As Mayor Rahm Emanuel runs for reelection, he’s pointing to a slight decline in homicides during his term. He says he’s promising to give parents in high-crime neighborhoods a greater sense of security. But a WBEZ investigation raises questions about how much the mayor’s willing to do to put killers behind bars. Also, we talk about the inspiration for a new dance piece called “Power Goes” by Chicago’s The Seldoms.
Chicago Public Schools is contracting with for-profit companies to give teens a faster way to earn a high school diploma. Some worry the new, part-time, online alternative schools lower the bar and make a second chance more appealing than the first.
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed a controversial overhaul of two Chicago pension systems into law on Monday, as Mayor Rahm Emanuel vowed he wouldn't raise property taxes for at least a year to pay for the pension changes.
In 2010, Toni Irving worked for Gov. Pat Quinn and helped develop the Neighborhood Recovery Initiative. That program is now the subject of multiple investigations while Irving runs a similar program for the city of Chicago.