* Earlier today, I told you that David Hoffman had endorsed Rahm Emanuel. Now comes this e-mail from Forrest Claypool…
Thank you for standing with me this past election in my independent bid for Cook County Assessor. I was humbled to have received such generous support from so many people tired of the status quo.
I want to tell you today about a promising campaign for mayor of Chicago. I’ve known Rahm Emanuel for more than 30 years. We’ve worked together, along with David Axelrod, on campaigns here in Illinois, including Paul Simon and Barack Obama, and I’ve seen first hand his sound judgment, integrity, and commitment to addressing the major challenges of the day. I admire his tenacity and his ability to deliver results to his constituents.
* Meanwhile, if you want to see how Chicago makes it so hard to run a small business, just read this story about a controversial hot dog stand which promotes the fact that it’s staffed by ex-cons. I don’t really care about this particular business. Seems like a bizarre advertising gimmick if you ask me. But, whatever, the case, check this out…
So far, [Ald. Robert Fioretti] hasn’t let Andrews have a permit for a sign to hang outside. A sign frame swings empty over the hot dog stand. […]
A spokesman for Fioretti says he is still waiting for three city departments to weigh in regarding the sign.
Think about that for a second. Not only does the alderman have to approve your sign, but so do three city departments (if, I assume, the alderman wants to slow-walk something).
That’s freaking insane.