Posts tagged "Chicago City Council"

Connecting the dots between predatory lending, the vacant property crisis and school closings

Michael Tidmore and I recently met front of Daniel S. Wentworth Elementary School, a hulking brick building that sits on a residential block in Englewood. He wondered what’s going to happen to school buildings like this when they’re closed next year under Chicago Public Schools’ plan to shutter 61 facilities while consolidating students and staff.... Read more »

Sandi Jackson resigns from City Council; residents want input in replacement process

Sandi Jackson resigns from City Council; residents want input in replacement process
Tomorrow is the last day Sandi Jackson will represent the 7th Ward in Chicago’s city council and some residents say the community should have a voice in the replacement process. Jackson abruptly announced her resignation Friday in a letter to Mayor Rahm Emanuel saying she couldn’t balance her responsibilities with her family and representing the... Read more »

Chicago Aldermen sign resolution to push for undocumented immigrants to receive driver's licenses

Alicia drives to the suburbs for her job. The Logan Square resident can’t afford to miss work because she has a son to support. But unlike many Illinois’ drivers the 36-year-old mother is scared driving. “I’m terrified of driving to work. I’m afraid of going to work and never coming back,” said Alicia, who is... Read more »
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City's ethics reform good step, but no 'silver bullet'

City's ethics reform good step, but no 'silver bullet'
There’s no silver bullet when it comes to eradicating political corruption. What’s more, fighting it in a city like Chicago might, at times, seem like an all but fruitless task. Dick Simpson is a former Chicago alderman who pushed for reform measures during his time in the city council. He continues to speak out against... Read more »

Once foes, Rahm and Rep. Gutierrez get chummy over immigration reform

Once foes, Rahm and Rep. Gutierrez get chummy over immigration reform
Two political rivals appear to have buried the hatchet, or, at the very least, saw the political value of uniting in a carefully orchestrated backslapping session over an issue likely to be huge in this fall’s election. Together at Little Village High School Tuesday to announce a proposed city ordinance aimed at immigration reform, Mayor... Read more »

What's up this week: Council to consider pot ordinance; public meetings on future of Fisk, Crawford sites

What's up this week: Council to consider pot ordinance; public meetings on future of Fisk, Crawford sites
The city council will decide on Wednesday whether to OK an ordinance that would allow police officers to ticket people caught with small amounts of marijuana, rather than arrest them. Under the ordinance–originally introduced last year by 25th Ward Ald. Danny Solis and recently backed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel–people 18 and over caught with 15... Read more »
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What's up this week: Minimum wage bill approaching Senate floor; pressure building on Rep. Smith to step aside

Here’s a peek at what’s happening on the political front this week: A bill aimed at hiking the state’s hourly minimum wage to $10 from $8.25, originally thought to be headed to the Senate floor this week, is more likely to hit the Senate May 16, said 4th District state Sen. Kimberly Lightford, a Westchester... Read more »

Alderman Foulkes: Englewood doesn't trust the Trust -- or Rahm

Alderman Foulkes: Englewood doesn't trust the Trust -- or Rahm
Fifteenth Ward Alderman Toni Foulkes was one of seven council members to vote “nay” on Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s controversial $1.7 billion infrastructure trust last week, in large part because of, well, trust. After the ordinance sailed through city council, Foulkes told the Chicago Sun-Times that residents of Englewood–who comprise a big chunk of her ward–simply... Read more »

What's up this week: Rahm wants alderman to 'trust' him; investigation into state Rep. Smith continues

Here’s a preview of what’s happening on the political front this week: A special city council meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 24. Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s $1.7 billion infrastructure trust will be up for a vote–again. Last week, two mayoral allies prevented the measure from going up for a vote, out of fear that... Read more »
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What's up this week: State lawmakers tackle sex trafficking; indicted state pol heads back to work; speed cameras and trust funds

What's up this week: State lawmakers tackle sex trafficking; indicted state pol heads back to work; speed cameras and trust funds
Here’s a preview of what’s on the political agenda this week: The Illinois General Assembly returns to Springfield on April 17. The Chicago Reporter will be watching out for a few things: The Senate’s Criminal Law Committee, slated to meet on April 18 in Springfield, will take a look at changes to the wording of... Read more »