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Wed Feb 25, 2015, 08:43 AM

Who’s Afraid of Chicago’s Progressive Aldermen? Rahm Emanuel, That’s Who.


from In These Times:


Who’s Afraid of Chicago’s Progressive Aldermen? Rahm Emanuel, That’s Who.
The Chicago mayor’s super PAC has spent large amounts of money to protect his allies on City Council—and take down those who oppose him.

BY YANA KUNICHOFF


It’s no secret that Rahm Emanuel has an unparalleled fundraising prowess and scores of wealthy friends to boot. The Chicago Tribune called him “the most potent political cash machine in Chicago history,” and he’s amassed nearly $30 million among the various bodies dedicated to supporting his mayoral run and its broader agenda.

Now that money is trickling down to some of Chicago’s most tightly contested aldermanic races through the efforts of Chicago Forward, a super PAC created by former Chicago Public Schools communication director Becky Carroll. Super PACs are allowed to take in unlimited donations, but can’t coordinate with or directly contribute to a candidate.

This round of aldermanic races, which culminate in Tuesday’s election, has seen a bevy of candidates that are particularly antagonistic to the status quo of Emanuel’s administration. Some of the key groups that the mayor has clashed with in the past four years as now running for aldermanic seats—teachers, environmentalists and community organizers.

Chicago Forward is pumping money into 17 of the 50 aldermanic races, according to the Chicago Sun-Times, with an eye to securing the seats of Emanuel’s stalwarts in the City Council, particularly in tight races—and, in a few cases, pushing the more troublesome progressive aldermen out of the picture.

Dick Simpson, a former alderman and now professor of political science at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) tells In These Times that it’s “pretty clear” Chicago Forward is pumping money into races that worry the mayor’s office. .............(more)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/17671/chicago_elections



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Reply Who’s Afraid of Chicago’s Progressive Aldermen? Rahm Emanuel, That’s Who. (Original post)
marmar Feb 2015 OP
Starry Messenger Feb 2015 #1
mopinko Feb 2015 #2
DinahMoeHum Feb 2015 #3
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Response to marmar (Original post)

Wed Feb 25, 2015, 08:54 AM

1. K&R

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Wed Feb 25, 2015, 09:38 AM

2. fear not. it didnt really work.

most of the alderman that he went after won.

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Wed Feb 25, 2015, 09:49 AM

3. Well, Rahm is probably piddling his pants right now. . .

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Wed Feb 25, 2015, 11:05 AM

4. The progressives need to kick ass and take names.

 

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Wed Feb 25, 2015, 11:07 AM

5. K & Fucking-R nt

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Wed Feb 25, 2015, 11:12 AM

6. God, Rahm is such a piece of shit....

 

I hate him as much as I do any Republican. And he is who our current Pres thought was the best man to guide his administration right out of the gate.

Tells me all I need to know.

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Wed Feb 25, 2015, 11:46 AM

7. Emanuel has been on my S#$$ list since

 

he called "Move On" terrorists back in 2003 or 4. Sorry I don't have a link to that.

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Wed Feb 25, 2015, 11:53 AM

8. Blast from the past - Dick Simpson was a professor of mine at UIC.

 

Very smart guy, down-to-earth, engaging. He was one of my favorites.

It's funny how, when you're a kid, you think the world is so big, but I guess about age 40, you start to understand how small it really is.

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Wed Feb 25, 2015, 11:59 AM

9. REFORM scares certain people. Criminal Career Politician-Businessmen, for instance.

Scares the Establishment, too. They hire all the crooks and traitors they need to rig Wall Street on the Potomac.

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