The [Tuesday] Papers
Fun with numbers, via a Tribune graphic on Sunday:
Yes, that's right. Just 95 people in the 17th Ward voted for John McCain. Voting for Obama: 23,379.
* McCain didn't win a single Chicago ward, which is unsurprising, but still interesting to note. He came closest in the 41st, of course (15,096 to 11,858 for Obama).
* McCain won the following Cook County Townships: Barrington, Lemont, and Orland.
* Thornton Township cast the most votes in Cook County for Obama: 67,406 (9,686 for McCain).
"Having gone over the numbers several times, I still can't get over the rock-solid support black Chicago gave President-elect Barack Obama in Tuesday's elections," Ben Joravsky writes. "The pollsters coming in to the election predicted Obama would win at least 90 percent of the black vote nationwide. But in Chicago it was over 99 percent - at least in the five wards that are almost 100 percent black. To be exact, he won 99.27 percent of the vote in the 6th Ward, 99.19 percent in the 8th, 99.24 percent in the 21st, 99.21 percent in the 24th, and 99.40 percent in the 34th."
This is the first of a two-part series; the conclusion is tonight.
Fox has also posted the expense reports of county commissioners; you can get there through the link above.
Maybe it ought to worry about its own.
The paper, reacting to the mayor's convenient memory lapses when it comes to untoward business being conducted in his name, cautions that Daley "should remember one critical fact. If they get the brush-off too many times, voters don't forget."
Apparently, as pointed out in a letter to the editor today (second item), we haven't reached "one too many times" yet after 19 years of Daley rule. And neither has the Sun-Times, which will undoubtedly continue endorsing Daley just as it has in the past.
Who hired Angelo Torres?
I also wrote a brief post yesterday about Chicago as "Subsidy City." The truth is, we have a mixed-market economy featuring both raw capitalism and outright socialistic mechanisms and everything in between. It's really the only way a complex, modern economy can be run, and that's what makes all the free-market rhetoric such a bunch of malarkey. The real question isn't about binary, textbook ideologies, but who wins and who loses. Who is benefiting and who is getting screwed? And how and why are those choices made? That's the game, folks. Study that, University of Chicago.
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Posted on November 11, 2008
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