The Chicago city elections are just days away and Progress Illinois is calling on citizen journalists to show us what's going on in their ward as the aldermanic campaigns make their last push for votes leading up to election day.
To kick off our ward watcher video project for the 2011 Chicago city elections, we are starting with a submission from Chris Lackner, who shot video of rapper and 20th ward aldermanic candidate Che "Rhymefest" Smith at a recent forum. Check it out:
Now it's your turn! We want to know what's going on in your ward (or a ward in which you have a particular interest). We'll be updating this page with newly accepted video submissions as they come in. If you have a video camera and an eye for news, we want to hear from you. And if we use your video, we'll pay you $50. To read more about the video submission rules, click here.
Here's another Ward Watcher video submission. This one comes from Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism students Nolan Feeney and Krislyn Placide, who covered a recent forum in the 46th and submitted a video to our Ward Watcher video submission project. Take a look:
We've got another Ward Watcher video, this time coming from Karl Klockars who submitted 47th Ward candidate Ameya Pawar's closing statement at a recent candidate forum thrown by the Center Square Journal. Pawar is up against three other candidates, Tom Jacks, Matt Reichel, and Tom O'Donnell in the race for the seat held by Ald. Gene Schulter for the last 35 years.
Take a look at what Pawar had to say about why he is prepared to be alderman earlier this week:
We received another video in our Ward Watcher series. This one isn't about a ward -- its about education policy throughout Chicago -- but we liked it and wanted to share. It was put together by students at Columbia College in Assistant Professor Teresa Puente's class. This particular video was produced by Carissa Williamson and Iesha Pompey. For more of the videos made by Puente's students, check our their YouTube channel here.