Carol Felsenthal
On Politics

3 years
ago

 

Danny Davis Gets Chosen—Finally

The Chicago Coalition for Mayor, a group of African-American businesspeople, elected officials, and activists, seems to have jilted Cook County Board of Review Commissioner Larry Rogers and former U.S. Sen. Carol Moseley Braun—the African-American mayoral hopefuls that the group selected a bit more than a week ago as the two who had the best chance to win. What a difference a week makes…

Carol Felsenthal

3 years
ago

Danny Davis Says Hispanic Can’t Win Mayor’s Race; Gery Chico Responds

After today, it’ll be all mayoral politics all the time. Why wait? I spoke yesterday to Democratic Congressman Danny Davis and lawyer Gery Chico, both of whom have eyes on the Fifth Floor of City Hall—and both of whom are warily circling each other. Last week, Davis said to community newspaper AustinTalks that neither Hispanic mayoral hopeful, Chico nor City Clerk Miguel del Valle, can win. Davis went so far as to compare Del Valle and Chico to serial losing candidate William “Dock” Walls…

Carol Felsenthal

3 years
ago

Dennis Hastert on Daley, Rahm, Bush, 9/11, and more

Former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert, once a teacher and wrestling coach at Yorkville High School, is an Illinoisan through and through—born in Aurora, reared in Oswego, lived and worked in Plano and Yorkville. His wife, Jean, a retired teacher, remains in Plano, and “The Speaker,” as his staff calls him, spends most weeks in Washington…

Carol Felsenthal

3 years
ago

 

Chicago Goes Hollywood in Fundraiser for Rahm Emanuel

The Hollywood fundraiser being staged on November 4th in Beverly Hills for Rahm Emanuel brings the presumed mayoral front-runner squarely into the big bucks game of presidential campaigns. One of the organizers of the party, to be held just two days after the midterms, is Rahm’s younger brother Ari, co-CEO of William Morris Endeavor Entertainment. As political junkies everywhere know, Ari is a…

Carol Felsenthal

3 years
ago

Highlights (Such as They Were) of the Illinois Senate Debate

The debate Tuesday night between Democrat Alexi Giannoulias and Republican Mark Kirk enjoyed none of the whacko moments featured in the notorious New York gubernatorial debate the night before. Still, Giannoulias seemed to take at least a line or two from the New York script with his repeated mention (nine times, by my count) of Karl Rove as an evil player in Kirk’s campaign…

Carol Felsenthal

3 years
ago

 

Double the Fun on the Illinois Ballot

The ballot that will be handed to Illinois voters on November 2nd will cover two elections—special and regular—for the U.S. Senate. Voters will be instructed to choose among Republican Mark Kirk, Democrat Alexi Giannoulias, Green Party candidate LeAlan Jones, and Libertarian Mike Labno in a special election for the lame-duck period extending until January 3rd, when all U.S. Senators are sworn in. Then voters will be asked to choose between the same candidates for the full six-year term…

Carol Felsenthal

4 years
ago

A Chat with Mayoral Candidate Gery Chico

Gery Chico has had a great couple of days since announcing that he’s running for mayor. Rich Daley—for whom Chico worked as chief of staff, president of the board of Chicago Public Schools, and, currently, chairman of the City Colleges of Chicago board—sang Chico’s praises Wednesday night on WTTW’s Chicago Tonight, describing his staffer as “a wonderful public servant” and “closer to me than…

Carol Felsenthal

4 years
ago

 

Why No Heads-up for Rahm If Daley Has His Back?

It’s a widely held view among politica observers that Mayor Daley, despite his insistence that he’s not taking sides in the mayoral race, is secretly pulling the strings for Rahm Emanuel. Yet, several recent developments suggest the Emanuel-Daley alliance may not be as tight as suggested…

Carol Felsenthal

4 years
ago

 

Jim Houlihan Won’t Run for Mayor

Cook County Assessor Jim Houlihan has decided not to run for mayor, spokesman Eric Herman said this morning. Houlihan, 67, who told me in April that he was interested in the job whether or not Daley ran again, has changed his mind “after much serious thought and…

Carol Felsenthal

4 years
ago

 

Democrats for Brady?

A friend called to tell me that Democrats are secretly supporting conservative Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Brady because they predict he’ll be a one-termer. So they’ll grit their teeth for four years and then run a Democrat (who is not Pat Quinn) who can keep the office for multiple terms…

Carol Felsenthal

4 years
ago

 

Blago Redux: Adam Jr. Wants Out

Sam Adam Sr. and Jr., the two lawyers who led the defense of former governor Rod Blagojevich, disagree about whether to stick with the ex-gov when his retrial starts in January. The elder Adam wants in; the younger Adam does not, according to a prominent Chicago defense attorney, my source on all things related to Blago’s legal troubles. That take was confirmed by Sheldon Sorosky and Aaron Goldstein, two of…

Carol Felsenthal