The 46th Ward Election Circus was a little slow in starting, but now we're in full gear. Check out this article by the NY Times/ Chicago News Co-op: Crime Dominates Talk In 46th Ward Campaign. (That link is to Chicago News Co-op; it's in the NY Times here.)
After months of radio silence, Ald. Shiller suddenly just... can't... stop... talking! Even though she's a lame duck, she couldn't refrain from calling James Cappleman's ideas "crazy." (Our suspicion: It's probably just an involuntary reflex by now, like Tourette's.) She also mentions how very concerned she is about crime in the 46th Ward. (Well, you coulda fooled us.)
As far as actual, relevant candidates, the herd is starting to differentiate themselves from one another, especially when it comes to talking about crime.
- Emily Stewart says we need more cops and she'll go over the budget to find the money to hire them (but she can't find any residents who can tell her what they'd have done differently than Ald. Shiller).
- Befekadu Retta likes that Ald. Shiller gave him a helping hand, but says she's soft on crime.
- Marc Kaplan doesn't want any more cops in Uptown (nor does Jamiko Rose of O.N.E., who's quoted along with the candidates for some reason). No shock there, on either count.
- Michael Carroll will personally patrol the streets of Uptown.
- Molly Phelan and Emily Stewart both say they'll use menu money to hire more security.
The photos are interestingly gritty, but two points off for errors in depicting "the streets of the 46th Ward." The New York Times may be the "newspaper of record," but the former Majestic Store (Leland and Broadway) and the traffic stop in front of the Bridgeview Bank (Lawrence and Broadway) are both in the 48th Ward. (We're sure The Times regrets the errors.)