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How Much Of Dan Hynes' Surge Has To Do With The Washington Ad?

In reading about the recent gubernatorial poll numbers that are fairly ominous for Governor Quinn I started wondering how much of the shift toward Dan Hynes had to do with his Harold Washington attack ad. Well Politico asked a Hynes pollster who said the following:

Hynes pollster Jef Pollock said there was no way to measure whether the Washington spot had moved the numbers in their favor, but said that "everything's a contributing factor."

I think it's a good bet that the ad had something to do with the shift. Of course it wasn't the only thing. In harsh economic times incumbent governors often face tough reelections. Still, the ad was very bad for Quinn.

 
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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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