Back in December, when Rahm Emanuel humored a group of citizen objectors by sitting in a basement hearing room at the Chicago Board of Elections building, he wasn't the only one dealing with Chicago politics.
Some aldermanic races were probably more hotly contested than Emanuel's residency case, used the same high-profile lawyers and aimed for the same result -- to eliminate the competition.
The Reader's Ben Joravsky chronicles a few of them in his Aldermania article, which was released Wednesday.
One day late last summer, Tom Courtney came up with the preposterous notion of running for alderman of the 27th Ward.
He'd be a 37-year-old white guy running in a low-income, mostly black ward. He'd lived there only ten years and didn't know a lot of people.
But he had a plan. He'd eliminate all his opponents from the ballot for violating one ticky-tacky election rule or another. If it worked, he wouldn't even have to campaign.
"Don't blame the player—blame the game," says Courtney, who, not surprisingly, is a lawyer—he practices in south suburban Palos Heights. "I'm just using the rules that are there."
He wasn't the only 27th Ward candidate playing the election-law game. Alderman Walter Burnett Jr.—the four-term incumbent —was also at it.