Posts tagged "Rahm Emanuel"

‘Mayor 1%’: Emanuel’s tenure strikes a chord and ignites a movement

“Mayor 1%,” Kari Lydersen’s new book on Rahm Emanuel and his time as Chicago mayor is being released this month. The book places him squarely in the camp that his critics have pegged him since he came into office: a member of the 1%, the obscenely wealthy, elite class called out by the Occupy Wall... Read more »

Emanuel’s 2014 Chicago budget filled with more fees, fines and taxes

Emanuel’s 2014 Chicago budget filled with more fees, fines and taxes
Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Wednesday morning speech announcing his proposed 2014 budget lauded the tough decisions and important investments he is putting forward to balance the city’s $339 million budget deficit. Emanuel said that one of his goals would be to remove the divide, both symbolic and real, between downtown Chicago and the neighborhoods. “I believe... Read more »

Fifty years later, marching for another cause

Fifty years later, marching for another cause
The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom on Aug. 28, 1963, brought attention to the disparities faced by African Americans in employment and education. On its 50th anniversary, Chicago activists took to the streets to protest another disparity–in how people of color are treated by law enforcement. The idea behind The Peoples March on... Read more »
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On the street: What Chicagoans think of Rahm Emanuel’s ‘confrontational approach’?

Time magazine’s current issue features a cover story on Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. The headline superimposed on a black-and-white photo of the mayor reads: “Chicago Bull: “Mayor Rahm Emanuel is fighting both crime and failing schools. So why are people mad at him?” The story runs through some of the reasons that Chicago might be... Read more »

Could the Mayor’s plan to stop drinking, public urination worsen crowding at Cook County Jail?

Could the Mayor’s plan to stop drinking, public urination worsen crowding at Cook County Jail?
Mayor Rahm Emanuel plans to discourage standard-of-living crimes like drinking, public urination and illegal gambling by doubling the fines and threatening to throw into jail for six months anyone who has skipped out on a hearing and then missed their court date. The move might be able to cut down on the crimes themselves, but... Read more »

South Shore community activist Mia Henry throws her hat into aldermanic ring

South Shore community activist Mia Henry throws her hat into aldermanic ring
Mia Henry says she’s going to do all she can to ensure the 7th Ward gets a good leader. She is even planning on going after the spot herself. Henry was one of the most vocal critics of former 7th Ward Alderman Sandi Jackson.  Shortly after Jackson’s Jan. 11 resignation, Henry said she wasn’t planning... Read more »
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What's Up This Week: Our 40th anniversary drop party, Emanuel on gun control and Chicago's false convictions

What's Up This Week: Our 40th anniversary drop party, Emanuel on gun control and Chicago's false convictions
Party Time. The Chicago Reporter has 40 years of groundbreaking investigative work to celebrate, and we hope you’ll join us for Thursday’s drop party. There will be complimentary copies of our 40th anniversary issue available, as well as snacks and cocktails. Guns. The nation has gun control on its mind, and Mayor Rahm Emanuel is... Read more »

What's Up This Week: Obama returns to Chicago, Emanuel's report card and the Englewood Film Festival

What's Up This Week: Obama returns to Chicago, Emanuel's report card and the Englewood Film Festival
Obama Comes Home. President Barack Obama will be in town on Thursday to cast his ballot in early voting. First Lady Michelle Obama mailed in her absentee ballot last week. It’s all part of the Obama campaign’s push to get people to vote early, especially in key battleground states. Struggling Middle Class. The Chicago Reporter... Read more »

Chicago teacher strike is over, students to return to school

Chicago Public School students will head back to school Wednesday, after the union’s House of Delegates decided to end the seven-day strike. About 800 delegates were discussing the tentative contract Tuesday afternoon, when on a voice vote, they decided to return to the classroom. Parents across the city were relieved as the city’s first strike... Read more »
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Chicago teachers to go on strike after contract talks fail

Chicago teachers to go on strike after contract talks fail
Chicago’s public school teachers are going on strike. The teacher’s union announced late Sunday that contract talks with the district failed over issues such as job security and benefits. Meanwhile Mayor Rahm Emanuel said the remaining issues could be resolved without disrupting the school year. “This is not a strike that I wanted,” Emanuel told... Read more »