Posts tagged "Richard M. Daley"

Told ya so: New O'Hare Airport runway expansion fails to reduce delays

Opponents of ex-Mayor Richard M. Daley’s O’Hare Airport expansion boondoggle had been saying it for years: The costly expansion won’t do much to reduce delays, one of the major reasons justifying the billions spent and the homes and businesses destroyed. Now comes a Chicago Tribune article reporting an AP analysis of airport delays, “New runway... Read more »

Ack! Gaff! Another Daley wants to run things

William Daley, son of Richard J. Daley and brother of Richard M. Daley, sounds like he wants to run for governor. As Mr. Bill (not this Bill Daley) always said. “Oh, no!” Except that we’re the ones that will get squashed by a bus, thrown out the tenth-story window or eaten by an alligator. As... Read more »

Hey, Park Ridge, how do you like those O'Hare Airport jets now?

With the urging of precinct and patronage workers from Chicago that flooded into Park Ridge, voters in the northern suburb several years ago decided to drop out of the Suburban O’Hare Commission, a coalition of suburbs that opposed the expansion of O’Hare Airport. In the election, the voters also tossed out the suburb’s mayor, Ron... Read more »

Illinois tollway drivers chumped by O'Hare Airport expansion.

Back when former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley promised to wave his magic wand and turn the 1950s-style O’Hare Airport into a 21st Century jewel,  Tri-State and other Illinois tollway drivers had no reason to pay much attention. Daley and his corporate, political, organized labor and do-gooder minions had assured everyone that expanding O’Hare wouldn’t... Read more »

A new hidden Tax for O'Hare Airport travelers

Desperate for new money for the O’Hare Airport expansion boondoggle, the Daley administration is placing its hopes on a 63 percent increase on a tax imposed on airline passengers. Under legislation already passed by the House, airport operators, such as Chicago, would be authorized to increase the airline passenger facility charge (PFC) by $2.50, to... Read more »

Chicago's 2016 Olympic bid falls to anti-Americanism

So, Chicagoans and Americans, what do you think of world opinion now? After pandering to world opinion, America got the shiv from the bozos voting at the International Olympic Committee. President Barack Obama, who was thought to bring in a new day of more congenial international relations after former President George W. Bush and who... Read more »

The Olympics skinny

Here’s some good background on the upcoming Olympic selection events in Copenhagen. How do you think that  Copenhagen’s Lord Mayor Ritt Bjerregaard (right) will get along with our Lord Mayor Richie Daley? In this Associated Press photo, she is seen attending the eco-premiere of the environmental documentary “The Age Of Stupid” during climate week on... Read more »

Daley backs business set-asides for gay-owned firms

Here’s the Tribune’s story: Mayor Richard Daley said today he would support an effort to give preferential treatment in city contracting to businesses owned by gays and lesbians. The city already sets aside a portion of contracts for businesses owned by blacks, Hispanics, Asians and women. Now Ald. Thomas Tunney (44th), the City Council’s openly... Read more »

Common sense on high-speed rail

John McCarron, an urban affairs writer, consultant and educator, nails it in this Tribune op-ed column. McCarron asks why we are spending billions of dollars (yet to be borrowed, I assume) on studying and building high-speed rail service when so much more needs to be done for local mass transit. Compare the needs of CTA,... Read more »

Chris Kennedy: Who?

After Lisa Madigan announced that she liked her job as attorney general just fine, and wouldn’t run for senator or governor, the stuffed-up pipeline of potential candidates unclogged Chris Kennedy like a sewer freed of a giant glop. Maybe it’s a measure of a character failure that Madigan decided to wait so long, throwing a... Read more »
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