Tag: Rahm Emanuel

If it's got anything to do with O'Hare Airport, it's hinky

Is Chicago Tribune architect critic Blair Kamin the only newsman in Chicago who is sniffing around the latest O’Hare Airport expansion project and suspects that something doesn’t smell right? Kamin raises the issue in today’s revealing column, “A peek inside Chicago’s hush-hush competition to pick an O’Hare expansion architect: ‘This whole process has been pretty weird.'” It’s... Read more »

No surprise: O'Hare Airport project "smells of backroom deals"

Tribune architecture critic Blair Kamin smells  “backroom deals” and “smoke-filled rooms” in the latest multi-billion plan to yank the 1950s-style O’Hare International Airport into the 21st Century. Kamin was referring to the selection of five firms that are finalists for the the $8.5 billion airport expansion that include a new global “super terminal.” He complained... Read more »

Emanuel's new budget is "balanced?" Ha ha.

In his latest and last new budget message, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants to assure us all is well. Not to worry. Things are in hand. Sure. Except that not all is well. It’s just more of the same, which is to say it does little or nothing to solve Chicago’s structural and long-term budget problems.... Read more »
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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 »

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 »

All aboard the fantasy express to O'Hare Airport

Imagine zooming 125 m.p.h underground from downtown to O’Hare Airport on a new express train and getting there in plenty of time of find out your flight has been delayed–again. Imagine making that trip in a promised 20 minutes from O’Hare to downtown after it took your flight 20 minutes to get to the terminal gate... Read more »
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Analysis of the latest O'Hare Airport expansion plan that you won't find elsewhere

Why? Because as the Chicago Daily News’ urban affairs reporter I started covering the airport beat in 1972 when Richard J. (The First) Daley floated the cockamamie idea of building a third airport in Lake Michigan. As the transportation reporter, editorial board member and op-ed columnist for the Chicago Sun -Times I followed the issue... Read more »

Rep. Gutierrez' rigged succession: it's the Chicago Way

“[There is] no quid pro quo,” — Rep. Luis Gutierrez’ denial that there was a secret, backroom deal behind his sudden, surprising retirement from  his congressional seat and endorsement of Jesus “Chuy” Garcia as his successor. Oh, sure. That’ll rank right up there in Chicago political lore with the late Mayor Richard J. Daley’s famously absurd assertion that, “There... Read more »

Rahm's latest flight of fancy: a high-speed subway train to O'Hare

Chicago’s public schools are broke, property taxes are sky high, savage gang wars rake the South and West sides, and so on and so on. So here comes Mayor Rahm Emanuel ballyhooing an out-of-sight costly subway to link the Loop and O’Hare Airport with high-speed trains. (Here and here.) Irresponsible. Nutty. Insane. The cost, disruption... Read more »
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Sanctuary cities get $27 billion federal aid; Chicago the second largest beneficiary

Declaring that your city, county or state is a sanctuary from the enforcement of federal immigration laws could be detrimental to your financial health. A report from OpenTheBooks.com finds that as much as $27 billion in federal aid could be endangered by a local unit of government by refusing to comply with federal immigration law.... Read more »
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