Chicago Alderman Joe Moore has endorsed Jeff Smith in the race for the 18th District state house seat being vacated by Julie Hamos.

Moore, who has received campaign contributions from Smith in the past, called Smith “the kind of progressive, independent leader that we need in Springfield right now.”

Nine precincts in Moore’s 49th Ward in Rogers Park are included in the house district. The Smith campaign says they often account for as much as 10 percent of the Democratic primary vote.

Moore earlier this year had considered running for the state house seat himself. Hamos is giving up the seat to run for Congress.

The move by Hamos has set up a wide open primary battle with a total of five Democrats in the race leading up to the February primary.

Chicago Alderman Joe Moore has endorsed Jeff Smith in the race for the 18th District state house seat being vacated by Julie Hamos.

Moore, who has received campaign contributions from Smith in the past, called Smith “the kind of progressive, independent leader that we need in Springfield right now.”

Nine precincts in Moore’s 49th Ward in Rogers Park are included in the house district. The Smith campaign says they often account for as much as 10 percent of the Democratic primary vote.

Moore earlier this year had considered running for the state house seat himself. Hamos is giving up the seat to run for Congress.

The move by Hamos has set up a wide open primary battle with a total of five Democrats in the race leading up to the February primary.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Mortgage Crisis Part 2
    The Wall Street Journal reports that the FHA is making loans with 3.5% down. Haven’t we heard this story before ! Barney Frank was willing to “roll the dice” with Fannie and Freddie— look where it got us.
    At their 50:1 leverage ratio, the Journal reports, the FHA will soon have a cushion less Bear Stearns did when they failed and its more than 30 day delinquency rate is 14%.

    Other recent reports are that default ratios on renegotiated mortgages are now substantial, as had been predicted.

    The government has pushed the idea of getting everyone into a home [owned] but was unwilling to consider whether that is feasible. Little consideration seemed to have been given as to whether renting [and adjustments like shifts in property tax, tax deductions, etc.] might be better for some people esp. if they are in jobs/professions where mobility would mean renting
    might be better for them. It would not help in the current economic state, but might in more fluid economic time as we will probaly see once things get back to “normal” and jobs are available but shift from one region to another. A complex issue that government chose to not deal with.

    All Evanston needs !

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