Thursday, February 15, 2007

What Use is Berny Stone?

Ald. Stone is an embarrassment. To the 50th Ward. To the City of Chicago. To the country as a whole.

Stone likes to remind us that he is the Vice Mayor of Chicago. I haven't figured out what that means. I thought it meant that Stone had power. That the streets of the 50th Ward would be paved with gold. That the ward would be cleaner, brighter, better served. But that's not the case. Every candidate running against Stone points out that the 50th Ward gets the least amount of money from the city. Stone can't even pull in a few extra bucks. What influence does Stone have if he can't swing a few bucks for us?

At least he has an empty title. Goodie for him.

Berny Stone is a laughingstock, and we are made a laughingstock with him. People in the wards around us take pity on us because we have Stone. But it's not just the city of Chicago. Friends in Brooklyn know of Stone, and are embarrassed for us. Come east, they say. You can hold your head up here with pride. Friends in Arizona not only know of Stone, but call him the clown prince of Chicago. I can't tell if they are making fun of Stone's prideful boast of being Vice Mayor or just that he's a clown. Not that it matters.

But someone else I know, a former athlete who works with the US Olympic Committee, is convinced that Chicago will never win the Olympics as long as Stone is our alderman. Can you imagine all the things Stone will say with thousands of microphones and cameras here? Why would they take that chance?

Apparently, there is very little chance they will. And Chicago doesn't need to be embarrassed on an international scale.

Stone is quotable. He perpetuates Chicago's bygone image of the city of mobsters. He illustrates the city's problems with corruption and graft. He's a throw-back, not just to the 20 century, but to the early 20th century. Berny Stone would be more comfortable with the likes of Roti and Capone, and we shouldn't forget that.

Rich Daley's Chicago, the New Chicago, has no place for the Berny Stone's. Chicago will never be an international city, a city with a sterling reputation, as long as it has Stone as a mouthpiece. He will embarrass us. Again. And again.

There is no question that Dick Simpson was right. This election is a choice between the past and the future. Chicago has no future with Ald. Stone in it. And Berny Stone has no future with Chicago. It's time to let bygone eras rest. Time for Stone to be thrown out. Time for voters to show a little pride. Retire Berny Stone.


At February 15, 2007 3:52 PM, Blogger Hugh said...


I've been trying to figure out the Vice Mayor's office, too. Here's some notes I put together. I hope this helps.

Understanding Chicago's Vice Mayor, part 1: City Law

Understanding Chicago's Vice Mayor, part 2: State Law

Understanding Chicago's Vice Mayor, part 3: Stone's selection

Understanding Chicago's Vice Mayor, part 4: Stone's selection

Understanding Chicago's Vice Mayor, part 5: Interim Mayor

Understanding Chicago's Vice Mayor, part 6: Interim Mayor in Action

Understanding Chicago's Vice Mayor, part 7: Costs & Benefits

Understanding Chicago's Vice Mayor, part 8: Back-up back-up chair

Understanding Chicago's Vice Mayor, part 9: bagels & donuts

Understanding Chicago's Vice Mayor, part 10: Machine Hack

Meet Chicago's REAL Vice Mayors

At February 15, 2007 9:41 PM, Blogger Craig Gernhardt said...

If I were living in Bedrock next to the Barney Rubble, I'd think of voting for Bernie Stone.

But I live in the 49th ward and I'm just hoping to be live to vote on Feb 27th.

At February 16, 2007 6:47 AM, Anonymous JS's worst nightmare said...

50th Ward (North Side): Ald. Bernard Stone has
represented this ward for 33 of his 79 years. He has
had a long and rich career, and the council has often
benefited from his direct, plain-spoken advice. But he
seems to have lost some of the drive for the job. His
opponents argue it's time for a change, and they're
right. He has three challengers: architect Greg
Brewer, businessman Salman Aftab and Naisy Dolar, a
diversity training consultant and former director at
the city's Commission on Human Relations. Dolar's
years as a community leader have prepared her for
this. She has a broad platform for improving her city
and her community, and she's an energetic political
newcomer. Dolar is endorsed.,0,1714038.story?coll=chi-newsopinion-hed

At February 16, 2007 8:09 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lets see who need Alderman Stone:

Richard Daley, State Senator Ira SilverStein, Terry O'Brien President of the Water Reclamation District. These are local leaders who are supporting Stone. Stone does not need to fly in supporters from around the country.

Stone campaign donations are local as well most from within the ward.

The Children will be plaing this summer at Thillens Stadium need Stone, The resident who dont need to look at commercial development along the west side of Kedzie South of Touhy need Stone, The senior of the ward need Stone.

What they dont need is someone knocking on their door at 7pm at night who live in the suburb telling them what Naisy or Greg will do since Stone has already done it.

At February 16, 2007 2:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


At February 16, 2007 3:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Craig "Broken HEART" Gernhardt,why don't you stay in your 49th ward hellhole-you have no business in the 50th ward.Keep your"broken heart " in your own lefty paradise.

At February 16, 2007 5:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

anon, Who's seat does F.C. want to grab?

At February 17, 2007 6:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


At February 19, 2007 2:35 PM, Blogger Hugh said...

> Stone has already done it.

everything that needs doing Stone has already done

At February 20, 2007 8:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


Naisey, Greg etc all talk about dping this or that but forthe most part what everthe topic, Stone had a productive track record where Naisy /Greg dont. except telling half truths and lies


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