Posts tagged "Jason Ervin"

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 »

And then there were 3: List narrowed for third-party candidate for 10th District

State Democratic power brokers narrowed down to three the number of candidates still in the running to represent the new 10th District Unity Party in this fall’s election and challenge Democratic nominee state Rep. Derrick Smith. These lawmakers, many of whom supported Smith’s candidacy leading into the primary, turned on him after he refused to... Read more »

Politics in review: Arrested protestors want face time with Rahm; Jackson, Jr. in hot seat; Preckwinkle snuffs ICE; Daley's day in court

Here’s a week’s worth of political and elections news that had The Chicago Reporter jawing. Twenty-three people were arrested early Friday morning after barricading themselves inside a Woodlawn mental health clinic in protest of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plan to consolidate 12 clinics into six. The Chicago Reporter recently reported on some of the planned closures. ... Read more »
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Rep. Derrick Smith indicted on bribery charge, remains holed up but maintains innocence

Rep. Derrick Smith indicted on bribery charge, remains holed up but maintains innocence
Tenth District state Rep. Derrick Smith was formally indicted on federal charges of bribery today, Capitol Fax’s Rich Miller reported this afternoon. Miller linked to a copy of the federal indictment on his blog. The federal grand jury’s indictment alleges that Smith accepted $7,000 in exchange for writing an endorsement letter for a non-profit he... Read more »

Politics in review: Election results keep rolling in; West Side TIF zone gets $1M facelift; bringing out the big guns?

Here’s a rundown of the elections and political news The Chicago Reporter was discussing this week: More than a week after Illinois’ March 20 primary, more results have come in. In the 7th District statehouse race in west Cook County, Emanuel “Chris” Welch edged past his challenger, Rory Hoskins, by 36 votes. Welch, a lawyer... Read more »