Posts in category "Metro"

Gettin’ Your Mambo On in Wheaton

Gettin’ Your Mambo On in Wheaton
By RA Monaco You didn’t have to go to Cuba to Get-Your-Mambo-On Thursday night—Wheaton was the place to be!  The Mambo—one of the most sensual forms of dance and music—was alive and well with the swaying hips of dancers from DeSarge Dance World and the rhythms of the Mambo Greats medley performed by the Wheaton... Read more »

Avoiding Responsibility: The Schools They Don’t Want

Avoiding Responsibility: The Schools They Don’t Want
By RA Monaco The Mayor’s decisions are about figuring out how they can cut-off parts of the school system that they just don’t want to have responsibility for anymore.  Commanding By Fear and Demanding Compliance Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s loss of support in Chicago’s minority communities foreshadows his reelection.  Despite the CNN stage-crafted “Rahmbo” image, the... Read more »

The New Machine: Charter Schools

The New Machine: Charter Schools
By RA Monaco Charter school operators aren’t the only one’s not being held accountable—a major complaint of the Chicago Teachers Union—it’s the machine politicians angling for electoral support and continued political power.  The War on Independents Wages On Battle lines were once again drawn between Chicago’s machine democrats and independent democrats when Ald. Toni Foulkes... Read more »
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Chicago’s Ultra Vires City Council

Chicago’s Ultra Vires City Council
Was the City Council’s vote to approve the “Rahm-Map” and avoid a referendum an Ultra Vires Act beyond their power? “Anybody that voted for that map should be unelected” said 2nd Ward Alderman Bob Fioretti, referring to the machine-coalition that passed the 2012 Ward “Rahm-Map” to avoid a public referendum.  “The people throughout this city... Read more »

Alderman Fioretti to Speak At Next Meeting

Alderman Fioretti to Speak At Next Meeting
“I’m serving both” said Ald. Bob Fioretti when asked about managing the early implementation and transition to the 2012 Ward Remap.  With issues on zoning and infrastructure continuing to surface in Lincoln Park, the Sheffield Neighborhood Association has Ald. Fioretti slated to speak at their next meeting June 4th 2013. Ald. Scott Waguespack’s 32nd Ward... Read more »

WALGREEN’S DESIGN, PARKING AND LOADING ZONE QUESTIONED BY SHEFFIELD NEIGHBORS

WALGREEN’S DESIGN, PARKING AND LOADING ZONE QUESTIONED BY SHEFFIELD NEIGHBORS
Sheffield community neighbors are raising questions to the Advisory Committee of the Armitage-Halstead Landmark District about parking provisions, loading zone requirements and design of the new Walgreens currently under construction at the corner of Armitage and Dayton. Over the years the Sheffield Neighborhood Association (SNA) has worked to promote preservation and keep renovation and new... Read more »
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More Ward Remap Problems in Sheffield

More Ward Remap Problems in Sheffield
A zoning problem is festering with neighbors and Smashburger—a new tenant in a remapped sliver of Sheffield—which is now being schlepped off to 2nd Ward Alderman Bob Fioretti. Despite the fact that the city has issued the required building permits and Smashburger is nearing completion of their tenant improvement build-out, the neighbors whose parcels border... Read more »

Neoliberalism: Chicago's Disposable Youth

Neoliberalism: Chicago's Disposable Youth
      Imagine giving voice to those teachers, parents, principals, aldermen, state lawmakers and the larger public interest in their reports on school closures.  The audacity of well-respected former judges going beyond the narrow determination of whether CPS has complied with state law. Now, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett and CPS Officials have... Read more »

Neighborhood Improvement Funds Become Indirect Campaign War Chest

Neighborhood Improvement Funds Become Indirect Campaign War Chest
Brazenly, Chicagoan’s are seeing some incumbent politicians attempting to put their self interest ahead of voters on important decisions about zoning, permits, signage, traffic and the distribution of neighborhood improvement funds to the tune of $66 million. According to attorney Ted Wrobleski, who serves as First Vice President of the Sheffield Neighborhood Association (SNA), “the... Read more »
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Remap Politics at the Sidewalk Café

Remap Politics at the Sidewalk Café
There’s plenty to talk about at the sidewalk café this spring. Typically, the leafy Sheffield community welcomes the landscape bounded sidewalk cafés that enhance the neighborhood like the one proposed by the Derby Bar & Grill—located at the corner of Webster and Magnolia Ave.  But this year, getting a sidewalk café permit is just one... Read more »