February 2015

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The report card for Mayor Rahm Emanuel has been disappointing. His four years as Mayor have left many Chicagoans wondering if they are better off now than when he took office.

Three candidates seek 11th ward alderman seat; voters to choose for first time since ‘69

The 11th Ward aldermanic race has three candidates vying to fill the seat being vacated by 17-year veteran Alderman James A. Balcer.

Crowded field in 25th Ward as four look to defeat Solis

Four challengers are looking to unseat longtime Alderman Danny Solis in the 25th Ward, which includes portions of Pilsen, Chinatown, the West Loop, and Little Italy. Ed Hershey, a science teacher at Lindblom Math and Science Academy, supports an elected school board and an end to charter schools, which he said should be folded back into the Chicago Public Schools system.

Bey, Burns, Bolden vie for 4th Ward aldermanic seat

Two opponents are challenging current alderman of the 4th Ward William Burns this year. Candidates Tracey Bey and Norman Bolden, along with Alderman Burns, will be on the ballot on Feb. 24 when residents will choose to stick with the status quo or shake things up with a new representative.

Longtime incumbent Burnett faces businessman Beukinga in 27th Ward

In the 27th Ward, incumbent Walter Burnett, who has served as Alderman since 1995, faces one challenger, Gabe Beukinga, recently senior vice president of SomerCor504, a non-profit economic development company. He resigned to campaign full-time.

Ervin, unopposed on ballot in 28th Ward, comments on area issues

By Susan S. Stevens

Jason C. Ervin, appointed alderman of the 28th Ward by Mayor Richard M. Daley in 2011 and elected to a full term later that year, is running without opposition on the Feb. 24 ballot as he seeks re-election.

Patricia Horton hopes to defeat Incumbent Pat Dowell in 3rd Ward

The 3rd Ward features incumbent Alderman Pat Dowell being challenged by Patricia Horton, a former Metropolitan Water Reclamation District commissioner.

Cardenas unopposed in 12th

Incumbent George Cardenas does not feel at awkward about being the only candidate in the 12th Ward aldermanic race now that Peter John Demay has been knocked off the ballot.

UI Health, Shriners partner for pediatric care

Shriners Hospitals for Children-Chicago and the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System (UI Health) have signed an affiliation agreement to enhance their existing partnership and provide expanded pediatric specialty medical services.

Delta Dental offers discount dental plan

Delta Dental of Illinois has partnered with :DentalPlans to offer Illinois individuals and families a way to access affordable dental care through its discount dental program, Delta Dental Patient Direct.

‘Fifty Shades’ benefit in Bridgeport

Fifty Shades of Red will be held Friday, Feb. 27, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Zhou B Art Center in Bridgeport, 1029 W. 35th St. The event is a benefit for the American Heart Association presented by the National Association of Professional Women during Heart Health Month.

Meeting addresses Randolph Street crime problems

It is time to end creeping crime problems along the emerging Randolph Street night life strip before the situation gets worse, Randolph/Fulton Market Association director Roger Romanelli told a group of about 30 concerned residents and businesspeople at a Jan. 8 meeting at Prairie Production, 1304 W. Randolph St.