Sep 082010
 
Chicago Politics

White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, who said in an interview Monday that he wants to become Chicago mayor, has a war chest of nearly $1.2 million left over from his career in Congress, Federal Election Commission records show.

The balance in the fund named Friends of Rahm Emanuel was $1.175 million at the end of March, records show.

~The date Ol’ Rahm said this? April 20th, 2010 !

The looming retirement of Mayor Richard M. Daley opens the door to remaking the city’s political landscape. Here’s a look at many of the local players who could have a stake in the 2011 city election.

Some have said they may be candidates for mayor, some have ruled themselves out — at least for now — and some just won’t say.

• Rahm Emanuel, 50, White House chief of staff

Senior strategist and chief fundraiser during Daley’s first successful run for mayor in 1989, he caused a stir in an April television appearance when he announced: “One day I would like to run for mayor of the city of Chicago.”

The former congressman was an adviser to President Bill Clinton and then worked for an investment banking firm headed by a Clinton fundraiser. In 21/2 years with the firm, he earned more than $16 million.

Evidence in the federal investigation into illegal political hiring at Daley’s City Hall showed city workers campaigned for Emanuel and other politicians.


He also came up in the investigation of ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s conduct in filling the U.S. Senate seat once held by President Barack Obama. Emanuel, who served as Obama’s point person on the Senate seat, was heard on several undercover federal recordings talking about possible Senate picks with Blagojevich and the then-governor’s chief of staff before the two were arrested. Emanuel was not accused of any wrongdoing in either investigation.

~ BS!

• Tom Dart, 42, Cook County sheriff

Helped run Daley’s re-election bid in 1999 and was a coordinator for Barack Obama’s unsuccessful campaign for Congress in 2000. A former Cook County prosecutor and 10-year state representative, he lost the 2002 general election for state treasurer. In 2006, he ran to fill the seat of his longtime political benefactor, retiring Sheriff Michael Sheahan.

Dart has bolstered his political profile with some national headlines as sheriff, first by suspending all foreclosure evictions in the wake of the national banking scandal and then by filing a high-profile lawsuit against Craigslist claiming its adult services ads were a conduit for prostitution.

Edward M. Burke, 66, alderman of 14th Ward, partner in the law firm of Klafter & Burke

Ties to Daley: Long considered Chicago’s most influential politician next to Daley, Burke heads the powerful Committee on Finance. Burke ran a bitter, unsuccessful campaign against Daley for Cook County state’s attorney in the 1980s but supported his old rival for mayor. He is the longest-sitting current alderman and has been a key supporter of Daley budgets and initiatives.

He heads the Judicial Nominating Committee for the Cook County Democratic Party and controlled political funds totaling more than $4.5 million as of June 30. He is also married to Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne M. Burke.


William Daley, 62, Midwest chairman, JPMorgan Chase, and sits on boards of other major companies such as Abbott Laboratories, Boeing and Merck

Ties to Daley: The youngest of Daley’s seven siblings, he has long been a Democratic operative in city, state and national politics. He was commerce secretary in the Clinton administration, a key supporter of the Obama candidacy and chairman of Al Gore’s campaign, and served on the Obama-Biden transition team. He considered a run for governor in 2010.

He also helped lead his brother’s 2009 effort to land the 2016 Olympics, a failure that had some predicting the mayor’s political demise.

* ~ 5. Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade: Stuart E. Eizenstat. Mr. Eizenstat was Vice Chairman at the Washington office of the international law firm of Powell, Goldstein, Frazer and Murphy. According to their newsletter they have a keen interest in the U.S.-China trade policy and the shifting of licensing to the Commerce Department. Also of interest, Patricia Daley is the Senior Policy Advisor for their Government Relations Group (lobbying). According to her bio: “Ms. Daley has over two decades of political involvement ranging from Chicago mayoral campaigns…” The mayor of Chicago is the brother of William Daley, Secretary of Commerce. Also, Frank Kruesi, named Assistant Secretary of Transportation for Transportation Policy 5/11/93, was Chief Policy Officer in the Administration of Chicago Mayor Richard Daley. A small world?

* ~ The Current Export-Import ‘Team’

As we said in the previous section, currently the Board of directors of the Export-Import Bank has only four members – its President and Chairman, James Harmon, its Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Jackie M. Clegg, the Secretary of Commerce William Daley and the U.S. Trade Representative Charlene Barshefsky. Of these four only its President and Vice President can vote on disbursement of funds. There are three director seats vacant which, after Ms. Haley ‘left’, provided the board with an absence of quorum; thus the need to push Weaver into the key spot. Seems like a rather sloppy, high budget, paper-shuffling operation (almost $2 billion in 1998) when it can’t even muster a vote!

* ~Al Gore’s campaign Chairman William Daley

Jesse Jackson Jr., 45, U.S. representative, D-Chicago

Ties to Daley: Considered a run opposing Daley in 2007 at the urging of labor unions in a wage dispute with Daley, but stopped short of alienating a Democratic machine that helped him win a seat in Congress.

The son of well-known civil rights icon and perennial presidential candidate the Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr., “Triple J” took a political hit last year when his name emerged as the potential winner in Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s alleged deal to sell Obama’s vacated Senate seat.

He has served in Congress since 1995. His wife, Sandi, is a Chicago alderman.

• Peter Q. Thompson, 42, chief executive officer of Perkins Investment Management

Ties to Daley: Nephew and finance chairman of the mayor’s 2007 campaign.

Thompson, who has a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Chicago, was given high marks for his work on Daley’s last run for office, and his name occasionally crops up as a potential mayoral candidate. Asked if he was interested in being mayor, Thompson said Tuesday, “I’m an investment guy. I’m focused on the stock market.”

Dan Hynes, 42, Illinois comptroller

Hynes is the son of Southwest Side power broker and 19th Ward committeeman Tom Hynes, and the family has long-standing friendly relations with Daley. A product of St. Ignatius College Prep, Notre Dame and Loyola law school, Hynes was a wunderkind who won his first political contest, for comptroller in 1998, at the age of 29. But the mild-mannered budget wonk’s efforts for larger office have failed. In 2004, Daley initially backed Hynes’ bid for the U.S. Senate, the seat won by Obama. Earlier this year, Hynes lost a bloody primary battle with Pat Quinn for the Democratic nomination for governor. Hynes’ plans for the future are unclear as he serves out his last term as comptroller.

• James Houlihan, 67, Cook County assessor since 1997

Ties to Daley: Retiring from the assessor’s job, Houlihan has been viewed as a potential candidate whether or not Daley decided to run. Earlier this summer, the North Side Democrat wouldn’t rule out a run, dodging the question by saying, “That political question will come later.” Houlihan, who represented Lincoln Park and Lakeview in the state House in the 1970s, is a longtime political foe of Speaker Michael Madigan, whose law firm specializes in tax appeals of Houlihan’s office’s assessments.


Luis Gutierrez, 56, Democratic congressman

Ties to Daley: Gutierrez, a former alderman who has garnered a national reputation as an advocate for immigration reform, has long expressed interest in succeeding Daley. Gutierrez is currently seeking his 10th term in office, but his political star has fallen somewhat in recent years. FBI agents investigating zoning in Chicago have asked about Gutierrez’s ties to a corrupt developer and campaign contributor convicted of bribing former Ald. Isaac Carothers. On Tuesday, he confirmed he was still mulling a run, saying, “In the coming days, I will talk with my family and meet with my supporters and make a decision about my future plans.”

• David Orr, 65, Cook County clerk since 1991

A former alderman who briefly served as acting mayor in the wake of Harold Washington’s death, Orr was the political mentor of Ald. Joe Moore, who has periodically butted heads with Daley, most notably by backing a ban on foie gras. Orr was once seen as a political reformer whose star was rising; it’s unclear how much interest he would have in seeking the mayor’s office.

• Bob Fioretti, 57, alderman, 2nd Ward

Ties to Daley: A lawyer elected to the council 2007, Fioretti quickly became a prominent voice among aldermen, showing a willingness to criticize the mayor. He was one of the primary voices raising questions about Daley’s plans to financially back the 2016 Olympics, though he ultimately backed the plan. Fioretti was in private practice before his election, and his clients included plaintiffs who alleged misconduct by Chicago police.

• Brendan Reilly, 38, alderman, 42nd Ward

Ties to Daley: Reilly, a former employee of Speaker Michael Madigan, unsuccessfully butted heads with Daley by opposing the location of the Chicago Children’s Museum in Grant Park. His name is often mentioned in the mix of younger aldermen with mayoral aspirations. Reacting to Daley’s announcement, Reilly, who is running for a second term, was noncommittal. “I’m planning on running for re-election, but this news I think requires everyone to take a step back and think about who the best candidate for that office could be,” he said.

• Joe Moore, 52, alderman, 49th Ward, since 1991

Ties to Daley: An off-and-on Daley critic who ran afoul of the mayor by pushing the ban on foie gras, as well as by opposing big-box stores in the city.

• John Fritchey, 46, state representative since 1997

Ties to Daley: Currently running for Cook County Board, Fritchey is the son-in-law of Sam Banks, the de facto Democratic boss of the 36th Ward and a prominent zoning lawyer who also represented organized-crime figures, according to testimony in the federal “Family Secrets” trial. Fritchey has enjoyed political backing from other powerful Democrats with strong Daley ties, including Ald. Richard Mell (33rd). On Tuesday, Fritchey said he is keeping his options open.


Dorothy A. Brown, 55, clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County

First elected clerk in 2000, she launched an unsuccessful bid against Daley for mayor in 2007 and lost the 2010 Democratic primary for Cook County Board president. Her campaign hit a snag when it was publicized that she charged her employees $2 each for the right to wear jeans to work on Fridays. She has since scrapped the program.

Patrick Daley, 35, U.S. Army enlistment

Ties to Daley: As the mayor’s only son, some look to Patrick as the someday heir apparent. At 29, Patrick surprised his family when he announced his intention to enlist in the Army only months after receiving a graduate degree from the University of Chicago.

• Scott Waguespack, 40, alderman, 32nd Ward

Ties to Daley: Defeated Daley-backed incumbent Ted Matlak in 2007. Waguespack, one of five aldermen to vote against Daley’s proposal to privatize the city’s parking meters, said he is still mulling whether to run for mayor.

• Sandi Jackson, 46, alderman, 7th Ward

Ties to Daley: Defeated Daley ally Darcel Beavers in 2007. Jackson, the wife of Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., is a lawyer and worked for the Democratic National Committee before being elected to the City Council. Jackson would not rule out a run for mayor, saying, “I would never say never.”

Lisa Madigan, 44, Illinois attorney general

Madigan, the daughter of Michael Madigan, is running for re-election. She issued a statement Tuesday indicating she was not interested in being mayor, saying she was focused on getting re-elected. Lisa Madigan’s name also has come up as a potential candidate for U.S. senator and for governor, in part because of her father’s political might and influence.

Thomas Allen, 58, alderman, 38th Ward

Ties to Daley: Daley appointed him alderman in 1993. Allen, chairman of the City Council’s Transportation and Public Way Committee, butted heads with the mayor on police hiring and privatizing city services. He ran in 2008 for Cook County state’s attorney and lost to Anita Alvarez. Allen said he’d consider running for mayor.

• Eugene Schulter, 62, alderman, 47th Ward

Schulter, who joined the City Council in 1975 at the age of 26, would not totally rule out running for mayor and said he was concentrating on another term to council. “At this stage, I’m circulating petitions to run for re-election,” Schulter said.


Emil Jones, 74, retired

Jones, an old-school politician, is the former president of the Illinois Senate and had been one of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s steadfast supporters in Springfield. Like many other politicians, Jones would not rule out running for mayor.

• Mike Quigley, 51, congressman

A former Cook County commissioner, Quigley won a special election in 2009 to fill the congressional seat of White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel. Quigley declined to say how Daley’s decision affects his political aspirations.

• Forrest E. Claypool, 53, Cook County Board of Commissioners, independent

Ties to Daley: Served two terms as Daley’s chief of staff beginning in 1989, when he left his job as managing partner in a political consulting firm founded by David Axelrod, now a top adviser to Obama. Claypool also served as parks superintendent under Daley. Earlier this year, Claypool announced his departure from the Democratic Party to run as an independent for county assessor.

• Thomas Tunney, 55, alderman, 44th Ward

Ties To Daley: Calling gays and lesbians “part of the fabric of our community,” Daley appointed the North Side restaurateur in 2002 to become the first openly gay alderman in Chicago history.

Tunney introduced the ordinance that overturned Chicago’s much criticized ban on foie gras in 2007.


Danny K. Davis, 69, Democratic member of Congress since 1996

Political ties: The veteran congressman has long eyed returning to an office where he could wield power more directly in his hometown. A former alderman and Cook County Board member, in 2006 Davis attempted to succeed John Stroger in leading the County Board but lost a primary battle to the late chairman’s son Todd. On Tuesday, Davis told the political journal Roll Call, “I’m not going to rule myself out. I’m not going to rule myself in.”

Valerie Jarrett, 53, senior adviser to President Obama

Political ties: A Chicago lawyer and political activist who got her start as a lawyer in the Washington administration. She went on to become deputy chief of staff under Daley, where she met the Obamas when she offered the future first lady a job in 1991. She also served stints as Daley’s commissioner of the Department of Planning and Development and head of the CTA Board. When she joined Obama’s administration, she was CEO of The Habitat Co. She is now one of Obama’s most trusted confidantes.

David Heinzmann, Todd Lighty and David Kidwell provided list

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