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Ald. Ed Burke has his first likely challenger in the much-watched race to represent the Southwest Side 14th Ward.
Richard J. Daley College advisor Jose Torrez filed a statement of organization Monday with the state Board of Elections to run in the February contest. Burke’s political opponents see the City Council’s longest serving member, who was elected in 1969, as vulnerable this time.
His brother, state Rep. Dan Burke, lost the March Democratic primary to high school counselor Aaron Ortiz, who was backed by Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia. And the alderman has faced criticism in his majority-Latino ward for helping President Donald Trump get a lower property tax bill on his downtown tower.
The progressive grassroots organization Our Revolution Illinois has targeted the council’s longest-serving member for defeat. And Garcia has hinted he would put up another progressive to take on the alderman.
But while Torrez has been involved with Garcia’s political organization in the past, it isn’t clear whether he’s that candidate. Other hopefuls are likely to vie for Garcia’s backing before nominating papers can be filed for City Council seats in November. And then candidates will need to withstand petition challenges to get on the ballot.
Burke has said he isn’t worried about losing his seat to a progressive challenger.
Burke declined comment Monday on Torrez’s candidacy. Asked whether he will definitely run for a 13th full term, Burke declined to respond directly, saying only, “Do you have any other questions?” (John Byrne)
What’s on tap
*Mayor Rahm Emanuelis scheduled to open the new Illinois Medical District Blue Line station in the morning. In the evening, the mayor is scheduled to speak at the Star Scholar welcome ceremony at the Harold Washington Library.
*Gov. Bruce Rauner was scheduled to have an appearance at a Champaign restaurant to take action on Senate Bill 2927 and House Bill 4781.
*Chicago mayoral candidate Lori Lightfoot is holding a press conference about her city ethics proposal at the Chicago Union League Club.
From the notebook
*And the winner is …: Apparently, two-time Oscar winner Gene Hackman not only isn’t the best actor in Illinois history, he’s not even the best to come out of Danville, according to an online vote conducted in conjunction with the state’s bicentennial festivities this year.
Those honors went to Dick Van Dyke, ahead of other Illinois products such as Bill Murray, Harrison Ford and Marlon Brando. Van Dyke grew up in Danville and was known for his roles in “Bye Bye Birdie,” “Mary Poppins” and “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” among other things.
According to online voters, the state’s top 10 actors of all time were: Van Dyke, Murray, Hackman, Ford, Gary Sinise, Charlton Heston, Brando, John Belushi, Melissa McCarthy and John Malkovich. Other nominees included Mary Astor, Andre Braugher, Dennis Franz, Rock Hudson, Marlee Matlin, Bernie Mac, Joe Mantegna, Frances McDormand, Laurie Metcalf and Gloria Swanson, according to a news release. It was not clear how many people participated in the survey.
Some notable Illinois acting products who weren’t mentioned include Oscar-winner Patricia Arquette, Robin Williams and Van Dyke’s brother, Jerry.
The poll was part of the ongoing Illinois Top 200 project, which is conducted by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, the (Springfield) State Journal-Register and the Illinois Bicentennial Commission, according to the release. The aim is to have 10 Illinois favorites picked in 20 categories by Dec. 3, the release said.
“These talented Illinoisans have shaped their genres and the entire industry. We celebrate their achievements and our rich history as we continue to cultivate the next generation of great talent and a thriving film industry here in Illinois,” Christine Dudley, the Illinois Film Office director, said in the release.
What we’re writing
*Lori Lightfoot’s ethics plan targets side jobs, mayoral term limits and would bolster city watchdog.
*Barack Obama weighs in on Illinois governor race, cuts video for Democrat J.B. Pritzker.
*After another violent Chicago weekend, top cop says: ‘We can only do so much. We cannot be on every street corner.’
*‘GoFundMe felt demeaning,’ but Illinoisans are turning to it as a health care lifeline.
*Hadiya Pendleton trial updates: Witnesses’ testimony read in court – ‘He wish he never did it.’
*Priests accused of sexual abuse moving out of Naperville retirement home next to school.
*Lake County Republicans replace Aaron Lawlor on November ballot for board chairman.
*Chicago Teachers’ Pension Fund to divest from companies that run immigration detention centers.
*Stanley, Sears to have competing Craftsman tool brands.
*Ronald McDonald House to expand after it gets $100 million, its largest single donation ever, from AbbVie.
*Too much of a good thing? Aldermen consider capping the number of ride-share vehicles.
What we’re reading
*Brian Urlacher goes from Hall of Fame to ‘Rob Riggle’s Ski Master Academy.’
*Chicago’s Eve Ewing will pen Marvel’s ‘Ironheart.’
*Pearl Jam at Wrigley Field review: A rousing set list full of classics, deep cuts.
*Beating King of Pop, the Eagles have No.1 album of all-time.
*A rare genetic aversion to sweets could be key to fighting obesity.
*Indiana woman had a loud, nonstop clicking — sometimes crunching — noise in her head that doctors couldn’t quiet.
Follow the money
*Michigan official faces manslaughter trial over Flint water.
*President Trump ready to ease rules on coal-fired power plants — centerpiece of Obama’s efforts to slow global warming.
*Trump lawyer Rudolph Giuliani tries to explain what he meant by ‘truth isn’t truth.’
*Kavanaugh memo pushed graphic sex questions for Bill Clinton.
*Prosecutors preparing bank fraud charges against Cohen: AP.
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August 21, 2018 at 06:12AM