Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Ira Wins Lottery!

St. Sen. Silverstein, having filed his petitions at 9:00am on October 29, will be listed first on the February ballot. Ald. Stone also was in line and filed at 9:00am, which necessitated the lottery. Ira won the lottery for the first position on the ballot.

My dad, brilliant political mind that he has, says that winning the lottery is just like winning the lottery. There are extra votes to be had by being first on the ballot. That's why candidates get up and stand in line on the morning of the first day of filing. Given how close Stone's election was in April, a few extra votes for his opponent may be all that's needed to send Berny packing. It is interesting that he was one of the few incumbents who lost the ballot lottery. Maybe the stars are finally aligning in our favor!

Happy Thanksgiving, Dear Readers. I hope you cherish this time with your families and loved ones.

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At November 23, 2007 8:53 AM, Anonymous Sam said...

I think all you people who have nothing to do but bash Stone over & over again, you sound like a bunch of sore loser babies who sit in front of their computer in their underwear with a bottle of bear. Berny Stone has done only good for this ward & you are all simply jealous. get over yourselves & get a life. Maybe a job would be good too.

At November 23, 2007 12:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a job. I think Berny Stone is a disgrace to the ward but Ira Silverstein isn't any better. Therefore, I will take a Green Party ballot and elect Rex English 50th Ward Committeman for the real party serving the people! Enough with 80 year olds in office and our failed 2 party system!

At November 24, 2007 8:56 PM, Anonymous sam said...

let's not forget the wisdom of the ages...Berny Stone who may be 80 years old, has full mental capacity. His accumulated wisdom is something we can only learn from & soak up his knowledge. The fact is he serves every member of his ward no matter religion or race & that comes from his wisdom "of the ages". Do not be so quick to judge someone by their age, as you will one day shortly be there too & I can only hope you have Berny's mental capacity. don't forget our greatest President Ronald Reagn was no youngster however accomplished the Iron Curtain coming down. By the way, why do you sign anonymous? is there a problem with your name? or have you no guts?

At November 24, 2007 9:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


Ronald Reagan was not our greatest president. Our two greatest presidents were Harry Truman and Dwight Eisenhower. Henry Wallace and Robert Taft were the two greatest presidents America never had!

I for one will still take a Green Party ballot. Why not try something new and vote for Rex? A man who bikes to his job at Evanston Hospital daily has got to be good!

---David L. (Anon 12:50)

At November 24, 2007 11:44 PM, Anonymous sam said...

Rex lives with a psycho that dosent take her medication regularly, I would also get on my bike & get the hell out of there. I happen to be orthodox & live across the meshugnah who screams every shabbos morning before shul & if I wanted a green party candidate I would vote for Jay Stone who is definetly eco & green friendly.

At November 25, 2007 9:55 AM, Blogger Jay said...


You might have a little trouble convincing your neighbors that Berny Stone and wisdom can be used at the same time. Now I'm not old enough to know if Stone has always been this incoherent, but I am repeatedly shocked that his staff or family (same thing) let him speak in public. If Avy wasn't there to complete his sentences, he'd still being trying to think what he means to say.

I am not surprised that city workers laugh at our alderman. I am told he brings it upon himself, and what we see locally serves to confirm that. In the end, Stone is just old. If there's any knowledge to soak up, it must be so esoteric that it wouldn't interest most of us. What has Stone done for us lately? Nothing worth mentioning.

At November 25, 2007 6:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


All the more reason to vote for Rex. If he is elected Green Party Committeeman, he will get out of the house more!

Be Green and Good on 2-5-08!

Have a great 3rd party week-David L.

At November 26, 2007 6:50 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How can voting for a Green Party Canidate for a party office, in a party thats does nothing and can do nothing help anyone but this Rex Dude?. Committeman is non paid, position within a party. When is the last time any third party party got anything done in this city or state?

At November 26, 2007 7:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Friends we are building for the future. Rich Whitney took 11% of the IL gubernatorial vote last year. We have a chance to make the Green Party what the NDP is in Canada, a viable political alternative influencing and making national and local policy. The fact that Bernie Stone could call both old line parties his home is reason enough for any sane person to stay clear of them.

Hope you are having a Green Day!

In Tommy Douglas' Memory,

---David L.

At November 28, 2007 6:31 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Berny Stone's political hatchetman, Alan Crown (a Cook County payroller) told me that Stone's motley crew may decide to become Republicans, should they lose the Democrat Committeemanship to ultra-liberal, Ira Silverstein.

That is why they are keeping Stone's pal, Rabbi Ken Hollander, on the ballot to remain as Republican Committeeman of the 50th Ward.

Hollander is also a Cook County payroller, is Stone's good pal and has been invisible, except when he re-emerges every 4 years to give the 50th Ward GOP endorsement to his Democrat Committeeman pal, Berny Stone.

Crown is also orchestrating theDem. primary challenge to lefty, Jan Schakowsky.

Stone briefly became a Republican before, in the wake of Harold Washington's mayoral win, when the 50th Ward voted overwhelmingly anti-Washington.

At November 28, 2007 9:29 AM, Blogger spinoza said...

Will Committeeman Ira Silverstein advocate that the 3,000 illegal alien students currently in 50th Ward schools at $6k per kid per year be admitted to the Arie Crown Academy on Pratt St., free of charge?

It would be consistent with his vote to give in-state tuition to illegal aliens.

Put your money where your mouth is, Ira.

At November 28, 2007 11:01 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

where in the county does Crown work?

At November 28, 2007 11:04 AM, Blogger Jay said...

Crown has worked in Stone's vice mayor's office for the city of Chicago.

At November 28, 2007 11:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


At November 28, 2007 11:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I got it the Green pary is called that because they are grren with envy.

At November 28, 2007 2:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Crown is also orchestrating theDem. primary challenge to lefty, Jan Schakowsky."

what challenge?

which challenger is Crown backing?

At November 28, 2007 3:18 PM, Anonymous Sam said...

There is nothing incoherent about the way Berny Stone speaks, perhaps you should go sit down with him & have a conversation. What a horrible thing to say! he's old? since when did being old matter? age was always treated with reverance! what is the matter with you people? do you want your children making fun of your old age? what idiocy! as far as Ira is concerned he will allow all the illegals to move into the neighberhood, then we can all be one big happy green family.

At November 28, 2007 4:44 PM, Blogger Jay said...


Are you saying that Berny's numerous and repeatedly incoherent appearances on NTNM do not represent his mental faculties? If you watch those shows and don't think Stone is, well, mentally challenged, then I don't know what to say. But many of us are embarrassed by Berny's rantings. I know he likes or needs the attention, but there's nothing coherent about it.

At November 28, 2007 5:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't care how old Stone is. I care that he sleeps in meetings, including City Council meetings at which millions of dollars of property tax increases and bond sales and property tax subsidies are decided. I'd just as pissed if my alderman were a 20-something who slept on the job.

At November 28, 2007 5:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

which Schakowsky challenger is Crown backing?


NILES, IL 60714


At November 28, 2007 8:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


Mo Shanfield is the Green Party candidate for Congress. Vote for him. He's a great guy!

---David L

At November 29, 2007 12:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

which Schakowsky challenger or challengers is Crown backing?

I just want to know so after Schakowsky kicks their asses in Feb we can all have a good laugh at Crown and Stone over the numbers they put up

At November 29, 2007 7:25 AM, Blogger Jay said...

Jan will beat them in the 50th Ward, too. Republicans may not like her, but the people of the 50th do. Her devotion to Devon Ave. is unusual -- and she doesn't use it to advertise herself. People here genuinely like her, and she doesn't have to twist anyone's arms to get their support. Imagine that!

At November 29, 2007 9:46 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jay I think you need to find a new picture its old.

At November 29, 2007 10:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Crown is also orchestrating the Dem. primary challenge to lefty, Jan Schakowsky."

2nd Assistant Vice Mayor
hire date 3/1/2002

orchestrating challenges to US congressional candidates at $77K taxpayer dollars per year

may of us have been wondering what a 2nd assistant vice mayor does all day

thanks for the post

At November 29, 2007 12:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

all 3 Schakowsky challengers combined will not break outta single digits

power brokers Stone & Crown will be laughing-stocks, once again

At November 29, 2007 1:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

you can't see that picture enough

At November 29, 2007 1:53 PM, Blogger Jay said...

I'll be happy to take it down, and will, when it no longer represents the sorry state of governance in the ward.

At November 29, 2007 4:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

of course, we're still wondering what the vice mayor does...


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