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Northcenter Chamber Leadership Files Pair of Defamation Lawsuits

By Mike Fourcher

The Northcenter Chamber of Commerce and its executive director, Garrett FitzGerald, have filed two seperate lawsuits this month – one against former Chamber president Robert Engel and one against former 47th Ward Aldermanic candidate Tom O’Donnell – charging defamation and tortious interference. The two suits are not connected: the one against Engel has been filed Read the Rest…

Ravenswood Community Council Rated “Not Qualified” For Contracts, City Cuts $140K Funding

By Jordan Graham

The Ravenswood Community Council (RCC) will receive almost $140,000 less in City of Chicago funding than last year after the city voted not to fund four of the five city delegate agency contracts for which the organization applied, rating it “not qualified” to execute some contracts and “less qualified” to receive others. In November, Center 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…

Center Square in the News

By Brad Bretz

Poor Taste Chicago took a tour of Lincoln Square. House Beautiful is coming to Chicago and Ravenswood to give away free chairs. Potter and Potter Auctions ( located at 3729 N. Ravenswood Ave) will be auctioning some very important lithographs from the heyday of Magic. Will Rahm’s Ravenswood home tenant be moving soon? Sola (located Read the Rest…

Alderman-elect Ameya Pawar: Slow and Steady Wins the Race

By Samantha Abernethy

The election in the 47th ward produced the biggest shocker of the 2011 municipal elections. After Rahm Emanuel handily won the mayoral throne, Chicago media turned its eyes on 30-year-old Ameya Pawar, 47th ward alderman-elect. When Ald. Gene Schulter announced in January that he wouldn’t run again, it created the first open election in the Read the Rest…

Ameya Pawar Wins 47th Ward Alderman

By Samantha Abernethy

Ameya Pawar, 30, will be the first Asian-American alderman in the Chicago City Council. He pulled just over 50 percent of the vote, avoiding a runoff election. Candidate Tom O’Donnell conceded late election night.

Election Day Parking Strategy

By Samantha Abernethy

As the clock runs out on Election Day, the candidates are bringing in unique strategies. A reader tipped us off to this convenient parking situation.

Campaign Sign Thief Caught on Camera

By Samantha Abernethy

Updated at 10:45 a.m. with comment from Matt Reichel and Tom Jacks. Updated at 4 p.m. with additional comment from Tom Jacks. The campaign for 47th ward candidate Ameya Pawar says campaign signs and banners have been removed from private and commercial properties. The video above—as well as several others—shows a man removing Pawar signs. Read the Rest…

Photos from CSJ’s 47th Ward Candidates Forum

By Samantha Abernethy

Center Square Journal and Inside Publications hosted a forum for the 47th ward aldermanic candidates at DANK Haus Tuesday evening. Three of four of the candidates for 47th ward aldermen answered questions from moderator Mick Dumke, political reporter for Chicago News Cooperative. Tom Jacks, Ameya Pawar and Matt Reichel attended. Tom O’Donnell says he had Read the Rest…

47th Ward Forum Tonight

By Mike Fourcher

Three of the four candidates for the 47th Ward’s open aldermanic seat will attend this evening’s forum at 7 p.m. at the DANK Haus, 4740 N. Western Ave. The attending candidates are Tom Jacks, Ameya Pawar and Matt Reichel. The fourth candidate, Tom O’Donnell, will not be attending. The forum, which will be limited to Read the Rest…

Rahm Emanuel Holds Rally in Welles Park

By Samantha Abernethy with photos by Chris Murphy.

Rahm Emanuel held a rally at Welles Park Saturday, addressing about 50-60 people and encouraging early voting at the nearby field house. 47th ward candidate Tom O’Donnell stood next to Emanuel, but did not address the crowd. Emanuel’s staff said their appearance together is not an endorsement of O’Donnell. Emanuel has supported Ald. Gene Schulter Read the Rest…

Tom O’Donnell Is Skipping Next Week’s Forum

By Mike Fourcher

First the news: Aldermanic candidate Tom O’Donnell will not be attending the 47th Ward candidates’ forum on Tuesday evening. His opponents, Tom Jacks, Ameya Pawar and Matt Reichel, have confirmed their attendance. We strongly encourage you to come out to the DANK Haus, 4740 N. Western Ave., at 7 p.m. Tuesday, to learn what Mr. Read the Rest…

47th Ward Candidates Forum at Coonley Elementary

By Samantha Abernethy with photos by Brad Bretz.

We here at Center Square Journal have been snowed under with work and our own 32nd Ward Candidates Forum, so we apologize for this belated recap of the 47th Ward Candidates Forum on January 26. All four aldermanic candidates attended the forum at the Coonley Elementary School Gymnasium sponsored by Northcenter Neighborhood Association, Roscoe Village Read the Rest…

Center Square in the News

By Brad Bretz

Newsweek has the ongoing saga of Rahmbo and his fight for the mayoral office. Curbed Chicago was informed by local Realtor, Eric Rojas, that the best Tiki bar in Chicago just might be in Ravenswood. Gay Chicago Magazine endorses Tom O’Donnell for 47th Ward Alderman. Chicago Now names Caro Mio one of the city’s best romantic Read the Rest…

47th Ward Aldermanic Questionnaire Responses – UPDATE

By Mike Fourcher

UPDATE: Tom O’Donnell requested and was granted an extension. He provided his questionnaire responses late, at noon, Friday, January 28. His response is at the bottom of this post. Here are the responses to questionnaires distributed to the four 2011 candidates for 47th Ward Alderman. The response deadline was 11:59pm, Thursday, January 20. All candidates Read the Rest…

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