Mell, O’Connor delay vote on Lincoln Park Hospital plan

A plan to develop the Lincoln Park Hospital site into a mixed use development was delayed by Aldermen, including Patrick O’Connor, Richard Mell and Edward Burke according to a report in the Chicago Tribune.

The delay gives incoming alderman Michele Smith time to work out a compromise with developers and the community.

The issue was widely reported by community news for the 43rd Ward. Smith had opposed the plan, according to the Tribune. Retiring alderman Vi Daley had favored the plan. She expressed frustration at not being able to push the plan through.

Read more at the Chicago Tribune Clout Street.

Read more at the Chicago Sun-Times.

Committeemen taking applications for Osterman’s legislative seat

Progress Illinois breaks down the race to replace Illinois Rep. Harry Osterman in the 14th Illinois Legislative District.

Osterman, who ran for the Springfield seat in November, won the race for 48th Ward Alderman in February. He will be sworn in on May 16.

As previously reported in The Bulldog regarding replacing John Fritchey, Illinois law requires the committeemen of the party represented by the departing official to vote on a replacement, with their vote weighted by the vote received in the election of the official.

Due to the weighting, the key vote will be held by Committeeman Carol Ronen.

The four Democratic Committeemen are:

  • Carol Ronen (11,667) 54.44 percent
  • David Fagus (6,683) 31.18 percent
  • Patrick O’Connor (3,078) 14.36 percent
  • Ira Silverstein (4) 0.01 percent

Read more in Progress Illinois.

40th Ward among “dumbest” in city: NBC Ward-room

NBC Ward-room looks at the way the city drew wards following the 2000 census and proclaims six of them dumb including the 40th Ward, composed of two parts divided by a cemetary.

“What do people in those two parts of town have in common? Nothing,” proclaims NBC Chicago’s Ward-room. “And Ald. Patrick O’Connor likes it that way.”

The 40th Ward makes a list of six wards the site implies have no central community holding them together.

Read more at NBC Chicago’s Ward-room.

Sweet Home Chicago Ordinance faces delays, compromise

The Sweet Home Chicago proposal, an ordinance which would mandate the use of part of the tax increment financing funds for affordable housing, was delayed as the Chicago City Council failed to bring the measure to a vote Wednesday.

Ald. Patrick O’Connor offered a proposal proponents of the ordinance charge would water down the Sweet Home Chicago ordinance.

Read Chicago Reporters report on which wards have been hardest hit by the housing credit crunch.

Read Chicago Muckrackers analysis of the alternative offered by Patrick O’Connor.

Read an analysis of the political landscape at the NBC 5 Chicago Ward Room.



$6 billion woman; short term appointment deciding vote on taxes, death penalty

Kathleen C Moore, a retired school teacher from Lincoln Park, was appointed by 11th legislative district Democratic committeemen to fill the term of John Fritchey late last year. During her short term in office Moore voted on more than twenty bills. Her votes include being the deciding vote on both a $6 billion increase in personal income taxes and a moratorium on the Illinois death penalty.

The appointment of Moore was made despite Ann Williams’ (D-Hamlin Park) election to the post in the November 2010 election. Williams was sworn in as the 11th District state legislator on January 12th.

Representative Sara Feigenholtz (D- Boys Town) told The Bulldog Moore was one of many people considered by the committeemen to replace Fritchey. “Ann Williams was unavailable to be seated,” Feigenholtz said.

Feigenholtz said Moore has “been an active member of the community for a long time.” She said, “the Moore’s have lived in Lincoln Park for decades and are active members of St. Clement’s Church.”

The 11th district became open on December 28th following the resignation of John Fritchey (D- DePaul West). Fritchey was elected to the Cook County Board in the election. Fritchey was sworn into his county board seat on December 6th.

Under Illinois law, committeemen of the party that won the seat meet to consider filling the vacancy. The committeemen vote on a replacement with their vote weighted according to the vote of the winning candidate.

In this case, the committee used the weight from Fritchey’s unopposed 2008 run. If they had been replacing Ann Williams, they would have used the 2010 election returns.

Committeemen in 11th District

Committeeman/woman Weight Percentage
1st Ward Jesse Ruben Juarez 178 0.46%
32nd Ward John Fritchey 13,752 35.42%
33rd Ward Richard Mell 1,723 4.44%
40th Ward Patrick O’Connor 992 2.56%
43rd Ward Michele Smith 4,444 11.45%
44th Ward Thomas Tunney 4,997 12.87%
47th Ward Eugene Schulter 12,738 32.81%
TOTAL 38,824

According to Andy Shaw, president and CEO of the Better Government Association, the committeemen choose Moore because Williams’ vote for the tax increase was not certain. “There were questions about how she would vote if a tax plan was on the lame-duck agenda.” Shaw wrote on the BGA site Williams claims that local Democratic leaders, including Fritchey and Senate President John Cullerton, wanted her commitment to support the tax hike before arranging for her to be sworn in.”

Fritchey responded to Shaw’s post “at NO time did I ever pressure, or even ask, Ann Williams to vote for an income tax hike.” (Emphasis from original response).

Fritchey said in his response to Shaw he told Williams she should accept an early appointment. “I told her my position was not predicated on how she would vote on any issue, including an income tax vote.”

“Ann Williams informed me that she did not want to be appointed early,” Fritchey wrote.

Fritchey took aim at Williams saying “being a legislator entails making both hard votes and easy votes. Williams’ decision to avoid… those votes any sooner than she had to was a decision made solely by her.”

A person claiming to be Moore entered an on-line discussion regarding Moore’s appointment to say “how did I get appointed in the first place? We have been personal friends of the Cullertons for 35 years. Through John we know Sara Feigenholtz, who suggested my name to one of the Ward Committeemen…”

Feigenholtz did not disagree with that statement when it was read to her Friday. However the identity of the on-line person could not be confirmed Friday.

The biography page on the Illinois General Assembly did not include any contact information or even a picture of Kathleen Moore. A staffer in the majority office said they had no contact information for Moore. Credit: State of Illinois

Moore and her husband Thomas Moore, an attorney at Anderson & Moore, PC, are prolific political contributors. Searches of Illinois and federal records show $32,688 in contributions by the couple since 1996. IL Senate President John Cullerton’s (D-Ravenswood Manor) campaign received $2,250 from the couple. Though they are not recorded as having contributed to Cullerton since 2000. Feigenholtz’s campaign received $550 for a federal campaign and $750 for a state campaign.

The committeemen would have been familiar with the Moore’s too. Patrick O’Connor noted receipts of $1,000 for a federal campaign, Fritchey received a $1,000 for his federal campaign.

According to Fritchey, the committee voted unanimously to select Moore.

Shaw says Moore wasn’t happy with the tax increase but didn’t see there was any other choice. Shaw says she admits to not having seen the bill, a press release, a fact sheet, list of cuts, streamlining or accountability measures as of last Sunday. Moore approved the $6 billion bill Tuesday sending the bill to a rare midnight session of the Senate.

Time was of the essence as the new legislature would be sworn in at noon Wednesday. Shaw notes Williams would have had a hard time supporting the tax bill in its present form.

Moore was an unknown in Springfield. Although she was listed as the state rep on the Wicker Park/ Bucktown Chamber of Commerce page, no photo of her was posted on the legislative web site. A staffer from the house majority party said they had no way to contact her. “I never had any contact information for her,” a person there told The Bulldog.

An attempt was made to contact all the persons named in this post by telephone or e-mail, except for Jesse Ruben Juarez and Andy Shaw. A message was passed to Moore through an acquaintance.

Michele Smith, Patrick O’Connor, Richard Mell and Thomas Tunney are running for aldermen of their wards, respectively. Eugene Schulter bowed out of the race in the 47th Ward on Monday.

Certification p1 for Kathleen Moore. Click for full size.

Certification p2 for Kathleen Moore. Click for full size.

Certification p3 for Kathleen Moore. The Notary Public on this document also signed the document. Click for full size.

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Certification p5 for Kathleen Moore. Click for full size.

Ravenswood candidate fund-raising filing

Democratic candidates are easily out classing their Republican and Green Party opponents in fund raising, according to filings this month with the Illinois State Board of Elections.

The semi-annual filings, combined with statements by candidates for Congress filed with the Federal Elections Commission, only looking at candidates that reside in or represent the Ravenswood area were examined.

They show Democratic Party candidates held more than $10 million at the beginning of the year while Republican candidates held just over $9,000. The Republican candidates were unable to make up ground during the year, raising just $38,384.40, considered by some political analysts to be insufficient to even run a single aldermanic challenge.

Democrats meanwhile, raised $6,519,206.55 in the past six months, the reports indicate.

Even Democratic candidates running for 2011 municipal elections raised more than the combined total of the Republican slate. Aldermen Patrick O’Connor, Eugene Schulter and Richard Mell raised $94,716.26.

Only one aldermanic challenger, Ameya Pawar in the 47th Ward, filed a campaign report. He raised $8,857.98 in the last six months.  In addition to Pawar, the 40th Ward will see Jason Honig challenge O’Connor.


On Hand 1/1/2010 Raised 1st half 2010 On Hand 6/30/2010

David Ratowitz * $- $53,939.00 $4,597.00

US Congress IL 05. Challenger.

Matthew Reichel * No filing

(G-Andersonville South)

US Congress IL 05. Challenger.

Mike Quigley * $134,729.00 $1,140,940.00 $321,467.00

US Congress IL 05. Incumbent.

* Federal candidates filing from Federal reports.


Lisa Madigan $4,143,847.09 $491,124.13 $4,434,234.43
(D- St. Bens)

Illinois Attorney General, Incumbent

Steve Kim (R-Northbrook) $3,820.73 $23,260.23 $15,917.77
David Black (G-Belvidere) No filing

Christopher Pedersen (Independent Conservative- Joliet No filing

Bill Malan (Libertarian- Chicago: Tri-Taylor) No filing

Louis Cotton (Constitution- Sorento) No filing

Adam Robinson $3,662.75 $9,746.50 $8,857.59

7th Illinois Senate District, Challenger

Heather Steans $148,808.72 $108,422.53 $41,952.22

7th Illinois Senate District, Incumbent

Ann Williams $43,586.53 $130,904.79 $15,281.21
(D-North Center)

11th Illinois Legislative, Candidate

Scott Tucker $- $2,503.33 $823.65
(R-Roscoe Village)

11th Illinois Legislative, Candidate

Forrest Claypool $- $726,175.00 $533,201.58
(I- Graceland West)

12th Cook County Commissioner (running for Cook County Assessor)

Joseph Berrios (D-Chicago: Cragin)
Committee to Elect Joseph Berrios (Assessor) $79,750.82 $858,079.94 $67,699.07
Friends of Berrios (MWRD) $61,333.58 $506,003.86 $202,313.00
Citizens for Berrios (State Rep) $128,906.60 $23,700.00 $13,532.60
Joseph Berrios, 31st Ward Committeeman $122,267.26 $1,800.00 $3,716.42
Berrios TOTAL $392,258.26 $1,389,583.80 $287,261.09
Robert C Grota (G-Logan Square) No filing

Sharon Strobeck-Eckersall (R-Evanston) No filing

John Fritchey $122,235.56 $49,145.00 $74,133.83
(D-DePaul West)

11th Illinois Legislative (running for 12th Cook County Commissioner)

William C “Bill” Miceli (R-North Mayfair) $1,606.66 $2,874.34 $2,259.80

Greg Harris $36,827.22 $2,970.28 $25,992.76

13th Illinois Legislative, Incumbent. Unopposed

Deb Mell $14,029.25 $25,335.00 $19,305.48

40th Illinois Legislative, Incumbent. Running unopposed.

Lisa M Reed No filing

(R-Irving Park)

40th Illinois Legislative. Challenger. Removed from ballot after protest.

STATE AND LOCAL CANDIDATES (2011 Municipal election)

Scott Waguespack $19,635.85 $23,664.00 $16,518.55

Chicago 32nd Ward Alderman (office not in cycle till 2011. Declared for mayor)

Rahm Emanuel * $1,766,410.00 $9,605.00 $1,175,763.00

White House Chief of Staff. Mentioned as candidate for mayor

Jason Honig No filing


Chicago 40th Ward Alderman (office not in cycle till 2011). Challenger.

Patrick J O’Connor $124,244.60 $65,465.00 $71,491.51
(D-Budlong Woods)

Chicago 40th Ward Alderman (office not in cycle till 2011). Incumbent.

Eugene Schulter $150,954.50 $14,366.26 $141,535.89
(D-North Center) Investments
Chicago 47th Ward Alderman (office not in cycle till 2011). Incumbent.

Democratic Party of the 47th Ward

$70,371.86 $81,265.00 $105,620.47

Schulter TOTAL

Ameya Pawar $250.00 $8,857.98 $5,983.20

Chicago 47th Ward Alderman (office not in cycle till 2011). Challenger.

Richard Mell $264,313.55 $14,885.00 $174,212.59
(D-Irving Park)

Chicago 33rd Ward Alderman (office not in cycle till 2011). Incumbent. No known challengers.


Daniel Hynes $2,075,719.66 $1,287,755.36 $17,090.73
(D- North Center)

Illinois State Comptroller. Lost bid for Governor

James M Houlihan $358,102.46 $282.13 $221,670.61
(D- Lakeview East)

Cook County Assessor. (Retiring)

John Cullerton

(D- Ravenswood Manor) $171,779.90 $293,909.47 $114,988.09
Illinois Senate President. Office is not in election cycle
Investments $108,905.84

Cullerton TOTAL