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Local Incumbents Go Unopposed; Record Low Election Turnout

By Mike Fourcher

Yesterday Center Square-area voters decisively disproved the old political saying, “Good weather brings good turnout,” as less than a fifth of local registered voters saw fit to go to the polls. Perhaps it was because the area’s heavily Democratic voter base was unexcited by the GOP Presidential battle and every local candidate ran unopposed. Overall, Read the Rest…

Ward Committeemen: What Do They Do Again?

By Dave Kornecki

The Chicago “ward boss” is more than just a figure of speech. It actually refers to the Democratic ward committeeman, a once vaunted elected position that would control everything from city jobs to garbage pickup. Today, ward committeeman are not nearly as powerful as they were in the 1950’s but almost every big political name Read the Rest…

47th Ward Dem Comm Challenger Files; Schulter Says He’ll Run Again

By Mike Fourcher

While most contests for next March’s primary elections look quiet, the race for 47th Ward Democratic Committeeman got an expected jolt yesterday morning as lobbyist Paul Rosenfeld filed his petitions to run against incumbent and former 47th Ward Alderman Gene Schulter for Democratic Ward Committeeman. While Schulter did not file a petition to run for Read the Rest…

47th Ward Ald. Pawar to Investigate Ravenswood Community Council

By Jordan Graham

Ald. Ameya Pawar (47th) said his office would be investigating allegations of cronyism and city contract mismanagement against north side nonprofit and city delegate agency the Ravenswood Community Council in response to yesterday’s Center Square Journal article. The November 9 article accused the RCC, which received over $500,000 in city and property tax funding in Read the Rest…

Politically Connected Group Gets City Contracts, $500K A Year For Little Work

By Jordan Graham

A local non-profit created to provide social services continues to receive city contracts despite a 2009 city review that calls the group unfit for funding and former board member testimony that paints the agency as politically motivated. The group, which received over $500,000 in city and property tax funding in 2011, is largely directed by Read the Rest…

Rosenfeld Announces For 47th Ward Dem Committeeman

By Mike Fourcher

After months of speculation and a well-placed mention in a column by Sun Times political reporter Carol Marin, Springfield lobbyist Paul Rosenfeld has made it official: He’s running for 47th Ward Democratic Committeeman regardless of what incumbent and former Ald. Eugene Schulter plans to do. The election for Democratic Committeeman is held during the party Read the Rest…

Schulter Won’t Reveal Plans For 47th Ward Committeeman, So Other Candidates Gear Up

By Mike Fourcher

As ballot nomination petitions hit the streets for 47th Ward Democratic Committeeman, incumbent Comm. Eugene Schulter is not telling anyone if he plans to run, Ald. Ameya Pawar is contemplating a run, a powerhouse Springfield lobbyist has tossed his hat into the ring and Democratic precinct captains are wondering who to back in the next Read the Rest…

Schulter’s Last Minute Parking Zone – Update

By Mike Fourcher

UPDATE: Schulter responds. See at bottom. On April 13, with just a month left before he was to leave office, then-Ald. Eugene Schulter (47th) successfully moved an ordinance through City Council that would create a special permitted parking zone on his home block of 4300 N. Bell Ave. It was one of 17 new permit Read the Rest…

Sections of Ravenswood Ave. Suddenly Redirected

By Mike Fourcher

Last Friday, with apparently no notice to local businesses and residents sections of Ravenswood Avenue were changed from two-way to one-way southerly streets. “As a business owner, you’d think we’d be notified. How difficult would it be to send a letter?” said Rick Linder, who manages a group of buildings on the 5000 N. Ravenswood Read the Rest…

Pawar Introduces Resolution Honoring Schulter

By Mike Fourcher

Last Wednesday, Ald. Ameya Pawar (47th) introduced and passed a resolution in the Chicago City Council honoring former Ald. Eugene Schulter for his service. “I know I’ve got big shoes to fill,” Pawar told Center Square Journal yesterday. “I think it’s the right thing to do [to honor Schulter]. It’s not just for Ald. Schulter. Read the Rest…

New 47th Ward Young Democrats Meeting For Drinks

By Mike Fourcher

A group calling themselves the 47th Ward Young Democrats will meet for drinks and a chance to chat with State Representative Ann Williams at the Save More Lounge, 4060 N. Lincoln Ave., on April 21 at 7 p.m. Organized by early-thirty-somethings Mike Melander and Megan Fulara, the group is meant to be less of a Read the Rest…

47th Ward Dem Org Pres. Arrested For Alleged Election Night Attack

By Mike Fourcher

Creating a dramatic ending for an important meeting of the 47th Ward Democratic organization, the organization President, William Helm, was arrested Saturday morning on charges of misdemeanor battery, related to an alleged assault on February 22, Election Night. Outgoing Alderman Eugene Schulter (47th) had just wrapped up a meeting at the ward political office, 4239 Read the Rest…

Vote Tomorrow!

By Mike Fourcher

In case you haven’t heard, tomorrow is Election Day in Chicago. Center Square Journal readers will have a chance to choose a new Mayor and City Clerk and to reelect our City Treasurer, Stephanie Neely, who is running unopposed. If you live in the 47th Ward, you’ll have your first chance in 36 years to Read the Rest…

Vote Tomorrow!

By Mike Fourcher

In case you haven’t heard, tomorrow is Election Day in Chicago. Roscoe View Journal readers will have a chance to choose a new Mayor and City Clerk and to reelect our City Treasurer, Stephanie Neely, who is running unopposed. If you live in the 47th Ward, you’ll have your first chance in 36 years to Read the Rest…

Former Ally of Alderman Schulter is Now His Opponent

By Mike Fourcher

Tom O’Donnell, a former president of the Democratic Party of the 47th Ward, filed to run against 47th Ward Alderman Eugene Schulter in the February municipal elections. O’Donnell, a long-time staffer for Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart, had been a close ally of Schulter. When contacted by Center Square Journal for comment, numerous local political leaders declined Read the Rest…

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