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To the surprise of precisely nobody, King Richard II has won a sixth term of office as dictator mayor of Chicago. This will make him the city's longest-serving mayor, beating out his father, King Richard I. For the record, I didn't vote for him. Neither of the other two candidates had a prayer against the Daley Machine, but I figured I should vote for one of them so that Daley wouldn't be elected unanimously. And the candidate I picked did end up with 20% of the vote.

The 4th Ward in Hyde Park re-elected Toni Preckwinkle as alderman (alderwoman? alderperson?), possibly because we like saying her name. Preckwinkle Preckwinkle Preckwinkle. Unfortunately, the 21st Ward, way down around 87th Street, is going to have to have a runoff election. This is unfortunate, because one of their candidates, Leroy Jones, Jr., has been sending voicemail messages to me for two months. These messages are long, annoying, and they always come three at a time, identical automated messages . . . for a candidate I can't do anything for, because he is running in the 21st Ward, and I'm in the 4th. I hope that Mr. Jones does not feel the need to continue his campaign until the runoff on April 17. I was looking forward to Election Day partially because I figured that that would mean the end of the Jones campaign calls.

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meckinock
Feb. 28th, 2007 07:23 pm (UTC)
You forgot to mention that incumbent 20th Ward Alderman/woman Arenda Troutman, tainted by the disclosure in recent months that the US Attorney's Office is considering charging her with taking bribes, reacted to her 62% to 32% loss to challenger Willie Cochrane by demanding the US Attorney's office open an investigation into voting fraud LOLOL.
frenchpony
Feb. 28th, 2007 08:50 pm (UTC)
Nyuk nyuk nyuk. There's just too much fun to be had here in Chicago during an election.
bodkin_ra
Mar. 1st, 2007 02:36 pm (UTC)
So Chicago is safe from public uprisings over the next couple of weeks?

I wouldn't want the Firstborn to arrive to election-inspired fighting in the streets!!!

Chicago was on Holiday (a TV programme showing the delights of visiting various spots) last night. And I was going, 'Look - the Firstborn's going to be there next week! She could go there!'
frenchpony
Mar. 1st, 2007 08:21 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't want the Firstborn to arrive to election-inspired fighting in the streets!!!

Ha. The Firstborn would be lucky to arrive at an alderman/mayoral election where a majority of the population even roused themselves to go vote. This is why King Richard keeps getting elected.

So what did Holiday have to say about the Windy City?
bodkin_ra
Mar. 1st, 2007 08:35 pm (UTC)
H'mm. Interesting. Good shopping. Big buildings.
frenchpony
Mar. 1st, 2007 11:27 pm (UTC)
All true. And yet, how little that description says about the place. Mom Pony always recommends that international guests go to see Chicago, because she thinks it's the most American of our big cities. Or, as the song goes,

There's a great big town
On a great big lake
Called Chicago.
When the sun goes down
It is wide awake.
Take your ma and your pa,
Go to Chicago.

Boston is England
N'Orleans is France,
New York is anyone's
for ten cents a dance

But This great big town
On a great big lake
Is America's first
and Americans make
Chicago.
Hi ya boys.
bodkin_ra
Mar. 2nd, 2007 05:24 am (UTC)
I had the time, the time of my life,
I met a man who danced with his wife,
In Chicago, Chicago, my home town!

meggins
Mar. 1st, 2007 08:49 pm (UTC)
Preckwinkle. Preckwinkle. It does have a certain cachet.
frenchpony
Mar. 1st, 2007 11:25 pm (UTC)
It rolls nicely off the tongue.
elliska
Mar. 2nd, 2007 01:18 am (UTC)
I hate politics. I never thought I'd say that I missed a Bush, but this guy we have for governor now makes Jeb look like a flaming liberal. *Sigh* And he just made his posts to my college's Board of Trustees. *Bigger sigh*
frenchpony
Mar. 2nd, 2007 05:31 am (UTC)
My friend from Pensacola describes Gov. Crist as a major-league tool. Would you agree with that assessment?
(Anonymous)
Mar. 2nd, 2007 12:51 pm (UTC)
That would be a big yeap.
elliska
Mar. 2nd, 2007 12:52 pm (UTC)
Sorry, that was me, of course. Didn't realize I wasn't logged in.
frenchpony
Mar. 2nd, 2007 01:49 pm (UTC)
He also talks about a politician he calls Joe "The Human Chin" Scarborough, but I can't remember how local that guy is to Pensacola.
ns_tulkas
Mar. 2nd, 2007 09:10 am (UTC)
automated phone calls...
...always ring when I least want to answer the phone, but then I feel sorry for the person trying to get through so I suck it up and pick up the receiver, and it's a bloody automated message! I end up feeling mistreated.
frenchpony
Mar. 2nd, 2007 01:50 pm (UTC)
Re: automated phone calls...
It's a major ripoff. But you can always hang up on an automated call. If one gets onto my voice mail, I have to listen to the whole thing before the system allows me to delete the message.
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