Monday, February 26, 2007

The final countdown

Posted By on 02.26.07 at 07:46 PM

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Clearly, we’re down to the final hours before the election:

  • 50th Ward alderman Bernard Stone, who is Jewish, has recently been suggesting that his opponents are making anti-Semitic remarks when they accuse him of helping his “friends” with zoning changes. Over the weekend he reported that someone sent him a copy of one of his mailings with a swastika scribbled over his picture.

  • Naisy Dolar, one of Stone’s challengers, said the race is shifting her way and announced plans for a celebration party. But it won't be in the ward, or even in the city—it'll take place in Skokie.

  • The Second Ward’s Madeline Haithcock let it be known that Bob Fioretti, one of her most aggressive challengers, once had an order of protection issued against him; Fioretti said it was requested by a woman who had been harassing him and was lifted a week later.

  • Arenda Troutman, the embattled 20th Ward alderman, alleges that employees of The Woodlawn Organization, one of the most powerful institutions in her ward, have been destroying her campaign signs. 

  • 46th Ward challenger James Cappleman distributed a flyer over the weekend featuring a map of the ward color-coded by the alleged turf of eight different street gangs. “Don’t you think your alderman should work with police and the community to target gang activity?” it asks. After 20 years, let's move gangs our of your neighborhood." Alderman Helen Shiller has been in office 20 years.

  • Don Gordon, an opponent of 49th Ward alderman Joe Moore and his ban on the sale of foie gras, attended a “Freedom of Choice” dinner Sunday night featuring the delicacy. “If I were in the City Council, we wouldn't have a kneejerk reaction about this,"he said. Animal rights demonstrators picketed the event and vowed to volunteer for Moore Tuesday.

  • While Mayor Daley felt comfortable enough to take the day off from the campaign Sunday, his challengers have been out talking to anyone who will listen. Dock Walls took time Monday morning to be interviewed live on Columbia College’s TV news program, which only shows on campus.

  • Meanwhile, the Reverend Al Sampson, who was a key organizer for Harold Washington, has joined with several dozen other African-American ministers and political activists to distribute more than 300,000 copies of a flyer listing the 2007 “Soul Slate.” It endorses Dorothy Brown for mayor and, for City Council, black aldermen and challengers who haven’t received significant support from the Fraternal Order of Police or the Service Employees International Union. Among them: Haithcock, Tillman, Darcel Beavers (7th), Shirley Coleman (16th), Howard Brookins Jr. (21st), Earick Rayburn (opposing Anthony Beale in the 9th), and Eldora Davis, running in the 18th. The fact that many of the incumbents almost always support Daley is "a problem," Sampson said, but not as much as the support of unions. “We can’t have outside interlopers undercutting our leaders,” Sampson said.
 

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