why she refused to challenge Rahm twice - four years ago and when he was still (ostensibly) in this race. The others who joined late should be asked too, it's a simple question.

(Chico, who ran against Rahm and Miguel del Valle in 2011, backed Rahm four years ago over Chuy Garcia. He should be asked about that, too.)

Daley Dive
The Tribune confirmed what insiders and political junkies have known for years - that Bill Daley cheated on his state insurance agent exam way back in 1973. Kudos to the Tribune; you should definitely read their piece.

But more important to me - what I consider to be the most unvetted territory of the campaign at this juncture - is Bill Daley's work for his mayor brother, his banking and corporate work, and his record as U.S. Commerce Secretary.

The Trib did touch on some of this in their insurance exam piece:

"Beyond Chicago, Daley's name surfaced in the business world as part of a scandal involving JPMorgan Chase and other banks giving coveted jobs to relatives and friends of Chinese government officials. Daley was an executive at JPMorgan.

"The Wall Street Journal, citing internal bank e-mails, reported in 2015 that JPMorgan, at Daley's suggestion, hired the son of a Chinese commerce minister even though the son was unqualified for the position.

"The following year, the bank agreed to pay more than $264 million in sanctions, including a $72 million fine, for 'its role in a scheme to corruptly gain advantages in winning bank deals by awarding prestigious jobs to relatives and friends of Chinese government officials,' according to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission."

More, please.

Fabulous Forum Photos
The only way these pairings could have been more uncomfortable is if Gery Chico was next to Paul Vallas.

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