SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
The Daley impact

Monday, Sep 13, 2010

* It’s a challenge when you have a statewide syndicated column and want to write about the Chicago mayor’s race, but I went ahead anyway this week

Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley’s stunning decision to step down at the end of this term has at least temporarily sucked almost all the oxygen out of Illinois politics and focused just about everyone’s attention on an extremely rare open seat contest.

There hasn’t been an open seat race for mayor since 1947, when Ed Kelly stepped aside so the Machine could endorse reformer Martin Kennelly. Richard J. Daley defeated Kennelly in the 1955 primary, and the rest is history. This upcoming open seat race is just about the rarest Illinois political event most of us have seen in our lifetimes.

Since this race is so unique, one of the big worries of state Democrats is that groups allied with them could decide to husband their resources in anticipation of an all-out Chicago war next February. The mayor’s race will cost a fortune, and several aldermanic seats look to be in contention. Most of the same big groups who play statewide will also be extremely interested in holding sway over Chicago.

Some top union officials consulted last week said they had no plans at all to alter their November budgets, with one even saying that his union would borrow money if it needed the cash to compete in the mayor’s race.

However, if Gov. Pat Quinn can’t get his act together and make this battle with Republican Bill Brady a reasonably close contest, then there may be no reason to toss money down the drain with him. Better to save the cash for the city contest.

White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel was perhaps the most prominently featured potential candidate in last week’s speculation. The former congressman and Clinton White House official has long been a Daley favorite.

Emanuel reportedly won’t announce a decision until after the Nov. 2 election. That means he and the rest of the White House could be hugely damaged by the national (and Illinois) election results, so we’ll have to see how this plays out.

An Emanuel run might mean more White House focus on his home state. That could be helpful to Illinois Democrats, particularly Quinn and U.S. Senate nominee Alexi Giannoulias. If those two do poorly in Chicago and the White House wasn’t perceived as being “all in,” Emanuel will start out with a significant local handicap. Add to that any blame he gets for the party’s national losses and he’ll be seriously damaged goods - and his opponents will undoubtedly use that against him.

Attorney General Lisa Madigan has long been thought of as a potential mayoral contender, but she seems satisfied right where she is, at least for now. Madigan passed on an opportunity for U.S. Senate and governor last year, saying she thoroughly enjoyed her job. Madigan is the most popular politician in Illinois and would enjoy union support that might not coalesce behind Emanuel, who is not known for being a pro-union member of President Barack Obama’s administration.

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart, a former state legislator, last week signaled his openness to a run. Dart is a popular, capable politician who enjoys a strong base of support. He’s greatly expanded that base by protecting homeowners facing foreclosure, crusading against online prostitution advertising and being featured in a national cable series about Cook County Jail.

Comptroller Dan Hynes reportedly was approached by unions months ago about preparing for a run, but many don’t expect Hynes to jump in after losing his second statewide primary race. State Sen. James Meeks has talked about higher office for years, but never has pulled the trigger.

There are just too many more names to delve into right now. Keep in mind that this is a nonpartisan primary with a runoff if no candidate receives at least 50 percent plus one. The contest will be who can get into that runoff, which means that a whole host of folks could think they might make it.

The business community will undoubtedly be more than a bit freaked out about losing the stability and friendship of Daley, so expect them to back a candidate. The runoff calculation and the current national mood means that even some Republicans are musing about their chances at making the final cut. Millionaire Ron Gidwitz was just one of the names mentioned last week. Gidwitz is chairing Bill Brady’s gubernatorial campaign.

* Roundup…

* Rahm Polling Likely Voters

* Gutierrez for mayor? He tests parade-goers reaction

* Gutierrez, Meeks test mayoral waters

* James Meeks, Potential Mayoral Candidate, Draws Ire of Gay Rights Supporters

* Rep. John Fritchey Opts Out Of Mayoral Race

* Politicians parade their hopes of being mayor

* Politicians work crowds at 26th Street parade

* Chicago black leaders meet to discuss mayoral race: The Rev. Jesse Jackson and other black religious and political leaders from across Chicago have met to discuss the city’s upcoming mayoral race. Jackson says the leaders met Saturday to start coming up with criteria they think candidates should meet.

* Maggie Daley: Months went into decision

* Mrs. Daley ‘proud’ of husband’s work as mayor

* Oh, the perks Mayor Daley will miss

* Q&A | Mayor talks about his exit and challenges ahead

* Daley the Builder leaves unfinished business

* Oak Park president praises Daley’s ‘true leadership’

* Daley Eligible to Practice Law in Illinois

* Daley dynasty: 1 family rule of Chicago nears end

* Word on the Street: Turning heads the Chicago way

* Suburban mayors cite regional caucus as lasting Daley legacy

* Cepeda: Want to be mayor? Skip lies, pandering

* Washington: Next mayor must have foot in many ‘hoods

* Friedman: Civic issues and the mayoral succession

- Posted by Rich Miller        


11 Comments
  1. - wordslinger - Monday, Sep 13, 10 @ 11:29 am:

    The runoff calculation is a volatile dynamic. Second place might not take very much.


  2. - Excessively Rabid - Monday, Sep 13, 10 @ 11:32 am:

    There hasn’t been an open seat race for mayor since 1947…

    I don’t understand this statement. What about Washington v. Epton?


  3. - Old Shepherd - Monday, Sep 13, 10 @ 11:36 am:

    Washington defeated incumbent Mayor Byrne in the primary, so it wasn’t an open seat.


  4. - Rich Miller - Monday, Sep 13, 10 @ 11:38 am:

    OS is correct.


  5. - Excessively Rabid - Monday, Sep 13, 10 @ 11:41 am:

    Thanks. I forgot how the Epton thing started.


  6. - Irish - Monday, Sep 13, 10 @ 12:00 pm:

    With Daley’s political astuteness, I am wondering if the timing of the announcement of his not running was not an attempt to get the Demos to wake up and get Quinn to realize that he has to get on the ball. If the Demos fail in the Governor’s race it will have repercussions as Rich has stated in the Mayoral race. Daley might be telling them all, including Madigan, to start working together, because there is a lot at stake.

    Even those of us who tire of Chicago taking center stage in the political arena of the state know that an ineffective mayor in Chicago will mean that more of Chicago’s problems will be the focus of the state legislature. A weak or non-productive governor and an ineffective mayor of Chicago and you might as well hang the foreclosure signs up on all the borders.


  7. - Quinn T. Sential - Monday, Sep 13, 10 @ 1:02 pm:

    {Some top union officials consulted last week said they had no plans at all to alter their November budgets, with one even saying that his union would borrow money if it needed the cash to compete in the mayor’s race.}

    Which union is this?

    This almost screams out for an injunction and restraining order. If I was a member of that union; sitting at home, waiting for an opportunity to work, or perhaps just spending my furlough days, because my public entity employer can not afford to pay me to work full time, I would be IRATE if they were borrowing in order to make campaign contributions.

    It is bad enough that they simply divert union dues to political initiatives without allowing the membership a say, but to incur debt to do so seems completely outrageous.


  8. - Rich Miller - Monday, Sep 13, 10 @ 1:07 pm:

    ===This almost screams out for an injunction and restraining order. ===

    Based on what law?


  9. - Loop Lady - Monday, Sep 13, 10 @ 1:15 pm:

    This is a sole ray of hope today for Quinn’s campaign…it looks bad for him…God help us all
    if Gov. Brady happens…when does he start killing puppies and kittens and take away health care services from low income residents of IL?


  10. - Quinn T. Sential - Monday, Sep 13, 10 @ 1:46 pm:

    {Based on what law?}

    Breach of fiduciary duty


  11. - OneMan - Monday, Sep 13, 10 @ 3:25 pm:

    Then again what union at this point is going to say at this point “You know we are going to keep our powder dry and save it for the Chicago election” so I suspect what is being said and what is going to happen are two different things.


Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* Reader comments closed for the holiday weekend
* Can't anybody play this game?
* Radogno: Pass the grand bargain by the end of this month or forget it
* Question of the day
* CMS warns comptroller over draining special funds
* *** UPDATED x3 *** ISBE to vote on settling Urban League school funding lawsuit
* *** UPDATED x1 - FY18 bills filed *** Get out your checkbook, Mr. Mayor
* Midway contract criticized
* Bob Michel passes away
* Another day, another Rauner campaign ad
* Clearing up a little confusion
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's edition of Capitol Fax (use all CAPS in password)
* Madigan orders committee to take up Thompson Center sale issue
* Yesterday's stories

Support CapitolFax.com
Visit our advertisers...

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............
<


Loading


* State wire briefs - DeKalb Daily Chronicle..
* SPRINGFIELD SPOTLIGHT: Illusory budget 'is what.....
* Illinois Republicans, Democrats spar over vehic.....


* EXCHANGE: Bee numbers down, but everyone can fight problem
* Image of Abraham Lincoln donated to Macon County Courthouse
* GOP rips Illinois comptroller for buying used $32K SUV
* ICE arrests man who escaped Illinois prison in 2003
* GOP rips Illinois comptroller for buying used $32K SUV
* Ex-doctor sentenced for prescribing drugs to 3 who overdosed
* S. Illinois officials monitor use of deadly synthetic opioid
* S. Illinois officials monitor use of deadly synthetic opioid
* Illinois Ag Department to discuss plan to fight gypsy moths
* SIU-Carbondale narrows chancellor search to 7 semifinalists

* GOP criticizes Illinois comptroller for buying used $32K SUV
* Effort to privatize economic development questioned
* State budget impasse still hurting schools
* DHS moving into former Barney's Furniture store
* Madigan says House will consider sale of Thompson Center
* Bustos, other Dems demand Rauner pay domestic violence money
* State budget gap could be more than $7 billion
* Rauner administration says Mendoza decision on payroll could jeopardize services
* Legislation to change date on state seal passes House
* Lisa Madigan to appeal denial of motion to stop state worker pay

* Kraft Heinz withdraws $143 billion Unilever bid
* Like our roundup? Share it around.
* The 50 priciest​ home sales of 2016 are here
* Rauner finally weighs in on budget to Capitol laughter and groans
* Springfield's incapacity a threat to all small businesses, including mine


* 19-year-old motorcyclist airlifted after Streamwood crash
* Woman shot, seriously wounded in Bronzeville
* Firefighter among 3 injured in Fernwood house blaze
* Police: Suspect tried to lure girl to van in Norwood Park
* Dear Abby: Teacher gets razzed for sharing a name
* Georgia Nicols horoscopes for Feb. 20, 2017
* 69-year-old man shot in South Chicago
* CPD: California man found with 39 kilos of cocaine in Bridgeport
* High-profile gymnasts come forward, claim abuse by doctor
* 36-year-old man shot in back on West Side


* 8 wounded, including teen, in Chicago shootings
* Pelicans acquiring DeMarcus Cousins from Kings in multi-player trade: source
* Thousands join 'I Am A Muslim Too' rally in New York to protest Trump's immigration policies
* Winners and losers of NBA All-Star weekend
* Anthony Davis named MVP as West beats East 192-182 in NBA All-Star Game
* High profile U.S. gymnasts come forward, claim abuse by doctor
* Amid Russia scrutiny, Trump associates received informal Ukraine policy proposal
* Malaysia recalls ambassador to North Korea
* Indifferent play of NBA All-Stars is jarring to see up close
* Local roundup: Glenn Robinson III soars to NBA slam dunk championship


» Syrian Family Reunites Three Weeks After Travel Ban
» Man Charged In Shooting Death Of Chicago Toddler
» State Week: 'Balanced' Is In The Eye Of The Beholder
» State Settles Suit Over Discriminatory School Funding
» Professor Says Department Will Still Consider Students Affected By Travel Ban
» Man Charged With Shooting 11-Year-Old Assaulted
» Indiana Governor Pledges State Aid For East Chicago Lead Problems
» City Council Advances Plan To Bring New Stores To Midway
» Ex-Obama Aide Fined $90,000 For Chicago Lobbying Violation
» WWII Pilot's Family To Honor O'Hare At Namesake Airport


* Their View: Why aren't Illinoisans blocking traffic in front of their Capitol?
* GOP criticizes Illinois comptroller for buying used $32K SUV
* Bernard Schoenburg: Dems eye Rodney Davis, who expects the challenge
* Effort to privatize economic development questioned
* Bernard Schoenburg: Dems eye Davis, who expects the challenge
* Statehouse Insider: This is what's meant by balanced?
* State budget impasse still hurting schools
* Our View: Springfield aldermen need to look long term on budget
* DHS moving into former Barney's Furniture store
* Dalia Anguiano Henry: The path toward being a compassionate, faith-motivated activist


* The way we were: Twain visit marked by laughter
* Drug warrior closing 40-year career
* Police Beat
* Look Ahead: What's coming this week
* Those Who Served: Floyd Bailey
* UI roundup: Women's hoops slows, can't stop Wildcats
* Illini fighting for Big Ten seeding
* Film review: 5 things learned from Illinois' win at Iowa
* Defending champs SJ-O ready to prove doubters wrong once again
* State on their minds: Boys' baskeball playoff capsules


* Cops warn of cows trying to sell dairy products after escape
* New Zealand judge upholds Kim Dotcom extradition ruling
* Immigration rallies held around US to support Muslims
* Manson scores lone goal as Gibson, Ducks shut out Kings 1-0
* Charlotte QB Kevin Olsen arrested on rape charges

* US Congressman tours new Aurora Specialty ...
* Hultgren criticizes immigration ban, Roska...
* Hultgren updates work on heroin, opioid ab...
* Group upset with Trump wants Town Hall mee...
* Bernard Schoenburg: Dems eye Rodney Davis,...
* US Rep. Randy Hultgren talks veterans' iss...
* US Rep. Randy Hultgren reflects on busines...
* Randy Hultgren pulls out victory in race f...
* GOP congressman appears to distance himsel...
* US Representative Randy Hultgren visits ne...

* Sen. Hirono, Other Democrats Introduce Bil......
* Sen. Hirono, Other Democrats Introduce Bil......

* Dem Sen Duckworth: 'This Is Not the Presid......

* ¿Un enemigo? Methinks Trump needs to find himself a hobby for amusement
* Subject of Roe v. Wade dies
* #IAmNotYourNegro - A review
* Is anything the way it appears?
* For Sweden.
* We have been here before. 75 years ago today, FDR signed Executive Order 9066.
* “We oppose the expansion of Speer Charter High School.”
* Resistance Sunday.
* Day Of Remembrance Programs At History Museum Sunday
* Take the Trump survey and rate the perfidious media


* Governor Takes Bill Action
* 2017 Budget Address
* Rauner, Lawmakers Move to Protect Taxpayers from Inmate Legal Bills
* Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs Announcednew pilot program titled Tiny Boots
* Governor Rauner Attends Illinois National Guard Deployment Ceremony

  
* T-Mobile ONE doubles international data roaming speeds to 256kbps
* Nougat rolls out to all T-Mobile Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge users, also starts spreading to AT&T models
* OPPO 5x scheduled to debut at MWC 2017
* NuAns NEO Reloaded with Android 7.1 and leaked onto Amazon
* Over 300 employees sue BlackBerry for bait-and-switch to cut severance benies
* Another LG G6 promo expounds on dual camera changes
* How mobile technology is transforming lives in rural India

* White Sox plan for Avisail to see time in RF
* White Sox slugger Abreu eyeing healthy '17
* Tilson sidelined with stress reaction in foot
* Tilson sidelined with stress reaction in foot
* Renteria establishes rapport with White Sox
* Energized Lawrie stepping in right direction
* Moncada ignores hype, focuses on Sox roster


Main Menu
Home
Illinois
YouTube
Pundit rankings
Obama
Subscriber Content
Durbin
Burris
Blagojevich Trial
Advertising
Updated Posts
Polls

Archives
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
February 2007
January 2007
December 2006
November 2006
October 2006
September 2006
August 2006
July 2006
June 2006
May 2006
April 2006
March 2006
February 2006
January 2006
December 2005
April 2005
March 2005
February 2005
January 2005
December 2004
November 2004
October 2004

Blog*Spot Archives
November 2005
October 2005
September 2005
August 2005
July 2005
June 2005
May 2005

Syndication

RSS Feed 2.0
Comments RSS 2.0
WordPress




Hosted by MCS SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax Advertise Here Mobile Version Contact Rich Miller