Posts in category "aldermen"

Chicago's goofy and false 'anti-torture' ordinance

Pat Hickey slices and dices the torture ban passed unanimously (who can be for torture?) by the City Council–supposedly the first such action by any American city, and doesn’t that make us proud.  Makes as much sense as the nuclear-free-zone ordinance. To those pushing such “symbolic” gestures, I hope it makes you feel better. It... Read more »

"Chicago Code" Fakery

  An alderman running Chicago? That’s what we’re supposed to believe when we’re watching Fox’s new cop show, “Chicago Code.” That might sound plausible to Hollywood, but it makes it hard for us to watch. Especially when how Chicago really operates is a lot more entertaining.  Chicago Code, which I assume is its take on the... Read more »

Does Chicago need a "nice" mayor or a hard guy?

( Alex Garcia, Chicago Tribune / January 13, 2011 ) A strong field: Chicago mayoral candidates Miguel del Valle, from left, Rahm Emanuel, Carol Moseley Braun and Gery Chico make their first appearance as a foursome Friday to field questions from the Chicago Tribune editorial board. How’s this for irony? In the rough and tumble... Read more »

Google's list of Chicago's 10 most frequent searches

Schools and education. And you thought it might be sports, politics or porn. See the city-by-city lists here. And check out the Year According to Google, below. 

Can Chicago function as a democracy?

Whoever inherits Daley’s City Hall office will face problems lined up to the horizon It didn’t take long after Mayor Richard M. Daley announced his retirement that talk began turning to his “heir apparent,” or at least the lack of one. Why hasn’t he endorsed an heir apparent? Why didn’t he groom anyone for the... Read more »
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