WBEZ | First 100 http://www.wbez.org/tags/first-100-0 Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en A sample from 'The First 100' live event http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-08-25/sample-first-100-live-event-91022 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-August/2011-08-25/first100 bez sign.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Wednesday night, WBEZ<a href="http://www.wbez.org/event/2011-08-24/first-100-mayor-emanuel%E2%80%99s-early-impact-chicago" target="_blank"> hosted a public forum</a> to discuss and assess the progress of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s first 100 days in office as part of WBEZ's series, <a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/first-100-rahm-emanuels-first-100-days-chicago-mayor" target="_blank"><em>The First 100</em></a>.<em> Eight Forty-Eight</em>’s Alison Cuddy posed questions to the mayor and some members of his administration in front of an audience at the Chicago History Museum. The topics ranged from education and safety to parking meters and privatization. Cuddy presented listeners’ questions as well. Listeners had other opportunities to comment the progress of city government and are invited to <a href="http://wbez.org/thefirst100." target="_blank">continue sharing their opinions</a>, comments and questions.</p><p><em>Music Button: Calibro 35, "Hired To Kill", from the CD Ritornando Quellido Di...", (Nublu)</em><br> &nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 25 Aug 2011 14:18:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-08-25/sample-first-100-live-event-91022 Live-blogging WBEZ's First 100: Mayor Emanuel's Early Impact on Chicago http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-08-24/live-blogging-wbezs-first-100-mayor-emanuels-early-impact-chicago-910 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-August/2011-08-24/first100 bez sign.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-August/2011-08-24/first100 bez sign.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 334px;" title=""></p><p style="text-align: left; "><strong>By Elliott Ramos and Meghan Power</strong></p><p>WBEZ will be live-blogging the forum "First 100: Mayor Emanuel's Early Impact on Chicago," which is being hosted by&nbsp;WBEZ's <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em>.&nbsp;</p><p>The forum, which commemorates Rahm Emanuel's first 100 days in office, will happen at 7 p.m. CT, in front of a packed auditorium at the Chicago History Museum, with portions being aired Friday morning on 91.5 FM.</p><p>You can follow the full forum here via our live blog and on Twitter at <a href="http://www.twitter.com/wbez">www.twitter.com/wbez</a>.</p><p>The crowd is being briefed about participating in the forum. Mics are on each end of the auditorium, where attendees can come up and ask questions to the panelists.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Update: 7:02PM</strong></p><p>Alison Cuddy takes to the stage and addresses the audience</p><p>"There's a lot of excitement and enthusiasm at the idea of change.&nbsp;</p><p>We hope to give you a voice in the process. &nbsp;The mayor is not taking questions from the audience."</p><p>Cuddy introduces Mayor Emanuel to the audience.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Update: 7:09 PM</strong></p><p><strong>Cuddy: </strong>People were writing about fallen branches and the budget deficit.&nbsp; There are many people here that will pose those questions.&nbsp;</p><p>What are the top three things you're hearing from people?</p><p><strong>Emanuel:</strong>&nbsp;It comes to the quality of life.&nbsp; Safety of the streets, schools and finances.&nbsp; Those are the fundamental issues that allow families to move forward.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Update: 7:14PM</strong></p><p><strong>Cuddy: </strong>How do you intend to compensate teachers for an extended school day considering the budget.</p><p><strong>Emanuel: </strong>75 percent of the teachers are getting pay raises. They are getting a two percent pay raise for another 90 minutes of class time.</p><p>Nobody’s asking anybody to not work without some type of compensation.&nbsp; You cannot get from here to there on the shortest school days in the country.</p><p>"Our children are being shortchanged, they’ve been short-changed for a decade."</p><p>"The education system is for the [kids] not the adults."</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Update: 7:27PM</strong></p><p>Alison poses a question from a listener:&nbsp;Most of his 20something friends are talking about leaving Chicago.&nbsp; Talking about quality of life issues, city fees and local taxes. What are you (the mayor) going to do to make Chicago more attractive to young people?</p><p>&nbsp;</p><table border="0" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="1" style="width: 600px;"><tbody><tr><td><p><strong>What is the mayor going to do to make Chicago more attractive to young people?</strong></p></td><td rowspan="5" style="width: 260px;"><p><script src="http://widgets.twimg.com/j/2/widget.js"></script><script> new TWTR.Widget({ version: 2, type: 'search', search: '#ChiFirst100', interval: 6000, title: 'Chicago talks First 100', subject: 'The City', width: 250, height: 300, theme: { shell: { background: '#8ec1da', color: '#ffffff' }, tweets: { background: '#ffffff', color: '#444444', links: '#1985b5' } }, features: { scrollbar: false, loop: true, live: true, hashtags: true, timestamp: true, avatars: true, toptweets: true, behavior: 'default' } }).render().start(); </script></p></td></tr><tr><td style="text-align: center; vertical-align: top;"><img alt="" src="http://www.wbez.org/sites/default/files/blog/insert-image/2011-August/2011-08-24/rahm.jpg" style="width: 345px; height: 283px;" title=""></td></tr><tr><td>"They want to stay in the city, with the opportunities that come with that. [We] put 750 officers in our neighborhoods. I hold the commanders accountable. "</td></tr><tr><td><b><i><em><strong>-- Mayor Rahm Emanuel&nbsp;</strong></em></i></b></td></tr><tr><td><a class="twitter-share-button" data-count="none" data-text="#ChiFirst100 @ChicagosMayor @RahmEmanuel" data-via="WBEZ" href="http://twitter.com/share">Tweet</a><script type="text/javascript" src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js"></script></td></tr></tbody></table><p style="margin: 5px 0px 10px; padding: 0px;">&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>The mayor talks about increasing the number of cops on the street and the investments in the school systems.</p><p><strong>Emanuel:&nbsp;</strong>They want to stay in the city, with the opportunities that come with that. &nbsp;[We] put 750 officers in our neighborhoods.&nbsp; I hold the commanders accountable.&nbsp;</p><p>Alison asks about the raising of property taxes:</p><p><strong>Emanuel:</strong> I made a commitment, in 6,000 more kids are going to get full-day kindergarten. Parents are going to have new choices for charter and magnet schools.&nbsp; No school classroom size was increased.</p><p>"We have protected the classroom."</p><p>The mayor repeatedly sidesteps the issue of raising property taxes in regards to the public school’s new tax.</p><p><strong>Update: 7:32&nbsp;PM</strong></p><p>Emanuel comments on the hiring of Accenture, and the consolidation of the city’s services and Cook County’s.</p><p>Alison asks about the fees around parking.</p><p>Emanuel, looking to make a joke said: “We’ve all come together in our feelings about the parking meters.”</p><p>The crowd laughs and applauds.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Update: 7:38PM</strong></p><p>Before Mayor Emanuel departs, he said we have to&nbsp;ask some core questions. This is not just a budget exercise.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Emanuel:</strong> &nbsp;“I’m not interested in doing this for government. I’m interested in doing this for the people of Chicago and their dreams.”</p><p>Chicago right now, because of its people, location and transportation is a world class city, competitive. We have to continue to invest to stay competitive.&nbsp; We have the best transportation system in the country.</p><p>We have some of the best education and research systems in the country.&nbsp; We lead in risk management, in insurance, pharmaceuticals.&nbsp; Where are we going to grow?&nbsp; When I say I want to use casino money, it’s to stay competitive. &nbsp;</p><p>Everyone of these decisions are about our future.</p><p>Emanuel thanks Alison and wishes the crowd a good night.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Update: 7:45PM</strong></p><p>Alison introduces Chicago Police Superintendent Gary McCarthy, CTA president, Forrest Claypool, city comptroller Amer Ahmad, &nbsp;and&nbsp;Michelle Boone,&nbsp;Commissioner of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Update: 7:58PM</strong></p><p>An audience member asks if the comptroller's office have any plans about looking to the Universities for talent?</p><p><strong>Ahmad:</strong> The comptroller’s office is focused on being an excellent stuart on all of the city’s resources. We are in a budget situation, we’re not hiring lots of folks, but we are always looking for support from our partners in the accounting world.&nbsp; One of the things we’ve all noticed is there are a lot of folks that have been here for a long time, and that processes have changed.&nbsp; I do look forward to brining new talent to bring some of these practices into play.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Update: 8:04PM</strong></p><p><strong>Question from the audience:</strong>&nbsp;What is the face of the CAPS program? They seem to be disappearing.</p><p><strong>McCarthy:</strong> We’re about to take introspection to the entire agency.&nbsp; I have a philosophy that CAPS has sunk into a program. Some of the structure is certainly salvageable.&nbsp; I want to create CAPS 2.0. We’re going to enhance it. And have it be a model for how you do community policing.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><table border="0" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="1" style="width: 600px;"><tbody><tr><td rowspan="5"><p><script src="http://widgets.twimg.com/j/2/widget.js"></script><script> new TWTR.Widget({ version: 2, type: 'search', search: '#chifirst100', interval: 6000, title: 'Chicago talks First 100', subject: 'Police', width: 250, height: 300, theme: { shell: { background: '#8ec1da', color: '#ffffff' }, tweets: { background: '#ffffff', color: '#444444', links: '#1985b5' } }, features: { scrollbar: false, loop: true, live: true, hashtags: true, timestamp: true, avatars: true, toptweets: true, behavior: 'default' } }).render().start(); </script></p></td><td style="vertical-align: top;"><strong>CAPS Program</strong></td></tr><tr><td><img alt="" src="http://www.wbez.org/sites/default/files/blog/insert-image/2011-August/2011-08-24/mccarthy.jpg" style="width: 345px; height: 252px;" title=""></td></tr><tr><td>"I'm looking to tip the scales on community policing. I want to create CAPS 2.0. My goal is to set the model for how we should be doing community policing in this country."</td></tr><tr><td><em><strong>-- Garry McCarthy, Chicago Police Superintendent&nbsp;</strong></em></td></tr><tr><td><a class="twitter-share-button" data-count="none" data-text="#ChiFirst100 " data-via="WBEZ" href="http://twitter.com/share">Tweet</a><script type="text/javascript" src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js"></script></td></tr></tbody></table><p style="margin-top: 5px; margin-bottom: 10px; line-height: 1.4em;">&nbsp;</p><p style="margin-top: 5px; margin-bottom: 10px; line-height: 1.4em;">Joe Ferguson, the city's inspector general, takes to the mic:</p><p style="margin-top: 5px; margin-bottom: 10px; line-height: 1.4em;">&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Ferguson:</strong> At this particular moment, we have a great opportunity to openly discuss all the ills because blame is not an issue.&nbsp; Because everyone is new more or less. There are structural problems.</p><p><strong>Update: 8:21 PM</strong></p><p><strong>Question from the audience:&nbsp;</strong>Are you going to be doing any additional enforcement?</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>McCarthy:</strong> We do stop pedestrians in Chicago, we don’t do that in New York. (audience laughs) &nbsp;I’m a big believer in taking care of the little things. &nbsp;</p><p>Every single day, I sit down and go through every single shooting that occurred in the city.</p><p>Cuddy asks about curfew enforcement.</p><p><strong>McCarthy:</strong> I want to keep kids off the streets and in the schools.</p><table border="0" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="1" style="width: 600px;"><tbody><tr><td><p><strong>Citizen involvement</strong></p></td><td rowspan="5" style="width: 260px;"><p><script src="http://widgets.twimg.com/j/2/widget.js"></script><script> new TWTR.Widget({ version: 2, type: 'search', search: '#chifirst100', interval: 6000, title: 'Chicago talks First 100', subject: 'Police', width: 250, height: 300, theme: { shell: { background: '#8ec1da', color: '#ffffff' }, tweets: { background: '#ffffff', color: '#444444', links: '#1985b5' } }, features: { scrollbar: false, loop: true, live: true, hashtags: true, timestamp: true, avatars: true, toptweets: true, behavior: 'default' } }).render().start(); </script></p></td></tr><tr><td style="vertical-align: top;"><img alt="" src="http://www.wbez.org/sites/default/files/blog/insert-image/2011-August/2011-08-24/mccarthy.jpg" style="width: 345px; height: 252px;" title=""></td></tr><tr><td>"I need citizens to step up and take a corner, so we can move on and take the next corner. I don't want the citizens to take the lead, we will take the lead. I'm not asking them to do anything they shouldn't be doing, I'm not asking them to do anything out of the ordinary."</td></tr><tr><td><b><i><em><strong>-- Garry McCarthy, Chicago Police Superintendent&nbsp;</strong></em></i></b></td></tr><tr><td><a class="twitter-share-button" data-count="none" data-text="#ChiFirst100 " data-via="WBEZ" href="http://twitter.com/share">Tweet</a><script type="text/javascript" src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js"></script></td></tr></tbody></table><p style="margin: 5px 0px 10px; padding: 0px;">&nbsp;</p><p style="margin: 5px 0px 10px; padding: 0px;"><strong>Update: 8:30 PM</strong></p><p style="margin: 5px 0px 10px; padding: 0px;">&nbsp;</p><p>An audience member asks about contracts, hiring and corruption.</p><p><strong>Boone:</strong> Our department is working very closely with Joe Ferguson’s department.&nbsp; We’re not doing a lot of hiring right now. We’ve eliminated about 10 percent of our positions. We’re following the rules.</p><p><strong>Ahmad:</strong> We’re following the procurement rules on bids… There’s a heightened awareness on procurement issues.</p><p><strong>McCarthy:</strong> We’re creating a system that’s based on talent.. not campaign contributions.&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><table border="0" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="1" style="width: 600px;"><tbody><tr><td rowspan="5"><p><script src="http://widgets.twimg.com/j/2/widget.js"></script><script> new TWTR.Widget({ version: 2, type: 'search', search: '#chifirst100', interval: 6000, title: 'Chicago talks First 100', subject: 'Transportation', width: 250, height: 300, theme: { shell: { background: '#8ec1da', color: '#ffffff' }, tweets: { background: '#ffffff', color: '#444444', links: '#1985b5' } }, features: { scrollbar: false, loop: true, live: true, hashtags: true, timestamp: true, avatars: true, toptweets: true, behavior: 'default' } }).render().start(); </script></p></td><td style="vertical-align: top;"><strong>Chicago Transit Safety</strong></td></tr><tr><td><img alt="" src="http://www.wbez.org/sites/default/files/blog/insert-image/2011-August/2011-08-24/claypool.jpg" style="width: 345px; height: 257px;" title=""></td></tr><tr><td>"Those efforts have lead to a whole spade of arrests, people very effectively targeting the system. We're arresting a lot of people who are repeat offenders. Safety has been our top priority."</td></tr><tr><td><em><strong>--&nbsp;<b><i><em><strong>Forrest Claypool, President of Chicago Transit Authority</strong></em></i></b>&nbsp;</strong></em></td></tr><tr><td><a class="twitter-share-button" data-count="none" data-text="#ChiFirst100 @ForrestClaypool" data-via="WBEZ" href="http://twitter.com/share">Tweet</a><script type="text/javascript" src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js"></script></td></tr></tbody></table><p style="margin-top: 5px; margin-bottom: 10px; line-height: 1.4em;">&nbsp;</p><p style="margin-top: 5px; margin-bottom: 10px; line-height: 1.4em;">Cuddy thanks the audience and the panelists for coming. &nbsp;The forum has ended.</p></p> Wed, 24 Aug 2011 22:36:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-08-24/live-blogging-wbezs-first-100-mayor-emanuels-early-impact-chicago-910 Rahm Emanuel's first 100 days as mayor: 'I Love This' http://www.wbez.org/story/2011-08-23/rahm-emanuels-first-100-days-mayor-i-love-90902 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/npr_story/photo/2011-August/2011-08-23/Emanuel pointing_Getty_Scott Olson.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel served two presidents, represented Illinois in Congress, and on Tuesday, will mark his 100th day as mayor of Chicago. He promised early to put his own mark on Chicago as he took on the city's challenges. Some think he's succeeding.</p><p>In the anteroom at City Hall, Emanuel is surrounded by Chicago memorabilia. A few books about Chicago sit near caps of the city's sports teams. The new mayor says he has no regrets about leaving the national stage.</p><p>"Here, you get instant feedback, you get a sense of engagement, and you get a way to make decisions about topics that are close to home in the way people live their lives — so I love this," he says.</p><p>Emanuel is still involved in national issues — he advises President Obama informally — but says he definitely preferred what he was doing during his first 100 days as mayor "versus dealing with the national debt," he says, laughing. "So if you needed any comparison of where I wanted to be, I enjoyed what I was working on."</p><p><strong>'It's no longer Rich Daley's city'</strong></p><p>The 100-day benchmark began with Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and it's usually reserved for presidents, says Roosevelt University political analyst Paul Green.</p><p>"Given the problems not only FDR faced, but Rahm Emanuel faces, you are basically setting the table [at 100 days] ... there's no real meal cooked," he says. "It's going to take time."</p><p>And the biggest problem for Emanuel, says Green, is a projected $600 million-plus deficit in next year's city budget.</p><p>"The most he's accomplished is that he's the mayor," says Green. "Remember, he took the place of a guy who'd been in office for 22 years, and in 100 days it's now Rahm Emanuel's city — it's no longer Rich Daley's city."</p><p>Emanuel is using the 100-day measurement to crow about some of his accomplishments. He has hired a new police superintendent and a new schools chief. He's announced new jobs for a region that's wrestling with an unemployment rate of nearly 10 percent. And in what he considers a major coup, Emanuel has gotten some Chicago workers to agree to managed competition, where public employees compete with the private sector to provide service at the lowest cost.</p><p>"That is a paradigm shift of revolutionary proportions," Emanuel says. The mayor adds he's not daunted by the big budget deficit the city faces. He has promised not to raise property taxes, although he has already supported a tax increase for the Chicago public schools.</p><p>And Emanuel says he's worked to stay in touch with people outside City Hall. On this day, it's a visit to Palmer Park in Roseland, a far South Side Chicago neighborhood plagued with gang violence. This is where Emanuel announced he had been able to put more police on the streets by shifting them from jobs on the inside.</p><p>"There's nothing more important than the beat officer as the backbone of the police department," he says. "So we have gone through line by line to get to a total of 750 officers who are now in our communities, our neighborhoods, our blocks throughout our city."</p><p><strong>Moving in the right direction?</strong></p><p>It's too early to determine how successful the mayor is or will be, says former City Clerk Miguel del Valle, while eating at a neighborhood restaurant. Del Valle ran for mayor against Emanuel and says he's reserving judgment. But even he thinks Emanuel is moving in the right direction.</p><p>"I like the fact that the mayor keeps telling us every time some corporation decides to establish additional jobs in the city of Chicago, but I want to make sure that some of those jobs are going to the folks in the neighborhoods in the city of Chicago," he says, and not just jobs in the downtown area.</p><p>But del Valle says that with people so frustrated with government these days, Emanuel's no-nonsense approach — with no excuses about why things can't get done — simply plays well in this city.</p><div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2011 National Public Radio.</div></p> Tue, 23 Aug 2011 11:01:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/2011-08-23/rahm-emanuels-first-100-days-mayor-i-love-90902