Big Girls Don’t Cry, the (non-New Jersey/yes-Chicago) Version

Dear Readers,

Big Girls Don’t Cry, this version featuring Toni Preckwinkle, newly-elected President of the Cook County Board of Commissioners, (Cook County’s government is larger than that of 29 states), and Lisa Madigan, newly re-elected Attorney General of Illinois, and maybe candidate for Chicago Mayor, may be found here.

On this day after an historic and, in some ways, troubling election, I’m looking on the bright side.

I hope you’ll find this post inspirational to the girls and women in your life.

Best wishes.

Rebecca

Lisa Madigan sits down in Mayor Daley’s chair: Maybe fantasy, maybe not.

Dear Readers,

I’ve written a new piece in my series for The Huffington Post about Chicago’s 2011 mayoral contest. It may be found at this link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rebecca-sive/mayor-daley-is-right-bein_b_762737.html, or on the front page of today’s Chicago edition.

I’ve said it before; I’ll say it again: Since this mayoral contest is both a laugh riot and very serious business, I’m going to keep writing. I hope you’ll keep reading.

In today’s piece, I write about the prospect of Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan as Mayor of Chicago. Though the Attorney General told WBEZ’s Alison Cuddy this morning she isn’t running, as I point-out in my piece, first the President wasn’t running, and then he was. [And a lot of us were happy when he declared he’d changed course. That could be the case here, too.] So, like I said, “stay tuned.”

Best wishes.

Rebecca

Chicago Mayor’s Race is a Tale of Two Cities

Our Mayor’s Race is a Tale of Two Cities

Dear Readers,

The above link is to my piece Friday for The Huffington Post about the fun in Chi-town, the race to replace Mayor Daley.

The big news Friday was about Rahm Emanuel’s departure from the White House and Mayor Daley’s very nice words about Gery Chico, presently head of the City Colleges and former mayoral chief-of-staff.

But, as I point out in my piece, it’s still anybody’s race–if that anybody creates a multi-racial, cross-town coalition of women.

Best wishes for a great week of fun.

Rebecca

Eight Forty-Eight – “Madam Mayor? The Female Prospects for Chicago’s Fifth Floor Office”

Dear Readers,

This link is to a discussion yesterday on Chicago’s NPR affiliate, WBEZ, about the race to replace Mayor Daley:

Eight Forty-Eight – Madam Mayor? The Female Prospects for Chicago’s Fifth Floor Office

We covered a lot of ground, so I hope you’ll take a listen, and then let me know what you think.

Sincerely,

Rebecca

How a woman wins the race to replace Mayor Daley

Dear Readers,

How a woman wins the race to replace Mayor Daley: See top-featured post (as of now, and for the last day), at Huffington Post Chicago, in which I present my take on how this could get done.

And here’s a fun way to keep track of the (mayoral) players; for, as someone said, albeit in a different game-context, as many players as there are right now, how could you possibly keep track without
a score card? Well, thankfully, some very clever people have
created one.

Right now, this all is quite amusing, at least for those of us not trying to raise the millions it will take, or trying to figure out how to recruit the neighborhood organizers who really know how to make things happen. But, as those of you who’ve lived in Chicago for a while know well, it won’t stay funny for long. So, keep paying attention to what’s happening, if you would.

Meanwhile, if you need some motivation, remember that Chicago is a soulful, beautiful, big, important and wonderful place; it deserves the very best in its next mayor. Not to coin a cliche, but to repeat one: This city really is “Sweet Home Chicago*;” let’s all of us who care about it do everything we can to keep it that way.

Sincerely,

*The best version of Sweet Home Chicago is by Magic Sam, heard best on the Delmark Records album, West Side Soul. If I had a nickel for every time I’ve listened to it, I could be a big donor to one of those mayoral campaigns: Check-it-out.