Greg Hinz, Crain's
Streeterville and the Magnificent Mile are a long way — geographically, culturally and demographically — from the hodge-podge of often poor humanity known as Uptown.
Yet the alderman of the former has turned out to be the single largest campaign donor in the latter, as the mostly Uptown 46th Ward prepares to elect a new alderman in the upcoming runoff election.
Campaign disclosure records indicate that Alderman Brendan Reilly (42nd), whose very upscale ward includes a big chunk of Chicago's central area, a couple of weeks ago donated $9,626.20 to Molly Phelan, one of the two runoff candidates in the 46th Ward.
That's the single largest contribution from anyone (other than candidates to themselves) in a race that had 11 candidates before the Feb. 22 first round.
I'd earlier written that Mr. Reilly was likely to get involved in other wards' races. But his, um, generosity was even more than I expected.
Mr. Reilly's 46th Ward involvement appears to be more than financial.
One of his top lieutenants in ousting longtime 42nd Ward Alderman Burt Natarus four years ago, Dave Clarkin, is likely to take over as manager of Ms. Phelan's runoff campaign, she says. And there are lots of other rumors about precinct help Ms. Phelan is getting from Mr. Reilly — who, like Mr. Clarkin, once worked for Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan.