In an effort to fix Chicago's finances, give more money to schools, and retain firefighter and police jobs, Mayor Rahm Emanuel proposes a record half-billion-dollar-plus tax hike spread over four years.
We talk about the cultural impact of Fox's popular hip hop drama Empire. And we’re joined by three freshman aldermen who share their take on the mayor’s proposed budget. We also get an update on plans to build a Whole Foods in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood. And we get a visit from Reclaimed Soul’s Ayana Contreras.
Going back to school becomes life and death struggle as day 25 ebbs for some hunger strikers in Chicago. Activists, parents and educators are protesting the closure Walter H. Dyett High School, one of 53 schools shut down by Mayor Emanuel since 2013.