The [Tuesday] Papers
"Rep. Luis Gutierrez moved ever closer to a race for mayor Monday, arguing that Mayor Daley is besieged by corruption, has been in power too long and has wasted time and money on Millennium Park and attracting the 2016 Summer Olympics at the expense of public schools," the Sun-Times reported - last May.
"Attention and focus and resources are not infinite. Every hour spent on the Olympics is an hour that could be spent on improving our schools. Every dollar used . . . is a dollar that could be redirected to improving the wages and salaries of our teachers," Gutierrez said.
"Should I lead this city, I have no interest in my legacy being the number of visitors to a beautiful lakefront park or the year the Olympics came to Chicago. It would be how many more kids graduated, how many quality teachers we hire and how many new schools were built."
It was, as Crain's put it, "a wide-ranging attack."
So the question is: What did he get?
Daley reportedly asked Gutierrez for his endorsement at a private breakfast a month ago. According to Gutierrez, he got the mayor's unwavering support for immigration reform in return. Meaning what, Daley will lobby his old pal Obama and tell him that 700-mile Mexican fence the senator voted in favor of isn't such a good idea? And last I heard, the mayor wasn't really involved in the immigration reform debate.
Obama is right about one thing: The smallness of our politics. That's why they call him Little Luis.
Dorothy In Oz
The rules of engagement.
Crown His Ass
The incumbent is Darcel Beavers, installed recently by her father, Bill, the hog with the big nuts.
Despite her lineage, Beavers actually appeared to be a knowledgeable, competent person. If you like the status quo.
Beavers is also the preferred candidate of Wal-Mart.
She did, however, make a strong case that wage laws should be set by state and federal government, and that unions should organize Wal-Marts after they open their stores - though the obstacles to doing that erected in the last couple of decades have all but outlawed labor organizing in some sectors of the economy.
Still, Beavers did a far better job than the mayor has done on that side of the issue. She didn't, for example, accuse those who support living wages of being racists.
Sandi Jackson, wife of Jesse Jr., is the union candidate. She also pledged to work more closely with the police command in the ward to bring more law enforcement resources to bear. She also questioned whether the ward had enough beat cops.
Beavers' response was pretty lame. "No one in the city council can change the beat districts by themselves."
No, but redrawing the city's beats is an issue the council - and the media - has let the mayor slide on. It should have happened more than a decade ago, when the issue was first broached.
Ron David, a 25-year police veteran and the other candidate appearing on the panel, bested both his opponents on this one, proposing that beats be drawn the same size throughout the city, and then officers deployed within those beats according to need.
He also said "Blue lights do not answer calls and they don't reduce crime, they just move it around."
Beavers, of course, has Daley's support. "He has spread the wealth all over the city," she said.
"I agree with what he's done downtown," Jackson replied. "It's beautiful. It's fabulous . . . But what I would like to see is some of that largesse move further south . . . put Olympic Village venues south, maybe even on the USX Steel site . . . I'm not sure a lot of the folks within our community would agree with beautification . . . especially as you go down 75th."
Trucker Caps, Cowboy Hats
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Posted on February 13, 2007
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