WBEZ | Richard Daley http://www.wbez.org/tags/richard-daley Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Judge Evans: Can’t comment on politically charged case involving Mayor Daley http://www.wbez.org/news/judge-evans-can%E2%80%99t-comment-politically-charged-case-involving-mayor-daley-108502 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/RS3083_daleypresser_4-scr_0_0.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Cook County&rsquo;s chief judge says judicial ethics prevent him from saying whether political pressure is playing a role in a Burge torture case involving former Chicago Mayor Richard Daley.</p><p>The case is that of Stanley Wrice, a man who has spent 30 years in prison for a crime he says he didn&rsquo;t commit. Last year the Illinois Supreme Court ruled Wrice should have a hearing on whether he was tortured by Chicago police officers working under former Commander Jon Burge.</p><p>Cook County Judge Evelyn Clay had been overseeing Wrice&rsquo;s case,&nbsp; but she recently recused herself, though she refused to specify why or what conflict she was trying to avoid. The recusal came just a few weeks after attorneys for Wrice subpoenaed Mayor Daley to testify about the torture that occurred when he was Cook County&rsquo;s top prosecutor.</p><p>Wrice&rsquo;s attorney Jennifer Bonjean says clout is being used to keep Daley off the stand.</p><p>Tim Evans oversees Cook County courts and says judicial ethics prevent him from discussing pending cases.</p><p>&ldquo;I have to follow the same rules that I insist that other judges follow, so you&rsquo;ll understand why I can&rsquo;t comment directly on that case. But I can certainly tell you I am aware of it, yes,&rdquo; said Evans.</p><p>But Stephen Gillers, a law professor at New York University who specialized in legal and judicial ethics, has a different take. He says nothing prevents Evans from simply clarifying that he never took a call from someone trying to influence the Wrice case.</p></p> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 07:16:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/judge-evans-can%E2%80%99t-comment-politically-charged-case-involving-mayor-daley-108502 Chicago grad students aid struggling steel town http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/chicago-grad-students-aid-struggling-steel-town-107452 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Gary 1.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Sarah Taylor is a senior citizen living in Marshalltown, a neighborhood on the east side of Gary, Indiana.</p><p>There are abandoned homes and crime tends to be a problem, but Taylor and a few dedicated residents are trying to make things better.</p><p>&ldquo;We just go down our street and clean it up. It can be a garbage can or some debris. Usually it&rsquo;s just 4 or 5 of us, all women. All old women,&rdquo; Taylor said Thursday.</p><p>But now Taylor is hoping reinforcements in the form of young college students can help pick up the slack.</p><p>Taylor was on hand for a press conference at Gary City Hall to highlight the Marshalltown Neighborhood Revitalization Project.</p><p>Over the last several weeks, a handful of students have been meeting and talking with residents in Marshalltown. This weekend, they will arrive in the neighborhood again for a community-wide clean-up effort and begin cataloguing abandoned homes.</p><p>&ldquo;Today&rsquo;s project launch represents the fruit of the students&rsquo; labor and it&rsquo;s only the beginning,&rdquo; Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson said.</p><p>The effort began last fall when Freeman-Wilson spoke at the University of Chicago&rsquo;s Harris School of Public Policy, where former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley teaches. Following that, Daley initiated a project that involves several graduate students to assist Gary with developing ways to improve communication between residents and the city.</p><p>Program director Carol Brown says the project will give students real work experience.</p><p>&ldquo;While at the same time, we&rsquo;re bringing the resources of the university to benefit the city of Gary,&rdquo; Brown said. &ldquo;This project was a priority for Mayor Daley because he feels very strongly about the power of residents and government working together to solve problems.&rdquo;</p><p>Daley may have a soft spot for Gary, since his grandfather worked on portions of Gary City Hall in the 1920s.</p><p>Brown said the Marshalltown project is actually a pilot program. If it proves successful, it will be duplicated in other Gary neighborhoods. Graduate student Michael Crowley echoed that sentiment and said their project isn&rsquo;t a one-day effort.</p><p>&ldquo;The work will continue throughout the month of June and beyond,&rdquo; Crowley said. &ldquo;City staff and residents will work together to maintain and actually build off the work that we started.&rdquo;</p><p><em>Michael Puente is WBEZ&rsquo;s Northwest Indiana bureau reporter. Follow him&nbsp;<a href="http://twitter.com/MikePuenteNews" target="_blank">@MikePuenteNews</a></em></p></p> Fri, 31 May 2013 08:52:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/chicago-grad-students-aid-struggling-steel-town-107452 Chicago dips a toe into ‘bus rapid transit’ http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago-dips-toe-%E2%80%98bus-rapid-transit%E2%80%99-101834 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Jeffery.jpg" style="margin: 4px 0px 0px 0px; float: left; height: 327px; width: 250px; " title="Construction crews are beginning work to speed up express service along the South Side’s Jeffery Boulevard. (Photo courtesy of CTA)" />Construction crews have begun work on what Chicago is billing as its first &ldquo;bus rapid transit&rdquo; route.</p><p>The Chicago Transit Authority project, funded almost entirely by an $11 million federal grant, will speed up buses along the South Side&rsquo;s Jeffery Boulevard.</p><p>The CTA says buses there will get through stop lights more quickly and have their own lanes during rush hours. The buses will also have fancy stations spaced a half-mile apart with no stops between.</p><p>Joe Iacobucci, the CTA&rsquo;s strategic-planning manager, said the crews began Monday. &ldquo;They&rsquo;re preparing those stations for new bus pads &mdash; they&rsquo;re about a 60-foot length of concrete &mdash; and preparing the landscape for customer signage and bus shelters,&rdquo; he said.</p><p>The CTA expects the upgrades to shave travel times. In northbound morning peak hours, for example, Iacobucci said the project will cut 7 minutes, enabling buses to complete the 16-mile route in 65 minutes.</p><p>BRT delivers many benefits of rail at a fraction of the cost. The most advanced systems are running in Bogotá, the Colombian capital, and Guangzhou, the Chinese city formerly known as Canton. More modest lines are up in Cleveland, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, Las Vegas and Eugene, Oregon.</p><p>Experts compare BRT systems using various criteria. The New York City-based Institute for Transportation and Development Policy, for example, grades systems using 30 factors.</p><p>The four factors the institute deems most important are all missing from the Jeffery Boulevard project. Those include barriers between bus and car lanes, use of the road&rsquo;s central verge for the bus lanes, off-bus fare collection and platform-level boarding.</p><p>A <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/story/city-devotes-73-million-downtown-brt-96580">BRT route downtown</a>, planned for 2014 construction, will be more robust but extend just a mile, running from Union Station to North Michigan Avenue. That project, which includes a redesign of the station, has $24.6 million in federal funding and $7.3 million in local tax-increment financing.</p><p>A third BRT route would span a 21-mile stretch of Western or Ashland avenues. The city is studying alternatives for that project using a $1.6 million federal grant.</p><p>In 2008, Mayor Richard M. Daley&rsquo;s administration announced that Chicago was diving into BRT with a $153 million federal grant, but the city missed a crucial application deadline and forfeited the money.</p><p>Rahm Emanuel&rsquo;s mayoral transition plan last year promised a &ldquo;full bus rapid transit pilot&rdquo; within three years.</p></p> Mon, 20 Aug 2012 18:13:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago-dips-toe-%E2%80%98bus-rapid-transit%E2%80%99-101834 $7.3 million OKed for downtown ‘bus rapid transit’ http://www.wbez.org/story/story/city-devotes-73-million-downtown-brt-96580 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2012-February/2012-02-21/BRT_Flickr_.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><img alt="Transmilenio" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2012-February/2012-02-20/Transmilenio.jpg" style="margin: 9px 18px 6px 1px; float: left; width: 374px; height: 247px;" title="Bogotá, Colombia, has the world’s most advanced bus-rapid-transit system. (flickr/Oscar Amaya)" />Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel&rsquo;s administration has decided to channel more than $7.3&nbsp;million in tax increment financing toward a &ldquo;bus rapid transit&rdquo; line downtown, according to transportation and economic-development officials.</p><p>The money will combine with an announced $24.6&nbsp;million from the Federal Transit Administration to speed up trips between Union Station, the Ogilvie Transportation Center, several Chicago Transit Authority lines, Streeterville and Navy Pier.</p><p>&ldquo;About 50&nbsp;percent of the commuters who come to work every day in Chicago&rsquo;s central business district arrive by bus or train,&rdquo; said Peter Skosey, vice president of the Metropolitan Planning Council, a nonprofit group working on the project. &ldquo;If they&rsquo;re getting off at those Metra stations in the West Loop, it&rsquo;s quite a hike over to North Michigan Avenue or even just to State Street. So this really facilitates the use of transit for downtown Chicago.&rdquo;</p><p>Bus rapid transit, known as BRT, delivers many benefits of rail at a fraction of the cost. The most advanced BRT systems have sprung up in Bogotá, Colombia; Guangzhou, China; Johannesburg, South Africa; and Ahmedabad, India.</p><p>BRT remains largely unknown in the United States. Modest systems are running in Cleveland, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, Las Vegas and Eugene, Oregon.</p><p>In 2008, Mayor Richard M. Daley&rsquo;s administration said it was moving on a BRT pilot project. But the city bungled an application for $153&nbsp;million in federal funding for it.</p><p>Emanuel&rsquo;s mayoral transition plan last year promised a &ldquo;full bus rapid transit pilot&rdquo; within three years. The pilot, according to the plan, will include &ldquo;dedicated bus lanes, signal preemption, prepaid boarding or on-board fare verification, multiple entry and exits points on the buses, limited stops, and street-level boarding.&rdquo;</p><p>The Chicago Department of Transportation is keeping lips tight about its design of the downtown line, known as both the &ldquo;East-West Transit Corridor&rdquo; and &ldquo;Central Loop BRT.&rdquo; It&rsquo;s not clear the design will include many of the timesavers listed in Emanuel&rsquo;s plan. A CDOT plan announced in 2010 would remove cars from some traffic lanes, rig key stoplights to favor the buses, improve sidewalks, install bicycle lanes and build specially branded bus stops equipped with GPS-powered &ldquo;next bus&rdquo; arrival signs.</p><p>The CTA, meanwhile, has a separate $1.6&nbsp;million federal grant to plan BRT options along a 21-mile stretch of Western Avenue. Another $11&nbsp;million from the feds is funding bus improvements this year along the South Side&rsquo;s Jeffrey Boulevard. That line, though billed as BRT, will lack many features for speeding up trips.</p></p> Tue, 21 Feb 2012 11:56:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/story/city-devotes-73-million-downtown-brt-96580 Maggie Daley remembered at funeral mass: tireless advocate, devoted mom, big singer http://www.wbez.org/story/maggie-daley-remembered-funeral-mass-tireless-advocate-devoted-mom-big-singer-94405 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-November/2011-11-28/AP111128029217.jpg.crop_display.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Chicago's former first lady, Maggie Daley, was honored Monday in a funeral mass at Old Saint Patrick's Church just west of the city's downtown. Daley died on Thanksgiving at the age of 68.</p><p>So many people showed up, that more than a few Chicago aldermen were relegated to the church basement to watch the scene on TVs. Others without seats stood outside the church, listening to just the piped-out sound.</p><p>Delivering the homily, Father Jack Wall spoke of Maggie Daley's nearly decade-long fight with breast cancer.</p><p>"Some people when the going gets tough, they just see themselves as victims," Wall said. "But this woman kept on saying, Nothing is going to take life from me. Nothing. I'm too busy giving it away."</p><p>Wall talked of Daley's work to establish a parish school at Old St. Pat's, and her committment to after school programs for Chicago's kids. And he described the former first lady's personal "blue law."</p><p>"There was not going to be one mayoral event on a Sunday," he recalled. "There had to be a family day, a day where people celebrate and nurture this gift of family."</p><p>Speaking for the Daley children, son Patrick provided a personal remembrance.</p><p>"Enjoying life, laughter, and the occasional piece of dark chocolate," he said to laughter. "She was the first one out and the last one off the dance floor. She was a singer, encouraging everyone - sometimes very strongly - to join her."</p><p>"As a mother, she was the embodiment of unconditional, yet tough, love," Patrick Daley said. "And as a grandmother, we saw her move from tough love and discipline to tenderness and indulgence."</p><p>Former Mayor Richard Daley embraced his children when they returned to their seats. He did not speak at the mass.</p><p>Others in attendance: Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill, First Lady Michelle Obama, U.S. Sens. Duck Durbin and Mark Kirk, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan.</p><p>Bagpipes played outside the church. As the casket was carried out to the hearse, the former mayor followed right behind.</p><p>By order of the current mayor, Rahm Emanuel, city flags are supposed to remain at half-mast for the rest of the week in honor of Maggie Daley.</p></p> Mon, 28 Nov 2011 21:50:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/maggie-daley-remembered-funeral-mass-tireless-advocate-devoted-mom-big-singer-94405 Remembering Maggie Daley http://www.wbez.org/story/remembering-maggie-daley-94360 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-November/2011-11-28/111124_maggie_daley_ap_328.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Chicagoans are remembering their longtime first lady, Maggie Daley. A spokeswoman for the Daley family said Mrs. Daley died on Thursday evening. She was 68.</p><p>Maggie Daley's death follows a nearly decade-long struggle with beast cancer, during which she and her husband took pains to note publicly that they were just like any family facing such a fight.</p><p>An intensely private person, Maggie Daley's rare public appearances were most often to help garner support for after school programs and Gallery 37, an organization she helped found that gets students involved in the arts.</p><p>Several elected officials released statements following news of the death. Here are some excerpts:</p><p>PRESIDENT OBAMA: "While she will be sorely missed, her initiatives on behalf of Chicago’s youth live on as national models for how to create environments for children to learn and grow outside the classroom. Maggie’s commitment to the children and people of Chicago was surpassed only by her devotion to her family."</p><p>U.S. SEN. DICK DURBIN: “Loretta and I have lost a dear friend but feel blessed to have traveled part of our life's journey with her and Rich. We remember last St. Patrick's Day at Old St. Pat’s when Maggie’s struggles were quickly forgotten as her grandkids, dressed in their finest green, scrambled in the church pew to see the Shannon Rovers piping up the center aisle. She and Rich were beaming with the joy that loving parents and grandparents live for."</p><p>GOV. PAT QUINN: "The ever-gracious Maggie was devoted to her family and her faith. Maggie had a servant's heart, especially for children. Through her founding and leadership of After School Matters, she lifted up thousands of Chicago teenagers with opportunities to discover their potential and find their path to a meaningful life."</p><p>CHICAGO MAYOR RAHM EMANUEL: "Chicago has lost a warm and gracious First Lady who contributed immeasurably to our city. While Mayor Daley served as the head of this city, Maggie was its heart."</p><p>In addition, After School Matters, a group Daley chaired, released a statement saying the organization was "saddened beyond word."</p><p>"While After School Matters has lost its leader," the statement continued, "Chicago’s teens have lost their strongest voice and champion — a true believer in the potential of high school students if only they are offered opportunity and encouragement."</p><p>Maggie Daley is survived by her husband and three children.</p><p><audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1332483830-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2011-november/2011-11-25/maggie-daley-2way111125sh.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></p><p><strong>WBEZ's Tony Sarabia and Sam Hudzik talk about the former first lady's legacy</strong>.</p></p> Fri, 25 Nov 2011 13:25:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/remembering-maggie-daley-94360 Assessing Chicago's green credentials during a budget crisis http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-09-22/assessing-chicagos-green-credentials-during-budget-crisis-92314 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-September/2011-09-22/Chicago River.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Former Mayor Richard M. Daley wanted to make Chicago the <a href="http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/daleys-green-crusade" target="_blank">greenest city in America</a>. He got a lot of credit for being environmentally friendly but the record turned out to be mixed: more green roofs but still no city-wide recycling. And despite claims that the Chicago River's water quality improved more recently, it became clear that the river still ran dirty. The federal government said it wants the river <a href="http://articles.chicagobreakingnews.com/2011-06-02/news/29614721_1_sewage-overflows-chicago-river-waterways" target="_blank">cleaned up</a> and Mayor Emanuel signaled that he had his eye on it too - he wants it to be a <a href="http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/mayor/press_room/press_releases/2011/september_2011/mayor_rahm_emanuelannouncesplanstomakethechicagoriverthecitysnex.html" target="_blank">recreational space for residents</a>. But how central are environmental considerations to Chicago politics? And what happens to sustainability in the face of a budget crisis? To find out, <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> was joined by <a href="http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/hhenderson/" target="_blank">Henry Henderson</a>, director of the <a href="http://www.nrdc.org/" target="_blank">Natural Resources Defense Council's</a> Midwest program.</p><p><em>Music Button: Balkan Beat Box, "Delancy-Stefano Miele Balkan Carnival Remix", from the album Nu Made, (JDub)</em></p></p> Thu, 22 Sep 2011 13:28:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-09-22/assessing-chicagos-green-credentials-during-budget-crisis-92314 How should Emanuel close Chicago's $600 million budget gap? http://www.wbez.org/story/how-should-emanuel-close-chicagos-600-million-budget-gap-91105 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/archives/images/cityroom/cityroom_20100909_hclauss_716352_City_large.png" alt="" /><p><p><audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1332483667-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2011-august/2011-08-26/emanuel-budget110829sh.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></p><p>Chicago's mayor on Monday will sit through the first of two public meetings on the city's budget. Rahm Emanuel must find a way to close a deficit estimated to top $600 million.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/obm/provdrs/city_budg/alerts/2011/aug/mayor_emanuel_totalkdirectlywithchicagoansabout2012budgetideasin.html">meetings</a> - Monday evening in the Englewood neighborhood and Wednesday evening in West Town - are not a new idea. Former Mayor Richard Daley held similar ones, and listened to Chicagoans suggest budget ideas, or just go on rants.</p><p>Public comments from a couple years ago ranged from "street flooding and sewer backup is still a major problem within our area" to "the boom box can be heard blocks and blocks and blocks away" to "the police just zip on through the neighborhoods, passing by, and thinking that impressed somebody."</p><p>What is different this year is that, in addition to the public meetings, Emanuel's office set up a <a href="http://www.chicagobudget.org/">website</a> for people to post budget ideas, and vote on them.</p><p>Top ranked suggestions include cutting aldermen pay and expenses, as well as to stop providing security to - among others - former Mayor Richard Daley. Other popular ones include legalizing and taxing marijuana, and planting perennial flowers instead of annuals, to reduce city gardening costs.</p></p> Mon, 29 Aug 2011 05:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/how-should-emanuel-close-chicagos-600-million-budget-gap-91105 Local first ladies weather the political and personal storms of their husbands http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-06-29/local-first-ladies-weather-political-and-personal-storms-their-husbands- <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-June/2011-06-29/Lura Lynn Ryan.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Former Illinois First Lady Lura Lynn Ryan died late Monday after a long and public battle with lung cancer.<a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/george-ryan-his-wife-when-she-died-88432" target="_blank"> Her husband, ex-Governor George Ryan, was at her side.</a> Ryan is currently serving a six-and-a-half year sentence for racketeering, tax fraud, conspiracy and making false statements to the FBI. According to reports it was thanks to his warden that Ryan was able to be at his wife's bedside.<br> <br> Just hours before the former first lady’s death, her successor<a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/jury-finds-blagojevich-guilty-17-20-counts-88338" target="_blank"> Patti Blagojevich watched as her own husband’s career met a similar fate.</a> Meanwhile Chicago’s former first lady Maggie Daley has just been released from the hospital. Daley was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2002.<br> <br> All three of these women have faced their share of challenges in the public spotlight. Some are personal, whilst others are the result from the public mistakes of their spouses. But all have stood by their man. To explore these relationships <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> was joined by author <a href="http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/Felsenthal-Files/" target="_blank">Carol Felsentha</a>l, who has written numerous profiles of famous political figures.</p></p> Wed, 29 Jun 2011 14:10:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-06-29/local-first-ladies-weather-political-and-personal-storms-their-husbands- Daley takes job at Chicago law firm that handled meter privatization http://www.wbez.org/story/daley-takes-job-chicago-law-firm-handled-meter-privatization-87295 <p><p>Richard Daley has joined the law firm that helped negotiate the controversial deal to privatize Chicago's parking meters.</p><p>The news of the former mayor’s latest post-political job came mere weeks after he left office.</p><p>The firm, Katten Muchin Rosenman, is based in downtown Chicago. A statement from the firm said Daley had other offers from other law firms, but picked Katten because Daley said it gives back to the community and is "expanding globally."</p><p>The firm said it has applied to open an office in China, a country Daley has visited often and spoken highly of in recent years.</p><p>The statement notes Daley will not participate in any business the firm conducts with the city of Chicago.</p><p>Daley has been a lawyer since 1969, and has kept up his attorney registration though the years. That requires the payment of annual fees, and taking the required number of continuing education courses.</p><p>Daley's salary was not disclosed and his title will be "of counsel" at the firm. He can add his new post to "distinguished senior fellow" title he picked up last week from the University of Chicago.</p></p> Wed, 01 Jun 2011 20:48:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/daley-takes-job-chicago-law-firm-handled-meter-privatization-87295