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Chicago Tue Dec 29 2009

The Decline and Fall of Richard M. Daley

Like clockwork, it happens every year. It begins with the subtle deception of the changing leaves, a cold wind blowing in from the lake. Soon comes the onslaught of the brutal Chicago winter, the Hawk stalking 'round every corner. And every year, from behind a thick wool scarf, I declare: "god damnit, this is the last year I spend in this miserable city!"

Alas, I'm still here. But I swear to god, Chicago, if you don't throw this clown out of office in 2011, I'm gone.

And there's hardly been a more likely time to see that happen.

Displeasure has been building over the years with da mare's performance. Ben Joravsky has been hammering away at it for years over at the Reader. (In fact, here's an article of his from February of 2007 urging voters not to cast ballots for hizzoner.) But over the past weekend the MSM jumped on board. Fran Spielman at the Sun-Times brought the point home pretty clearly, referencing declining support and a laundry list of recent mayoral follies.

Here's a fun little poll that sprouted up on the inter-webs some time ago. 32nd ward Alderman Scott Waguespack is steadily creepin' up, and he's definitely got my vote. I got to know the guy while working on a story that is yet to be published and critically acclaimed, and I've got to say, he's an honest man trying his darndest in the midst of the circus we call the Chicago City Council.

Of course, that's not the only race fast approaching. Here's a brief look at some candidates in the county races via Chicago Current.

Because the article was specifically a look at candidate's websites, Alderman Toni Preckwinkle--who's running for Cook County Board President--got short shrift there. She's a progressive candidate certainly worth checking out. Check out what these guys have to say about her, too.

And so, as has been said before, vote early and vote often. Gonna be out of town? Check this out.

 
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Mike / December 29, 2009 11:09 AM

The Sun Times link doesn't work.

Stillmaker / December 29, 2009 11:50 AM

Yet Chicagoans remain docile and apathetic. We take it and hope it can't get any worse.

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