December 9, 2007: Cook County Clerk David Orr

January 7, 2008 10:33:53 AM PST
Our guest this week is Cook County Clerk David Orr.

Orr is the top election official in Cook County, and we'll find out about the Illinois' earliest-ever Feb. 5 primary. Is it a good idea to vote in the middle of winter? Should the state have changed the law to try to help one candidate, Sen. Barack Obama? Why did he push a proposal that the General Assembly passed, and Gov. Blagojevich signed into law, to let high school juniors work as election judges? Among other issues, we'll find out when early voting begins. Orr is already hiring judges.

Also, The 25th anniversary of Harold Washington's death has just passed, and the 20th anniversary of his historic election is approaching. David Orr was a pro-Washington alderman?one of the Washington 21?and he was mayor for a week after Washington's death, and before Ald. Gene Sawyer was sworn in. We'll get Orr's remembrance of those turbulent times, find out what he thinks Washington's legacy is, and how he compares local politics then and now.