Heads up! This is a lazy one guys. It’s an important post, but one I’m not going to dedicate a lot of time.
Just go out and vote. Because your vote might actually count in this one. Millennial votes are at an all time low. Early voting has had a slow turnout as well. and 1 in 5 Chicagoans are unsure of who to vote for Mayor while we’re less than a week away from election day.
Election day for the Chicago Mayoral Election 2015 is February 24, 2015. Early voting runs through February 21.
Are you registered to vote? Click HERE TO VIEW your voting status.
Registered? Awesome. Click to find YOUR POLLING PLACE.
Not Registered? Not Awesome. It’s not too late TO REGISTER, but you have to do it in-person and vote right after. You can do it on your lunch break, and it will be over before you know it… from the aggressive campaign adds, political turmoil, and annoying blog posts, it will all be over soon.
As soon as February 24, if everyone votes a majority and avoids a runoff.
Who is running for Chicago Mayor 2015? Full list is below:
- Jesus “Chuy” Garcia
- Rahm Emanuel
- Bob Fioretti
- Willie Wilson
- William “Dock” Walls, III
Who did I vote for? I’ll get to that in a moment. Since I’m a fan of Ben Joravsky and his columns in the Reader, I’m compelled to share his endorsement of “Anyone But Rahm” despite the Sun-Times and Tribune’s backing of Emanuel. I like Joravsky because he does all the homework for me. Who did what, Who said what, Who endorsed who, and gives me a reminder near election time.
“Both papers justify endorsing Mayor Rahm on the grounds that he’s the candidate best suited to undo the damage done by Mayor Daley. Conveniently, they neglect to remind you that they—like Mayor Rahm himself—endorsed Mayor Daley every time he ran.”
Were you going to go through back issues of Chicago Tribune Mayoral endorsements 1989-2011? Me neither. That’s why Chicago has Ben.
Another excerpt of his, regarding his take on the campaign commercials that are about to flood our living-rooms. The one he references below is the one you’re probably most familiar with:
“It consists of him telling and retelling stories like the one in his commercial about the minimum wage, to offer but one example.
In this ad, a woman who says she makes the minimum of $8.25 an hour at some unspecified job rejoices that she’ll be able to buy Christmas gifts for her children now that Mayor Rahm’s raised the wage to $13 an hour.
The problem is that the mayor hasn’t raised the minimum wage to $13 an hour. It’s still very much $8.25.
Under the mayor’s plan—which the City Council approved in December after workers had taken the issue to the streets—the minimum wage in Chicago will rise to $10 in July before gradually reaching $13 an hour in 2019.
So we’ll have to wait another four years to see if that will be enough to enable low-wage workers to buy Christmas gifts for their children.
Why would the mayor feel free to make a claim that’s not true? Well, flip the question: Why should he feel compelled to tell the truth?
I guess the mayor has an even lower estimation of the average Chicago voter’s intelligence than I do—and I’ve been ripping our voting habits for years.
Emanuel is figuring that if you put it on TV, most Chicagoans will believe it—or at least enough of them to help him avoid a runoff.
Especially since the mayor’s chief rivals—Alderman Bob Fioretti and Cook County commissioner Jesus Garcia—don’t have enough money to run commercials of their own.”
I’m not 100% comfortable with the way I voted this election. I know very little about Rahm’s opponents, their background, ideas, or initiatives. I know almost nothing about them.
Joravsky’s last line (above) is true, even Fioretti and Garcia, who are Rahm’s most formidable opponents, don’t have the campaign money to get in front of voters at even a fraction of our exposure to Emanuel.
Not to say I’d base my vote off a campaign ad, but have I been living under a rock? or have the candidates (other than Rahm) done a poor job at getting any press at all?
My vote went to Garcia, he’s the best chance for a runoff, and a more publicized election for Chicago.
While Ben Joravsky’s anti-Rahm columns comparing his mail-outs to dead fish, are an entertaining part of my mid-week commute, I’m ready to give him something new to complain about.