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The first (and possibly only) public forum for voters to see all to folks who are trying to win Rahm Emanual's IL-05 US House seat has been scheduled. This Candidates' Forum looks to have 15 candidates attending, though we'll see if everyone turns up.  There is no slated democrat candidate in this primary and a lot of money is being raised.  There are also several folk completely new to the scene in the race - so  - let the games begin!

Since the Cook County Democratic Party could not pick one candidate to back, the "Chicago Machine" has remained not at the center of this race, amazingly.  There are several well-connected and experienced candidates in the race but as an adviser close to one of them told me last week, "it's going to be an old fashioned Chicago street fight."  Meaning that front line, community organizing WILL BE what wins this race.  Feet on the pavement, knocking on doors, and that seems to be what candidates are doing.  So this forum should be very interesting.  Also, questions can be submitted online - at the website linked in this email - in case Kossacks want to chime in?  

Remember, who ever wins the special Dem primary will likely be the IL-05 US House rep.  The district will cast about 30,000 Dem primary ballots - plus or minus 5,000.  There are 15 (I think) official candidates - of which at lest 5, maybe 7 have a real shot.  The winner of the most votes is the winner -  no run off.  So ... this US house will likely go for something like 7,000 to 8,000 total primary votes - that's it.  I think this is going to be a great example of the strength of grassroots campaigning and politics - but it also offers unique opportunities for the netroots to have a voice.

Originally posted to ChiAntiWar08 on Thu Jan 29, 2009 at 09:18 AM PST.

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  •  There are TWO forums that I know of! (1+ / 0-)
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    ChiAntiWar08

    Both will be held this weekend.  the first is to be held on Saturday, January 31, at the American Islamic College, 640 W. Irving Park Road in Chicago, beginning at 5 pm.  That forum is being co-sponsored by The American Muslim Taskforce and the Illinois Committee for Honest Government.

    The second forum will be held the following afternoon, Sunday, February 1, from 1 to 3 pm, in the 1st floor multi-purpose room of the DePaul University Student Center (Lincoln Park Campus), located at 2250 N. Sheffield in Chicago.  That forum is being presented by the Independent Voters of Illinois-Independent Precinct Organization, Northside DFA and the 43rd Ward Democrats.  Sponsors of this forum include the Progressive Democrats of America, DL21C, Progress Illinois, the Greater Chicago Caucus, Prairie State Blue, the Illinois Media Progressive Network, and Chicago's Progressive Talk.

    Hopefully there will be other opportunities for voters to evaluate these candidates before going to vote.

    •  Online, confirming info? (0+ / 0-)

      I can't find anything online or at either organizations' website confirming the AMT / ICHG event.  I do know there has been talk of a couple of other events also - including one be the Lakeview Citizen's Council (LVCC) but the DePaul Forum is the only one I've been able to confirm.

      Like you, I hope there will be more, since I'm still struggling about who I should support.

      "... be the change you wish to see ..."

      by ChiAntiWar08 on Thu Jan 29, 2009 at 09:46:13 AM PST

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  •  Tom Geoghegan is clearly the progressive choice (0+ / 0-)
    •  Really? (0+ / 0-)

      Because, off of his website's long, detailed list of opinions on many topics, this is all he had to say about LBGT rights:

      LGBT

      I am in favor of state laws legalizing marriage for gay and lesbian couples.

      It's down on the page a bit, you'll have to look for it.  IL-05 is home to many thousands of LBGT Americans and their friends and family.  I guess I'm hoping that a US House Rep would not be taking a State's Rights stand on this important issue.

      "... be the change you wish to see ..."

      by ChiAntiWar08 on Thu Jan 29, 2009 at 10:06:57 AM PST

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