Wednesday, February 28, 2007

putting his money where his mouth is

This item from Craig was an interesting side note. Support can come from unusual places.

Congrats to Don Gordon for getting enough votes to force a run-off against Joe. Hope is not lost. Go Don!

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

where to vote

Click here to find out if you're not sure. Go out and make a difference!

Karen Hoover endorses Don Gordon

Karen Hoover was the beat facilitator for CAPS beat 2422 from the beginning of CAPS until a few years ago. She has continued to be involved in community problem solving. She has also run for alderman in the past. I have enormous admiration for Karen's commitment to the community. Here is her statement:

“The current alderman of the 49th Ward has been in office for 16 years. Very little has changed. We are still discussing the same issues – the lack of economic development, unacceptable levels of crime, criminally managed buildings, a failure to comply with “green” requirements, a poorly managed ward office, a poorly managed infrastructure – to name a few.

One thing has changed. The current alderman is less accessible and accountable than he used to be. We haven’t had a Town Meeting in years.

I have tried many times to change this, but am now passing the torch. I believe that there is a person who is running for alderman who will be engaged in the neighborhood and can fix some of these things. I am impressed with his thoughtfulness on the issues and the depth of his understanding of them. I am impressed with his accessibility and openness. I also appreciate that he takes criticism well and is willing to admit mistakes. I support Don Gordon for 49th Ward Alderman because I believe he is the best man to make changes in the neighborhood I love so well."

Monday, February 26, 2007

for a good laugh

...check this out on The Alderman's Intern...

building bridges

Meanwhile in the 50th ward, Naisy Dolar is running for alderman, with the more progressive view of building bridges (and specifically one bike bridge) that is needed to complete a key bike route. Go Naisy! Time for Bernie Stone to retire....

Sunday, February 25, 2007

slave labor

It sounds like Joe Moore is using more of the same shady tactics he used in the last 2 re-election campaigns - such as enlisting the unpaid, forced labor of recently released ex-cons from a group home in the neighborhood to collect signatures on his nominating petitions and do other campaign work. Sure sounds like slave labor to me.

Meanwhile, Joe was observed violating election laws by campaigning inside an early voting location. Thanks to Tom and Craig for reporting these incidents. We can only hope that this exposure of Joe's underhanded illegal tactics isn't too little, too late.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

on election day

Now that he's been in office so long, Joe Moore has some baggage. His pals include slumlords like Jay Johnson, who has proven so many times that he is not a desirable landlord to have.

Joe Moore supported Todd Stroger. I don't buy this blatant smokescreen. Now we're stuck with Toddy and all his family members and appointed cronies with their bloated paychecks. Some cuts to the Cook County budget would not be a bad thing, but the county's poor should not be sacrificed in the process.

He's driven away many businesses that could have been assets to the neighborhood if they had opened in Rogers Park. Change would be good.

Remember this on 2/27 when you go to vote.

Wednesday, February 07, 2007


The recent subzero temps have sure made it feel like winter. Yesterday's snow made it look like winter, too. Beautiful stuff. I think we have barely enough for x-c skiing. I'll check it out tonight.

Friday, February 02, 2007

accepting responsibility

Turner Broadcasting is accepting responsibility for all the disruption its guerrilla marketing campaign caused in the Boston area this week. Meanwhile, the two guys who were arrested for placing the devices still don't get it. I have to wonder why they don't understand that placing something that could be mistaken for a bomb in sensitive locations like transit stations and under bridges would be a joke. In our post-9/11 world, it's understandable that Boston would be cautious about anything that could be a repeat of that type of event, even on a smaller scale. This wasn't just a bad hair day, but an act of corporate irresponsibility.

Thursday, February 01, 2007


This bomb hoax story just gets more ridiculous all the time. Sounds like the appearance of these devices changes a lot depending on ambient lighting conditions – oops! Boston is not taking this lightly. Some folks are calling their response a major overreaction. On the other hand, if the airplane-bombs on 9/11 had flown out of your airport, would you take chances on something like this?

And the 2 doofuses who were arrested don't seem to grasp the depth of the shit they're in.

Meanwhile, Adult Swim posted an apology on their home page. Here in Chicago the police took it seriously, but there was no panic. Seattle says "What's the big deal?"

I'm just glad that nothing got blown up.