Post-Election Highlights

A great day for good government yesterday. It was the beginning of serious reform in Chicago. Lori Lightfoot‘s amazing first place victory set the scene for a movement away from pay-to-play old school Chicago politics and toward accountability and seriously confronting racism and inequality. Several new aldermen were elected or got into a runoff: Maria Hadden (63.8%) beating Joe Moore …

Election Reforms for Illinois

Petition filing for the February municipal election in Chicago, a process that is painful and costly for candidates and confusing for voters, ended Monday. But it’s only the beginning of a very expensive month of litigation around voters’ signatures. In May of this year, after once again experiencing an expensive and frustrating ballot access fight during the primary, I released …

Interview about Chicago Machine

Illustration: Kathryn Rathke

Politics is the art of managing conflict. I don’t even like politics that much. I like social justice. I like helping people. What I despise is the misuse of power, the pettiness. I know politicians who’ll do something really bad or say a lie about you, and it’s “Oh, David, that’s just politics.” I was raised in a Republican family. …