Chicago mayor’s race heats up for the New Year: Listen here to a take on what’s what.

Dear Readers,

The Chicago mayor’s race is heating up: At this link is a segment from the Eight Forty-Eight show on WBEZ, the Chicago NPR affiliate, talking about the latest. [I was a part of this conversation about what the New Year has brought us so far on this not-so-fun front.]

Happy New Year!


I never thought Rev. Meeks wanted to be Mayor. Turns out, I was right.

“First, he dilly-dallied. Then, he claimed that the only way he could or would do it would be to remain as pastor of his church, clearly an untenable idea to anyone with a serious understanding of the voting electorate in Chicago…” Keep reading here.

Rev Meeks is history in the mayoral race department. [This link takes you to Rev. Meeks’s statement about dropping-out.]

The most interesting part of the statement is his recommendation that Carol Moseley-Braun and Danny Davis withdraw, too.

Now, why in the world, you might wonder, is he proposing this? Something to think about in the midst of all the holiday cheer. [Never a dull moment for Chicago politics junkies. That’s for sure.]

Happy trails.

Rebecca </

The Olympic Women’s Movement

Good morning,

As we await news of the Olympics–for good or bad overall–if Chicago is the site of the 2016 Olympics, the effort will provide a singular context for Chicago’s women to shape our city and improve the the lives of the women who live in it.

In my latest post for Today’s Chicago Woman, I’ve written about what it will take to mobilize. Click here:

Here is an excerpt from my TCW posting:

“What sorts of women are leading Chicago today, and what can we learn from their experiences?

“In this era of management books and leadership gurus, it almost goes-without-saying that there are different leadership styles; we’re now all well used to that. But leadership style is one thing; one’s persona is something else again.

“I was tipped-over-the-edge–on this topic of leadership–when I read about the midnight-Saturday resignation of one of President Obama’s (male) aides, apparently because his too-left-wing past life had become too much of a PR burden for the White House.

“Then, I tried to picture myself in Van Jones’s shoes, having been a political appointee a couple times, myself. Notwithstanding this experience, I found it very hard to do.

“Why is that, I wondered? Then, it came to me: there are archetypes of female leadership, and, depending which one you are, odds-are, you’ll have some experiences, but not others.

“Indeed, no matter one’s expertise, knowledge, or relationships, one’s persona may be the driver of one’s fate.

So, here we go: I’ve come-up with five archetypes I see, in today’s-Chicago-woman’s leadership world, but some a whole lot more than others.”


“I Love New York”*

So, this is all I could think-of, upon hearing that Sonia Sotomayor will be confirmed tomorrow as a Supreme Court Justice. Anyplace that could create her, and make tomorrow possible, is great by me.

A close second was the song “Jim Dandy to the Rescue,” first recorded by LaVern Baker in the mid-1950s. I kept thinking: “Sonia tooooo the rescue.”

Third, I thought of the term: “A Bronx Cheer.” But,then, I looked-it-up, and found that it’s a term of derision yelled at Yankee Stadium.

But, today, I’m betting it’s not. I bet the Stadium, and the streets beyond, are just full of real-Bronx cheers (for Sonia).

Congratulations, Judge; this New-York-born-girl, albeit born in another borough, is just thrilled.

A great weekend to all.


*Written and composed by Steve Karmen.

**Sung by Lavern Baker, written by Lincoln Chase. The song was named one of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll and was ranked #343 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. The song was covered by southern rock band Black Oak Arkansas. (This information is from Wikipedia.)