A non-partisan government watchdog group is opposing Chicago's 2011 fiscal year budget. The Civic Federation says it won't support the nearly $6.2 billion dollar budget because it doesn't address the city's structural deficit effectively.Laurence Msall is the group's president.
Mario Santiago (May St. Cafe), Art Smith, me Last night, Chicago chef Art Smith celebrated his 50th birthday in style. Several of the nation's top chefs cooked up their signature dishes for a crowd of Chicago celebrities.
Chicago Mayor Richard Daley has not yet said if he's running for reelection in 2011. And don't look for an announcement anytime soon. The mayor officially kicked-off his last four campaigns (see chart below) in the December before the election, around the time ballot petitions are due.