[The 90s Election Specials raw: Chicago politics]

Footage for The 90's Election Specials, covering 17th ward elections in Chicago. Interviews with campaign workers for Congressman Charles Hayes and Representative Gus Savage.

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00:30Copy video clip URL Campaign workers for Bobby Rush (an alderman running for Congress) work in a sparse office with maps of the district on the wall. Shots of the Chicago Tribune and Sun-Times and their Rush endorsements, and other papers and signs around the office.

02:19Copy video clip URL The tape cuts to a different office, where videomaker Andrew Jones tapes an interview with a campaign worker for incumbent Congressman Charles Hayes (Rush’s opponent), who supports Hayes because Hayes is “for the working man.”

07:11Copy video clip URL Jones approaches Hayes’ personal friend Greg Hamblet, who talks about Hayes’ stance on workers’ rights and his history with Hayes’ campaigns. Another campaign worker gives a similar account of Hayes’ work with stockyard workers in the ’40s and ’50s.

11:30Copy video clip URL A picture of former Chicago Mayor Harold Washington in the campaign manager’s office. The manager, Watterson, says he worked in Streets and Sanitation under Washington.

11:56Copy video clip URL In a car, talking to a campaign worker about what Congressional elections do, pragmatically, and the role of incumbents, as they drive through the neighborhood.

13:50Copy video clip URL In the 17th ward, an interview with Alderman Alan Streeter’s Chief of Staff, Terry Peterson, on the street and in the car. “Chicago has a long history of politics… I think Chicago pretty much sets the trend for the rest of the United States when it comes to politics.” He talks about Harold Washington’s election, and subsequent African American leadership. Peterson is working for the Alan Streeter campaign.

18:10Copy video clip URL The tape cuts, and Peterson demonstrates to volunteers how to put up signs for various candidates, including Alan Streeter.

21:07Copy video clip URL Back in the car, the man continues to talk about ethnic bases controlling elected offices. He cites the Irish as an ethnic group that is small but which holds a lot of influence. As he drives through the 17th ward, and the man describes the community.

26:09Copy video clip URL Tape of signs around the neighborhood for Gus Savage, and then in the car with a Savage campaign worker, who talks about redistricting affecting voting by bringing in new voters from different ethnicities. “They diluted the strength of that district.”

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