The Mayor

  • Reimagining Obama's endorsement of Emanuel

    6 February 2015

    Rahm Emanuel's reelection campaign has put out a radio ad in which Pres. Barack Obama urges Chicagoans to vote for Rahm. Here's what some have suggested Obama meant to say:

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    Here's the original 60-second ad:

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  • Willie Wilson's 2015 radio ads

    6 February 2015

    2015 mayoral candidate Willie Wilson has put out two entertaining radio ads.

  • Emanuel campaign: don't call us, we'll call you

    21 January 2015

    We recently got the following from a staff person with a non-governmental organization in Chicago.

    "My coworkers and I had been trying to track down the contact information for Rahm Emanuel's reelection campaign.

    "For all the other mayoral campaigns, we were able to find mailing addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses within the first hour of looking. Within the second hour we generally had the names and direct contact information of their campaign managers and schedulers.

    "We noticed that Rahm's campaign Web site provided no contact information whatsoever. Not a mailing address, not a phone number, not an e-mail address. Curious, right?

    "We did tons of Google searches, drawing blanks. No information anywhere on the Web about where this campaign office is, or how to reach it. I was dumbfounded.

    "So I contacted three aldermen with whom I have relationships to see what advice they'd have, and I asked if they could help poke around to find a phone number or mailing address. No dice.

    "Then I had a brainstorm: the Chicago Board of Elections. They would have to know, right? When I called, the guy said they 'don't deal with that' and redirected me to the City Hall info line.

    "So I called City Hall. The person there redirected me to the fifth floor. The fifth floor placed me on hold for five minutes, then finally gave me a number to Rahm's 'field office,' 312/854-3074.

    "I called the field office. The number rang endlessly. No voicemail. After allowing the phone to ring for literally five minutes, a staffer picked up. She was willing to provide a mailing address and general inquiry e-mail address for the campaign. It's This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., if you're wondering.

    "Taking advantage of finding a real live human on the phone, I mentioned to her that Emanuel's campaign Web site doesn't provide any contact info, and I said that, as a result, the campaign is nearly impossible to reach.

    "She said, 'Yes, that's correct, it is.'

    "And ended the call."

  • Investor-funded pre-K based on false premises, excluded kids

    15 January 2015

    Interview with the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky on how the investor-funded scheme demands that some kids not attend pre-K, and more.

  • Does social promotion pass the test?

    18 December 2014

    Interview with the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky on the justification for staying in school when you don't learn much, and more.

  • Banksters not risk-adverse with city purse

    26 November 2014

    Interview with the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky on school-program funding becoming dependent on test scores, and more.

  • Reelection run means selective endowment

    13 October 2014

    Interview with the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky on parents who vote for Rahm having delusional issues, and more.

  • Emanuel's privatization: a clean sweep?

    2 October 2014

    Interview with the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky, speculating on which city services Mayor Emanuel wouldn't privatize, and more.

  • Mayoral election: What Shaw and Emanuel bring to the table

    18 August 2014

    Interview with the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky on "strong mayor" as code for "white mayor," and more.

  • Municipal election preview: a signature event

    19 July 2014

    Interview with the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky on how Mayor Emanuel has inched to the left, and more.

  • A principled stand against the administration

    10 June 2014

    Interview with the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky on the issues about which principals as a group remained silent, and more.

  • State rep primaries: who's the real progressive?

    7 March 2014

    Interview with the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky on incumbents accusing challengers of betraying ideals that they themselves betray, and more.

  • Council rules favor mayor

    27 January 2014

    Interview with the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky on how aldermen game the rules to bury insurgent motions, and more.

  • Charter schools: where does the money go?

    17 January 2014

    Interview with the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky on the level of scrutiny the public has of neighborhood vs. charter schools, and more.

  • Democracy elusive in Chicago public schools

    12 December 2013

    Interview with the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky on how moving special programs out of Lincoln Elementary could solve overcrowding, and more.

  • Aldermen's tiff on TIF

    26 November 2013

    Interview with the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky on the myth of mayoral retribution, and more.

  • The latest reminder of how Mayor Daley did business

    20 November 2013

    Interview with the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky on why the city of Chicago is suing its own park district, and more.

  • A look at the mayor's budget proposal

    6 November 2013

    Interview with the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky on the city's budget "process," excerpted from an interview originally published on November 10, 2011.

  • Can anyone defeat Emanuel in 2015?

    18 October 2013

    Interview with the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky on the one thing that can mean Emanuel's defeat in 2015, and more.

  • Alderman wants to know who benefited from charter school

    26 September 2013

    Interview with the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky on charter schools' responses to FOIA requests, and more.