All posts tagged: chicago machine

Newsletter: AP26, Rahmbo replaces Daley, Chicago Mayoral Election Images, new photo journal

Newsletter just went out: Greetings!, A round-up of recents publications and news from Amanda Rivkin, photographer to kick off the springtime – because what says rebirth like a look back in time: AMERICAN PHOTOGRAPHY 26 The American Photography 26 photo annual arrived recently, featuring photographic highlights from 2009 in photojournalism, fine art and commercial photography. Included is this image I took (at left) from January 29, 2009 of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich in the Illinois State Capitol his final day in office for The New York Times: More on American Photography 26 both on the AI-AP website and the amanda rivkin, photographer blog. RAHM EMANUEL IS OUR NEW DALEY On February 22, 2011, Chicago got a new mayor – a rare, once-in-a-generation event if someone named Daley was in power at the time of your birth, growth or development. For the first time in more than 21 years and after nearly half a century of Daley family-rule at the helm of Chicago politics, a new mayor was anointed: Rahm Emanuel. Receiving 55% of the …

Fortnight Journal: The Chicago Way

The Chicago Way Fortnight Journal February 14, 2011 I. The Chicago Tribune arrived on the ledge outside my family’s kitchen. It was December. I was home for the holidays from graduate school. On the front page, the Tribune featured an early poll of 721 likely voters in the Chicago mayoral race. This was the first real contest in 21 years for the highest office in the city; The Fifth Floor; the mayor’s executive suite at Chicago City Hall. The poll showed a clear and early divide had emerged: There was Rahm Emanuel. And then there was everyone else. Or rather, there was Rahm Emanuel with a double-digit, 32 percent lead, and then a fragmented spread that delegated mere single-digit percentage points to the other six candidates, in alphabetical order: Roland Burris, Gery Chico, Danny Davis, Miguel del Valle, Reverend James Meeks and Carol Moseley Braun. As of this writing, the race has dwindled considerably. Davis and Meeks bowed out and endorsed Moseley Braun, making her the de facto black candidate in the race. Burris announced …

The Full Emanuel: Running with Rahmbo, Best Pictures from the Last Few Days of Campaign Coverage

Rahm Emanuel is running for mayor of Chicago. Since 1989, change around the world inaugurated the Daley regime in Chicago, as in Richard M. For the past 21 years, Chicago had a mayor for life – until of course Daley announced this past fall that he did not plan to seek reelection. Before Richard M. Daley, there was his father, Richard J. Daley, also known as “the old man,” who controlled the city in much the similar fashion as the son has for 21 years, until his death which ushered in an interregnum until Chicago settled for his son less than two decades later. But the floodgates have now opened up; politicians once retired emerged, congressmen threw their hats in, the White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel resigned to come home and run, and then his tenant refused to surrender the house and threw his hat into the ring too. Then Rahm’s residency was challenged presenting a problem because Illinois state law says one must have resided in the state for the year prior …

Newsletter: [Subject Line Should Read] Verve Photo / Holiday Print Sale / CHICAGO!

Newsletter went out today, sadly, sigh, with a mistaken subject line that ought have read “Verve Photo / Holiday Print Sale / CHICAGO!” Hopefully the fact that it accidentally went out with the last newsletter subject line will not deter folks because this has some new images from Azerbaijan and Rahm Emanuel on the campaign trail for Chicago mayor that have not been seen before: First off, happy holidays to one and all! Some recent news, updates and events… VERVE PHOTO Today on Verve Photo, Geoffrey Hiller’s popular photo industry blog, one of my images from my work following the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline route last summer is featured: From the story behind the image: “The group of people who took me to this beach were Bakuvian urban elites, a banker, a PhD student in Germany, among others who had professional jobs that ensured that when they went to the beach it was more private, less polluted and in turn more expensive. It was a strange site, the two groups representing the two Azerbaijans. The fact …

From the Archive: Life Under the Daley Machine Redux

In anticipation (read: great joy) of covering the first Chicago mayor election in my living memory (yup, Richie Daley was elected when I was approximately five years old), I am digging through my archives in 2008/2009 covering some pretty interesting times in local politics then, that quickly became national and international politics. But then there were those moments of obscurantia that occur in city life and maybe do not get much more than a passing mention in local newspapers, usually part of a much bigger story. Such was the case with the Chicago police protest of their contracts the day the International Olympic Committee (I.O.C.) came to Chicago for its final evaluation of the city’s 2016 Olympic bid, which went to Rio instead. Knowing rumor around town has it Daley would not have offered not to run for reelection (this is a polite word for what “elections” have consisted of over the past 20 years for mayor in this office – as it is the primaries are the only race; there is no Republican Party …