Elections 2008: Everybody's a Reformer | Feature | Chicago Reader

Elections 2008: Everybody's a Reformer 

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On February 5, for the first time in decades, voters here will get the chance to participate in a presidential primary that matters. But the presidential candidates will account for only a tiny segment of Tuesday's ballots, which include a staggering 143 state and local offices—some of which many voters have never even heard of. Just like in the big race, the talk this year is all about "change," as candidates across the city work to market themselves as reformers. But everybody who's anybody in Chicago seems to owe somebody for it, which raises the central question: who's really a reformer, and could a real reformer ever actually win? Here are some of the key races with candidates who say they are and say they can.   

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