WBEZ | daley http://www.wbez.org/tags/daley Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Morning Shift: Do increased smoking restrictions mean less smokers? http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2014-02-18/morning-shift-do-increased-smoking-restrictions-mean <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Flickr lanier67.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>A proposed bill in the state Senate would fine smokers who light up with kids in the car. But, does a ticket really prevent people from lighting up? We hear from smokers and those looking to curb the addiction.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-do-increased-smoking-restrictions-me/embed?header=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-do-increased-smoking-restrictions-me.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-do-increased-smoking-restrictions-me" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: Do increased smoking restrictions mean less smokers?" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 08:32:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2014-02-18/morning-shift-do-increased-smoking-restrictions-mean UIC unveils collection of Daley artifacts http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/uic-unveils-collection-daley-artifacts-108187 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Daley Collection_130725_kk.jpg" alt="" /><p><p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-205334a6-16f2-338c-bfb1-269a0e2158ee">The University of Illinois at Chicago unveiled a collection of documents from Richard J. Daley&rsquo;s 20-plus years as Chicago mayor Wednesday night.</p><p dir="ltr">The archive includes shelves of papers, memorabilia and more than 7,000 photographs.</p><p dir="ltr">It is open to researchers <a href="http://library.uic.edu/daley">by appointment</a>.</p><p dir="ltr">WBEZ&rsquo;s Richard Steele toured the collection with its archivist, Peggy Glowacki.</p><p dir="ltr">To hear about some surprising items in the collection (including a big fish?), listen to the audio above.</p><p><em>Produced by WBEZ&rsquo;s Katie Kather. Kather is an arts &amp; culture reporting intern at WBEZ. Follow her on Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/ktkather">@ktkather</a>.</em></p></p> Thu, 25 Jul 2013 12:45:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/uic-unveils-collection-daley-artifacts-108187 Emanuel considers privatizing Midway Airport http://www.wbez.org/news/politics/emanuel-considers-privatizing-midway-airport-104523 <p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F72113616" width="100%"></iframe></p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/plane_.jpg" style="float: right; height: 454px; width: 300px;" title="Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Friday the city is considering selling off Midway Airport. (Flickr/Kossy@Finedays)" />Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Friday the city would look into privatizing Midway Airport.</div><p>The announcement comes just in time to make the December 31 deadline for the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration Airport Privatization Pilot Program.</p><p>The city will submit a preliminary application, timetable and draft of a Request for Qualification to the FAA to maintain a spot in the program. Officials said the program will allow the city to gain a better understanding of market conditions for a potential lease for Midway, according to a city press release.</p><p>Former Mayor Richard M. Daley <a href="http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/no-midway-privatization-what-it-means-city-finances">tried</a> to privatize Midway, but financing for the deal fell through in 2009. The Emanuel administration is stressing how any potential deal would be different from the deal proposed by the prior administration.</p><p>The Mayor&#39;s Officec said the move is not a commitment to selling Midway Airport, but they did release a list of certain conditions that any buyer would have to meet.</p><p>City officials said any lease would last up to 40 years, where Daley had proposed a 99-year lease. A deal would require the private operator to only a &quot;traveler&#39;s bill of rights&quot; to ensure customer protection.</p><p>The city would also receive revenue over time, instead of one big payment upfront. An Emanuel spokesperson said state law requires any revenue from the deal to go towards city infrastructure, pensions or the operating budget but said the city would not direct any money to the operating budget.<br /><br />Still, the administration can expect pushback from some Chicagoans who are wary of <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago-gets-22-million-bill-parking-meter-company-99509">yet</a> <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/unionized-janitors-lose-battle-over-o%E2%80%99hare-jobs-104392">another</a> privatization deal.</p><p><strong>Proposed 2012 Deal:</strong></p><ul><li>Length&nbsp;&mdash; No more than 40 years.</li><li>Payment&nbsp;&mdash; Some portion paid upfront, followed by revenue-sharing model over time.</li><li>Use of Revenue&nbsp;&mdash;&nbsp;Initial proceeds used to pay off debt issued by City in 1996 to rebuild Midway Airport. Revenue received over time to be used for ongoing and futre city infrastructure projects.</li></ul><p><strong>Proposed 2008 Deal (under former Mayor Richard M. Daley):</strong></p><ul><li>Length&nbsp;&mdash; 99 years</li><li>Payment&nbsp;&mdash; 100 percent made upfront</li><li>Use of Revenue&nbsp;&mdash; Initial proceeds used to pay off debt issued by City in 1996 to rebuild Midway Airport. Remaining proceeds would be used for &quot;capital needs,&quot; which includes infrastructure, operating costs and pension obligations (required by law)</li></ul><p><em>(Proposal information provided by Mayor&#39;s office.)</em></p></p> Fri, 21 Dec 2012 06:53:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/politics/emanuel-considers-privatizing-midway-airport-104523 New judge requested in trial of Daley's nephew http://www.wbez.org/news/new-judge-requested-trial-daleys-nephew-104437 <p><p>Cook County&#39;s chief judge asked the Illinois Supreme Court on Monday to appoint a judge from outside the county to preside over the involuntary manslaughter case of a nephew of former Chicago Mayor Richard Daley, hours after a judge with ties to Daley recused himself.</p><p>In a letter to the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts, Judge Timothy Evans wrote that another judge had, upon the request of attorneys for the special prosecutor, agreed that an outside judge should be appointed to avoid any &quot;appearance of impropriety.&quot;</p><p>Monday&#39;s request illustrates just how politically charged the case of Richard Vanecko is. Vanecko is charged in the 2004 death of David Koschman, but the same special grand jury that indicted Vanecko is also investigating whether authorities covered up or impeded the investigation into the Koschman&#39;s death because of Vanecko&#39;s relationship to the powerful Daley.</p><p>The 38-year-old Vanecko has pleaded not guilty. Koschman died days after he fell and struck his head during a fight with Vanecko outside a bar in Chicago&#39;s Gold Coast neighborhood</p><p>On Monday, even as Judge Arthur Hill stressed that he believed he could have impartially handled the case, he recognized that he should not do so, saying during a court hearing Monday that &quot;in an abundance of caution, I am recusing myself form further proceedings.&quot;</p><p>Last week, Hill announced that he once worked for Daley as a prosecutor when Daley was Cook County State&#39;s Attorney, and was appointed to the board of the Chicago Transit Authority during Daley&#39;s mayoral stint.</p><p>Defense attorney Thomas Breen said assigning the case to an outside judge would be &quot;rather insulting&quot; to Cook County judges, adding that there was &quot;no apparent conflict&quot; that would make such a move unnecessary.</p><p>But Daley has long cast a shadow over the case.</p><p>A judge appointed former U.S. attorney Dan Webb as special prosecutor, because the judge agreed there was evidence to support allegations of police misconduct, including ignoring or falsely recording witness statements and labeling the victim as the aggressor.</p><p>After Vanecko was indicted earlier this month, Koschman&#39;s mother said to reporters that a police detective told her post-fight that she would be &quot;impressed&quot; by who Vanecko was related to and that if she filed a lawsuit, Vanecko&#39;s family had the wherewithal to tie the case up in court &quot;for years.&quot;</p></p> Tue, 18 Dec 2012 07:56:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/new-judge-requested-trial-daleys-nephew-104437 Daley, mayors nationwide pushing national gun legislation http://www.wbez.org/story/news/criminal-justice/daley-mayors-nationwide-pushing-national-gun-legislation <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Daley at gun presser - AP Paul Beaty.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Chicago Mayor Richard Daley is joining with 550 mayors nationwide in calling for stricter national gun laws.&nbsp; He's part of the group Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a national political movement seeking to push two initiatives through Congress.&nbsp; They want a comprehensive national database of people who are prohibited from buying guns and they want every gun sale to be subject to a background check.<br /><br />Daley says he doesn't understand why this kind of legislation has been so hard to pass.&nbsp;</p><p>&quot;There's something wrong with America.&nbsp; I don't understand it.&nbsp; It's not just elected officials, it's people in general.&nbsp; They are not outraged about this,&quot; says Daley.&nbsp;</p><p>Daley says Americans ought to be ashamed by gun violence.</p><p>He made his comments near a truck sponsored by the group Mayor's Against Illegal Guns.&nbsp; The truck keeps a running tally of American's killed with guns since the Tucson shootings in early January.&nbsp; At the beginning of the press conference the digital display read 1,731.&nbsp; By the end, two more people had been added to that tally.<br />&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 28 Feb 2011 23:36:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/news/criminal-justice/daley-mayors-nationwide-pushing-national-gun-legislation Chinese President not welcome by all http://www.wbez.org/story/business/chinese-president-not-welcome-all <p><p>&nbsp;While city and business leaders will roll out the red carpet for Chinese President Hu Jintao for his arrival this afternoon, others are mounting a less welcoming reception.&nbsp;Protesters from the ranks of democracy and human rights activists, adherents to the banned Falun Gong religion, and supporters of a free Tibet are planning to protest Hu&rsquo;s visit to the city.</p> <div>Diane Liu, a freelance writer and democracy movement activist, says she&rsquo;s been very concerned by the eagerness of local and national officials to foster closer economic ties with the Chinese communist regime.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&ldquo;I think now Western society already put human rights aside, and put economic interest higher than human rights,&rdquo; said Liu.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>She, herself, plans to be among those protesting Hu&rsquo;s presence at the Hilton Chicago tonight, where he and Mayor Daley will have dinner. Liu says she wants to see the Chinese government release all its political prisoners.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Liu says planning the protest has been tricky, because of misleading rumors about Hu's itinerary.&nbsp;Some suggested that Hu would be arriving earlier in the afternoon than publicized. Others even said his trip to Chicago had been cancelled. According to the Mayor&rsquo;s press office, Hu is expected to arrive in Chicago at 4:30pm.</div></p> Thu, 20 Jan 2011 20:34:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/business/chinese-president-not-welcome-all Local business pins hope on Chinese presidential visit http://www.wbez.org/story/barack-obama/local-business-pins-hope-chinese-presidential-visit <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Hu Juntao Obamas state dinner - Getty Alex Wong.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Many in Chicago's business world are hoping that today&rsquo;s visit from Chinese President Hu Jintao will signal the beginning of a long and prosperous relationship with the Chinese mainland. &nbsp;Mr. Hu is expected with a large delegation of Chinese business leaders that are looking hungrily at the U.S. as a growth market.</p><p>But that relationship goes both ways, says Rita Athas of World Business Chicago. Athas says it&rsquo;s not just big Chicago-based companies that see growth opportunities in China, but small- and mid-sized companies, too. &ldquo;For example, Groupon, which is one of the big success stories right now, is looking at China as a new market for their internet company,&rdquo; says Athas. World Business Chicago will host a large business forum and networking event for Chicago and Chinese business leaders on Friday. Mr. Hu is not expected to attend that event.</p><p>Chicago is the only other U.S. city that Mr. Hu will visit after yesterday's day-long powow with President Obama in Washington.&nbsp;He will also tour Walter Payton College Preparatory High School, where students learn Chinese.&nbsp;At night, the Chinese head of state will attend a privately-sponsored gala dinner with Mayor Daley and Maggie Daley.&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 19 Jan 2011 23:01:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/barack-obama/local-business-pins-hope-chinese-presidential-visit Plans outline the future of the old Meigs Field http://www.wbez.org/story/daley/plans-outline-future-old-meigs-field <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/northerly island.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The Chicago Park District will unveil long-term plans for Northerly Island tonight.<br /><br />The park was once the home of Meigs Field. But someday, planners hope it will feature a concert venue with a green roof, wetlands, a chain of reefs and a lagoon for kayaking and canoeing. There may even be a sunken ship for divers to explore.</p><p>&quot;It's tremendous,&quot; said Gia Biagi, the park district's director of planning and development. &quot;It's an incredible 90 acres of lakefront parkland right at the central business district in a major metropolitan city. You can hardly find another grand opportunity like this anywhere in the world.&quot;<br /><br />Biagi says the plan would balance the city's urban skyline with a natural environment for bird watching and contemplation. It would shift from the concert venue and skyline to the north, to areas for birdwatching to the east. It would include several different habitats, such as a beach, the lagoon and forest.</p><p>She says the city will seek out public-private partnerships and grant money.</p><p>The head of the Grant Park Conservancy, Bob O'Neill, said the plan would create a rich educational and natural space. He says it would greatly increase access to the lake. Now, park-goers can reach the water at the beach, but much of Northerly Island has an urban edge. O'Neill said the proposal would soften those edges and better integrate water and land.<br /><br />The plan would be completed in pieces over the next 20 to 30 years as money and partnerships arise. Each project would need approval.</p><p>It took several years to complete this framework of ideas. It was drafted by the landscape architecture firm, JJR, and Studio Gang Architects, the firm that designed the Aqua Tower.</p><p>The public can view it at 6:30 tonight at the Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 S. Michigan Ave.</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 02 Dec 2010 22:10:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/daley/plans-outline-future-old-meigs-field Chicago's next mayor will need to be an international player http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/chicagos-next-mayor-will-need-be-international-player <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Daley and Ryan resize.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>President Obama&rsquo;s ten-day tour of Asia is an effort to drum up economic opportunities for American businesses and maybe more jobs at home.<br /><br />Working the international trade circuit has also been a hallmark of Mayor Daley&rsquo;s tenure. Daley headed abroad to attract foreign investors and pick up nifty ideas for urban living. And though the campaign to bring the Olympic Games to Chicago failed, those efforts did further Chicago&rsquo;s presence on the international stage.</p><p>So how much international mojo is required of our next mayor? And do any of the current declared or still thinking about it candidates have it? To find out, Eight Forty-Eight spoke to <a href="http://www.chicagobusiness.com/section/blogs?blogID=greg-hinz" target="_blank">Greg Hinz</a>, columnist and blogger for Crain&rsquo;s Chicago Business.</p><p><em>Music Button: Thunderball, &quot;Low Down Weather&quot;, from the CD 12 Mile High, (ESL Music) </em></p></p> Thu, 11 Nov 2010 14:49:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/chicagos-next-mayor-will-need-be-international-player Government Watchdog: Problems with Chicago's 2011 budget http://www.wbez.org/story/budget/government-watchdog-problems-chicagos-2011-budget <p><p>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.<br /><br />Laurence Msall is the group's president. &quot;The future financial strength of the city is at risk if we don't start changing the way the city delivers services and reduce the city's operating cost to more match up with our recurring revenues for the city,&quot; Msall said.</p><p>Msall says the city needs to reform pension funds. He also says Chicago should rely less on short term revenue funds like Daley's highly controversial privatization deal of the city's parking meters.</p></p> Thu, 04 Nov 2010 10:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/budget/government-watchdog-problems-chicagos-2011-budget