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IL10 Race Mon Jul 27 2009

Hamos In IL-10, Please Hold Your Districting Comments to the End

As expected state Representative Julie Hamos, a keen eye for health care and transportation issues in the General Assembly, announced she'd announce she'd pursue the open 10th District Congressional seat being vacated by Mark Kirk as he aims for the U.S. Senate. I kind of like Hamos ever since I heard two lobbyists, one progressive and one corporate, complain about dealing with her on the same bill.

Anyway, in case you were worried, Hamos, like Alexi, Raja, and the rest, is "For Illinois".

No, Hamos does not live in the district yet. It's fair to keep in mind that it's not like these district have some, uh, meaning whatsoever. They're pretty close to just being arbitrary lines drawn around 600,000 people. And, as I'm sure you've heard by now, there is no specific residency requirement in the U.S. Constitution:

No Person shall be a Representative who shall not have attained to the Age of twenty five Years, and been seven Years a Citizen of the United States, and who shall not, when elected, be an Inhabitant of that State in which he shall be chosen.

She'll face among others Dan Seals. Primary season in Chicagoland is upon us.

 
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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...

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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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