Hump Day Political News Roundup
By Kevin Robinson in News on Feb 14, 2007 5:30PM
It's been a whole seven days since last week, and just like snow, the news is piling up. As our man Barack implores us to let him walk with us on this movement, everyone is just hoping for a piece of his shadow. Let's take a look back.
- Chicagoist's favorite whipping boy Todd "The Toddler" Stroger got booed by the crowd at Obama's announcement rally in Chicago Sunday. Considering that the people that carried Obama into office are, by and large, the people that brought Stroger his victory, ya gotta figure the guy's making some pretty stupid moves right now.
- What is it with this state and children holding office? Is there something in the goddamned water? Nineteen-year-old James "Jimmy" Einhaus is running for mayor of the central Illinois town of Oglesby. The Political Science major at Illinois Valley Community College is running a door-to-door campaign, has not declared a political party, and is letting his best friend run his campaign. Einhaus told the AP he wants to bring "a sense of honesty back into politics." Patrick Fitzgerald hasn't deposed him or his friends (yet).
- Someone forgot to lock the doors at an early voting site in Rogers Park yesterday, leaving voting machines open for anyone to monkey around with. You can see the video here.
- The city council is less white now than it was in 1975. Of the 50 seats, only 22 are held by whites, and some of this is attributed to the redrawing of wards. While ethnic minorities such as Jews, Italians, and Poles have lost ground in the council, people of Irish decent seem to be doing alright.
- This Valentine's Day, two aldermanic candidates may find that they have a lot in common. That's because in the 23rd Ward, they're both promising to do the same things.
- The Illinois House has canceled session for the rest of the week due to the snow storm. For once we get a snow job from Springfield that won't leave you wondering where all your tax money went.