We discuss what Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s win means for the future of the city, and what policies we can expect over the next four years. South Side Natalie Moore details who courted the black vote, education reporter Becky Vevea explains what Emanuel is facing with upcoming teacher contracts, North Side reporter Odette Yousef has a preview of what last night’s results mean for the future of City Council’s progressive caucus, and politics reporter Lauren Chooljian looks back on the campaign.
The alderman in charge of redrawing Chicago's 50 wards says he has the votes to approve a new map.Alderman Richard Mell said on Wednesday the agreed to map includes 18 majority black wards and 13 or 14 predominantly Hispanic wards, with some others holding sizable Latino populations."
Chicago alderman are still debating how to draw the new boundaries of the city's 50 wards.At issue is how many black and Hispanic-dominated wards there should be in light of new census data. Illinois law says the new map needed to be approved by Dec.
Chicago and Cook County political leaders are urging the city to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana.On Thursday, Cook County Commissioner John Fritchey and Chicago aldermen Richard Mell (33rd), Walter Burnett (27th), Danny Solis (25th) and Ariel Reboyras (30th) asked city and cou
Today’s swearing-in ceremony will usher thirteen new faces on to Chicago city council. Many of them won on the promise of change, including Ameya Pawar of the far north side’s 47th Ward.Pawar wants to help make government smarter, faster, and more inclusive. His idealism won over constituents...