Thursday, July 26, 2007

Devine Still Thinking about Not Running

Previously, I had written about State Attorney Dick Devine considering not running for re-election next year. While this raised significant skepticism among readers, Devine has said that he has not yet decided whether or not he will run.

WBEZ adds a new factor unknown to our little birdie: financial security for his (and his wife's) retirement. "Devine says he's talking with family members about whether to seek a fourth term." You can listen to the whole story here.

Ald. Howard Brookins (21st) has already declared, regardless of Devine's decision. Rich Miller observes that "Brookins could be a real thorn in Daley’s side if he wins that race. Daley would then have to fight battles on three fronts, one with the US Attorney, another with the hiring monitor, and one with with the county."

Russ Stewart says that "A large field of Democrats are eyeing Devine's job, including county Commissioners Mike Quigley and Larry Suffredin, Aldermen Pat O'Connor (40th), Tom Allen (38th) and Howard Brookins (21st), Sheriff Tom Dart, county Treasurer Maria Pappas and first assistant state's attorney Bob Milan." The Tribune also mentions Board of Review Commissioner Larry Rogers. "On the Republican side, County Commissioner Tony Peraica of Riverside said he is 'very seriously considering' a run for the office."

Our best to Dick Devine, whatever he decides!

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Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Fireworks from Grant Park last night

Consider this a Summer Open Thread. What are your plans for the summer? What's going on around your neighborhood? Are you have a block party? How did your block party go?

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Monday, July 02, 2007

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

We spent a good part of the afternoon doing errands yesterday. What a beautiful day! Lots of people out, walking around the neighborhood, putting around in the yard, and just generally taking advantage of the mild temperatures.

I did notice that there were lots of For Sale signs up. I don't know if there are more than usual or just that I am more aware of them now (the reason for which is another post).

While driving around the ward, though, I was impressed by the rich diversity of the neighborhood. A man with a grey beard in a long white garb and black headcap walking with his son or grandson (?), young boys with payos playing basketball, young couples with strollers -- some of them looking at houses -- young people jogging and on bicycles. A fresh breeze invigorated all of them. Around Devon, as always, the level of activity increased. What a day!