Friday, September 05, 2014

SOURCES: Tunney May Not Run For Re-election, Denied By Alderman's Staff

Two qualified sources have told CWB that Alderman Tom Tunney may not be running for re-election. The reports have been strongly denied by persons close to Tunney's office.

The alderman has stated unequivocally that he intends to seek re-election in the 2015 cycle.

Almost one year ago, DNAInfo Chicago reported that Tunney had privately listed several Belmont Avenue properties for sale. The plots would be particularly attractive to developers hoping to build up the deep-lotted sites. The alderman's office would need to approve zoning changes to those lots - a conflict of interest that Tunney has publicly said he would avoid.

Tunney had $236,563 in his campaign war chest as of June 30, making him one of the best-funded aldermanic candidates in Chicago.

Tunney arrived in office via the Chicago machine:
In 2002, just months before the 2003 municipal elections, 44th Ward Alderman Bernie Hansen announced that he would retire. Hansen resigned just months before the election so as to allow the mayor to appoint the replacement alderman. Mayor Richard M. Daley, with Hansen's consent, nominated Tunney to replace Hansen in December 2002.
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25 comments:

  1. I can't wait for his equally incompetent successor!

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  2. Oh maybe, just maybe, Christmas will come early!

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  3. He's foolish not to run to give up the close to $200K drained from our wallets for doing nothing. The only way I can see him not running is if darth rahmy has some dirt on him or is making him a better offer.

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  4. Vote for Robin Cook, he's running for 44th Ward!

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    1. What? Who is he? Please tell us about him!

      We NEED a viable candidate against Tunney if he runs. Of course, I would vote for ANYONE besides Tunney. Unfortunately, not enough people know what is up or down around here, though, so he's gonna have to really make some noise and get himself in front of some cameras, etc.


      TELL US ABOUT ROBIN COOK!!

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    2. Anonymous...there's this thing called "The Internet"...type "Robin Cook 44th Ward" into your URL, hit "enter," and within seconds, several links to Mr. Cook's candidacy will appear. Isn't that AMAZING?

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    3. Here's a link to his website and to his Facebook page. He's a 2004 graduate of UofI Champaign-Urbana with a degree in Political Science. He's a volunteer at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago and the general manager of State Restaurant.

      http://robincook44th.com/

      https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1920909

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    4. Longtime Lakeview businessman Mark Thomas announced his candidacy for 44th ward alderman in the Fall of 2013.

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    5. Robin Cook? The old Go Go Boy at Mini Bar?!?! Really?? LOL!!!!!

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  5. Tunneys will be running for re-election and will prevail. Wait and see.

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  6. Robin Cook......hmmm........so far the only two pics on his Facebook page show him flanked on one side by Stu Zirin, owner of Mini-bar who is desperate to have that architectural abortion Out Hotel take over his space, and on the other side the Mayor. I'd say we're not off to a good start.

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    1. Stu Zirin. LOL. Um, no comment. But you're spot on. Photo'ed between Zurin and Rahm ... geez. May as well have had Tunney and Blagojevich in the picture as well. Another thing about Robin Cook's website is that is states that he supports the social services centers (note plural on centers) in the 'hood. Oy vey. I could see three or four more of these "social services" places popping up under a Cook aldermanship.

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    2. Evidently the only qualifications for being an Alderman here are to manage a 2nd-rate restaurant and then ensure the neighborhood is saturated with "social services."

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    3. Of course that picture of Cook, Stu and Rahm is gone from his FB page. I wonder if this candidate isn't biased and really will be open to all he claims to be. His background of managing bars doesn't seem very community-like...unless you are 20 and gay.

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  7. Of course Tunney will win, if you let him get away for voting for the parking deal, voting for 3 years of NOT paying for the pension payments in 9, 10, 11. And if you don't point out the Mayor & the Ricket's sidelined him for the Wrigley deal because part of his biggest contributors are the roof top owners. AND the fact the the police consider him such a NON-FACTOR that the Superintendent never even answered his questions, out of ALL the 50 Alderman. Yes, he's an amazing Alderman that is going to win again......

    IT'S TIME FOR A DAMN CHANGE.

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  8. I've dealt with him on community issues for about 5 years. He's straight out out of a movie script plotted around Chicago corruption. No bias against him when we met, but he's as shallow, self-centered and thoughtless as one could imagine a "public servant" to be. I'll be thrilled if he's gone. He really is a bad guy.

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    1. He's also rude. I'm a tax paying constituent of ward 44 to the tune of $35,000 a year, and I encountered him on Belmont recently near his store. I decided to take the high road and only said, "Hello, Mr. Tunney." He looked at me like I was stink-on-shit and didn't even respond. We've never met prior to that encounter. Hopefully, I won't have to meet him ever again. What a self-centered egotistical weenie. Ha! A Tommie Tinney Tunney Weenie! There you go.

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    2. I first met Tunney in 1983 when he hired on as a water boy at Ann Sather filling customer's water glasses. Ann was looking to sell the business and had refused several offers because the people wanted to completely change things - e.g. get rid of the home made desserts and instead bringing in commercially made products to increase profits. So she was auditioning Tunney to see what kind of a guy he was by putting him in the kitchen. Btw, Ann pronounced her name Sather - as in "rather". Anyway, I'm sitting there with my boyfriend at the time having dinner, our long time server (called waitresses back then) was at our table when Tunney walked by. She was going to introduce us, but Tunney got that dreaded deer-in-the headlight look on his face and fled into the kitchen. He was firmly in the closet at that time. Years later, I remarked that it was my birthday. A few minutes later, Tunney showed up at our table with an Ann Sather doggy bag containing a birthday gift!!! It was an ANN SATHER COFFEE MUG!!! Later at home I discovered it had a large chip in the rim. It couldn't be sold, so he gave it to me. I threw it away. I knew Ann and I think she would not have liked the way her legacy has evolved. She suffered from a tourette-like facial tic and I was glad to note that toward the end of her life it disappeared with treatment. She never married. As alderman, my opinion is that Tunney is a typical Chicago hack politician. I have had contact with him and his staff over the years. He has never been elected in the true sense of the word. When Bernie Hanson, the previous alderman suddenly "retired" (ahead of the Feds, maybe? - I don't know), Mayor Daley appointed Tunney to take his place to gain favor with gays when the Democratic machine behind Hanson in the previous election steamrolled and reportedly threatened workers for Ron Sable, an openly gay Cook County Hospital Aids doctor, who ran against Hanson and who later would die of the disease. Tunney never has had anyone run against him. They (his staff) lie through their teeth. Never return phone calls. Never reply to emails. The stupidity and irrationality of these people is amazing. Only certain individuals - probably ones who contribute campaign money - are those who are helped. The others, it seems, can go to hell in spite of the merits of the issue. Tunney said a few years ago that he "controlled" real estate that was worth over a million dollars. He needs to cash in his chips, move to Key West and sit with other old guys and watch the boys dance in their underwear!

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  9. Your sources are full of crap. Tunney is running and he'll handily win over the bar manager...

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    1. He might win over a bar manager but there's another candidate in the wings waiting to appear .. who will annihilate Tunney at the polls. Be patient, all in due time ....

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    2. The one the Ricketts boys are going to underwrite?

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  10. How about you acknowledge he's prior military / army guard so people respect that. I've worked with him at the Pantry and the last time I checked tunney just makes sticky buns

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  11. Regardless of who runs/wins, they still need to be held accountable for what goes on in the ward.

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  12. If you combine Tom Tunney and Robin Cook, do you get Robin Tunney?

    Seriously, I'm now out of Chicago so my opinion carries no weight but I met Tom Tunney over the summer at Ann Sather's and he seemed like a decent guy. What he's like guarding the purse strings is something I don't know.

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