Friday, January 25, 2008
Personal Aside: Sundays Radio: J. B. Pritzker and Russ Stewart Plus--.
J. B. Pritzker, co-chairman of the Illinois Hillary Clinton campaign and journalist Russ Stewart will be the guests on my WLS-AM (890) radio show Sunday night at 8 p.m. Im sure J. B. will give us the Clintons side of the imbroglio with Barack Obama and will answer charges from some not all pundits that the Clinton attacks on Obama are a tactical mistake. I dont think so and believe very strongly that Don Roses analysis in The Chicago Daily Observer a few days ago was the only route for Hillary to go and has paid dividends. But it will be interesting to hear what J. B. has to say.
Russ Stewart, political analyst for The Chicago Daily Observer and Nadig newspapers now that hes freed from running as a Fred Thompson delegate will give his famed predictions of what will happen in local races (I dont know whether we can intrigue J. B. to play the prediction game or not). Russ has a very high degree of right predictionsabout 96%--across the board stemming from his encyclopedic knowledge of Chicago and Cook county demographics. Among the races well discuss are these:
o Cook county states attorney Democratic primary with first assistant states attorney Bob Milan, chief deputy states attorney Anita Alverez, Alderman Howard Brookins, and ex-state official Tommy Brewer. The Republican nominee will be Tony Peraica who is unopposed.
o Cook county board of review 2nd district with incumbent Joe Berrios, Cook county Dem chairman and Jay Deratany, wealthy lawyer with Deranty backed by Assessor Jim Houlihan and Jan Schakowsky; Berrios being Madigans guy who has raised $5 million in three years.
o Selected Democratic ward committeemen races including the 50th with Bernie Stone (I refuse to spell Bernie the way he wants: Berny) versus Ira Silverstein the 41st between Ralph Capparelli, Frank Coconate, Mary OConnor and Pat Mulligan, and the 7th between Sandi Jackson and Bill Beavers.
o Selected Dem congressional races: the 3rd Dan Lipinski and three opponentsMark Pera, Jim Capparelli and Jerry Bennett the 8th Republican between Steve Greenberg, Ken Arnold and Kirk Morris to face Dem Melissa Bean the 10th with Dems Dan Seals facing Jay Footlik the winner to face Republican Mark Kirk the 14th between Republicans Jim Oberweis and Chris Lauzen.
All these things plus your calls on Sunday.