Category: Chicago politics

Is Emanuel's decision not to run and his issuing $10 billion in city bonds related?

What does Rahm (Lame Duck) Emanuel plan to do after leaving the mayor’s office next year? Here’s a thought: He’s planning to issue $10 billion in bonds to help pay down the city’s huge pension debt. Imagine the commissions that the bonds will generate. Now ask where Emanuel plans to work after he leaves office.... Read more »

Obama Center bleeds Chicago and Illinois taxpayers

Higher taxes and money from bankrupt Chicago and Illinois are the price of ripping up Jackson Park for the private Obama Center and two gentrified golf courses. It’s bad enough that public parkland is being confiscated for the private use of former President Barack Obama’s “Center” (it’s not a presidential library) to spread around his... Read more »

Chicago's using one credit card to pay off another

How often are consumers warned not to build a mountain of debt so they won’ use one credit card to pay what’s due on another? It’s not doing anything really to solve the money problems. It only makes it worse. Chicago is doing exactly that, as it plans to issue $10 billion in bonds to pay its unfunded pension plans.... Read more »
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Civic group: Obama Center process violates environmental laws

In a scathing letter to Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration, the non-profit Jackson Park Watch has detailed the many ways that the proposed Obama Center violates portions of America’s most important environmental protection law. The letter uses such terms as fatally flawed, disingenuous, improbable and others to describe how the city has tossed aside a number of technical... Read more »

Don't count out Illinois public employee unions just yet

Widespread speculation predicts that the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in  Janus v. AFSCME will change America’s political landscape, especially in Illinois, the bluest of blue states where public employee unions have driven the state into near bankruptcy. By giving employees in such unions as the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, Council 31 in... Read more »

A highly recommended post from a fellow ChicagoNow blogger

A great job of reporting demonstrating that the corruption game still is alive and well at the local level in Chicago’s wards.. From our fellow blogger Kelly Tarrant: “A First Amendment Day of Reckoning for Florida, Now is it Chicago’s Turn?”
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Problems with Elon Musk's underground rocket trip to O'Hare Airport

Before we all swoon under the hypnotic hype about Elon Musk’s proposal to build a high-speed automated people-mover between O’Hare Airport and the Loop, a few questions need to be asked. Oops, too late. As with every “bold, new mega project” here, the wowzers, including Mayor Rahm Emanuel and assorted “mover and shakers” (i.e. The Connected) expect... Read more »

Why the media silence on the Obama center travesty?

Except for Chicago Tribune columnist John Kass (“The Barack Obama Temple of Adoration and Fealty”)  and the paper’s editorial cartoonist Scott Stantis (“Parks we wreck”), the media have generally chosen not to probe the important questions about the serious policy, environmental and legal implications that bedevil the Obama Center. The media brushed aside a lawsuit by Protect Our... Read more »

Another reason why the Jackson Park give-away to the Obama Center is illegal and corrupt

In a previous post, I discussed the details, as outlined in a federal lawsuit filed by Protect Our Parks against the gifting of Jackson Park land to the Obama Center, violates local, state and federal law. As far as I know, this is the only place in the media that has attempted to dissect the... Read more »
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The give-away of public park land to the Obama Center is illegal

The laws are clear: Control of this public land in Jackson Park cannot be transferred to a private entity. Period. That’s exactly what the Obama Foundation and the supporters of the Obama Center want. The city and Chicago Park District have worked out a deal to transfer control of 19.3 acres of publicly owned Jackson Park... Read more »
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