Tag: mayor

Voters in black wards supported Rahm more than all other candidates combined

For months, speculation has run high over how voters from communities of color would swing with Mayor Richard M. Daley sitting out the first mayoral election in more than two decades. Would a black consensus candidate peel away enough votes to push front runners Rahm Emanuel and Gery Chico into a runoff? Would Latinos finally... Read more »

Miguel del Valle will now take your questions

In our <a href="http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/chicago-muckrakers/2011/01/chicagos-mayor-candidates-play-jenny-from-the-block-but-whos-got-the-guts-to-actually-help-poor-folks.html">survey on TIF policies,</a> del Valle said he wants greater TIF transparency and more requirements for companies that get TIF money, including living wage jobs for local residents.
This Friday on the Barbershop Show, our weekly current events radio show on Vocalo, we’ll get a visit from Chicago city clerk and mayoral candidate Miguel del Valle. If you haven’t heard del Valle’s name on the evening news alongside Rahm, Gery and Carol’s, that’s because he’s been labeled a “second-tier candidate,” by the media,... Read more »

Consensus Shmonsensus: Meeks and Davis proclaim they should be mayor

Last week, on our weekly radio show, Chicago Reporter Editor Kimbriell Kelly asked a good question: will Chicago’s black and Latino communities ever unite to support a minority candidate for mayor? No way, replied one patron of Carter’s Barbershop in North Lawndale. The black community can’t even unite behind one candidate, so how are we... Read more »

Rahm departs White House. What you may (or may not) know about Chicago's possible mayoral candidate

Rahm departs White House. What you may (or may not) know about Chicago's possible mayoral candidate
It’s official. Rahm Emanuel is leaving the White House. The now former presidential chief of staff is still mum on whether he will officially run for mayor of Chicago. We take a look back at his career, voting record and personal history. For some more Rahm-related fun, follow his twitter doppelganger, @MayorEmanuel, play Vanity Fair’s... Read more »

News roundup: Chicago banks refinance their bailout for cheaper Fed program

The first four of Chicago’s small banks to pay back the federal government for the Troubled Asset Relief Program funds they received turned around and refinanced with a cheaper  federal bailout program, despite the fact that all but one were profitable during the first half of the year. The banks, including Hanover Park’s First Eagle... Read more »

News Roundup: Illinois about to get big bill

Illinois will soon have to pay the interest on the $2.2 billion borrowed from the federal government to replenish a depleted Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund. The $250 million interest payment is due in the next 15 months, and is just one in a backlog of unpaid state bills and pension obligations. While the borrowing has... Read more »

News Roundup: Chicago experiences gains in labor market recovery

According to the Illinois Department of Employment Security, Chicago’s unemployment rate dropped to 9.7 percent in August, a decrease from last year’s figure of 10.1 percent. Eight other metro areas in Illinois experienced a similar decline. Judging from the Reporter’s analysis of the Department of Employment Security’s numbers in 2008, this slight job growth probably... Read more »

News Roundup: Recession ended last year, economic panel says

The recession that began in December 2007 ended in June 2009, according to a statement released by The National Bureau of Economic Research. While some would read that with skepticism, the bureau says that the end of the recession was when the economy was at its lowest. The data shows that the economy has, slowly... Read more »

News Roundup: Illinois jobless rate improving

According to a report released last week, Illinois’ unemployment rate fell from 10.3 in July to 10.1 in August. However, the state’s unemployment rate is still higher than the 9.6 national average, with one in ten people out of work. The current trend may signal a break in the 33 month unemployment increase that has... Read more »

News Roundup: Foreclosures spiked in Cook County in August, some blame law

An April 2009 law intended to better manage foreclosures caused foreclosure filings to spike 66.4 percent in August, compared to a year earlier. Overall, foreclosures fell 5.5 percent over the year nationally and dropped 16.9 percent in Cook County since July.   Also in the news… The Elgin Police Department is making creative use of... Read more »