David Orr had been elected alderman of the 49th Ward twice in ’79 and ’83.
He was one of the leaders of the independent Democrats against the political machine promoted by Richard J. Daley.


Jack Fleming was a lifelong resident of Rogers Park running against incumbent David Orr for alderman in the 49th Ward. One of his campaign promises was to “Stop relying on increased property taxes to fund the city’s revenue demands. Property taxes are regressive taxes. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!”



Orr’s newsletter informed citizens with the most up to date information on city projects, the economy, educational standards, policies, etc.


This is from a meeting about incorporating the arts into Rogers Park. Orr was a sponsor for this event, showing that he was involved in several different aspects of the community.

This is a survey question and the respective answers of each candidate. This was so the public would know the beliefs of the candidates of important issues.


A campaign letter for Fleming. It features attacks on Orr and shows how Fleming believed he was the better candidate. It also shows ways the public could support Fleming.

An attack ad from Fleming. It criticized Orr as an alderman.

This was included in a campaign letter from Fleming. When put in water it would inflate and turn into a sponge, allowing the recipient to ‘clean up the 49th Ward.’



A campaign button for David Orr for his re-election in the 49th Ward.

A button advertising Network 49, an independent group in the 49th advocating for progressive politics


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This example of a voter register listed people who lived in the nearby 50th ward. A popular strategy for campaigning was to go to every single person on the list encouraging them to vote. This also helped guard against voter fraud by ensuring that the people registered were in fact alive and living in the place they said they did.