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Election 2011 Mon Aug 02 2010

Shiller Won't Re-Up

Via Chicagoist, 46th Ward (Uptown) Alderman Helen Shiller has announced she won't seek reelection for a seventh term. This will no doubt come as good news to Shiller's many local political enemies, who have rallied around the controversial Wilson Yard development and recent localized spikes in crime. Shiller's '03 and '07 reelection campaigns were both hard fought and the latter was particularly bitter, with accusations of racism and corruption thrown around liberally.

 
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Dennis Fritz / August 2, 2010 4:48 PM

Hell, there's gonna be some happy-ass yuppies in Uptown tonight!

Uptown resident / August 4, 2010 8:01 AM

Helen has made dirty campaigning into an art form. The Klan accusation was a new high, I mean low.

JP Paulus / August 9, 2010 9:11 PM

The Klan attacked viciously with their identities hidden.

Sounds like WhatTheHelen.com and many other people who aren't using their names.

Do any of the candidates have any relationship with people at Wilson Yards, 4640 , the Twin Towers, Habitat for Humanity Homes, Wilson Care, etc.

Sandra Reed at least had a few reltionships in these buildings.

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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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