Campaigns are still scrambling for votes, and it's not too late to register. Next week marks the end to the months-long city
elections season as the April 5th Election Day crawls ever closer. This
week is the last chance for early voting and absentee voting in any
of the 14 wards in this run-off for aldermanic seats. Wards include the 6th,
15th, 16th, 17th, 20th, 24th, 25th, 36th, 38th, 41st, 43rd, 45th, 46th,
After supporting their opponents in the first round of voting, the SEIU State Council, which sponsors this site, announced it will endorse Ald. Daniel Solis (25th Ward) and John Arena, who is running in the 45th Ward, in the run-off election.
Ald. Daniel Solis (25th Ward), a longtime opponent of the Clean Power Ordinance, legislation that seeks to force two Southwest Side coal-fired power plants to curb their emissions, now says he will support the measure if re-elected to City Council. Solis faces Cuahutemoc Morfin, who has repeatedly criticized Solis for his failure to get behind the bill, in the 25th Ward run-off election.
An unofficial hearing about the stalled Clean Power Ordinance drew a big crowd out to City Hall this morning, and mingling among the environmental campaigners were more than a few would-be elected officials on the ballot in Chicago's municipal elections next week.
Rahm Emanuel's city finance plan forsees a spending freeze starting this year, departmental mergers, "reducing layers of management bureaucracy and consolidating redundant tasks," cutting the costs for the city's fleet, building maintenance, and billing, canceling and renegotiating contracts, shuttering tax increment financing districts, and introducing "managed competition" to the city's Department of Streets and Sanitation, among other measures, to realize $500 million in savings.