On election night I was in one of presumably few places in Chicago where the name “Rahm Emanuel” drew boos. The campaign for Green Party congressional candidate Nancy Wade was hosting a viewing party at the Globe Pub, and the message to Chicago Democrats was “stop drinking the Kool-Aid.”
“In Chicago we live in something more like a dictatorship than a democracy,” said Wade, who served on her local school council before becoming involved with the Occupy movement and MoveOn. “We have no votes for the school board, no votes for the park board . . . “
On the issue of representation Wade wasn’t alone: an advisory measure in favor of an elected as opposed to a mayorally appointed school board drew 86 percent of the vote in the 327 precincts where it ran on last week’s ballot. Now some Chicago aldermen are pushing for a citywide referendum on the issue, a move that was earlier blocked by a parliamentary maneuver that had certain people crying foul.