Category Archives: Machine Naivete

Everyone knows candidate Erika Wozniak Francis supports Machine Boss Toni Preckwinkle for Mayor

Why won’t Erika come clean with voters and admit it?

Politicians, even new ones, so often say things we want to be true, but frequently are not true. In the same vein, what they choose not to say or sidestep around can be of even greater importance.

READ THIS: Before you vote for 46th Ward Alderman excerpt:

“Be honest with yourself, do you really think as quiet as CTU endorsed Erika is about who she supports for Mayor, that she is going to stand up against a CTU endorsed Chair of the Cook County Democratic Party Mayor? If you do, come on over, I have a viaduct for sale.”

There are so many connected elements between Toni Preckwinkle and Erika Wozniak Francis, it would be beyond mind boggling to believe they are two unconnected people in a city of millions. Let’s just begin connecting the dots. I have confidence that you can finish connecting the dots.

Toni Preckwinkle – former teacher
Erika Wozniak Francis – current teacher
Toni Preckwinkle – former alderman
Erika Wozniak Francis – current candidate for alderman
Toni Preckwinkle – Chicago Teachers Union endorsed & financed
Erika Wozniak Francis – Chicago Teachers Union endorsed & financed
Toni Preckwinkle – Cook County Board President, Chair of the Cook County Democratic Party and now Mayor of Chicago candidate

Do you really think Toni just happens to be in all those major positions, and one of the few squeaky clean parts of the most corrupt major city?

It’s much more than the Ed Burke scandal, where Burke was extorting business owners to give money to Toni Preckwinkle. Chicago is and has been factually the most corrupt major city in the USA for many years. People like Toni Preckwinkle and 46th Ward Alderman Cappleman have been core participants in maintaining that #1 corruption designation.

A quote I swiped from friend on Facebook because it is 100% true:

“Toni has had 30 years in the machine to begin dismantling it. Instead, she now runs it. None of this opposition to Toni makes sense if you can’t acknowledge her grip on the wheel of the machine.

Accept the truth. The machine is not dead. It has simply evolved.”

Ditto with resistance to Erika, it doesn’t make sense if you can’t acknowledge that she has not even been elected yet, and is already playing politicians double talk with critically important issues like corruption and transparency.

I want to be wrong. Prove me wrong Erika. Stop the silence and lack of transparency. Make a strong clear non-retractable statement that you do not support Toni Preckwinkle, you will not vote for Toni Preckwinkle and encourage others to vote against Toni Preckwinkle and the evolving 2019 machine. Endorse a non-machine candidate for Mayor as well.

The voters deserve to know exactly who they are voting for.


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In a runoff between Erika Wozniak Francis and Ald. Cappleman, I’d vote for Erika in a nanosecond

However, in the February 26th General Municipal Election I feel there is a better candidate

I admire Erika Wozniak Francis as a person. She’s smart, talented, personable and compassionate. She is worlds of humanity above incumbent Alderman Cappleman and I’m sure Erika would be a much better alderman as well.

In the 46th Ward aldermanic race, she is clearly an establishment-level candidate. Strong ties to unions, endorsements from incumbent politicians and it looks like the post-Cappleman Democratic Party would have no problem welcoming Erika into the fold.

For years I have said ‘Anyone But Cappleman’ and bar Republicans, Nazis or some other unknown as of yet deal killers, I meant it. In an election between Cappleman and anyone, I’m voting for anyone. More specifically, in a runoff election between Cappleman and Erika, I’m down with Erika, I would vote for her in a nanosecond.

In politics, I rarely believe a word a candidate says in a campaign. I’m not going to throw away 40 years of adult accumulated wisdom on this to be pleasant. I watch them, I talk to them when I can, I see who they are associated with, I look at their history. I try to determine if their words match their actions and if they have a realistic plan for enacting their vision.

Neutrality in the election for Chicago Mayor is a bad sign

If Erika has said she is not supporting any mayoral candidate in the election, this is a meaningless statement to me. Most [wishy-washy] aldermanic candidates do this, rather than stand on the strength of transparency and clearly stated public convictions.

It may be a have your cake and eat it too phenomenon, or perhaps candidates just want to go up or down on their own accord, but the reality is mayoral candidates tend to have more history to judge and it’s a good test of an aldermanic candidate’s choices to see who they think is best to hang their shingle on or what kind of candidate is unacceptable to them.

Not supporting any mayoral candidate in an election is not the same thing as not supporting a specific candidate or what they represent once they are elected. Nice try, but not good enough for this old man.

If a 46th Ward aldermanic candidate right from the get go displays a lack of transparency by not telling voters which mayoral candidate they support… this is a 1st round vote killer for me.

It is clear to me from observing and talking to Erika that she began her candidacy as nearly a one topic candidate, education. She is deeply tied to the CTU and other unions. The CTU as you probably know has endorsed Toni Preckwinkle, as have other unions. 7 figure+ union money has flowed to Preckwinkle.

I think Erika recognizes Toni Preckwinkle is a polarizing issue. Erika could disavow Preckwinkle. Erika could speak out against the CTU’s endorsement of Toni Preckwinkle. Erika could condemn the SEIU 7 figure donation to Toni Preckwinkle and so on. Erika could commit to always side with 46th Ward constituents over the CTU/SEIU/etc.

Erika, does not do any of that, however. I’m very concerned 46th Ward voters are a means to an end, instead of top of the pyramid.

Corruption should be the #1 issue

Erika is soft on corruption in my opinion. She doesn’t understand the extent of it and doesn’t see it as systemic in the Democratic Party in Chicago. I didn’t for a long time either, but I totally get it now and I am not going to ignore it.

Erika doesn’t see the ‘keep your mouth shut about other politicians corruption culture’ in City Council that even CTU darling ‘progressive’ 10th Ward Alderman Susan Garza spoke openly of supporting, more interested in being colleagues than upholding the law. Apparently by Erika’s silence the Aldermanic Criminal Code of Silence is OK with her?

If I’m wrong speak straight to it without politician mumbo-jumbo and subject avoidance.

All the good thoughts and feelings, and all the greatest plans fall flat when they run into the wall of Chicago Mayoral and City Council corruption. All campaign statements are useless fluff if we don’t see and act upon real corruption first, not as an afterthought.

I stand by my previous post I don’t care whose machine it is.

Other candidates

  • Marianne Lalonde * My 1st round vote pick, I will write more later
  • Angela Clay
  • Jon-Robert McDowell
  • Justin Kriendler

I will say here, with no intended offense to the male challengers: I respect both of you, in a different time and place I would vote for you. However, it is time for a woman to lead the 46th Ward, Cappleman has completely shut women out of leadership.


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I don’t care whose machine it is

Whether it’s real estate developers, unions, or whatever… aldermen beholden to a machine boss and outside groups corrupt the City of Chicago

Many people are OK with corruption as long as they are on the team that is in charge of it. News flash, whether it’s a Richard Daley machine, a Rahm Emanuel machine or a Toni Preckwinkle machine, it really doesn’t matter who or what the components of corruption are, it is poison to our city and political system. No matter how you package it, one group dominating and sustaining their own power over others is not good for anyone in the long run.

Don’t get me wrong, Chicago needs more housing, the teachers union and employee unions. It pains me to cast negative light on any Cappleman challenger, but the last thing Chicago needs is to continue Rahm’s machine, install a new machine boss and compliant aldermen.

The 46th Ward, already neck deep in its own corrupt incumbent alderman, especially needs a new independent alderman that is not naive about corruption, as well as smart and strong enough to resist and deal with it. Corruption is VERY real.

Make no mistake, I’d vote for a snail in a runoff against Cappleman, but we do have 2 women that are viable independent alternatives to him in the general municipal election that are not standing with Toni Preckwinkle.

Reform is not just installing new actors, and continuing on with the same nonsense.


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People of Chicago Demand Verifiable Transparency of Ald Cappleman

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