Home of the 43rd Ward Democrats - Michele Smith Committeeman

featuring political news and community information for 43rd ward residents and businesses -
2527 N. Lincoln Avenue - 773-661-2133

Friday, April 23, 2010

Exciting Neighborhood Events

Celebrate Earth Day at Lincoln Park Zoo
Thursday, April 22
10:00 am - 12:00 noon
Café Brauer at Lincoln Park Zoo (2021 N. Stockton Drive)
This is the Zoo's fifth annual Science Celebration, showcasing student projects that demonstrate how the zoo and the Chicago community serve as a living laboratory.

Green City Market - Indoor Market
Saturday, April 24th
8:00 am - 1:00 pm
South Gallery Notebaert Nature Museum
2430 N. Cannon Drive
"Say Cheese!"
Special cheese vendors will be featured at one of the last indoor markets of the season. Chef demonstrations will be held at 9am, 10am and 11am.

"Vintage 338 - A Wine Bar"
The location may seem familiar...
yes, it's the site of my former campaign office. But, boy has it changed! Come sample a variety of Spanish, Italian and French wines and have a bite at this great new business. Specializing in Southern European Street Food -sandwiches, salads, small plates and more. Located at 338 W. Armitage and open every day from 4:00 pm.

Friday, April 16, 2010

My Personal Lincoln

I turned 55 this past Friday, Lincoln's birthday. Lincoln died at 54, which brought to mind the old joke (by Tom Lehrer) that "it is people like that who make me realize how little I have accomplished. It is a sobering thought for example, that when Mozart was my age, he had been dead two years."

We remember Lincoln for is his accomplishments in his 5 short years as President. But for me, it is interesting that Lincoln dropped out of politics at one point, returning only in middle age.

Lincoln decided on a career in law and politics quite young - he ran for State Representative here in Illinois at 23, winning when he was 24. He served in the Illinois State Legislature (already known in the 1830s as a pretty wild place, where Lincoln once climbed out a window to help prevent a quorum) , and then for one term in the U.S. Congress.

But after one term in the U.S. Congress, Lincoln dropped from the political scene and concentrated on his law practice to earn money for his family. He only returned in his forties, "aroused" as he put it by the passage of the Kansas-Nebraska Act (which, he argued, would allow slavery in any territory), and in a few short years, became a national figure, and then, President.

Scholars now say that it was the totality of Lincoln's experiences - as a politician, an attorney, as a struggling business owner - that made him so able a leader.

I started my career as a federal prosecutor because I thought it was a good way to make a difference and serve the public. Other life experiences - working for a troubled company, personal troubles, and the like, followed. I might have wished to have entered politics earlier in my life. But I have to say that only those life experiences - as a prosecutor, as a lawyer and as a mother - could have given me the judgment, strength and empathy that I think a public servant should possess.

So perhaps middle age is the right time for anybody to pursue her dream

Did the 43rd Ward Make a Difference?

You bet it did. I've analyzed the results from last week's election, and I am proud of our results.

1600 more people voted than in 2006, a 26% increase over the last primary election. And that made a difference:

THE 43rd WARD HAD THE GREATEST MARGIN OF VICTORY FOR TONI PRECKWINKLE ANYWHERE IN THE CITY OF CHICAGO - 73.3%. City wide Toni received 46% of the vote. We made a critical difference in providing her a victory over those parts of the city that voted for less independent and progressive candidates.

Future State Representative Ann Williams also won the highest margin of victory here in the 43rd Ward- 62% - making a critical difference in her victory.

Judges: The 43rd Ward voted for the highest qualified judges by a wide margin, helping to bring to victory Judge Jim Epstein, future judge Terry MacCarthy, and Judge Ray Mitchell.

And many great candidates - David Hoffman, Raja Krishnamoorthi, Jonathan Goldman and Ray Figueroa - also received their highest margin of victory here. Higher turnout might have carried the day for some of them.

If you want more specifics on the races, check out http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1103023825474&s=3626&e=001EzQ74jR22SybKUqoLNyGX_MqFiYqsDaX-rCB0qJCC0wEE_A2i6Ay5qW3nEeENgJRWBWC4lKahJmvRguqhd4vo3aSJzPJxmPXEEKyTKS_cqInYIhYA38eHdmqbKHXhkgO.

Even though the news reported that voter turnout percentage was low, that is because we have an almost historically high number of registered voters due to the Obama race. If we can increase turnout from the 7600 that did vote in this election, we'll really make a decisive difference in the way our city, county and state is governed.

I hope that you see that your vote, and the 43rd Ward's votes, makes a difference in steering our government towards more independent, progressive candidates. Thank you for your vote, and I hope you join us the next time we have a primary election.