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Election 2011 Fri Feb 04 2011

Dueling Ads: Chico v. Emanuel on the "Rahm Tax"

Why would Rahm Emanuel's campaign bother responding to Chico's ad if they are as far ahead as we have every reason to believe they are?

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dana / February 4, 2011 7:03 PM

Because Chico is lying to scare up votes.

Lee / February 4, 2011 7:08 PM

Because the truth matters? Chico's distortions certainly won't help to get Rahm's plan passed, and now is the time to educate the public about better tax policy. Yes, the politics of the election are exciting, but remember, this is about more than an election. The election is just a benchmark on the way to implementing a new vision for Chicago.

Tim / February 17, 2011 3:55 PM

These ads are there because both camps know that there out of the voting population a large number of number are not as informed as they should be to make such a monumental decision as mayor. Also, a lot of these people tend to watch a fair amount of television.

In a perfect world it these adds should at most get people to look in the issue more.

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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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