“Who is he hanging around with in the district that raises a lion in their home and then eats them? He refused to name a name, so I can only imagine it must be some kind of crazy mob/cartel kingpin. This is just silly speculation on my part of course. But why waste time on lions?! I have nothing against lions, in fact when I was 14 I cried as hard as Simba did when King Mufasa got trampled, but what does lion meat have to do with the 3rd State Rep district or even the State of Illinois? This should be dealt with by nationally by a Congressman and should include all exotic animals, not by a local representative. My State Rep has his priorities confused. Lately his priorities seem to be renaming Metra stations, raising taxes without lowering the pension debt, gaming the system by doubling up on homeowners exemptions, granting Chicago Aldermen their own special set of license plates, and possibly voting against marriage rights for all. We have students attending underfunded public school, young men and women killing each other, pension problems, unemployment, and decreased resources for district residents, but lion meat is his current focus? Hmm. He is quickly becoming the Cardenas of the State legislature, an elected official more interested in getting media exposure than in solving the actual problems of his constituents.”
“There is no guarantee that the new officers will be assigned to patrol high crime communities. Tax payers in safe neighborhoods might complain about paying for additional police services for other communities and request an equal redistribution of those officers. And even if they didn't complain, and those new officers are placed where they are needed, the crime rate might not decrease that much. When I drive down Laramie near West End, I often see a patrol car parked in front of an abandoned building. across the street, you can see the obvious drug dealing, jay walking, gang banging, and neighborhood intimidation occurring right in front of those officers. Having another squad car or two at the same corner isn't going to scare the few troublemakers at all. Flooding the streets with police alone won't change the culture and poverty in the streets. Perhaps using the additional funds to hire additional officers WHILE also using a portion of the funds to implement a job program (i.e graffiti removal) for youth might be a better solution than just hiring more officers would be.”
“I was wondering why he chose ComEd as the bill collector for his $5 tax instead of as an add on to a city bill. The interest that will accumulate from $70 million in payments or the money transfers from ComEd to the city of Chicago will be huge and wasteful...Then I looked at his political donations...Cardenas received $1,500 from ComEd PAC in March and possibly more since then but we won't know that until he files a more recent campaign disclosure...www.elections.il.gov”
ejhickey2 on Sep 21, 2012 at 18:11:12
“Alonso: you used the dreaded T word. Need I remind you this is a FEE, NOT A TAX. consider yourself to have been rapped on the knuckles. Don' t make tell you this again.”
“My method might have been a bit mean, but it was necessary. This isn't the way government is supposed to be. Our elected officials are supposed to work for us, but lately my family has to work harder just to pay the taxes that support conflict of interests like this. Just yesterday we were voted the # 1 city in the country when it comes to corruption! To top it off, the number of registered voters in the city is at its lowest level since at least 1942. Chicago residents can't just give up, curse politics and politicians, and stay silent. If we do, then the Berrios' and Burkes' will just continue to play their games and mishandle our hard earned taxes. Right now, I'm picturing all of them swimming around Scrooge Mcduck style in a vault in City Hall laughing at the predicted voter turnout for March 20.
It doesn't have to be this way. like Professor Dick Simpson said, we can change the culture of corruption in our city one politician at a time. We can and we should. If you have a minute, leave a comment on the article and let everyone know how you feel. And if you have another minute, visit www.new31.com and find out how we can start this change of culture.”
willimemo on Feb 16, 2012 at 13:12:38
“Loved the idea! I wish you the best of luck! Currently reading "Boss" by Mike Royko and it is amazing not only how much we've come, but how much things are still the same.”
pmc617 on Feb 16, 2012 at 11:04:19
“Excellent ad. Good luck. It seems people are fed up with their representatives everywhere, except Chicago.”
“It doesn't have to be this way. like Professor Simpson said, we can change the culture of corruption in our city one politician at a time. We can and we should. If you have a minute, check out the Berrios Valentine and leave a comment on the article. And if you have another minute, visit www.new31.com and find out how we can start this change of culture.
“My condolences to the Bahena family. The area around Blackhawk Park and Hanson Park is becoming increasingly dangerous. We have had four shootings in the past week including one by a Chicago Police Officer on the 2100 block of Laramie. It seems as if nothing is being done about this recent rash of violence, no meetings are being called by the alderman or state representatives. Ms. Bahena’s request of a blue light seems like a good solution to this issue, but one that might not occur.
Alderman Suarez, the alderman of the 31st Ward, long has neglected the southern area of his ward and the upcoming ward redistricting will only make it worse. All 3 proposals presented to the City Council will shift the boundaries of the 31st Ward north. The area south of Fullerton in the 31st Ward will no longer be a part of the 31st Ward in all of the proposed versions, they will belong to the new 36th Ward, and the alderman may decide not to invest ward resources in an area that will no longer be his in a few months, despite the obvious needs of those residents.
“I agree. The 39th District deserves better. Toni is a good girl, but good doesn't cut it anymore.
If you look at the Sun-Times article, J.B. said
-“This is a year-old story — they do a good job,” Berrios said of his relatives on Tuesday.-
We should expect more from public workers than just a good job. They should be great so that tax payers can get a bigger bang for their buck. But when your related to the person that you hire, those employees should be doing an incredible job, not just a good job.”
“Thank you Rockdewd. We need to start expecting more from the people we elect. We can't put the blame just on their greed and ignorance, the majority of the fault falls on us for re-electing them or for settling with our meager options and choosing the lesser of two evils.”
“Resources are hard to come by unless you come from a wealthy family that can supply your cash at hand. The majority of the "progressive" politicians don't want their names to appear on challengers State Board of Election donor sheets so they always respond to a donation request by saying "I don't want to get him mad at me but I'll try to help you out under the table". In politics, nothing good ever happens under the table. So independent Democratic candidates have compete by hosting $10 and $25 fundraisers and random campaign donations. Which is fine by me, I'd rather have 5 community residents attend a meet and greet and have a lengthy quality conversation at $10 each then have one non-resident pay $50 for a fancy fundraising event and 3 minutes of face time. Some volunteers are afraid of retaliation from the powerful incumbent or are so sick of immoral politicians that they have mostly given up on the democratic system. I value each of mine, every single one.
Online signature collecting might be easier, but easier isn't always better. Having conversations on a one to one basis, door knocking, it does have an effect on voter apathy. If it wasn't for the door to door signature requirements, we wouldn't stand a chance against the machine.
“I have to disagree with your idea of allowing online signatures, but I do agree with your idea of lowering the number required. I actually didn't have very many issues gathering my signatures. I spent $100 drafting the petition and having my union printer make the copies of it. My senior parents and I collected the majority of the signatures going door to door following the free poll sheets I obtained from the Board of Elections. We actually collected the maximum number of signatures allowed and had more valid signatures than Berrios. Getting on the ballot isn't difficult if you plan ahead, dot your i's, and put enough effort into it. (Frivolous signature challenges excluded).
Good independent candidates run all the time. Jeremy Karpen and Miguel Del Valle are just two examples. The problem is that they can't seem to raise enough resources and volunteers to mount an effective campaign.”
RahmCorpShill on Feb 22, 2012 at 15:41:35
“Good Luck with your campaign. I use to collect signatures for people like you but I kept getting calls from acquaintances asking my motives for helping more independent minded people and decided it wasn't worth the risk to my business. I understand what you are saying and totally agree with the idea of knocking on doors and talking with voters. For your election this wouldn't be a problem but let's say an independent wants to run for Congress, he has to get 5,000 signatures where as a democrat has to get 600. 5,000 signatures is not easy to get unless you already have a political organization established through your parents or relative or you have big donors. This makes it easy to establish political machines and have donors have undue influence.
Social media makes it easier for people to communicate online and I think we need to consider using it more in government, maybe not for signatures but it should be used for some good, maybe budgeting ideas or ideas for legislation. At some point politicians are going to have to do a better job at clean government or the people will take that power from them and institute direct democracy. We have the technology and people are starting to distrust politicians use of our money.”
“Great article Jessica, I can relate with your experiences. I was born and raised in Hermosa and still call it home. I attended Lane Technical H.S. long ago and had very few friends that resided in Hermosa, but that gave me the opportunity to visit other neighborhoods and experience other cultures and communities. Hermosa might not be as clean and developed as Lake View or Bucktown, but the residents watch over each other and form a tight knit community that doesn't exist in many neighborhoods anymore.”
“The vast majority of the children at that school were born in the United States and are citizens. Perhaps some of their parents may have been born in another country, but the children are still citizens and should have the same rights as your own children.”
“Had the pleasure of going into Che's campaign office today to supply his team with credentials (he is the endorsed candidate for our Independent Voters of Illinois-Independent Precinct Organization) and met his campaign team. What a wonderful, diverse group of activists they are. The staff consisted of various men and women, of many races and several languages. A friendlier group of people would be hard to find. Che and his team will do wonders in the 20th Ward simply by getting the listless youth involved and matching them with experiences mentors from the community.”
“Great article Sandra! I'm glad that your supporting Miguel. Having someone like yourself in his camp only further convinces me that Del Valle is the best choice for mayor. I look at the people supporting Chico (Berrios, Burke, Gutierrez) and those endorsing Miguel Del Valle (a large contingent of progressives and independents) and recall that saying that my mother used to tell me "...you can tell a man's character by the company he keeps".”
“Chico and his evil team of Burke, Gutierrez, and Berrios just denied a big percentage of the voters a chance to vote for their preferred candidate. If Rahm's appeal fails, he should definitely throw his support towards Miguel Del Valle in the election.”