Mayor Emanuel was expected to unveil his much-anticipated, much-vetted 2012 budget Wednesday. The new mayor did not tackle his first budget alone as the city faced a projected shortfall of over $635 million dollars next year.
Heeeeeeey! It's better than tax time. It's tax idea time!! Tolls on Lake Shore? No. More income tax? Maybe. Suburban toll? Ludicrous. Hey, has anyone asked me and the tens of ten of readers of this blog? In the past, I've opened up the flood gates to come up with new tax ideas.
A stand-off over the racial and ethnic makeup of Chicago's City Council got going Monday with a proposal from its Black Caucus. The group proposed new ward boundaries favorable to its 19 members.The most recent Census data show that Chicago has lost nearly 180,000 African American residents in
A group of Chicago alderman are urging Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn to sign a gambling expansion package. The City Council's black and Hispanic caucuses say they want a casino in Chicago to help boost revenue for infrastructure projects and job creation.
As the temperatures rise, so does crime--it's a somewhat predictable summer story. Mayor Emanuel responded by putting more cops on the streets; the move is supported by Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy but it may not be the answer for all Chicagoans.
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...
Mayor-elect Emanuel isn’t the only one being sworn in on Monday. May 16 is also Inauguration Day for Chicago's new City Clerk, the City’s Treasurer and members of City Council. Some new aldermen might mean new agendas for some Chicago wards. But sweeping change may not be upon the city just yet.