Gapers Block has ceased publication.

Gapers Block published from April 22, 2003 to Jan. 1, 2016. The site will remain up in archive form. Please visit Third Coast Review, a new site by several GB alumni.
 Thank you for your readership and contributions. 


Tuesday, June 22

Gapers Block

Gapers Block on Facebook Gapers Block on Flickr Gapers Block on Twitter The Gapers Block Tumblr

The Mechanics
« Day by Daley, Tuesday 11 November Chicago Health Care and Card Check »

Daley Wed Nov 12 2008

Day By Daley, Wednesday 12 November

Oh, hello. No, I wouldn't mind if you sat next to me. What's that? You wonder what our irascible mayor is up to? Why, funny you should ask!

For like sands through the hour glass, this is the Daley of our lives:

Please, You'll Infect Everybody Else. This "leaked" organizational chart -- highly speculative, we assume -- lists CPS CEO and Daley BFF Arne Duncan as a front-runner to head up the Department of Education. A national Renaissance 2010? Now that's change we can believe in, if by "believe in" we meant "be terrified by."

Those Charmed Solis'...s.s. Not sure how to pluralize Solis, but 25th Ward Alderman and President Pro Tempore Danny Solis' sister, Patty Solis-Doyle, is being drafted into an Obama Administration, which with the Duncan and Emanuel connection means the Mayor must be salivating at his unprecedented access to the White House. It's funny -- President-Elect Obama cuts his teeth on the Harold Washington campaigns in the 1980s, builds his base among the city's progressive advocacy community -- Citizen Action, ACORN, etc., etc. -- and when he sweeps into the White House, the big winner is--Mayor Daley? That's either luck, or, much more likely, some kind of 4th dimensional political skill. Well played, Mr. Mayor.

My Job Blocks Hulu -- What Now? Well, John and Jane Q. Public, maybe you should really get your head in the game and watch our little emperors in action, as the City Council will be convening at 10a.m. You can watch the live feed here. Bad news: Alderman Brendan Reilly is not nearly as hilarious as the man he defeated, Czar of the Nuisance Ordinance Burt Natarus.

Screw Digital. I Keep Things Analog. No problem. Mayor Daley has introduced a large, streamlining -- well, at first glance, anyway -- of the executive branch, including the consolidation of the Planning and Zoning departments into -- wait for it -- a Department of Planning and Zoning. Enjoy.

Edited to Remove Post with Lost Link

GB store
GB store


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...

Special Series

Classroom Mechanics Oral History Project
GB store

About Mechanics

Mechanics is the politics section of Gapers Block, reflecting the diversity of viewpoints and beliefs of Chicagoans and Illinoisans. More...
Please see our submission guidelines.

Editor: Mike Ewing,
Mechanics staff inbox:



 Subscribe in a reader.

GB store

GB Store

GB Buttons $1.50

GB T-Shirt $12

I ✶ Chi T-Shirts $15