WBEZ | transition http://www.wbez.org/tags/transition Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Ald. Patrick O'Connor talks new position of power in City Council http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-06-09/ald-patrick-oconnor-talks-new-position-power-city-council-87626 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2011-June/2011-06-09/Pat O&#039;Connor Bill Healy.JPG" alt="" /><p><p><a href="http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/mayor/supp_info/about_the_mayor.html" target="_blank">Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s</a> election is a big transition for many Chicagoans. But with all the problems facing Chicago, the introductory period is, for the most part, over.<br> <br> <em>Eight Forty-Eight </em>plans on doing regular check-ins during the first 100 days of the Emanuel administration, for a series called <em>The First 100</em>. The series will convene the day after City Council meetings.<br> <br> But first, host Alison Cuddy spoke to one of the stewards of change: 40th ward <a href="http://www.aldermanoconnor.com/about/" target="_blank">Alderman Patrick O’Connor</a>. The long-time Alderman has a new post as Chairman of the Committee on Audit and Workforce Development.</p></p> Thu, 09 Jun 2011 13:36:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-06-09/ald-patrick-oconnor-talks-new-position-power-city-council-87626 Emanuel's first 100 days http://www.wbez.org/story/emanuels-first-100-days-85476 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//107255843.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Chicago Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel is offering a handful of specifics about what he'll accomplish in his first months on the job.</p><p>In the first question of a 70-minute interview before an audience Wednesday night at the Field Museum, Emanuel was asked to set some benchmarks he'll no doubt be judged on later: what he will have done 100 days after taking office.</p><p>"You want to rush forward all 100 days and I haven't even gotten 100 hours in yet," Emanuel said to the interviewer, <em>Chicago Tribune</em> editorial page editor Bruce Dold. The paper endorsed Emanuel in his campaign for mayor.</p><p>Emanuel highlighted some of the things he's done in the transition, most notably key staff announcements.</p><p>Among his first moves in office, he said , will be to appoint a board to oversee economic development funds, reorganize some of city government and close what he called the "revolving door" for public employees who take jobs as lobbyists.</p><p>Emanuel on Wednesday night also mentioned something he says would not be accomplished quickly.</p><p>"I want the culture and the mindset in city government to be one of, we all...deliver a service to the people who are paying the bills," he said.</p><p>Emanuel told the audience that won't happen in 100 days - or even in a thousand.</p></p> Thu, 21 Apr 2011 10:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/emanuels-first-100-days-85476 Rahm, Boeing and the Arts: a modest proposal http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-04-12/rham-boeing-and-arts-modest-proposal-84952 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//blog/photo/2011-April/2011-04-12/109355421.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-April/2011-04-12/109355421.jpg" title="" width="364" height="594"></p><p>Dear Mayor-Elect Emanuel:</p><p>Perhaps you already are familiar with the <a href="http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/provdrs/grants/svcs/city_arts_applicationsummary.html">CityArts Program</a>, but if not I want to tell you about it and suggest something wonderful you could do to make it secure. Over the years I've been an arts business reporter in Chicago, one of my favorite stories to report has been the annual grants made to local cultural organizations through CityArts, initiated in 1979 through the Department of Cultural Affairs (now <a href="http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca.html">Cultural Affairs and Special Events</a>). CityArts doesn't give a lot of money to any one artist or entity, but it gives a modest amount of money to a great many, thereby spreading the City's largesse (alright, the taxpayers' largesse) far and wide to virtually every 'hood in town.</p><p>Grants are based on the budgetary size of the applicant in four tiers ranging from emerging arts organizations with annual cash income under $150,000, to institutions with annual income of $2 million and up. At Tier I, the current maximum grant request is $3,000, which can make a big difference to a little troupe operating on $50,000 a year. At Tier IV the maximum grant is $10,000, which makes virtually no difference at all to a museum or orchestra or theater with a budget of $15 million or $50 million a year. Still, it might fund an internship or three and it gives to the recipient the imprimatur of the City of Chicago.</p><p>CityArts is a joyful idea precisely BECAUSE there are far more smaller non-profit cultural organizations than large ones and far more grant recipients in the lower tiers than in the top tier, so for once most of the bucks are going to the little guys rather than the same old big guys. Even better, in all the years I’ve reported on the CityArts Program, I’ve never heard a complaint that it’s unfair or clout-connected. Hey, $3,000 hardly is enough money to waste your clout on—if you have any clout. You don’t need to know someone in the Hall to get a CityArts grant. In short, the CityArts Program has been a model of how public money should be spent and how a city program should be administered.</p><p>Now, CityArts has NEVER been funded at more than $1 million a year since the program started. Still, in its best years, CityArts makes grants to several hundred organizations large and small covering arts education, choirs, dance, theater, instrumental ensembles, children’s' arts programs, museums, social service agency arts programs, concert series, film, TV, new media, etc., etc. As long as an organization has a cultural function, and meets application guidelines (including, for example, proof of liability insurance), it's eligible for a CityArts grant, and also can apply for a renewal of the grant in two successive years.</p><p>In this manner, CityArts has distributed thousands of grants totaling $22 million in 32 years. It's hardly a notch in the total outlays of the City of Chicago, but CityArts has had major impact. But the diversity and basic fairness of this program have not protected it from budget cuts. Since the economy tanked three years ago, CityArts has been reduced by 50% and currently is funded at $500,000 a year.</p><p>But now, right now, Mr. Mayor-Elect, you and your advisors have an opportunity to engineer a major, vital and important retooling of CityArts. It is time to privatize the CityArts Program or, more accurately, to turn it into a significant public-private partnership. Let the City pledge $1 million annually to CityArts, which sum to be matched by a corporate sponsor in return for naming rights. Suddenly, CityArts would be quadrupled. The point would not be to increase the size of the CityArts grants (well, maybe a little) but to greatly increase the NUMBER of grants.</p><p>All the key people to analyze and recommend this idea already are in place among the 13 members of your transition-team Committee on Arts and Culture. The line-up includes representatives of several CityArts recipients and also representatives of several major arts and culture funders, among them the head honcho for the Boeing Company's corporate giving. Hey, there's an idea: the Boeing CityArts Grants! What say Chicago and Boeing enter into a 10-year partnership to fund the CityArts Program? Boeing would have its name splashed on more programs and posters and websites and tweets and Facebook pages and press releases than it can count, and actually would be doing genuine good at an extremely modest cost on a city-wide basis, bringing arts and culture to every corner of town.</p><p>Even better, why not ask Boeing if they would make their matching grant upfront? The funds could be placed in an escrow account or trust that would earn sufficient interest to extend the life of the program: the Boeing CityArts Trust.</p><p>If not Boeing, there certainly are many other possible private partners from the financial, industrial and service sectors of the Chicago economy. Why not ask Donald Trump? What's he doing in Chicago besides collecting rent and paying reduced property taxes? What about Chicago Community Trust or the MacArthur Foundation? Would they partner on CityArts? How about a giant Chicago general contractor? The Pepper Construction CityArts Trust is a little long, but I'd take it!</p><p>The point, Mr. Mayor-Elect, the hope is that you, your transition team and the City of Chicago might embrace this proposal and, in the words of Jean-Luc Piccard, "Make it so!"&nbsp;&nbsp;<br> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 12 Apr 2011 16:14:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-04-12/rham-boeing-and-arts-modest-proposal-84952 Interim CPS CEO Terry Mazany discusses the district's 'free fall' http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-03-08/interim-cps-ceo-terry-mazany-discusses-districts-free-fall-83423 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//Terry Mazany Flickr Knight Foundation_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.cps.edu/About_CPS/At-a-glance/Pages/TerryMazany.aspx">Terry Mazany</a> of the Chicago Public Schools recently described the district as being in &quot;free fall&quot; after the departure of his predecessor Ron Huberman last November. The interim CEO added that he plans to break with many of the policies put in place by Huberman, such as the expansion of <a target="_blank" href="http://www.cps.edu/Schools/Elementary_schools/Pages/Charter.aspx">charter schools</a>.</p><p>Mazany joined <em>Eight Forty-Eight </em>to discuss these recent comments.</p></p> Tue, 08 Mar 2011 13:46:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-03-08/interim-cps-ceo-terry-mazany-discusses-districts-free-fall-83423 How Chicago will tranisition from Richard M. Daley to new mayor http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-10/how-chicago-will-tranisition-richard-m-daley-new-mayor-82095 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//daleypresser_5.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>When the votes are tallied and the campaigning dust has settled, Chicago&rsquo;s next Mayor will face an even bigger task: Getting up to speed on a city that&rsquo;s been run by someone else for over two decades. So where do you begin, and what does a smooth transition of power look like?<br /><br />With more than 30 years experience covering Chicago politics, Bob Crawford has an idea or two. He's the former political editor with <a href="http://chicago.cbslocal.com/station/wbbm-newsradio-780/" target="_blank">WBBM Newsradio 780</a>.</p><p><em>Music Button: Q-Burns Abstract Message, &quot;Brainwormed&quot;, from the CD Exclusive Selections Vol. 1, (Eighth Dimension)</em></p></p> Thu, 10 Feb 2011 14:38:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-10/how-chicago-will-tranisition-richard-m-daley-new-mayor-82095 Transition of power at the Cook County Board http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/transition-power-cook-county-board <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//preckwinkle at board_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>In her inaugural speech Monday, the new President of the Cook County Board laid out her agenda: To cut costs and close the estimated $487 million deficit. Toni Preckwinkle vowed to streamline County business and presented a timeline for rolling back the remaining half-penny sales tax hike. <br />&nbsp;</p><p>To learn more about the challenges facing Preckwinkle, &quot;Eight Forty-Eight&quot; turned to <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/search/index.html?search=Lisa+Donovan&amp;sectionList=suntimes" target="_blank">Lisa Donovan</a>.&nbsp; Donovan covers Cook County government for the <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/index.html" target="_blank">Chicago Sun-Times. </a></p></p> Tue, 07 Dec 2010 15:03:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/transition-power-cook-county-board