Lincoln Park Plays Bully as Lane Tech Falls

Darien Walls (14 points) made things look easy as Lincoln Park crushed Lane Tech, 60-36 Wednesday night.

Lane Tech was pressured by Lincoln Park all game, who couldn’t find their rhythm until it was way too late. The Indians fell behind early with several turnovers, as the Lions poured on the points, ending the first quarter with a 25-2 lead.

The second half was no different.

John Cook (10 points) and Sadzid Grahic tried to weather the storm, but, the Indians still found themselves behind, 46-21 at the end of three quarters. Matthew Villanueva’s (9 points) three pointers helped Lane Tech win the fourth quarter scoring (15 to 14) but, the big deficit still trumped the Indians. Ramon Ajose added 12 points for the Lions, as they kept the deficit over 20 points as the final buzzer ended, 60-36.

Lane Tech stays at home as they look to rebound versus Foreman, this Friday January 21st, 4p.m.

Schulter will not run for alderman

Ald. Eugene Schulter is not running for reelection, according to Clout Street.

Ald. Eugene Schulter is not running for reelection, according to Clout Street. Credit: Jane Rickard

*** UPDATE *** The Bulldog now has the statement from Ald. Schulter. Read it here ***

Eugene Schulter, 63, has decided to to seek the post of Cook County Board of Review, dropping out of the race for 47th Ward alderman.

Schulter (D-North Center), a City Council veteran since 1975, applied to replace Cook County Democratic chairman Joe Berrios on the Board of Review. His retirement was rumored last year. On January 1st a new pension law went into effect. That law would force Schulter to wait till age 67 to gain a full pension.

A person close to Berrios told The Bulldog Schulter “would never” get Berrios’ approval to fill his spot. The decision, however, is up to Chief Judge of the Circuit Court Tim Evans. Evans said he will be interviewing candidates for the position January 19.

Schulter is one of 11 persons who have applied for the position.

Schulter’s name will appear on the February ballot. The deadline for withdrawing names from the ballot was December 23.

” I don’t want to speculate” about why Schulter is leaving the race, challenger Ameya Pawar said. “I want to thank him for his many years of service and for working to keep property taxes low for the residents of the 47th Ward.”

“It wasn’t surprising given he applied for the job. Too, Tom O’Donnell, who appears to be very close to Schulter, has shown he has some interest,” challenger Tom Jacks said. “The race is now wide-open.”

“He did the right thing,”challenger Matt Reichel said. “We’re looking forward to six weeks of hard work. I look forward to running against O’Donnell.”

“We looking at having the name-recognition and getting the signs up now,” Reichel added.

“We are less than six weeks away from election day and the only person campaigning is Ameya Pawar,” Jack Lydon, a challenger to Schulter in 2003 noted.

Schulter maintains a large war chest. Statements filed with the Illinois Board of Elections indicate the “Citizens for Gene Schulter” had $642,557 in investments and  $141,536 in funds available on June 30, 2010. An additional campaign site, controlled by Schulter, “Democratic Party of the 47th Ward,” listed $105,620 on June 30. Schulter can take $221,565 in income from the funds.

Four candidates are seeking to replace Schulter: Matt Reichel (G-Old Ravenswood), Ameya Pawar (I- North Center), Tom O’Donnell (D-Ravenswood) and Tom Jacks (I-Ravenswood).

Messages were left for Tom O’Donnell. He did not reply before the story was filed.

Two Ravenswood candidates file for Bd of Review opening

47th Ward Alderman Eugene Schulter (D- North Center) and Ann F Breen-Greco, an administartive law judge, are among 11 persons who have applied to fill the vacancy on the Cook County Board of Review.

Cook County Chief Judge Timothy Evans posted the list this morning. Applications for the opening were accepted following the resignation of Cook County Democratic Party Chair Joseph Berrios in December. Berrios was elected to be Cook County Assessor in the November 2010 elections.

Schulter, has also filed for reelection to be 47th Ward Alderman in the 2011 municipal election. His spokesman said he wasn’t available Wednesday morning for comment due to meetings.

Schulters’s application notes his endorsement of Harold Washington to be mayor. “I supported Harold Washington because he was the right to choice (sic) to lead Chicago…”

“It is often easier in government to tear down an idea or an individual than it is to work… for a common goal,” Schulter wrote. “My philosophy is simple and straight forward: cooperation, support and trust.”

Schulter went on to note the pride he has in his open door policy: “I have made every effort to include the residents, community and business leaders in weekly dialogue sharing sessions called “Ward Night.” It is an opportunity to personally hear and mediate contentious issues that impact the residents in my ward.”

Schulter noted his leadership in fighting property tax increases. That leadership was recognized by IL Gov. Pat Quinn when he signed an extension of the seven percent property tax cap in the 47th Ward last summer, as reported in The Bulldog.

“My commitment to the Board of Review will mirror my public service philosophy- dedication, integrity and service,” Schulter said.

Breen-Greco (D- St Bens), a resident active in Riverbank Neighbors, noted her experience in administrative law. “For more than twenty years I have been an administrative law judge, a labor/employment arbitrator, and a mediator,” Breen-Greco wrote.

Applicants for the position had to live in the Second Cook County Board of Review District and be a registered Democrat, according to state law. Other applicants for the position:

  • >Joseph Moreno (D-West Loop) former Cook County Commissioner
  • Jay Watts (D-Galewood) real estate broker
  • Richard Edward Martin (D-Logan Square) distribution manager at General Electric
  • Reanetta Hunt (D-South Loop) owner of Hunt Media & Management public relations
  • Dennis Michael Fleming (D-Wildwood) administrative law judge
  • Michael M Cabonargi (D-Logan Square) federal prosecutor for the Securities Exchange Commission
  • Aaron Richard Bilton (D-East Village) attorney. Has appeared before the Board of Review in appeals
  • Scott Bagnall (D-Skokie) Niles Township Assessor
  • Sam Toia (D- East Lakeview) owner of Leona’s Restaurants and Hop Haus Sports Pubs

Rumors started flying in November that Schulter, 63, wanted to lock in his aldermanic pension before a change in state law would have meant he couldn’t retire till age 67.

Adding to the mystery of Schulter’s intentions, Tom O’Donnell, a Schulter operative, filed to run for the aldermanic seat. Schulter faces four opponents, including O’Donnell in the 2011 municipal election:

  • Matt Reichel (G-Old Ravenswood) a Green Party candidate for the Fifth Congressional District
  • Ameya Pawar (I-North Center) policy analyst
  • Tom O’Donnell (D-Ravenswood) assistant to Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart
  • Tom Jacks (I-Ravenswood) graduate student

See the applications:

Chico to hold event in St. Ben’s Saturday

Chicago mayoral candidate Gery Chico will be opening a regional campaign office in St. Bens neighborhood Saturday. The campaign invites neighbors to attend the event at 4045 N Rockwell Ave., 3P, Jan. 8.

Contact the campaign at kwunder@gerychicoforchicago.com to RSVP.

Gery Chico, a candidate for Chicago Mayor. Credit: Chico For Chicago

IVI/IPO: endorsement procedure questioned

An endorsement of  the Independent Voters of Illinois/ Independent Precinct Organization in the 48th Ward has been corrupted by political insiders according to an accusation made on a political blog. You may remember this story about the 47th Ward that was written in the Reader nearly one year ago: Independent of What? How Alderman Gene Schulter and north-side party regulars engineered an IVI-IPO endorsement for their candidate Dan Farley.

The latest scandal involves Harry Osterman and his wife sitting on and apparently voting on the endorsement for an office Osterman is running for.

The IVI/IPO endorsement process is described by Chicago Elections 2011 blog: APPARENT CORRUPTION IN IVI IPO ENDORSEMENT PROCESS

Phil Bernstein was meticulously going through the questionnaires of a series of civic groups, block clubs, and public interest groups seeking their endorsements. One such group is the Independent Voters of Illinois and Independent Precinct Organization.
The committee to decide the endorsement of the 48th ward alderman was made up of four individuals: Harry Osterman , Carol Ronen , Heather Steans and Osterman’s wife. Osterman is Bernstein’s opponent in the 48th.

E-mails were left with the IVI/IPO and with Harry Osterman seeking comment, but were not returned.

Outside circulators: a heavy influence in 47th Ward

Circulators who are not residents of the 47th Ward and sometimes not even citizens of Chicago, are playing a big role in determining who will represent the ward.

An examination of petitions to be listed on the ballot in the 47th Ward indicates one candidate would not be allowed on the ballot if circulators were required to reside in the constituency they are circulating for. Another candidate used substantial labor from outside the ward, leaving questions about who the candidate is beholden to.

Five candidates submitted petitions to be listed on the ballot for 47th Ward alderman in the 2011 municipal elections. Of those, three petitions were challenged.

For the most part, the challenges claim that there are not enough valid signatures on the petitions for the candidates to meet the requirements set forth in election code. According to the Chicago Board of Elections a candidate must have 185 valid signatures to be listed on the 2011 municipal ballot.

One candidate, it was discovered, had an unpaid red-light fine due to the city. Candidates with unpaid fines are not allowed access to the ballot. (The fine and loss of ballot access is currently being argued).

Two candidates have no objections and will be listed on the ballot: Ameya Pawar and Incumbent Ald. Eugene Schulter (D-North Center).

Tom O’Donnell, an aide to Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart and President of the Ravenswood Community Council is among the three candidates whose petitions are being considered by the Chicago Board of Elections.

O’Donnell’s petition is being singled out as there is a protest regarding O’Donnell circulating petitions for his opponent, Eugene Schulter. However, O’Donnell’s petitions do not prove the same level of broad community support as other candidates from within the Ravenswood community.

O’Donnell’s petition was carried by a number of people who live outside the district: Plainfield, IL for example. Should people with no skin in the game, who live in Plainfield, for example, be able to nominate and circulate petitions for a candidate in from North Center in Chicago?

Before you say no, the name of the circulators is important: Brenda and Edward O’Donnell. Apparently relatives of O’Donnell. O’Donnell’s circulators include Brenda, Edward, Lilly and Mary Beth O’Donnell. Tom O’Donnell, apparently called on his relatives to help circulate petitions. They collected 92 signatures, 15 of which were collected by Lilly who lives in the ward.

Richard Muxfeldt of the North Center neighborhood gathered 45 additional signatures for O’Donnell. Meaning just 60 signatures were collected by ward residents for O’Donnell’s candidacy.

For O’Donnell, here is how it breaks down:

  • 185 signatures needed to run in the 47th Ward
  • 60 signatures collected by residents of the 47th Ward
  • 146 signatures collected by residents of other municipalities * excluding likely relatives
  • Relatives collected 92 signatures
    • 15 were collected by a ward resident (and are included among the 60 listed above)
    • 27 were collected by a Chicago resident and apparent relative of O’Donnell who lived outside Ward 47
    • 50 were collected by apparent relatives who are not residents of Chicago
  • 380 signatures were collected by other Chicago residents who reside outside the 47th Ward
  • 678 total signatures collected

O’Donnell is not alone in the use of persons outside his district. But alone among 47th Ward aldermanic candidates, O’Donnell would not have met the minimum signature requirement to be listed on the ballot without the use of circulators from outside the ward. Even with what appears to be four relatives assisting his effort, O’Donnell fell short of the minimum level of support required, except for his use of outside circulators.

Schulter gathered more signatures using just residents of the ward than all other candidates combined. However, more than half the signatures submitted were circulated by Chicago citizens living outside the 47th Ward.

Eugene Schulter

  • 22 ward residents gathered 883 signatures
  • The following circulators, all residents of the ward, gathered an additional 1,008 total signatures
    • Scott Anamizu 224
    • James West 180
    • Joseph Gibbons 148
    • Catherine Romo 141
    • Ray Helm 105
    • William Helm 105
    • Kevin O’Connell 105
  • Monica Schulter gathered 99 signatures. Monica Schulter is a resident of the ward
  • Opponent Tom O’Donnell gathered 62 signatures. O’Donnell is a resident of the ward. O’Donnell submits his own petition to join the ballot
  • Three circulators who were not citizens of Chicago gathered 104 signatures
  • Thirteen circulators from outside the ward gathered 1,953 signatures. They are
    • Donna, John and Steve Bilski 345
    • Patrick King Kane 284
    • Martin Casey 225
    • James Damato 179
    • Patrick Bordes 149
    • Peter Katsoulis 142
    • George Goltsos 135
    • Michael Teutonico 131
    • Rosemary McDonnell 128
    • Dan Luna 127
    • Joseph Parisi 108
  • 29 other circulators from outside the ward also worked for the campaign, gathering 1,532 signatures
  • Total signatures 5,641


  • Tom Jacks

  • Jacks circulated his own petitions. He gathered 312 signatures
  • A Northbrook resident helped Jacks. He gathered 107 signatures
  • A Chicago resident living outside the 47th Ward was the final circulator for Jacks, that woman gathered 17 signatures
  • Total 436 signatures


  • Matt Reichel

  • Matt Reichel circulated his own petitions. He gathered 80 signatures
  • One 47th Ward resident joined Reichel circulating petitions. 260 signatures
  • Reichel’s mother helped, gathering 30 signatures. Carol Reichel is a Chicago resident but not a resident of the 47th Ward
  • Three other persons, all Chicago residents assisted. They gathered 119 additional signatures
  • 489 total signatures


  • Ameya Pawar

  • Ameya Pawar circulated his own petitions. He gathered 296 signatures
  • Two other 47th Ward residents joined Pawar. They gathered 48 signatures
  • Chicago residents from outside the ward numbered 12, gathering 335 signatures
  • Two circulators were from outside the city. They gathered 19 signatures
  • 698 total signatures

47th Ward Petitions available online

The Bulldog has started to upload PDF copies of the 47th Ward petitions. As they become available, you can examine them, just like the big boys downtown.

What are they looking at? Read a primer from Chicago Public Radio on how to kick your opponent off the ballot.

AMEYA PAWAR

Ameya Pawar Receipt of Nomination Papers (1 Page)
Ameya Pawar Statement of Economic Interest (2 Page)
Ameya Pawar Statement of Candidacy (1 Page)
Ameya Pawar Nominating Petitions Pt 1 (20 Pages)
Ameya Pawar Nominating Petitions Pt 2 (20 Pages)
Ameya Pawar Nominating Petitions Pt 3 (39 Pages)

EUGENE SCHULTER

Eugene Schulter Receipt of Nomination Papers (1 Page)
Eugene Schulter Statement of Economic Interest (2 Page)
The Bulldog has started to upload PDF copies of the 47th Ward petitions. As they become available, you can examine them, just like the big boys downtown.

What are they looking at? Read a primer from Chicago Public Radio on how to kick your opponent off the ballot.

AMEYA PAWAR

Ameya Pawar Receipt of Nomination Papers (1 Page)
Ameya Pawar Statement of Economic Interest (2 Page)
Ameya Pawar Statement of Candidacy (1 Page)
Ameya Pawar Nominating Petitions Pt 1 (20 Pages)
Ameya Pawar Nominating Petitions Pt 2 (20 Pages)
Ameya Pawar Nominating Petitions Pt 3 (39 Pages)

EUGENE SCHULTER

Eugene Schulter Receipt of Nomination Papers (1 Page)
Eugene Schulter Statement of Economic Interest (2 Page)
Eugene Schulter Loyalty Oath (1 Page)Eugene Schulter Statement of Candidacy (1 Page)
Eugene Schulter Nominating Petitions Pt 1 (~30 Pages)
Eugene Schulter Nominating Petitions Pt 2 (~ 30 Pages)
Eugene Schulter Nominating Petitions Pt 3 (~ 30 Pages)
Eugene Schulter Nominating Petitions Pt 4 (~ 30 Pages)
Eugene Schulter Nominating Petitions Pt 5 (~ 30 Pages)
Eugene Schulter Nominating Petitions Pt 6 (~ 30 Pages)
Eugene Schulter Nominating Petitions Pt 7 (~ 30 Pages)
Eugene Schulter Nominating Petitions Pt 8 (~ 30 Pages)
Eugene Schulter Nominating Petitions Pt 9 (~ 30 Pages)
Eugene Schulter Nominating Petitions Pt 10 (~ 30 Pages)
Eugene Schulter Nominating Petitions Pt 11 (~ 30 Pages)
Eugene Schulter Nominating Petitions Pt 12 (~ 30 Pages)
Eugene Schulter Nominating Petitions Pt 13 (~ 30 Pages)
Eugene Schulter Nominating Petitions Pt 14 (~ 9 Pages)

MATT REICHEL

Matt Reichel Receipt  of Nomination Papers (1 Page)
Matt Reichel Statement of Economic Interest (1 Page)
Matt Reichel Statement of Candidacy (1 Page)
Matt Reichel Nominating Petitions Pt 1 (27 Pages)
Matt Reichel Nominating Petitions Pt 2 (26 Pages)

TOM JACKS

Tom Jacks Receipt of Nomination Papers (1 Page)
Tom Jacks Statement of Economic Interest (1 Page)
Tom Jacks Statement of Candidacy (1 Page)
Tom Jacks Nominating Petitions (31 Pages)

TOM O’DONNELL

Tom O’Donnell Receipt of Nomination Papers (1 Page)
Tom O’Donnell Statement of Economic Interests (1 Page)
Tom O’Donnell Loyalty Oath (1 Page)
Tom O’Donnell Statement of Candidacy (1 Page)
Tom O’Donnell Nominating Petitions Part 1 (27 pages)
Tom O’Donnell Nominating Petitions Part 2 (26 pages)

O’Donnell supports Rahm’s residency

Three Ravenswood neighbors, including aldermanic candidate in the 47th Ward Tom O’Donnell, have come out saying Rahm Emanuel is a resident.

O’Donnell said in a document released by the Emanuel campaign “this challenge deprives voters a choice we deserve in this election. We are writing as individuals and do not necessarily represent our organizations, and we are completely capable of deciding, for ourselves, whether to vote for Rahm Emanuel or another candidate as our next Mayor.”

O’Donnell’s candidacy itself is under attack as it is alleged that O’Donnell passed petitions for his opponent, 47th Ward Alderman Eugene Schulter.

O’Donnell, identified as the President of the Ravenswood Community Council, was joined by William Heln, identified as the community representative on the Amundsen High School Local School Council and Carol Jones, identified as the President of the NorthCenter Neighborhood Association.

The letter went on to state about Emanuel

Tom O'Donnell, President of the Ravenswood Community Council has passed petitions for opponent Eugene Schulter

Tom O'Donnell, President of the Ravenswood Community Council has passed petitions for opponent Eugene Schulter. Credit: Ravenswood Community Council

, “Chicago remained his home and his legal residence. He always intended to return to Chicago.”