Posts tagged "Danny Solis"

Minority firms with clout, contributions get a piece of O'Hare cargo contract

Minority firms with clout, contributions get a piece of O'Hare cargo contract
If you’re a minority firm looking for city work, it certainly helps to know people in high places and to be generous come campaign time. Last week,  the city council gave Maryland-based Aeroterm, LLC the green light to issue bonds to pay for part of a multi-million dollar cargo project at O’Hare International Airport. Initially,... Read more »

Race, poverty and politics: Supreme Court rules on health care; cabbies plan strike; city passes pot law; Emanuel introduces new gun ordinance

The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the majority of President Barack Obama’s signature health care law Thursday. Five of the nine justices ruled that key provisions, such as the individual mandate were constitutional. But it threw out a provision that would have withheld federal funds from states that elected not to expand their Medicaid programs. Check... Read more »

Ald. Zalewski's graffiti ordinance: Collision course with Cook County?

Ald. Zalewski's graffiti ordinance: Collision course with Cook County?
Twenty-third Ward Ald. Michael Zalewski’s plan to take back his community from gang-affiliated graffiti vandals could potentially put him on a collision course with Cook County’s plan to reduce the number of offenders passing through its criminal justice system. An ordinance Zalewski plans to submit to the city council Wednesday would increase fines for people... Read more »
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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 »

Race, poverty and politics: Pension reform punted ... again; city pot ordinance moves to council vote; state prison closures

Gov. Quinn’s proposed pension reforms have hit a roadblock as legislators continue to argue over a proposed plan by Senate Democracts to shift pension costs from the state to suburban and downstate school districts. Republicans argue this would cause a rise in property taxes, something they are steadfastly against. Only days ago, a report by... Read more »

African-American aldermen critique fines in new pot ordinance before sending it to full council vote

African-American aldermen critique fines in new pot ordinance before sending it to full council vote
A handful of African American alderman spoke out today against what they called extremely high fines in a proposal that would swap arrests and possible jail time for citations in cases of low-level marijuana offenses. The city’s public safety committee advanced the ordinance by a vote of 13-1. And shortly after some spirited testimony and... Read more »
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Race, poverty and politics: Obama halts deportations; Rahm backs decriminalizing small amounts of pot; CTU vote means hot summer ahead; Cook to boost set-asides

President Obama bypassed Congress Friday and announced the U.S. will stop deporting undocumented immigrants who are currently under 30 years old, who came to the U.S. before they turned 16 and have lived here at least five years. To be eligible, they also can’t have a criminal record, have earned a high school diploma or... Read more »

Watch here: Barbershop Show on how remapping Chicago wards changes our political landscape

Have you ever wondered what it would like to have a front-row seat at the Barbershop show? Radio is great, but sometimes you miss the arched eyebrows and sideways glances that come with some of the controversial topics that The Chicago Reporter discusses. Check out the videos below for a front-row seat on the show... Read more »

What is the state of Latino political clout in Chicago?

What is the state of Latino political clout in Chicago?
The Latino community may have some new political voices in Chicago City Council since the ward remapping, but controversy continues to bubble as to whether the rapidly growing group was short shrifted in last week’s redistricting. On Wednesday, the Latino Policy Forum released an analysis of the ward boundaries and argued that “the new maps–and... Read more »
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