Too many talking trash


The 16th Ward had two very intersting Candidates/Charactors running for Alderman.

Coleman and Thompson
April 9, 2007 - Personal problems and community blight are the main issues surfacing in the aldermanic runoff election for Chicago's 16th Ward.
Shirley Coleman has served as alderman in the troubled Englewood community for 16 years. An ordained minister, Coleman claims to have helped her opponent, JoAnn Thompson, recover from alcoholism and homelessness 15 years ago. Thompson is candid about her problems, but she said Coleman had nothing to do with her recovery.
"My recovery represents hope. I wanted the residents to know I'm one of you. We can do better," said JoAnn Thompson, 16th Ward candidate
Thompson, a Cook County correctional officer, said her recovery from alcoholism in the early '90s after the death of her husband symbolizes hope for low-income residents in struggling communities like Englewood. She was also homeless.

Coleman, by the way, is no stranger to personal tragedy of her own. Her ex-husband was executed in 1995 for rape and murder. Coleman is the only Chicago alderman who is an ordained minister and pastor. For the last 11 years, Coleman has been a Baptist minister at the Spiritual Holistic Church where she delivers sermons and teaches Bible classes. In 1995, Coleman's ex-husband, Hernando Williams, was executed for murder and rape.

Somehow I get the feeling we will hear more about Jesse Jackson Jr. now that his wife Sandi is Alderman of the 7th Ward
Jesse Jackson Jr. in the local news
Sandi Jackson said she can't wait to get started as 7th Ward alderman.U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-2nd) didn't want his wife to take her seat alone. He wanted her to have allies.
On Wednesday, Jackson claimed to have accomplished all he set out to do for his wife, Sandi, with a whole lot of help from organized labor.
"Very seldom, if ever, does a spouse have an opportunity to shape the environment in which their (partner) might enter. This is a unique opportunity we've had to play some role in that," Jackson said.
"I feel especially blessed to have a husband who is so mindful of what it's like to have colleagues who are willing to work with you to bring back the resources your community needs to flourish," she said. "Being in the same industry helps so much. I completely understand what he's going through, and he understands what I'm going through."
"I feel especially blessed to have a husband who is so mindful of what it's like to have colleagues who are willing to work with you to bring back the resources your community needs to flourish," she said. "Being in the same industry helps so much. I completely understand what he's going through, and he understands what I'm going through."
In addition to Dowell's election, Jackson claimed to have played at least some role in the election of Bob Fioretti in the 2nd Ward, Toni Foulkes in the 15th, JoAnn Thompson in the 16th and the re-election of Aldermen Howard Brookins (21st) and Joe Moore (49th).

Something worth mentioning while Cook County Clerk David Orr is patting himself on the back, is only 12 Wards were voting in run-offs, that's 38 less Wards than most elections.
Cook County Clerk David Orr sounded almost smug Wednesday as his office held its first major election without major snags since getting new equipment last year.
The office had more than 98 percent of its results counted by 10 p.m., Orr said, although it wasn't always clear to users of the county Web site just how much of the vote remained uncounted.

10 Comments:

  1. SP Biloxi said...
    "On Wednesday, Jackson claimed to have accomplished all he set out to do for his wife, Sandi, with a whole lot of help from organized labor."

    Is that a good or bad thing for Mr. Jackson?
    Third Generation Chicago Native said...
    Don't worry out will be out in Ward 7 more in the summer, and I will like to see if something is ever done to all that land the Mills were on. That is prime lakefront property, which is fenced off and has overgrown weeds, and dumping etc. Mess.

    Is it good? Will they do something with that land? Will they put in more manufacturing or a Target?

    This might help the big box ordainance pass, where the big boxes will have to pay a living wage and benefits, that can't be a bad thing. I don't know who can live on minimum wage.
    KittyBowTie1 said...
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    KittyBowTie1 said...
    Hey, there is a world class LIAR who just got elected alderman for DeKalb, a way out west suburb.

    Victor I-didn't- read-my-campaign-literature-that-I-put-1800-stamps-on Wogon.

    My ass.
    Third Generation Chicago Native said...
    Kitty,

    I don't understand how someone mails out 1800 flyers and has no clue what's in them. It's like Gonzo getting interviewed by Feinstein and saying he has no recollection, finally she moved on saying she did not have time for that. (yes CSPAN ran the whole Gonzo thing)
    SP Biloxi said...
    "I don't understand how someone mails out 1800 flyers and has no clue what's in them."

    LOL! Did that make the 11:00 pm news?
    Third Generation Chicago Native said...
    Not that I am aware
    KittyBowTie1 said...
    No, the story about Victor Wogen, the alderman elect who put stamps on his own flyers but claims he did not read them, did not make the news outside the small town.

    Is there a dumbest alderman ever award for Illinois?
    KittyBowTie1 said...
    Hey Biloxi, the best part is those flyers were POSTCARDS, which means it's not like he had to OPEN them to read them!!!!!!!!!!
    SP Biloxi said...
    "Hey Biloxi, the best part is those flyers were POSTCARDS, which means it's not like he had to OPEN them to read them!!!!!!!!!!"

    Kittybowtie:

    Postcards? Give me a break. And the dude said that he didn't know the literature on them? Comeon, even a caveman knows that Wogen is BSing. That is just a stupid one of Chicago Native's article about Troutman's office having white powder and her lawyer claimed that it was vitamins. Please...

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