Joravsky for Mayor
Re The Works, October 9
After I read "The Beginning and End of My Independent Political Career" (and finished laughing), I began to wonder how many others like me had cast a write-in vote for Ben Joravsky in the 2007 mayoral election. I started searching the Web for records of all the write-ins and hit a lot of dead ends. I finally ended up on David Orr's Web site [davidorr.org], where I think I found a partial answer—while you can write in anyone you want, it won't be recorded unless the person had filed (months before the election) an official form from the Cook County Clerk's office (PDF on the Web), which must be notarized. It is called "write-in candidate declaration of intent." The downloadable one available now on Orr's Web site is for the upcoming November elections. —anonymous
Charts Don't Cut It
Re Hot Type, October 16
So sad to see the demise of [the Chicago Tribune]. The reader who commented that the stock table graphics didn't tell them anything they didn't already know was absolutely right on the money. We saw the same treatment with the "electoral map." (Is there anyone who doesn't know the battleground states?) No insight, no writing beyond the expanded captions. I was looking for the "continued on page..." and was shocked to discover that I was "reading" the entire story. Honestly, Trib folks, we understand cutting back space. What we don't understand: taking such precious real estate and cluttering it up with lots of noisy visuals. —Joe
Well, It Wasn't a Good Day for Jon Burge
Re "Tools of Torture" by John Conroy, February 4, 2005
When no one else was paying much attention to the crimes and lack of repercussions for Jon Burge's torture of suspects, [John] Conroy never let up, and finally Burge has been arrested. This is a good day, and I'll be keeping Mr. Conroy in my thoughts. —Mark Stewart
Re Jim Jones's capsule review of Gomorrah in October 16 coverage of the Chicago International Film Festival
You misread an important scene, saying, "In the most shocking scene, a little boy sets up his own mother for a hit." The boy hasn't set up his own mother but the mother of his former best friend. You've probably seen 90 movies in the last two weeks, so it's an understandable error, but you may have confused some of the film's viewers.
Strangely, the festival rep at the screening I saw thanked the Goethe Institute for bringing the film to Chicago, when she must have meant to say the Italian Cultural Institute. Maybe the festival slogan should be "Too Many Films for You to Keep Track Of." —Tom Simpson
Jim Jones replies:
Thanks. You may not believe this, but I actually watched Gomorrah twice because I wasn't sure I was following it all the first time.