DNAInfo: Rahm Emanuel Supports Patrick Daley Thompson With $16,000
[Image: Rahm Emanuel celebrates with Bruce Rauner. Chicago Tribune/David S. Lewis]
In the wake of campaign filing reports that Rahm Emanuel has donated at least $16,000 to Patrick Daley Thompson’s campaign through his PAC Chicago Forward, and further reports from our supporters that they are receiving Thompson phone calls on personal cell phones that have been placed on the National Do Not Call Registry, we provide two facts:
1) At the last 11th Ward candidate forum in University Commons, all three candidates were asked what Mayoral candidate they supported. John Kozlar and Patrick Daley Thompson, the two politicians, did not answer.
But Maureen Sullivan spoke clearly, saying in plain English that she supports Bob Fioretti.
2) In order to complain about any phone calls you receive on cellular phones that are on the National Do Not Call Registry, click here and file that complaint with the Federal Trade Commission.
Yesterday’s forum at Trinity Church resurfaced the community’s concerns about the CHE Heliport being built at 2420 S. Halsted.
My opponents had a lot to say. But they’re a day late and a dollar short on this.
John Kozlar seemed to say he was against the heliport. In fact, John Kozlar seems to say a lot of things, often loudly.
But the record says something more loudly: when his website went up on September 10, the words “heliport” and “noise” were completely missing.
Patrick Daley Thompson said at the forum that he was “against” the heliport. But the very next thing he said was to describe the “covenant” that the 11th Ward office at 37th street had arranged with the helicopter company.
In other words, he was “against” it, but not “against” it enough to stop it.
He cut a deal instead.
With “against” like that, who needs “for”?
And what is in this covenant deal? Who knows? Apparently that’s not our concern — we only live here! We’re not to be told by the grand and mighty machine in its infinite wisdom.
The fact is, when it mattered, Patrick Daley Thompson was nowhere to be found on the heliport. He attended no meetings I saw, and I was at most.
Patrick Daley Thompson’s office is a shared office on 37th St. with Alderman Jim Balcer. To imagine that that Balcer’s support of the heliport was different than what Thompson wanted is to totally misunderstand what the machine is, and how the machine works.
The ordinary people in the 11th Ward understand the machine very well. And they also understand this fact:
There is only one candidate in this race who was always against the CHE heliport.
It’s me. It’s in my record.
You can read what I wrote about it on September 16th right here:
I Never, Ever Supported The CHE Heliport
Remember, I’m not anti-business. I’m anti-B.S.
Thanks for paying attention. Somebody has to.
When A Good Idea Is Against The Law
Here’s a question you might hear in law school: is it worth breaking the law to do a good thing?
Law student John Kozlar has promised, if elected, to “give his entire $73,280 Aldermanic Allowance to support our seniors and veterans instead of using it for himself.”
I haven’t promised to do that with the Aldermanic Allowance.
The reason is I can’t. Because it’s illegal.
John’s idea is great. There is no doubt that seniors and veterans deserve support. We all know that. It’s a very good idea that comes from someone whose heart is in the right place.
But if you do it with that particular money, you have to break the law to do it.
What we have is a law student simply misreading the law.
The Aldermanic Allowance John talks about has very specific laws that govern the money. The rules say it’s to be used for the various expenses of running an Alderman’s office.
It gets expensive to run an office, as I learned in my many years of managing custom furniture showrooms.
In Chicago’s Municipal Code, ordinance 2-8-050 states that the Aldermanic Allowance is “to be used for ordinary and necessary expenses incurred in connection with the performance of an alderman’s official duties”.
(The law also states this money is never to be used for “personal, political or campaign expenses”, so it’s a misreading to say you could “use it for yourself” in the first place.)
But you also couldn’t legally give it away to seniors and veterans or to anybody because the ordinance specifically forbids it in 2-8-050 (c) (8), which reads “In no event shall any aldermanic expense allowance funds be used for any of the following purposes: […] trophies, awards, gifts or donations of any kind”
You can click here to see the Municipal Code section in question. It’s been on the books since 1991.
Again: John Kozlar’s heart is in the right place. Seniors and veterans need to live in dignity and be protected. And there are many ways to do that — legal ways — that I’m committed to.
But someone with a law education should know we need to do that legally.
That’s why we need someone with experience and attention to detail to make sure that happens. That’s why I will make the best Alderman for the 11th Ward.
If we make things up as we go along, if we say anything just to get elected, that makes us no better than the machine.