In a city notorious for corrupt politicians, the constituents of Chicago’s South Side and southern suburbs have endured more than their share. The latest evidence comes tomorrow when they head to the polls to pick party nominees in a special election for the seat of disgraced former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr.
With the exception of Obama, there are no bigger Midwest political names than Daley and Madigan. Their Democratic dynasties have dominated Chicago and Illinois government for much of the past half century.
A new era of Chicago politics dawned today as Rahm Emanuel , the former White House chief of staff and the city’s mayor-elect, hugged, shook hands and high-fived surprised rush-hour commuters on the South Side.
Rahm Emanuel’s mayoral campaign message was subtle yet unmistakable: Vote for me and you won’t get another Richard M. Daley, who in 22 years bought labor peace, helping to drain cash reserves and create crushing union- pension liabilities.
Chicago teachers struck today, closing classrooms for about 400,000 students and prompting Mayor Rahm Emanuel to stop raising money for President Barack Obama’s re-election so he may devote time to settling the city’s first walkout in 25 years.
Illinois Representative Jesse Jackson Jr. ended a career of almost 17 years in the U.S. Congress by resigning his House seat as he battles depression and confronts a federal investigation into his conduct.
Saul Alinsky has been dead for almost 40 years, yet the community organizer is back for another presidential campaign. This time he’s been dragged from his grave by Republican candidate Newt Gingrich, who says the Chicago activist’s “radicalism is at the heart of Obama.”
Rahm Emanuel , the mayor-elect of the third-most-populous U.S. city, faces the same question roiling statehouses across the country: how much will public employees have to sacrifice to keep government afloat.