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Special Election IL05 Wed Apr 08 2009

Quigley Wins And Emmanuel Curses

Two unsurprising and one surprising thing happened this evening: one was Mike Quigley won the Illinois 5th District race. Wahoo. The surprising thing was that Rahm Emmanuel didn't vote. You'd think he would have given all the votes his administration needs what with the Republican Party disagreeing with everything and agreeing with nothing. Oh well.

Oh and the unsurprising thing? Rahm reminded us that he's got quite the potty mouth. When asked if he voted tonight he responded "I f***ed up!"

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AnyBodyButRahm / November 4, 2010 10:33 PM

When you still claim to live in a congressional district - after having been the congressman from said district! - it is not acceptable to say you f'ed up by not voting! If you cared you would have voted. If you are an opportunist concerned with one thing - yourself - then you "forget" to vote, because, in fact, you don't care.

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Parents Still Steaming, but About More Than Just Boilers

By Phil Huckelberry / 2 Comments

It's now been 11 days since the carbon monoxide leak which sent over 80 Prussing Elementary School students and staff to the hospital. While officials from Chicago Public Schools have partially answered some questions, and CPS CEO Forrest Claypool has informed that he will be visiting the school to field more questions on Nov. 16, many parents remain irate at the CPS response to date. More...


Substance, Not Style, the Source of Rahm's Woes

By Ramsin Canon / 2 Comments

It's not surprising that some of Mayor Emanuel's sympathizers and supporters are confusing people's substantive disputes with the mayor as the effect of poor marketing on his part. It's exactly this insular worldview that has gotten the mayor in hot... More...

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