Carol Felsenthal
On Politics

2 years
ago

Will Guzzardi on His Plans for the Recount (and After)

Will Guzzardi, the 24-year-old, Ivy League-educated former Huffington Post Chicago editor, announced Monday that he would pursue a recount in the March 20th primary for the 39th District State Representative. When I spoke to the Brown University graduate on Monday night, he was trailing by 125 votes to five-term incumbent Toni Berrios, the daughter of Cook County Assessor Joe Berrios. Guzzardi said he plans to file…

Carol Felsenthal

2 years
ago

Ameya Pawar’s First Year: The Rookie Alderman on Rahm, Schools, and More

A year into his rookie year as 47th Ward alderman, Ameya Pawar sat down with me in his office on North Lincoln Avenue on a recent Monday evening. Despite pulling an all-nighter—he was writing a paper for a graduate class at the University of Chicago—the 31-year-old energetically listed for me all of his accomplishments and plans as alderman, a job that few expected him to win…

Carol Felsenthal

2 years
ago

Quinn Brings Jerry Stermer Back in the Fold

During his campaign in 2010, Pat Quinn suffered the loss of one of his longest and must trusted confidantes, Jerry Stermer. Stermer now has a new job as acting director of the Office of Management and Budget, announced today by the gov’s office.

Carol Felsenthal

2 years
ago

Joe Walsh on Tammy Duckworth: Did He Really Say That?

Nobody would ever call Joe Walsh a temperate personality; he has made his reputation and become a favorite of cable TV shout shows by saying what’s on his mind. But he went over the line in an interview with Politico’s David Catanese, held in an Elgin coffee shop, published today.

Carol Felsenthal

2 years
ago

Illinois Primary: Some Takeaways from Voting Day

Illinois had its primary yesterday, and, in an embarrassment to the state and its politicians, not too many voters showed up—24 percent in the lowest turnout in 70 years in a presidential primary. But for people like me, it was feast of important races. Here, some thoughts as I followed the races well into the evening…

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Susan Crown on Why She Supports Mitt Romney

It’s common knowledge that two of Chicago’s wealthiest families—the Crowns and the Pritzkers—are staunch Obama supporters, so it surprised me to read earlier this year that Susan Crown, 53, was supporting Mitt Romney for president. I wondered: Why isn’t she in the Obama camp like her older brother, Jim, president of Henry Crown & Co.?…

Carol Felsenthal

2 years
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Chicagoans on the White House State Dinner Guest List

Wednesday night’s dinner, carrying the theme, “America’s Backyards,” was in honor of “The Right Honorable David Cameron, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland, and his wife, Mrs. Samantha Cameron.” Here are the Chicago names I recognized, along with, in some cases, a bit of annotation…

Carol Felsenthal

2 years
ago

Howard Dean on Ilya Sheyman, the Presidential Campaign, Iran, and More

He served as governor of Vermont from 1991 to 2003. He ran for the Democratic nomination in 2004 and became infamous for the scream that ended his presidential hopes. He pushed a 50-state strategy as head of the DNC that helped Barack Obama win the presidency. And he morphed from traditional Democrat to full-fledged Progressive. So it’s not surprising that Howard Dean, 63, is drawn to Ilya Sheyman…

Carol Felsenthal

2 years
ago

This Time, the Illinois Primary Matters

The Illinois primary has suddenly become interesting—in fact, it may be the “stopper” this year, putting away the race for Mitt Romney if he solidifies his momentum and does well. Plus: the brilliant Bears quarterback who gave Mitt his name.

Carol Felsenthal

2 years
ago

Andrew Breitbart’s Right-Hand Man: Skokie-Bred Joel Pollak

In the wake of Breitbart’s sudden death today at the age of 43, Breitbart.com editor-in-chief and legal counsel Joel Pollak—Alan Dershowitz protégé and former opponent of Jan Schakowsky—says that his boss’s death was “out of the blue” and that his websites will go on “in a big way.”

Carol Felsenthal

2 years
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Rahm’s Role in Fumbling the Economy: Tidbits from a New Obama Book

With the campaign season heating up, the Obama books keep coming. The latest: The Escape Artists: How Obama’s Team Fumbled the Recovery, by The New Republic’s senior editor Noam Scheiber, published this week by Simon & Schuster. As is the case in most Obama-related books, one of the most entertaining characters is Rahm Emanuel…

Carol Felsenthal

3 years
ago

Dorothy Brown and Rick Muñoz Debate at 43rd Ward Forum

Exciting races in the upcoming March 20 primary are scarce, so the race for the Cook County Circuit Court Clerk between three-term incumbent Dorothy Brown and Ricardo Muñoz, alderman of the 22nd Ward since 1993 is, in relative terms, the Romney-Santorum fistfight of Cook County. Tuesday night, the two Dems appeared at a forum sponsored by the 43rd Ward Democrats and moderated by Andy Shaw…

Carol Felsenthal

3 years
ago

‘Hostage’ Sam LaHood—Will John McCain Negotiate His Release?

A source close to the senator told me this morning that McCain, who chairs the board of the International Republican Institute—Sam LaHood heads the Cairo office of that NGO—is “leading a congressional delegation” next week, visiting Egypt and other countries in the region. Will the Arizona senator emerge from the trip as a hero and statesman?…

Carol Felsenthal