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Monday, November 16, 2009

Press Coverage of 43rd Ward Candidates Debate

Todd Stroger's failure to appear for our candidates forum yesterday became the focus of the media coverage of the event. Unfortunately, that masked the excellent conversation among our moderator, Andy Shaw of the Better Government Association, and the candidates Dorothy Brown, Terrance O'Brien and Toni Preckwinkle. In a later post, we'll discuss the substantive differences among the candidates.

Download a podcast of the forum (which lasted a little more than an hour) at Chicago Progressive Talk.

But for today, here are links to the press reports:

ABC 7 Chicago
WGN TV Chicago
Fox News Chicago (I'm interviewed!)
Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Tribune
WBBM Newsradio 78
Lincoln Park Now
Chicago Current
Chicago Reader
The Living Room
Chicago News Bench

Friday, November 13, 2009


Richard Zisook and Michael Supera now own and propose to re-develop all of the existing hospital buildings, including the Lincoln Park Hospital buildings on the north side of Webster (running north all the way to Grant Place) and the parking garage on the south side of Webster. They propose the following changes and new uses:

Parking garage

Remove second floor and reconfigure structure for a ground floor drug store on the west side and a hi-level grocery store on the west side, containing a total of approximately 32,000 square feet of retail space.

Re-clad the exterior of structure with brick, and extend the height of the parapet wall (top level) by 4 feet. There would be parking on the roof.

Trucks making deliveries to the drug store and grocery and picking-up garbage would back in and out of a newly-created driveway running from the east side of Lincoln Avenue into the west (Lincoln Avenue) side of the garage.

Hospital Building along Geneva Terrace

Remodel hospital building along Geneva Terrace, between Grant Place and Webster, plus portion of building on Webster between corner building and hospital "tower", and convert to rental senior citizen's housing, with approximately 330 units in all.

Convert first floor on north side of Webster to commercial use, with a number of small shops.

New driveway from Webster would provide all access for parking, deliveries and garbage pick-up to the entire complex. Parking to be underground.

New façade to be installed.

Hospital Tower

Remodel existing tower and convert to120 for-sale condominium units. Presently projected prices around $500/ sq. ft. Parking to be underground.

New façade to be installed.

Existing driveway and small "park" area to east of Hospital Tower

To be converted into two, for-sale residential lots.

Existing utility buildings on south side of Grant Place

To be demolished and new, for-sale housing to be built. Exact type of building and height limitations under discussion.

Candidates Forum with Andy Shaw!

43rd Ward Democrats Host Candidates Forum

Todd Stroger, Toni Preckwinkle, Dorothy Brown and Terrence O’Brien to Appear at DePaul Forum with Moderator Andy Shaw

November 15, 2009
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
DePaul Student Center
2250 N. Sheffield Avenue

Andy Shaw – former Political Editor oSunday, November 15f Channel 7 News and current Executive Director of the Better Government Association will moderate a lively discussion among the Democratic Candidates for President of the Cook County Board.

Candidates who have confirmed their appearance:
Todd Stroger
President Cook County Board
Toni Preckwinkle
4th Ward Alderman
Dorothy Brown
Clerk of the Circuit Court
Terrence O’Brien
President, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District

Democratic Committeeman Michele Smith and the 43rd Ward Democrats are hosts of the
County Board President Democratic Candidates Forum moderated by BGA President Andy Shaw.
The 43rd Ward Democrats is an independent Democratic organization
committed to promoting socially progressive, fiscally responsible Democratic candidates.

The event is also co-hosted by the DePaul Democrats, the DePaul University Political Science Department, the Better Government Association and WCPT AM & FM - Chicago’s Progressive Talk Radio.

All are welcome. Admission is free. Doors open to the public at Noon.
Attendees are asked to please RSVP, if possible, at countyboardforum@gmail.com to help accommodate the expected large turnout.

Public Parking Available: 2335 North Sheffield
Public Transportation Red, Purple and Brown Lines:
Exit at the Fullerton station

The BGA and County Board Candidates Forum

I'm thrilled that we will be hosting a debate for the candidates for Cook County Board President on November 15.

As we know, this is the critical race that will decide our sales taxes, property taxes, and the provision of county services - like our judiciary, prosecutors, jail, County hospital and forest preserves.

So I'm doubly thrilled that the 43rd Ward's own Andy Shaw, former star reporter from ABC7 News, and now the executive director of the Better Government Association, will be moderating. I asked Andy to referee this debate because I believe very strongly in the mission of the BGA - and I think you might too.

To quote Andy, "The debate in the 43rd Ward offers voters and taxpayers an excellent opportunity to see who, among the Democratic candidates, is truly committed to eliminating the 'corruption tax' we all pay when government is run for the benefit of the politicians and not the public. And who is dedicated to restoring FAITH in government, which is an acronym for Fairness, Accountability, Integrity, Transparency and Honesty. That's the Better Government Association's mission, and we're eager to see who shares it." I very much agree.

We all know that serious investigative reporting is threatened by the cutbacks in our local papers and newstations at this time. Now more than ever we need a watchdog group like the Better Government Association.

Find out more about the BGA and think about joining. You may even decide to send a contribution.