Oak Park Democrats endorse for county commissioner Saturday 22 Feb.

Danny Davis man or Rahm-and-Toni man?

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By Jim Bowman


Don Harmon is on a tear, is he not? Has he not been preternaturally active leading up to this election season, when he's running unopposed (fancy that!) for relection to his automatic senate post?

There were town hall meetings last spring and summer, in which he exposed himself in unprecedented fashion to slings and arrows as the state writhed in fiscal agony; a meeting he called and promoted with multiple robocalls about the Eisenhower expansion; multiple letters to Wed. Journal in the shape of guest columns (again exposing himself, this time to online-comment scrums); more recently rallying his troops for call-athons to promote his and presumably others' candidacies; and most recently an "urgent" Saturday-morning meeting (tomorrow) to endorse a county board candidate.

This last is part of an all-hands-on-board effort to block the candidacy of the felonious former alderman Ike Carothers, two years out of federal prison and eager to land new work in his chosen field of public service. Enough is enough, those in the know seem to be saying. How many ex-jailbirds can we Democrats take to our bosom? They give new meaning to the revolving-door theory of government, the smart guys and gals are telling each other.

At question is whether OP Dems will follow the just-this-week-announced, prestige-laden lead of Mayor Rahm E. and county board president Toni P. (also of OP president Anan Abu-T. and the 28th-ward alderman) and give the nod to the fresh-faced and super-credentialed Fenwick alum and one-time Emanuel campaign worker, Blake Sercye, praised for his alleged reformist leanings or, and here it gets really interesting, to Rep. Danny Davis's onetime chief of staff Richard Boykin, the Oak Park and Bolingbrook home-owner who got himself a double homestead exemption when he deserved only one and backed a Republican for U.S. senate in -- and whom Davis has endorsed, as did a group of West Side ministers, the Independent Voters of Illinois-Independent Precinct Organization, Sheriff Tom Dart, and the Chicago Federation of Labor.

Add to Boykin's mysterious ways, however, questions as to where he lives -- in Will or Cook county? -- and whether he's married or divorced from his Will County-residing wife. Other than these issues, which include an opponent's threat to sue to block his incumbency if he wins, citing residency issues, Boykin's slate is clear.

In any case, Harmon's people can't endorse both.They can stick with Boykin, the Danny Davis man, and stick it to Rahm, Toni, Anan, and the alderman or go with the fresh-faced former Fenwick friar. It's been a long time since I waited eagerly to hear what's decided at Woodbine and North -- Dem Party of OP HQ -- but that's how it is in these troubled times.

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Posted: February 24th, 2014 11:22 AM

Galhorta says, "I believe in getting smarter on crime, having a fair funding system for our public schools and providing a constitutionally valid solution to our pension obligations". So higher property taxes for OP with more of those funds funneled off to "needier" districts and taxpayers foot the entire bill for pensions without any challenge to the preposterous "constitutional rights" unearned by public unions. Sounds like more of the same to me. I'm sorry, is there an Option #3?

Done from Oak Park  

Posted: February 24th, 2014 8:40 AM

Why do I feel like Bob Galhotra was on the ballot last time also. Don't even know who he is, but he will get my vote. Hope and Change, ya'll.

Jim Bowman  

Posted: February 24th, 2014 8:07 AM

@ OP Whitey: Thanks.

Oak Park Whitey  

Posted: February 24th, 2014 2:04 AM

For the Record, Don Harmon isn't unopposed. He has an opponent named Bob Galhotra. ,

Bill Dwyer  

Posted: February 22nd, 2014 11:43 AM

I'm an ardent Harmon supporter who no longer resides in his district. My experience with Harmon is that more than most, he is willing to face "slings and arrows" with answers. Harmon is likely, I think, to endorse Sercye over Boykin. Danny Davis impressed no one with his last minute decision to run for re-election as 7th District Dem. state committeeman, a position Harmon clearly wanted. Davis' sun is beginning to set. Preckwinkle and Abu-Taleb's are rising. This IS still politics, after all.

Jim Bowman  

Posted: February 22nd, 2014 11:28 AM

Another good question.


Posted: February 22nd, 2014 10:53 AM

Which way will Harmon go; my bet is on Boykin. Vote Sercye!

Jim Bowman  

Posted: February 22nd, 2014 10:52 AM

Not dumb! Keep asking it! Next time!


Posted: February 22nd, 2014 9:24 AM

Jim, are there any Republicans running --- or is that a dumb question?

Jim Bowman  

Posted: February 21st, 2014 10:02 PM

Whoa, Gail. Which ones?

Gail Moran from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: February 21st, 2014 8:38 PM

Jim with all due respect you seem to be muddled in various conspiracy theories.

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