Saturday, December 06, 2014

THE BIGGEST LOSER: Alderman's Neighbor Tries To Get All Opponents Kicked Off The Ballot

Tunney.
Tom Tunney, the alderman who represents Wrigleyville and Boystown, did something unusual this week. He voted against a piece of legislation that was supported by the mayor. It is only the second time that Tunney has voted against mayoral wishes.

And both of the issues Tunney has voted against directly affect his private enterprise as owner of Ann Sather Restaurants.

This week, he voted against raising the minimum wage in Chicago. His other "no" vote was against free parking at meters on Sundays. He says free parking prevents people from visiting businesses. Like, say, his.

Every one of his other votes has been directly in line with the mayor--including budgets that have led to the loss of 25% of the cops in our district since October 2011. And it looks like the residents of Wrigleyville and Boystown should settle in for another four years of Tom Tunney working on behalf of his personal interests instead of theirs.

Objections Filed

Three men collected signatures in an effort to get themselves on the ballot to run against Tunney in the upcoming municipal elections—Robin Cook, Scott Davis, and Mark Thomas.

This week, a former Catholic priest who lives in a condo complex next door to Tunney's filed objections to all three of the men's petitions to get on the ballot. He did not file any objections to Tunney's petitions.

The three potential opponents now face the potentially expensive and time consuming process of defending their petitions before the Board of Election Commissioners.

Charles Schutt, who has contributed to Tunney's campaign in the past, filed the objections. He lives at 2800 N. Lake Shore Drive, directly next to Tunney's condo building at 330 W. Diversey.

Schutt claims Mark Thomas' papers should be rejected "in their entirety because [Thomas] does not satisfy the residency requirements of the Illinois Municipal Code in that he has not been a resident of the 44th Ward..for the requisite one-year period."

Thomas, who has owned and operated The Alley stores at Clark and Belmont for decades, told supporters last year that he would be moving to an apartment in the 44th ward by early October 2013. He recently shared photos of that apartment, which overlooks Belmont Harbor.

Schutt alleges that the petitions of Cook and Davis contain too many invalid signatures for those men to be placed on the ballot.

Inquisitive

A few weeks ago, Robin Cook set up a GoFundMe.com account in an attempt to raise funds for his fledgling campaign against Tunney. His efforts have drummed up $1,070. And exactly one comment. It's from Charles Schutt.
Schutt's comment on Robin Cook's GoFundMe page.

Cook has a long way to go beyond $1,070. Tunney's campaign fund balance is $241,446.72

Unopposed?

Tunney has not had an opponent since being elected to the City Council in 2003.

This story from the February 13, 2003,  Chicago Reader about Tunney's candidacy and how his supporters tied up opponents in petition signature battles may sound familiar.
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36 comments:

  1. We walked by Unabridged Books earlier this week, and I thought I saw a campaign sign for someone other than Tunney. (I hope so.)

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    1. You did. Tunney's neighbor is trying to get him kicked off the ballot.

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  2. My AUTHENTIC signature is on Scott Davis's petition. So sick of this machine.

    Did Tunney vote against the minimum wage so he doesn't have to pay well at his coveted Ann Sather's?

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  3. I think everyone is well aware of the fact that we live in a city know for political corruption, but eliminating every challenger on the ballot so a rubber stamp for the mayor alderman facing a high risk election will run unopposed is beyond sleaze, it's a miscarriage of our electoral system. This story is not a one time post. It should be hammered away at until Tunney presents himself in public and explains himself to the residents of the 44th Ward. In his rambling comment, "Father" Schutt asks Robin Cook what Tunney has done wrong...the question should be, what has he done right. Since taking office Tom tunney has overseen the disastrous decline of our neighborhood. Crime through the roof, Clark Street transformed into frat house and more and more empty store fronts each week. The neighborhood is becoming increasingly derelict and dangerous under tunney's watch. He's been an unqualified disaster, and another term of his idiocy will only plunge the neighborhood deeper into dispair.

    Flood his office with emails, contact the media...don't let this rest until he has to crawl out from under his rock and face his constituents. This is serious business...this is taking away YOUR right to vote. Don't let him get away with it.

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  4. Excellent article about the not-surprsingly sleazy way Tunney entered office. What is so interesting is that Ben Joravsky could still be writing the same thing about Tunney and his undemocratic antics a dozen years later. He is such a disgusting creature, as his speech on the minimum wage this week further showed to anyone who hadn't believed so prior, but is an example of what clannish politics brings to the table when people vote for someone for no other reason than a shared genetic trait.

    That said though, the real issue is that people get the politicians they deserve. What will be the turnout city-wide, in the 43rd Ward where I live right across Diversey and have a fraudulent Alderman, or the under-funded 44th Ward? When 30 0r 40 percent (tops) of voters vote, we get what we deserve as a society.

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  5. Hit him in the pocketbook like he is doing to the other cantidates.

    Boycott Ann Sather.

    Overpriced mediocre food wI'll not be missed by any of the boycotters.

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    1. I knew too many people who worked there in the 80s to even want to eat there. He was, apparently, a kitchen nightmare. To say nothing of the stories of his hitting his undocumented workers.

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    2. Yeah, boycotts rarely work.

      I, for one, have been boycotting Anne Sather since birth. I have never given Tunney a dime of my money in exchange for food. And yet, Anne Sather still somehow exists today.

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  6. Father Schutt taught religion class at an area high school. He had the Church pay for his full time MBA at Northwestern then split the priesthood almost immediately.

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  7. "He lives at 2800 N. Lake Shore Drive, directly next to Tunney's condo building at 330 W. Diversey."
    Is this some kind of mistake? Because I don't see how this is possible.

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    1. No, it is not a mistake. If you aren't familiar with that area, try Google mapping it.

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  8. I personally am not even sure about Robin cook. From the looks of it, it looks like we was just expecting people to fund his website and read up about him? Was out at any events to introduce himself? I didn't even know they collecting signatures until it was too late.

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  9. How exactly will father Charles prove that the majority of his names are not valid. What proof does he have? Has he gone through every name on the list?

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  10. Glad we all made it through the busy Saturday night safe. God Bless us.
    We were short again, lot of officers took off weekend, same ones always, just about every weekend.
    Let's all be safe tonight

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    1. Hope you can say the same thing after TBOX next weekend, Dec 13th.

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    2. Yes it is true, same officers every weekend.
      Why they get away with it I don't know

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    3. Because they have the political clout to do so. CPD is like every other branch of this city's shitty government; there are those that work and there are dogs that have connections.

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  11. If Tunney has approximately 241x the campaign funds, your neighborhood is about to get exactly what it deserves. I don't live in Chicago anymore, but I frequent this excellent blog, and the thing that strikes me is a lot of people bitch and complain, but when there is an opportunity to actually change something nobody seems to embrace it.

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    1. Yes, Tunneys will win by a landslide and he knows it. And the bitching and moaning will continue but nothing, NOTHING, will change. Thank Ghawd I'm leaving this shit-hole neighborhood in the spring.

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  12. Why should any candidate who doesn't have the correct amount of signatures, or truthfully claim full residency be on the ballot? These challenges are commonplace.

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    1. Who said they should? The point, I think is if the guy's intentions were to ensure the election rules are observed for candidates he should have included Tunney in his analysis. He didnt do that for obvious reasons.

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  13. Scott Davis is the "real deal". I haven't any doubt that he can overcome this meaningless, bureaucratic obstacle.

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  14. You, of course know that Mr. Schutt is one of Mr. Tunney's former employees.

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    1. He's also a Tunney Precinct Captain.

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    2. WTF is a "Tunney Precinct Captain?" Is that a post higher up the totem pole than school crossing guard? Geez.

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  15. How does Mr Schutt know there are bad signatures? I think Tunney might have bad signatures too. Someone I know told me he signed 3 of Tunney's petitions Michael Mouse. Tunney probably had his minions doing the same thing to his opponents. This is Crook county after all, "nulla sordida facinus go omittere."

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  16. If a candidate isn't organized enough to get 500 good names out of the 50,000 people who live in a ward, they probably won't make a good alderman. Challenges like this happen every election. If you turn in petitions with lots of unfilled lines and addresses that obviously aren't in the ward you're running in, you should expect to be challenged.

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  17. What a disgrace. I was curious, and now that Father Shutt has filed his objections, hearings will be scheduled (the first round is actually taking place this morning - http://app.chicagoelections.com/documents/general/M2015-HearingSchedule.pdf ). And a hearing officer has been assigned by the board of elections. And, a convoluted system will be used to resolve these bogus objections. (http://app.chicagoelections.com/documents/M2015-RulesOfProcedure.pdf). In short, our tax dollars, and the candidates time and energy are being wasted because of Tunney's supporter.

    And there is no doubt that it would take one phone call from Tunney to have the objections withdrawn.

    Well, that's our Alderman for you.

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    1. Now, now ... I'm sure Tunney -- correction, a member of Tunney's "staff" -- is "looking into" the matter and no doubt is "working closely" with someone on this issue.

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  18. The Mayor's attorney, Mike Kasper, is representing Father Schutt's challenges at the hearings. Word is the mayor has set aside a couple of million of dollars to keep a hand picked city council...and you can't get anymore handpicked than tom Tunney.

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    1. Kasper is also Tunney's attorney.

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  19. ABT--too bad it's taken. Anybody but Tunney.

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  20. I am so tired of seeing Tunney's puss on articles where he uses it as a photo op. His Facebook and his tired little "community newsletter" have had a lot of these lately. I posted back on his FB asking why he didn't put as much energy into doing something about the thugs and crime in the area rather than all these politico photo ops. Of course it was deleted immediately. I guess someone is "looking into" my suggestion. Ha.

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  21. What would happen to this man if the Sunday lines for Ann Sathers dwindled to what they are during the week. Something to think about next time you consider where to brunch.

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