The alderman won with 64% of the vote.
I don’t know anybody who’s happy about the job she did in her first term. The ward continues to go downhill, except where she lives.
The streetscape is a disaster. The street is now so narrow that emergency vehicles can’t get through, drivers exiting their cars can barely get their doors open if there’s traffic (and when isn’t there?), and bus riders are in peril because they all too often must exit in the traffic lane, the bus stops being blocked by vehicles. The completed portion looks good although it doesn’t live up to the hype.
Storefronts continue to empty, only to be replaced by the same kind of business that’s just failed. She’s happy to fill storefronts rather than do the work involved in creating business districts.
She’s frightened people with all her talk about crime and crime prevention. She hosts seminars on public safety that are sparsely attended or else are social outings for seniors, and then takes credit for reducing crime.
She ignored the residents during the campaign, refusing to attend the two forums that included all the challengers, and lied shamelessly during the Chamber of Commerce forum. In DebLand, all is well. She carefully avoided all venues in which her sunny view would be challenged.
She acted throughout as though she were far above it all. The vote totals are too lopsided to be true. There are too many stories and videos that paint a different picture. The fact that none of the four challengers had much money means that nobody has the money to challenge the results. She’s home free.
But something has changed. You can feel it. People feel cheated. Their votes didn’t count, or weren’t counted correctly. The Silversteins overreached with the landslide numbers. People resent it.
DNA Chicago reported that “dozens” of her supporters cheered her victory. Dozens? For such an historic landslide?
There is growing opposition to the Silversteins’ power and the way they use it. Nobody really believes the election numbers.
She’ll be watched more closely this tern. Illinois law is silent on recalling aldermen. As is Chicago’s.
That doesn’t mean it can’t be done.