Carol Felsenthal
On Politics

3 years
ago

Roland Burris: No Regrets on Accepting Senate Seat from Blagojevich

After a nightmarish two years in Washington, former U.S. Senator Roland Burris is settling back into life in Illinois, trying to rebuild his reputation and retire an $800,000 debt from a legal battle to keep his Senate seat. Still, he told me he does not regret accepting the position from former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, whose retrial on corruption charges…

Carol Felsenthal

3 years
ago

 

Lessons, Thoughts from the Aldermanic Runoffs

I tracked all 14 aldermanic runoff races closely most of the day and late into the evening on Tuesday. Sound boring? Not for me—not with a new mayor coming in and the possibility, slim as it might be, that aldermen under Mayor Emanuel may morph into something more lively than potted plants. Here, some lessons and thoughts I had along the way…

Carol Felsenthal

3 years
ago

 

Solis Announces Lead Pollution Ordinance on Day Before Election; Morfin Cries Foul

Alderman Danny Solis, in a runoff tomorrow for the 25th Ward seat, sent out a press release today announcing that he had drafted an anti-lead pollution ordinance requiring any “facility emitting lead at levels that are higher than… EPA standards… [to] cease operations immediately.” The release states that “new information” about “high lead levels” impacting a Pilsen elementary school prompted him to act…

Carol Felsenthal

3 years
ago

 

Toxic Lead in Pilsen—and Just Days Before the Solis-Morfin Runoff

The front-page story in the Chicago Tribune today about toxic lead found in Pilsen has to strike fear into the hearts of the neighborhood’s parents. And it can’t be good news for 25th Ward Alderman Danny Solis, either, as he is caught in a runoff with activist Cuahutémoc “Témoc” Morfin. Tribune reporter Michael Hawthorne writes that a monitor placed…

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4 years
ago

Danny Solis: The Establishment Candidate, but Campaigning like a Rookie

Danny Solis, 61, and a grandfather, is running in his fifth—and least fun—election for alderman. Appointed in the 25th Ward on the Near West Side by Mayor Daley in 1996, Solis finds himself in his first runoff—against a tenacious, much younger opponent, Cuahutémoc “Témoc” Morfin, 39. (For details on the race, see my interview with Morfin. Solis is a machine stalwart…

Carol Felsenthal

4 years
ago

 

Rush Limbaugh Mistakes Educator Eleanor Kaye Wilson for the Obamas’ Nanny

“‘The First Lady looked stunning, as always, as she stepped down the jet in a textured frock along with her husband and her two daughters,’ her mother, and the nanny,” Rush Limbaugh said Tuesday on his radio show, reading from an article he called “pathetic.” The words “her mother, and the nanny,” were added by the talk-show host—they were not in the story from which he quoted…

Carol Felsenthal

4 years
ago

Did Rahm Emanuel Have a Role in O’Hare Expansion?

Yesterday, when lame-duck mayor Richard M. Daley finally got some of what he wanted in the building of a new runway and a new air traffic control tower at O’Hare, he got to take center stage. But people who follow city politics saw the hand of Rahm Emanuel, who has an old friend in Ray LaHood, the U.S. Secretary of Transportation…

Carol Felsenthal

4 years
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Tom Carey, Adviser to Carol Moseley Braun, Weighs in on Her Campaign

Tom Carey, 56, has been working for candidates here—from Rich Daley to John Stroger—since he was 25. One day in January, the political strategist received a call from a local lawyer who was volunteering for Carol Moseley Braun. The man told Carey he would pick him up to take him to a meeting, but didn’t say with whom. Carey was soon in the Hyde Park home of Moseley Braun, talking politics with the woman who, at the time, was hoping for a runoff with Rahm Emanuel…

Carol Felsenthal

4 years
ago

Coming Soon: A New Generation of African-American Candidates?

Hermene Hartman, publisher and editor in chief of N’DIGO, angered some members of her African-American community when she endorsed Rahm Emanuel over Carol Moseley Braun. She told me recently that the black political/business/religious leaders who selected Moseley Braun had better move aside, or, at least, rethink their strategy. “We are not training people to run for office,” she laments. Her case in point: LeAlan Jones…

Carol Felsenthal

4 years
ago

Miguel del Valle Says No to Rahm Emanuel

Mayoral candidate Miguel del Valle says he declined an invitation from Rahm Emanuel to co-chair the mayor-elect’s transition team. Del Valle told me in a phone interview that he turned the position down because—after his term as City Clerk is over on May 15th—he will work on other projects “organizing around progressive issues in the neighborhoods.”…

Carol Felsenthal