WBEZ | city sticker http://www.wbez.org/tags/city-sticker Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Emanuel stays out of city sticker controversy http://www.wbez.org/story/emanuel-stays-out-city-sticker-controversy-96302 <p><p>Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he did not play a role in the decision to scrap a student design chosen for the city's vehicle sticker.</p><p>The City Clerk's office chose a new sticker earlier this week after the original design was thought to contain gang symbols.</p><p>"I will not deviate from what I think is my responsibility to be true to what I promised people not only in the election, but what I think is most important to the city's future. I'll leave the commenting and other people, if I want to talk about the sticker, they have done that. I think there's been enough said," said Mayor Emanuel on Friday.</p><p>Former police superintendent Jody Weis was consulted on whether the first sticker contained gang signs. Weis said the drawing was perceived to have gang symbols in it and agreed with the decision to use a different design.</p></p> Fri, 10 Feb 2012 23:35:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/emanuel-stays-out-city-sticker-controversy-96302 Chicago Police Department Pull the Plug on City Sticker http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-02-10/chicago-police-department-pull-plug-city-sticker-96250 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2012-February/2012-02-09/6843850999_4d54122618_z.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>After a week of discussion, Chicago has pulled the plug on 15-year-old Herbert Pulgar's design for Chicago's new city sticker, citing the possibility that it includes references to Chicago gangs.</p><p>Justin Kaufman, WBEZ's head of talk programming, stopped by to give his take on "Sticker-gate" and defend his decision to give it less attention than did other local media outlets.</p></p> Fri, 10 Feb 2012 14:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-02-10/chicago-police-department-pull-plug-city-sticker-96250 Majority of aldermen call for budget changes http://www.wbez.org/story/majority-aldermen-call-budget-changes-93680 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-October/2011-10-21/CPL books.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>A majority of Chicago's aldermen are calling for changes to Mayor Rahm Emanuel's 2012 city budget. They say his proposed budget cuts would hurt public safety and quality of life.</p><p>Twenty-eight of the city's 50 aldermen signed the letter to Mayor Emanuel.&nbsp; They say his plan to cut library hours would cause too many layoffs and negatively effect patrons who rely on the library.</p><p>"We're hearing it loud and clear, all across the city, from the West Side to the East Side to the North Side to the South Side," said Ald. Bob Fioretti (2nd). "Everybody's complaining about the cuts."</p><p>Fioretti said cutting library hours, as mayor Emanuel has proposed, would hurt kids and people who use the internet to search for jobs.</p><p>In addition to the library cuts, the 28 aldermen voiced other concerns.</p><p>The current budget proposal also consolidates 12 mental health clinics into six, and privatizes some health services. Aldermen say public clinics are vital for Chicago's neediest and must be protected.</p><p>Other concerns include the $10 million cut from the Office of Emergency Management and Communications. That would eliminate fire and police dispatcher positions - and, aldermen say, endanger public safety.</p><p>The bloc says they also "have reservations" about the proposed near doubling of the fee for city stickers on SUVs. But aldermen recognize that the 2012 budget won't avoid cuts entirely, said Ald. Walter Burnett (27th).</p><p>"'Cause somethin' have [sic] to give. And we're rational enough to understand that. But we just wanna see if we can balance the burden out a little bit more," Burnett said.</p><p>Meanwhile, Mayor Emanuel said he remains open to changing his proposed budget, as long as alderment identify other cuts or revenue sources to offset the ones they don't like.</p><p>"I hear them. It doesn't mean I agree. But it doesn't mean I disagree," Emanuel said. "And as I always said, not all signatures on a letter are created equal."</p><p><br> &nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 02 Nov 2011 11:58:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/majority-aldermen-call-budget-changes-93680