Posts tagged "Mayor Rahm Emanuel"

Community activists, unions raise populist message at ‘Take Back Chicago’ rally

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More than a thousand people gathered Tuesday evening for the “Take Back Chicago” rally and town hall meeting at the University of Illinois at Chicago Forum. Members of various community organizations, activists and unions called attention to such issues as the minimum wage, affordable housing, a fair tax system, school closures and healthcare. Individuals asked... Read more »

With ‘exclusive’ mayoral control, a new CHA chief may make little difference

With ‘exclusive’ mayoral control, a new CHA chief may make little difference
Natalie Saffold lived in LeClaire Courts for 23 years before the public housing complex was closed down in 2009. She raised three children there. Now 57, Saffold lives in a public housing apartment in Bridgeport. But she still hasn’t given up hope that she’ll one day move back to the area as part of the... Read more »

What's Up This Week: School-to-prison pipeline; the fiscal cliff; and CTA fare hikes

What's Up This Week: School-to-prison pipeline; the fiscal cliff; and CTA fare hikes
School-to-Prison Pipeline.There’s been an increase in the number of young people who are in the juvenile delinquency system because of relatively minor school discipline issues. Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin is to have a hearing Wednesday on what officials are calling the school-to-prison pipeline. Housing History. Each Wednesday in December, the National Public Housing Museum is... Read more »
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Better Odds: Money for lottery tickets could be better spent on education

Better Odds: Money for lottery tickets could be better spent on education
While watching the drama of the Chicago teachers’ strike unfold, it was clear the key underlying issue was money. In addition to raises and job security, teachers complained about growing class sizes, the physical conditions of schools and the need for specialized services to better assist struggling students. Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Public Schools... Read more »

Chicagoans say the biggest thing missing from public budget meetings is the mayor

Chicagoans say the biggest thing missing from public budget meetings is the mayor
Anna Klocek was glad to see so many people gathered at a community meeting on the city’s budget,  but she felt one person was missing. Klocek went over to the corner of the room, pulled out an empty chair, threw a grey satiny blanket over it and sat a poster in the empty seat. It... Read more »

What's Up This Week: costly Medicaid fraud, city budget hearings and more Jon Burge fallout

What's Up This Week: costly Medicaid fraud, city budget hearings and more Jon Burge fallout
Ferreting out Fraud. Illinois signed a $76.8 million contract with a private company to wade through the Medicaid rolls to identify who is not eligible for the program. The Chicago Reporter takes a look at how the process will work and concerns surrounding the evaluation of the rolls. Budget Noise A group of City Council... Read more »
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Chicago teacher strike: CPS files an injunction, slideshow on the rally

Chicago teacher strike: CPS files an injunction, slideshow on the rally
The Chicago teacher strike took a dramatic turn on Monday. Instead of going back to school as many had hoped, CPS filed an injunction against the strike. On Sunday, union leaders said they needed more time to review the contract proposal. This angered Mayor Rahm Emanuel who instructed city lawyers to ask a judge to... Read more »

Undocumented Life: Making Chicago the most "immigrant friendly" city

Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he wants to make Chicago one of the most “immigrant friendly” cities in the country. To achieve that goal, Emanuel opened the Office of New Americans in City Hall to help legal residents become U.S. Citizens. And a month ago, he joined forces with a former political foe  U.S. Rep. Luis... Read more »

Race, poverty and politics: Rahm says 'no' to eminent domain; 13,000 Dreamers at Navy Pier; House expels Rep. Smith

While the city council met this week to discuss the use of eminent domain in the foreclosure crisis, Mayor Rahm Emanuel simultaneously proclaimed his opposition to the idea, according to Crain’s Chicago Real Estate Daily. “The idea of using eminent domain is not one I support … because I don’t think it’s the right way... Read more »
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Chicago tears down crime-ridden abandoned buildings to build safer communities - Photos

Construction workers begin the demolition of an abandon building that was a location of high crime and drug sales.
The city began demolishing a number of buildings in neighborhoods on the South and West sides Thursday, as part of a Mayor Rahm Emanuel-backed strategy to cleanse neighborhoods of gang activity. Certain vacant buildings attract gang activity and violence, Emanuel contends, and they need to come down. Some are in such disrepair that they need... Read more »