WBEZ | Emanuel http://www.wbez.org/tags/emanuel Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Who was 25-year-old Rahm Emanuel? http://www.wbez.org/series/year-25/who-was-25-year-old-rahm-emanuel-108327 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/rahm25yo.jpg" alt="" /><p><p dir="ltr">As mayor of the city of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel&rsquo;s days are anything but repetitive.</p><p dir="ltr">Some days, he crisscrosses the city for press conferences, packing in <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/midterm-emanuel-still-cozy-city-council-107199">phone calls to aldermen</a> and business leaders on the way.</p><p dir="ltr">Other days, he&rsquo;s in meetings at City Hall, talking Wrigley renovations or budget fixes, or maybe even calling President Barack Obama to talk over top issues, and who knows what else.</p><p dir="ltr">He&rsquo;s known to try to squeeze in a <a href="http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324564704578626070625333886.html">workout</a> wherever he can, and sometimes, he commutes to work on the <a href="http://redeyechicago.tumblr.com/post/57525285278/our-mayor-really-gets-around">train </a>to mix things up a bit.</p><p>But 25-year-old Emanuel nailed down a pattern and stuck to it.</p><p>The year was 1984. Emanuel lived in Lakeview, near Waveland and Southport, in an old house converted into four apartments. He distinctly remembers his neighbors from that house: Emanuel was a graduate student at Northwestern University then, and would take the L back and forth to class every day.</p><p>As he recalls, there was just one restaurant by the Southport train station: a pizza place that sold pies by the slice.</p><p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;d get off the train after school, get dinner, which was a slice of pizza, eat it walking home, and sit down and do my homework,&rdquo; Emanuel said. &ldquo;Is that pathetic?&rdquo;</p><p>Emanuel&rsquo;s two-bedroom apartment was on the second floor of the house. His rent: $330. And that included utilities.</p><p>&ldquo;You couldn&rsquo;t touch a parking space for $330 there today,&rdquo; Emanuel said.</p><p>His classes were at <a href="http://www.northwestern.edu/magazine/spring2012/feature/in-your-face-sidebar/rahms-grad-school-days-at-northwestern.html">Northwestern</a>&rsquo;s School of Speech and Communications, where he studied mass communications and classical rhetorical theory.</p><p>Emanuel squeezed the master&rsquo;s program into nine months.</p><p>&ldquo;It was basically I wanted to do mental gymnastics for a year, &rdquo; Emanuel said. &ldquo;When I had graduated [from undergrad] and started working, I was not done enjoying the life of the mind, so to say.&rdquo;</p><p>The mayor said 25 marked a critical point. He always knew he wanted to go to graduate school, but that year he realized it was now or never.</p><p>When he wasn&rsquo;t debating about Aristotle or Cicero, Emanuel dabbled in political work. He spent some of that year at the Illinois Public Action Council. He was also in the throes of then-Congressman Paul Simon&rsquo;s campaign for a U.S. Senate seat, where he worked alongside people like Lisa Madigan, David Axelrod and Forrest Claypool, to name a few.</p><p>And yes, he was still <a href="http://www.joffrey.org/node/2854">dancing </a>when he was 25 years old. Twice a week.</p><p>Emanuel was a serious dancer in his youth, even earning a scholarship to the Joffrey Ballet. He passed it up to go to Sarah Lawrence. He says once the pressure was off to dance professionally, he wanted to get back to it.</p><p>Dance, Emanuel says, was important for discipline, as well as exercise.</p><p>But come on, besides all that, he must have been doing some socializing and dating as a twenty-something, right?</p><p>Emanuel says he&rsquo;ll keep most of those stories under wraps, but that his 25-year-old self was very much in the mindset of: &ldquo;I&rsquo;m gonna be single for the rest of my life.&rdquo;</p><p>There was one woman he dated that year. Emanuel says the relationship ended when she decided to move to Washington, D.C. for a job, and he wanted to stay in Chicago.</p><p>But amid all the pizza, Aristotle, politics and ballet, Emanuel&rsquo;s sights were already set on Washington.</p><p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m going to finish Northwestern,&rdquo; Emanuel said was the goal. &ldquo;And I&rsquo;m going to try and figure out how to one day work for a person who&rsquo;s going to be elected president.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr"><em>Lauren Chooljian is WBEZ&rsquo;s Morning Producer/Reporter. Follow her<a href="http://twitter.com/triciabobeda"> </a><a href="https://twitter.com/laurenchooljian">@laurenchooljian</a>.</em></p></p> Wed, 07 Aug 2013 16:47:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/year-25/who-was-25-year-old-rahm-emanuel-108327 Did NBC's Brian Williams ambush the Emanuel brothers? http://www.wbez.org/blogs/charlie-meyerson/2013-03/did-nbcs-brian-williams-ambush-emanuel-brothers-106257 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/Screen shot 2013-03-25 at 7.23.55 AM.png" alt="" /><p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><object align="right" classid="clsid:D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=10,0,0,0" height="245" id="msnbc906184" width="420"><param name="loop" value="false" /><param name="play" value="false" /><param name="quality" value="high" /><param name="movie" value="http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/32545640" /><param name="FlashVars" value="launch=51298904&amp;width=420&amp;height=245" /><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /><param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed allowscriptaccess="always" flashvars="launch=51298904&amp;width=420&amp;height=245" height="245" loop="false" name="msnbc906184" play="false" pluginspage="http://www.adobe.com/shockwave/download/download.cgi?P1_Prod_Version=ShockwaveFlash" quality="high" src="http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/32545640" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="420" wmode="transparent"></embed></object><strong>WATCH THIS VIDEO ... </strong>of NBC&#39;s <a href="http://www.nbcnews.com/id/21134540/vp/51298904#51298904" target="_blank">Brian Williams interviewing the three Emanuel brothers</a>:&nbsp;Mayor Rahm, bioethicist Ezekiel and Hollywood &quot;super-agent&quot; Ari, recorded&nbsp;<a href="http://blogs.suntimes.com/sweet/2013/03/rahm_zeke_ari_on_nbcs_rock_cen.html" target="_blank">March 8 in New York City</a>.</span></p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">Note the (evidently simulated) slide show of old family photos, the reference to the family as &quot;<a href="http://chickaboomer.com/2013/03/americas-jewish-kennedys-anger-over-brian-williams-rock-center-interview-this-is-not-what-we-agreed-to.html" target="_blank">America&#39;s Jewish Kennedys</a>.&quot;</span></p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">What do you think of it?</span></p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">Love-fest? Puff piece? Affectionate portrayal?</span></p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">Or hatchet job?</span></p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">Ari Emanuel reportedly puts it in the latter category. The&nbsp;<em>New York Post</em>&nbsp;quotes sources as saying that he sent a &quot;<a href="http://www.nypost.com/p/pagesix/ari_rips_nbc_for_rock_chat_Artqfqo1zvGAQEi1UZL9YI" target="_blank">a fiery legal letter to NBC</a>,&quot; complaining the interview, which aired Friday, was so aggressive as to catch the brothers off-guard.</span></p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>&#39;I THINK WE&#39;RE GOING TO WIN.&#39; </strong>That&#39;s the optimistic <a href="http://presspass.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/03/24/17440713-post-show-thoughts-the-debates-over-gun-control-and-gay-marriage" target="_blank">prediction of David Boies</a>, one of the lawyers set to argue Tuesday before the Supreme Court that California&#39;s Proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.<br />* Among those to be seated as a guest of Chief Justice John Roberts: <a href="http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-prop.8-chief-justices-cousin-a-lesbian-will-attend-prop-8-hearing-20130324,0,834185.story" target="_blank">His lesbian cousin, who wants to marry her gay partner</a>.<br />* Court expert Jeffrey Toobin: 10 years ago, <a href="http://www.newyorker.com/talk/comment/2013/04/01/130401taco_talk_toobin" target="_blank">Justice Scalia was right about the future of gay marriage</a>.<br />* Chart outlines <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2013/03/24/us/how-the-court-could-rule-on-same-sex-marriage.html?_r=0" target="_blank">ways the court could rule</a>.<br />* New poll finds <a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/03/24/175201923/millennials-and-same-sex-marriage-a-waning-divide" target="_blank">young Americans&#39; growing support for same-sex marriage</a> &quot;one of the biggest shifts we&#39;ve seen.&quot;<br />* Same-sex marriage convert Sen. Rob Portman&#39;s son writes in the Yale Daily News: &quot;In many ways, <a href="http://yaledailynews.com/blog/2013/03/25/portman-coming-out/" target="_blank">it&rsquo;s been a privilege to come out so publicly</a>.&quot;<br />* Politico: <a href="http://www.politico.com/story/2013/03/republicans-gay-marriage-89265.html" target="_blank">Republicans see cash in shift toward gay marriage</a>.<br />* Mediaite: <a href="http://www.mediaite.com/online/r-i-p-is-conservatism-dead-3/" target="_blank">Is conservatism dead?</a><br />* Video:&nbsp;<a href="http://gawker.com/5992162" target="_blank">Starbucks CEO tells shareholder to sell if he can&#39;t support marriage equality</a>.</span></p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>&#39;WE LIVE IN A GOOGLE AND WIKIPEDIA SOCIETY, AND IF KIDS NEED TO KNOW SOMETHING, THEY CAN LOOK IT UP.&#39;</strong> And so, the&nbsp;president of the Illinois Science Teachers Association tells the <em>Tribune&nbsp;</em>Illinois is ready for&nbsp;<a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/education/ct-met-science-standards-20130325,0,2404339,full.story" target="_blank">dramatic changes in science courses, textbooks and testing</a>, maybe as soon as this fall.<br />* Illinois bill would <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-rocky-clark-bill-20130325,0,5165928.story" target="_blank">improve medical insurance for high school athletes</a> with catastrophic injuries.<br />* Chicago Public Schools has yet to deliver on <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/18260588-761/worthless-words-cps-yet-to-dole-out-scholarships-decade-after-e2-disaster.html" target="_blank">college scholarships for kids whose parents&nbsp;died in 2003 E2 nightclub stampede</a>.</span></p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>GOOGLE ALERTS: WINDING DOWN? </strong>If you&#39;re among those who&#39;ve come to rely on Google&#39;s service to advise you of new Web content on a specific topic, be warned:&nbsp;<a href="http://mashable.com/2013/03/23/google-alerts/">Mashable.com says Alerts may be on the way out</a>, but it notes an alternative.<br />* Wish you had a Wikipedia page of your own?&nbsp;Now&nbsp;<a href="http://thenextweb.com/socialmedia/2013/03/24/this-site-lets-you-pretend-you-have-your-own-wikipedia-page/" style="font-family: georgia, serif;" target="_blank">you can pretend</a>.</span></p><hr /><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><em><strong>ANNOUNCEMENTS.</strong></em><br /><em>* Suggestions for this blog?&nbsp;<a href="mailto:cmeyerson@wbez.org?subject=Things%20and%20stuff">Email anytime</a>.<br />* Get this blog by email, free. <a href="http://feedburner.google.com/fb/a/mailverify?uri=feedburner/AELk&amp;amp;loc=en_US" target="_blank">Sign up here</a>.</em><br /><em>* Follow us on Twitter:&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/wbez" target="_blank">@WBEZ</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/meyerson" target="_blank">@Meyerson</a>.<br />* Looking for the most recent WBEZ Meyerson News Quiz? <a href="http://www.wbez.org/tags/news-quiz" target="_blank">Here you go</a>.</em></span></p></p> Mon, 25 Mar 2013 05:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/charlie-meyerson/2013-03/did-nbcs-brian-williams-ambush-emanuel-brothers-106257 O'Hare union workers call for re-bid on contract http://www.wbez.org/news/ohare-union-workers-call-re-bid-contract-104341 <p><p>Union workers and a group of Chicago aldermen want the city to rebid a controversial contract at O&rsquo;Hare International Airport.</p><p>The city signed a $99 million contract with a new janitorial company called United Maintenance. The new contract starts Friday.</p><p>But janitors who are members of Service Employees International Union said the deal is costing them jobs.</p><p>Mildred Rueda has been a custodian at the airport for seven years. She&rsquo;s is one of almost 300 workers that will be out of a job.</p><p>&ldquo;They&rsquo;re taking my job away from me and giving it to somebody else&rdquo; Rueda said. &ldquo;And I think it&rsquo;s unfair.&rdquo;</p><p>Four alderman: Scott Waugespack (32nd Ward), Rod Sawyer (6th Ward), Nick Sposato (36th Ward), and Rick Muñoz (22nd Ward) are calling for the city administration to move forward with a responsible bidders ordinance.</p><p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re seeing a push in city administration to eliminate good paying jobs and provide workers with lower wages through contracting agencies that do not follow a responsible bidding,&rdquo; Waugespack said.</p><p>Waugespack said this ordinance will require companies like United to provide workers with good salaries and benefits. The ordinance would apply to contracts for janitorial, security and window washing over $50,000 in Chicago.</p><p>Thirty-one alderman have already signed on. United Maintenance said it&rsquo;s offered positions to more than 100 laid off employees. The company also said that O&rsquo;Hare workers are provided full health benefits.</p><p>Other SEIU members also can reapply for their jobs.</p><p>But some Chicago aldermen complain the airport workers could face lower pay.</p><p>&ldquo;These men and women who have been laboring day in and day out are being let go,&rdquo; Muñoz said. &ldquo;They&rsquo;re being replaced by employees that will be paid less.&rdquo;</p><p>&nbsp;Muñoz said in being financially responsible, the city is being socially irresponsible and that Mayor Rahm Emanuel is &ldquo;looking to nickel and dime the city.&rdquo;</p><p>Mayor Rahm Emanuel released a statement saying he&rsquo;s committed to a competitive and fair bidding process.</p></p> Wed, 12 Dec 2012 10:57:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/ohare-union-workers-call-re-bid-contract-104341 Judge could wipe away Abbate verdict http://www.wbez.org/news/judge-could-wipe-away-abbate-verdict-104248 <p><p>A federal judge could rule Friday on whether to set aside a jury verdict against an off-duty Chicago cop who beat up a bartender.<br /><br />Anthony Abbate is the former Chicago police officer who was caught on tape beating bartender Karolina Obrycka back in 2007. &nbsp;Last month, jurors decided that a code of silence among Chicago cops helped shield Abbate from police misconduct. The city is set to pay Obrycka $850,000 in damages.<br /><br />But the two parties recently asked a federal judge to set aside the verdict. &nbsp;Locke Bowman, legal director of the Solange and Roderick Macarthur Justice Center at Northwestern, said&nbsp;to wipe out the verdict would be troubling.<br /><br />&quot;If that code of silence exists, it has done extraordinary harm,&quot; Bowman said. It&rsquo;s enabled the Burge scandal, it&rsquo;s enabled the Koschman cover-up, it&rsquo;s enabled hundreds of garden variety instances of police misconduct to go undetected.It is an evil and it needs to be changed.&quot;&nbsp;<br /><br />Mayor Rahm Emanuel said setting aside the verdict would be the right move.</p><p>&quot;This agreement, in my view, closes a chapter on something, before I was mayor [that] happened. And it also allows us to protect the city against future lawsuits,&quot; Emanuel said.</p><p>The motion is scheduled to come before Judge Amy St. Eve on Friday morning. If she grants the motion, Obrycka would still recieve the $850,000.</p></p> Fri, 07 Dec 2012 06:03:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/judge-could-wipe-away-abbate-verdict-104248 Chicago mayor reportedly encouraged Northwestern to do a PR blitz to tear down Prentice http://www.wbez.org/sections/architecture/chicago-mayor-reportedly-encouraged-northwestern-do-pr-blitz-tear-down <p><div><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/8181153316_e16ba716c2_z.jpg" style="height: 193px; width: 300px; float: left;" title="(Flickr/Chicagogeek)" />Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel reportedly encouraged Northwestern University to start a PR campaign in support of demolishing the old Prentice Women&rsquo;s Hospital&nbsp; &ndash; long before he announced his public support for tearing it down.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://dailynorthwestern.com/2012/11/14/city/emanuel-nudged-northwestern-officials-on-public-prentice-campaign/"><em>The Daily Northwestern </em>reports </a>the mayor&#39;s push for PR came in response to an orchestrated campaign by preservationists to preserve and reuse the structure by noted Chicago architect Bertrand Goldberg.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">The mayor asked, &lsquo;What are you guys going to do, are you going to have an offensive?&rsquo;&rdquo; University President Morton Schapiro told <em>The Daily</em> ... &ldquo;He said he was getting inundated with letters. He was just saying these guys are very aggressive and spending a lot of money.&rdquo;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">The college newspaper reports it was one of several face-to-face meetings between Emanuel and university officials.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&ldquo;We were as surprised as anyone as anyone reading about the alleged conversations that occurred,&rdquo; said Michael Rachlis, the lawyer representing the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Landmarks Preservation Council of Illinois (now called Landmarks Illinois).</div><p>The preservationists are suing the Chicago Landmarks Commission on the grounds that it violated its own ordinance when it voted to demolish Prentice just a few hours after approving preliminary landmark designation &ndash; in the same meeting.</p><p>Preservationists argue the building is iconic and should be reused, while Northwestern argues it cannot build the kind of medical research facility it needs.</p><p>Calls to President Schapiro&rsquo;s office to verify the mayor&rsquo;s comments went unanswered.</p><p>The mayor&rsquo;s spokesperson, Tom Alexander, said the mayor was involved in discussions with all parties involved, preservationists included.</p><p>&ldquo;That was the sole focus of his effort throughout,&rdquo; Alexander said in an e-mail. &ldquo;At the end of the process, after hearing from all groups, he made his viewpoint known.&rdquo;</p><p>Rachlis said the preservationists are more focused on the lawsuit than the mayor&rsquo;s alleged comments.</p><p>&ldquo;We don&rsquo;t know, and all that we&rsquo;re prepared to deal with here are the allegations in the lawsuit. And those we have confidence in and believe that those stand on their own,&quot; Rachlis said.</p><p>The status hearing for the lawsuit is Dec. 7.</p></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 06 Dec 2012 16:57:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/sections/architecture/chicago-mayor-reportedly-encouraged-northwestern-do-pr-blitz-tear-down $12M renovation planned for Chicago City Hall http://www.wbez.org/news/12m-renovation-planned-chicago-city-hall-104227 <p><p>A $12 million renovation plan is in the works for Chicago&#39;s century-old City Hall.</p><p>Mayor Rahm Emanuel&#39;s office on Thursday announced a plan to rehab the building and reorganize the city office space by the end of 2013.</p><p>Emanuel&#39;s office says the plan will save the city $4 million each year, so the costs will be recouped in three years.</p><p>The city is currently leasing space in another building for several agencies, including the departments of Housing, Finance and Law. The plan includes consolidating those departments into city-owned offices to save the more than $4.4 million spent each year to lease the other space.</p><p>The mayor&#39;s office says the renovations at City Hall will be designed to get the building certified under the U.S. Green Building Council&#39;s LEED program.</p></p> Thu, 06 Dec 2012 08:34:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/12m-renovation-planned-chicago-city-hall-104227 The eldest Emanuel brother: Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel http://www.wbez.org/blog/bez/2012-02-20/eldest-emanuel-brother-dr-ezekiel-emanuel-96557 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//blog/photo/2012-February/2012-02-20/RS4960_AP090311031869-scr.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-February/2012-02-20/RS4960_AP090311031869-scr.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 439px; margin: 7px;" title="Ezekiel Emanuel (AP/File)"></p><p>As the Emanuel brothers <a href="http://www.charlierose.com/view/interview/9130">explained</a> to Charlie Rose back in 2008, there was a healthy level of competition and debate in their household growing up. It seems to have served them well, though; each brother has become tremendously successful in his own field.</p><div class="inset"><div class="insetContent"><p><span style="font-size: 10px;">Listen to the interview with Ezekiel Emanuel</span></p><p><audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1332737614-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/sites/default/files/AfternoonShift_2-20-12_ZekeEmanuel.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></p></div></div><p>Chicagoans may be most familiar with Mayor Rahm Emanuel, but younger brother Ari is a Hollywood super-agent so notorious that one of the characters on the TV show, <em>Entourage, </em>is based on him. Rahm’s older brother, Ezekiel, is a prominent bioethicist who served as a special healthcare advisor to the Obama administration. Here’s what Rahm told Charlie Rose about his older brother in 2008:</p><p>“Ari and I always say this, this is going to be the guy that gets the Nobel Prize, there's no doubt about it in my view. Zeke is one of the brightest people in medicine and thinking about it.”</p><p>Dr. Emanuel is currently the Diane v.S. Levy and Robert M. Levy University Professor and vice provost for global initiatives at the University of Pennsylvania.</p><p>Tune into <em>Afternoon Shift with Steve Edwards </em>just after 2:00 p.m. today, when host Steve Edwards talks chats with the eldest Emanuel brother to find out more about "Growing up Emanuel" (also the name of his forthcoming book) and his career in medicine.&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 20 Feb 2012 19:11:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/bez/2012-02-20/eldest-emanuel-brother-dr-ezekiel-emanuel-96557 The First 100: A look at how technology can transform Chicago http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-07-07/first-100-look-how-technology-can-transform-chicago-88825 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2011-July/2011-07-07/3187207970_5e4673af9d_o.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>In Chicago, Mayor Rahm Emanuel promised to create a more open and transparent government by making more data public. But how else can the Emanuel administration use technology to grow access-or even business- in the city? For the latest installment of <a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/first-100-rahm-emanuels-first-100-days-chicago-mayor"><em>The First 100</em></a>,<em> Eight Forty-Eight</em> looked at the Mayor’s connection to the tech world. <a href="http://www.ascentstage.com/about.html" target="_blank">John Tolva</a>, the city of Chicago’s Chief Technology Officer and<a href="http://www.chicagolandec.org/content/about-us/kevin-willer.asp" target="_blank"> Kevin Willer</a>, President and CEO of Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center spoke to <em>Eight Forty-Eight's </em>Richard Steele about Chicago's tech future.</p><p><em>Music Button: Scooby, "Scooby Riddim"</em></p></p> Thu, 07 Jul 2011 14:06:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-07-07/first-100-look-how-technology-can-transform-chicago-88825 Court tosses Chicago's shooting range ban, as Emanuel imposes tight restrictions http://www.wbez.org/story/court-tosses-chicagos-shooting-range-ban-emanuel-imposes-tight-restrictions-88808 <p><p>A federal appeals panel Wednesday tossed out a Chicago gun ordinance banning shooting ranges in the city. But Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the city council were ready to impose new rules.</p><p>Emanuel told reporters that city lawyers saw the appeals court's decision coming. So they drafted and quickly ushered through the council a strict set of rules about where any future shooting ranges can be located. They must be more than a thousand feet from schools, parks, liquor stores, hospitals, churches, libraries - the list goes on.</p><p>"Based on the reading of where we thought the case was going, I wanted to make sure the rest of the [city's gun control] ordinance did not get dragged down as it relates to the gun ranges," Emanuel said.</p><p>Other lawsuits remain against the city's gun control laws, but Wednesday's appeals court ruling specifically wiped out the ban on firing ranges within the city limits. The court wrote, "The right to possess firearms for protection...wouldn't mean much without the training and practice that make it effective."</p><p>The ruling points out the city itself recognized as much, by requiring all gun permit holders to take training at a firing range - even though they'd have to travel outside the city to do so. That changes with the court decision, and Emanuel's new ordinance.</p><p>It was an effort, the mayor said, "to address what the court just struck down and to get ourselves in line legally with what is required constitutionally."</p><p>But guns rights advocates said the fight is not over.</p><p>A spokesman for the Second Amendment Foundation, which was involved in the lawsuit, called Emanuel's ordinance "a day late, or maybe just an hour late, and way too short of the mark."</p><p>Likewise, Todd Vandermyde of the National Rifle Association claimed the rules are more restrictive than the court will allow. He said his group is willing to talk with Emanuel.</p><p>"They can either, you know, try to negotiate a resolution to this issue, and respect the rights of Chicago residents, or they can continue to throw good money after bad and litigate this ad-nauseum," Vandermyde said.</p><p>Emanuel's office said city lawyers are reviewing the court's opinion and its implications.</p></p> Wed, 06 Jul 2011 22:45:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/court-tosses-chicagos-shooting-range-ban-emanuel-imposes-tight-restrictions-88808 Now for my next trick: Emanuel floats idea to saw City Council in half http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-03-25/now-my-next-trick-emanuel-floats-idea-saw-city-council-half-84248 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//blog/photo/2011-March/2011-03-25/AP110222012186.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img height="512" width="386" src="http://www.wbez.org:2080/sites/default/files/blog/insert-image/2011-March/2011-03-25/AP110222012186.jpg" alt="" title="" /></p><p><strong>A story</strong>: <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/4493222-417/rahm-emanuel-considers-cutting-city-council-seats-in-half.html">Mayor Elect Rahm Emaneul casually floated the idea of cutting aldermanic seats in Chicago's City Council in half</a>. He said this in a meeting with alderman. Awesome. &quot;Hey guys, I'm looking forward to working with you...well, some of you.&quot;</p><p>Listen, a Chicagoan would be hard pressed naming more than 15 aldermen, but these elected officials serve a purpose. If you live in a ward and want to start a small business, get a liquor license, file for permits or complain about crime, the alderman's office should be there or you. That's what they do. As a wise aldermanic staffer once told me, &quot;The alderman's office is all about the power of way.&quot;&nbsp;So cutting that down to 25 alderman would make the &quot;way&quot; much more difficult for regular Chicagoans. Essentially, you no longer would have someone on your side. Or even worse, your public champion is a public champion for many more.</p><p>Now, whether or not your alderman's office is doing just that is up for debate. But if you give the good aldermen twice as much area to cover and twice as much constituency, you will have to expect less performance from these elected officials. And let's face it, if you have problems with your garbage pickup and the alderman isn't available to help you sort it out, you will not only be angry with that specific alderman, but your city's government. And the head of that city's government. And you may long for the days when the municipality you chose to live in responded to you. So either move or elect somebody else. Either way, not a bright future.</p><p>But, we are in difficult financial times and this is essentially a cost-cutting measure. You would much rather see an alderman get laid off than a police officer. I guess this is why Chicago voted in Rahm&nbsp;Emanuel. To make decisions like these.</p><p><strong>B story:</strong> Today is Greek Independence Day. Willis Tower, I better see some white &amp;&nbsp;blue up top. <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysueHkQehoM&amp;feature=related">White &amp; blue, white &amp;&nbsp;blue, white &amp;&nbsp;blue</a>.</p><p><strong>C story</strong>: The Tribune has an <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-whitney-young-violations-20110324,0,4189885.story">excellent story on basketball recruiting violations</a>. No, it wasn't Memphis, Kentucky or even Illinois. It was Whitney&nbsp;Young High School. Whtney Young is a magnet school, meaning it's selective enrollment. So kids work their butts off to test in. Whitney Young's basketball program went around that process to enroll good basketball players to win a championship for the school.&nbsp;That's pretty crazy. Not as crazy as forging SAT&nbsp;numbers, but still. Oh wait, am I not supposed to bring that up any more? Is that all kosher because Derrick&nbsp;Rose turned into an awesome professional basketball player?</p><p><strong>D story:</strong> This <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/jim-derogatis/2011-03-23/screeching-weasel-rip-84167">Ben Weasel story is pretty interesting</a>.&nbsp;At SXSW, Screeching Weasel frontman&nbsp;Ben Weasel was heckled (and hit in eye with ice), so he went ballistic, punching the concert-goer. Well, the concert-goer was a woman. Everyone snaps. Ben Weasel is now the anti-christ. Now, his bandmates have bailed, quitting with a press release (very punk rock). There are rumors that the punk rock industrial complex wants to turn its back on Ben Weasel.&nbsp;&nbsp;Listen, Weasel punched a girl. But it wasn't innocent. She heckled him aggressively, threw ice at him on stage (striking him in eye) and spit in his face point-blank. Nobody should ever hit anybody, but maybe the conversation should move from &quot;Ben Weasel hit a girl&quot; (which I already commented on earlier in the week) to &quot;Was it okay for the fan (of either gender) to be that aggressive?&quot; My mom didn't have to tell me that if I did that (in some circles), I&nbsp;would get punched too.</p><p><strong>E story</strong>: <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/03/24/michael-jordan-steak-house_n_840061.html">MJ&nbsp;is opening a steakhouse in Chicago</a>.&nbsp;While watching the news coverage of the announcement, CLTV showed clips of restaurant facades and MJ&nbsp;walking, and then the second half of the story was just a montage of&nbsp;MJ&nbsp;dunks. It was kind of awesome advertising for a steakhouse...in a news story.</p><p><strong>Sports</strong>:&nbsp;My buddy Warno just dropped off a White Sox schedule on my desk. We have the Dodgers coming to town on May 20-22. That should be fun.&nbsp;The last time the LA&nbsp;Dodgers came to the Cell, not only did we beat 'em up in dramatic fashion, but we ended up wiinning the championship. So we have that going for us...which is nice.</p><p><strong>Kicker</strong>: <a href="http://www.wgntv.com/sports/baseball/wgntv-cubs-announcer-finalist-turns-down-mar24,0,7423181.story">The Chicago Cubs will announce today</a> who the new Wrigley Field PA&nbsp;announcer will be. WBEZ's Paul Friedman had the job and left this winter. So the Cubs put on a contest to replace him. I, for one, would love it if they finally did the right thing and gave it to Ronnie Woo&nbsp;Woo. He's been working hard to get to that stage. But if he's not available, how about comic Chad Briggs?&nbsp;</p><p><iframe height="311" frameborder="0" width="500" title="YouTube video player" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/ujOq6KBTm3E" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p></p> Fri, 25 Mar 2011 13:56:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-03-25/now-my-next-trick-emanuel-floats-idea-saw-city-council-half-84248