Block by block: What will Chicago’s next mayor do for Chicago’s families?

Dear Readers,

This morning, I had the pleasure of meeting John W. Fountain, Chicago Sun-Times columnist and former Chicago Tribune, New York Times and Washington Post writer, when he and I participated in a conversation with Alison Cuddy on her WBEZ program: Eight Forty-Eight.

The topic was what Chicago’s next mayor should do in the way of creating family-friendly policies, specifically policies that would help low-income and woman-headed families combat neighborhood violence, get better schools, and generally develop thriving communities. Food-for-thought, indeed, as we head into this last week of this historic mayoral primary campaign.

Best wishes.

Rebecca

http://www.wbez.org/staff/alison-cuddy

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

Politics: Chicago’s “Best Game”

Best Game in Town

Dear Readers,

So, at the link above you can listen to a Friday afternoon piece from WBEZ, our Chicago NPR affiliate, about the political doings of that busy week on the Chicago political front.

It was interesting for me, and I hope it will be for you, to listen to the other guests, Audra Wilson, a former deputy press secretary to then-U.S. Senate candidate Barack Obama, and Scott McPherson, a Republican strategist, along with host Steve Edwards, talk about what’s bemusing and befuddling the chattering classes.

Mostly, it seems that there’s no clear path to victory for any candidate on the hustings right now.

It was fun to participate, if a test of one’s wits, to stay on-point in the middle of a very busy and noisy restaurant!

Thanks to Steve Edwards, WBEZ Program Director and show host, for inviting me.

Sincerely,

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