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Ray Suarez

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  • Gov. Rauner needs more than ads to topple powerful Democrats

    Gov. Rauner needs more than ads to topple powerful Democrats
    Gov. Bruce Rauner is talking like he wants to go to war with the Democratic bosses. And by bosses he means those who've become wealthy in office while running Illinois into the ground: House Speaker Michael Madigan, the Democratic boss who has run...
  • Chicago's new aldermen switching from campaign mode to governing

    Chicago's new aldermen switching from campaign mode to governing
    Chicago's 13 new aldermen had seats onstage at the Chicago Theatre for the celebratory pomp and circumstance at Monday's inauguration ceremony, but along with the oath of office came a cold dose of reality. The days of campaign promises are over, and...
  • Suarez loses to Santiago by 79 votes in 31st Ward

     Suarez loses to Santiago by 79 votes in 31st Ward
    Longtime 31st Ward Ald. Ray Suarez has been forced into retirement after a final count of votes Tuesday from the April 7 runoff election showed him losing to challenger Milagros "Milly" Santiago by 79 votes. A week ago, when it seemed clear he was headed...
  • Ald. Smith back on top as vote counting continues in Lincoln Park race

    Ald. Smith back on top as vote counting continues in Lincoln Park race
    The tight race to represent Lincoln Park on the Chicago City Council got a little looser Thursday as election officials continued to count absentee ballots. Ald. Michele Smith had a 69-vote lead over challenger Caroline Vickrey in the 43rd Ward contest,...
  • Emanuel critic fends off foe; mayor to keep iron grip on council

    Emanuel critic fends off foe; mayor to keep iron grip on council
    A fierce critic of Mayor Rahm Emanuel fended off an opponent backed by pro-Emanuel political groups Tuesday in one of the most expensive and high-profile races among 18 City Council runoff contests. Six other aldermen who have been strong backers of...
  • John Kass: Are political winds of change blowing in Chicago?

    The oligarchs who run Chicago don't want to consider the unthinkable -- at least not publicly. Yet as the campaign for mayor of Chicago between Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia and Mayor Rahm Emanuel enters its final week, some oligarchs...
  • Old-school aldermen try to hold on in runoffs

    Old-school aldermen try to hold on in runoffs
    Chicago's ward politics have long been synonymous with the city's vaunted Democratic Party apparatus, even as the federal courts have dismantled the patronage job system in recent years. Now several aldermanic races feature candidates hoping to weaken the...
  • Are political winds of change blowing in Chicago?

    Are political winds of change blowing in Chicago?
    The oligarchs who run Chicago don't want to consider the unthinkable — at least not publicly. Yet as the campaign for mayor of Chicago between Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia and Mayor Rahm Emanuel enters its final week, some...
  • Aldermen OK stricter affordable housing law

    Aldermen OK stricter affordable housing law
    Chicago aldermen still want residential developers to boost the supply of affordable housing within the city but are temporarily scaling back the stiff fees that will be charged to companies who'd rather pay than play. Downtown apartment and condominium...
  • Welcome to Runoff City

    Welcome to Runoff City
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel and challenger Jesus "Chuy" Garcia will have plenty of company as they prep for an April 7 showdown. Roughly one-third of Chicago's wards are headed for City Council runoffs — more than the city saw in 2011. That magic number of...
  • Emanuel festivals chief defends Taste loss, Great Chicago Fire fizzle

    Emanuel festivals chief defends Taste loss, Great Chicago Fire fizzle
    Chicago’s arts and festivals chief on Wednesday defended last summer’s money-losing Taste of Chicago festival along with the first-time Great Chicago Fire Festival that culminated in a flame-out that disappointed tens of thousands of...