WBEZ | chicago mayor richard daley http://www.wbez.org/tags/chicago-mayor-richard-daley Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Daley staying mum on Burge scandal http://www.wbez.org/story/daley-staying-mum-burge-scandal-91532 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-September/2011-09-06/RS3083_daleypresser_4.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Former Chicago Mayor Richard Daley is refusing to answer questions about the Jon Burge torture scandal. Attorneys for Burge torture victim Michael Tillman subpoenaed Daley and wanted to question him this week, but that's not going to happen.</p><p>Tillman is suing the now-imprisoned Burge as well as other officers and Daley. Tillman says Daley was part of the torture conspiracy because as the top prosecutor for Cook County and then later as mayor, Daley failed to investigate the scandal even as police torture became increasingly accepted as fact.</p><p>City-paid attorneys representing Daley are asking the judge to dismiss the former Mayor as a defendant in the case. A spokeswoman for the city's law department says until that issue is resolved, Daley will not answer questions under oath.</p><p>Tillman's attorney Flint Taylor says the city should not be wasting taxpayer dollars trying to obstruct the deposition. He says Daley needs to answer questions about the scandal.</p></p> Tue, 06 Sep 2011 10:08:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/daley-staying-mum-burge-scandal-91532 Chicago Mayor Emanuel, city union workers stare down Thursday deadline for concessions http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-mayor-emanuel-city-union-workers-stare-down-thursday-deadline-concessions-88453 <p><p>Chicago's mayor and thousands of city union workers are staring down a Thursday deadline to come up with an agreement that could save the city tens of millions of dollars.</p><p>Former Chicago Mayor Richard Daley's administration banked on $32 million in labor concessions to help balance the 2011 budget. But that concession agreement is set to expire Thursday night, even though there are six months left in the budget year.</p><p>"Those two documents are [in] inherent contradiction," Emanuel told reporters Tuesday following an unrelated event. "I didn't create it. But I will solve it."</p><p>Emanuel is vowing to work with unions to come up with the remaining $16 million in savings that Daley had built into this year's budget. Emanuel said forcing workers to take unpaid days off is bad for morale, and hasn't saved as much as the city projected. But aside from taking furloughs off the table, the mayor offered few details on how he'd reach an agreement with labor.</p><p>"I'm committed to seeing through the $30 million in savings," he said. "Make no mistake about it."</p><p>Chicago Federation of Labor President Jorge Ramirez will meet with Emanuel on Tuesday, according to the group's spokesman, Nick Kaleba. But Kaleba didn't say what kind of concessions unions were willing to make, saying it was Emanuel who called the meeting in the first place.</p><p><em>A correction has been made to this story regarding the day the meeting took place.</em></p></p> Tue, 28 Jun 2011 17:52:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-mayor-emanuel-city-union-workers-stare-down-thursday-deadline-concessions-88453 Mayor: Weis did a 'very, very good job' http://www.wbez.org/story/alex-keefe/mayor-weis-did-very-very-good-job <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/jody weiss kate gardiner_1.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Mayor Richard Daley on Wednesday said the city's police superintendent abruptly resigned this week in order to pursue other job offers.<br /><br />Jody Weis' resignation Tuesday - the final day of his contract - came as a surprise to the Daley administration. The mayor had indicated as recently as this week that he wanted Weis to stay on until the end of his term, rather than go through the trouble of hunting for a new superintendent who may only serve until mid-May, when Daley leaves office.<br /><br />Daley said Weis had been considering whether to stay past his contract for the last couple of weeks.<br /><br />&quot;He was undecided whether or not he wanted to stay,&quot; Daley said. &quot;He had offers coming in, and he just saw fit to do it.&quot;<br /><br />The mayor praised Weis for lowering the city's crime rate, taking the lead in prmoting anti-gun legislation and cleaning up the Chicago Police Department after some high-profile scandals.<br /><br />&quot;He came in under that cloud,&quot; Daley said. &quot;And he did a very, very good job.&quot;<br /><br />Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel, who's indicated he would replace Weis once he's in City Hall, had nothing to do with Weis' departure, Daley said. The mayor also said pressure from the police union, which has been sharply critical of Weis' policies, wasn't a factor.<br /><br />&quot;Morale is good,&quot; Daley said. &quot;You know, we're public servants. And you select the job. You don't have to stay on this job. ... There're jobs out there.&quot;<br /><br />Former superintendent Terry Hillard, who served under Daley from 1998 to 2003, is leading the department on an interim basis.</p></p> Wed, 02 Mar 2011 19:24:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/alex-keefe/mayor-weis-did-very-very-good-job Daley sounds off on airlines and expanding O'Hare Airport http://www.wbez.org/story/american-airlines/daley-sounds-airlines-and-expanding-ohare-airport <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/daley_Arnold.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Chicago Mayor Richard Daley is shedding some light on the backroom negotiations over how to pay for further expansion of O'Hare International Airport.</p><p>Daley is hoping airlines like United and American will help foot the bill for the next phase of the O'Hare Modernization Program. But those airlines have balked, even going so far as to sue the city to get the courts to stop the expansion.</p><p>Illinois' two U.S. senators are trying to moderate discussions between the two sides, but Daley said Monday the airlines proposed putting off the modernization program until 2019 and that's not acceptable.</p><p>&quot;When they said 2019, just unbelievable,&quot;&nbsp;Daley said. &quot;Where are we now today? This is 2011. 2019? They said then, maybe you can apply for runways. 2019? Then it takes how many years to get the permits? 2023 or 2024? In the meantime, every airport is expanding.&quot;</p><p>Daley said he's planning to meet with the CEOs of United and American on Thursday. A spokesman for United Airlines says there's not enough demand to expand O'Hare right now.<br />&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 31 Jan 2011 18:41:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/american-airlines/daley-sounds-airlines-and-expanding-ohare-airport Mayor Daley picks interim aldermen http://www.wbez.org/story/aldermen/mayor-daley-picks-interim-aldermen <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/cityroom_20090424_tarnold_1157663_Mayo.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Chicago Mayor Richard Daley has named three interim members of the City Council to serve until next month's election -including the son of a former alderman.</p><p>At a news conference Wednesday, Daley introduced Timothy Cullerton to replace Tom Allen, who left to become a judge. Cullerton is a member of a family well known in Chicago political circles.</p><p>Shirley Newsome completes the term of Toni Preckwinkle, who was elected Cook County Board President.</p><p>Jason Ervin will complete the term of Ed Smith, who retired.</p><p>Newsome, a longtime community activist, is not running in February, but Ervin and Cullerton are.</p><p>Ervin is Maywood's village manager. Cullerton spent 30 years with the city and retired in 2003 as First Deputy Building Commissioner.</p><p>The appointments must be approved by the City Council.<br /><br />&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 12 Jan 2011 22:29:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/aldermen/mayor-daley-picks-interim-aldermen Hundreds of firefighters remember Edward Stringer http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-mayor-richard-daley/hundreds-firefighters-remember-edward-stringer <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/107743595.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Members of the Chicago Fire Department gathered Tuesday to remember firefighter Edward Stringer. He died last week when a roof collapsed on him. At Stringer's funeral, Chicago Mayor Richard Daley said people like Stringer keep the city running.</p><p>&quot;Without him, his brothers and sisters in the fire department, our city could not function.&quot; Daley said. &quot;His death and his service for all Chicagoans was a selfless act and a tragedy and loss for the entire city.&quot;</p><p>Firefighter Corey Ankum also died in the fire. Funeral services for Ankum are scheduled for later this week.</p></p> Tue, 28 Dec 2010 18:59:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-mayor-richard-daley/hundreds-firefighters-remember-edward-stringer Rahm Emanuel announces candidacy for Chicago mayor http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-mayor-richard-daley/rahm-emanuel-announces-candidacy-chicago-mayor <p><p>Former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel has officially launched his campaign for Chicago mayor. U.S. Rep Danny Davis (D-Chicago)&nbsp;and local pastor and state Sen. James Meeks (D-Chicago) plan to kick off their campaigns Sunday.<br /><br />The mayoral hopefuls are vying to replace Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, who announced in September that he&rsquo;s stepping down after 21 years in office. Emanuel acknowledged Daley&rsquo;s legacy to a crowded school gymnasium on Chicago&rsquo;s north side.<br /><br />&quot;Mayor Daley&rsquo;s strong leadership has made Chicago a world-class city, and the next mayor will have big shoes to fill. The choices we make in the next few years will define Chicago for future generations. They will determine whether we remain a world-class city &ndash; or fall back,&quot; Emanuel said Saturday.<br /><br />The election takes place in February. Several more candidates are expected to enter the race after the official filing period opens on Monday.<br />&nbsp;</p></p> Sat, 13 Nov 2010 21:14:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-mayor-richard-daley/rahm-emanuel-announces-candidacy-chicago-mayor Best Game in Town #11: The final countdown http://www.wbez.org/blog/best-game-town/best-game-town-11-final-countdown <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2010-October/2010-10-29/Quinn Brady WTTW debate - AP Nam Y Huh.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 500px; height: 374px;" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2010-October/2010-10-29/Quinn Brady WTTW debate - AP Nam Y Huh.jpg" alt="" title="" /></p><p>This week on our Illinois political podcast Best Game in Town:&nbsp;</p><p>We meet up at Gene &amp;&nbsp;Georgetti for a conversation about the final stages of the campaigns for governor, senate and the Illinois house. We also break down the latest on the race for Chicago mayor, after this week's announcement that Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart will not seek the office.</p><p>Panelists:</p><p>Victoria M. DeFrancesco Professor, Northwestern University</p><p>Dave Lundy: Political strategist</p><p>David Dring: Political strategist and republican lobbyist</p></p> Fri, 29 Oct 2010 19:46:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/best-game-town/best-game-town-11-final-countdown City of Chicago watchdog unveils sweeping budget plan http://www.wbez.org/story/2011-budget/city-chicago-watchdog-unveils-sweeping-budget-plan <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2010-October/2010-10-25/Chicago fire engine - Flickr Francesc Balagué.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><em>A correction has been made to this story.</em><br /><br />As Chicago&rsquo;s City Council enters its final week of budget hearings, the city&rsquo;s corruption watchdog is laying out dozens of cost-cutting measures he says could help close the historic municipal deficit &ndash; from firing firefighters to privatizing garbage pick-up to popping a program that provides free inflatable playgrounds for kids at community events.</p><p>The report released Monday by the Office of the Inspector General lays out 24 &ldquo;budget options&rdquo; the agency estimates could close more than $247 million of the city&rsquo;s projected $655 million deficit for 2011. <br /><br />In a letter accompanying the report, Inspector General Joseph Ferguson was quick to say he doesn&rsquo;t endorse any of the options, but is merely &ldquo;informing the debate&rdquo; on the city&rsquo;s &ldquo;daunting fiscal challenges,&rdquo; which he says include a more than $1 billion budget hole when unfunded city pension liabilities are thrown into the mix. <br /><br />The report&rsquo;s single biggest money-saving option is privatizing Chicago&rsquo;s garbage and recycling collection. The agency estimates cutting the 1,400 jobs connected to trash pick-up and hiring out the duty to a private contractor would add nearly $112 million to the city coffers. Failing that, the report says Chicago could save tens of millions of dollars by instating one-man garbage crews and charging residents to use the blue-cart recycling program. <br /><br />Other big savings could come from reorganizing the public safety sector, according to the report. For example, it estimates Chicago could save $63.1 million in 2011&ndash; and trim 564 jobs &ndash; by reducing the number of firefighters on a truck crew from five to four. <br /><br />And even though Chicago Mayor Richard Daley&rsquo;s administration has been touting the fact that it&rsquo;s put nearly 300 more police officers on the streets over the past year, the report says an additional 184 sworn officers currently on desk duty could be reassigned and replaced by civilians, saving the city $1.9 million in costly police benefits. <br /><br />The inspector general&rsquo;s report represents a no-sacred-cows approach to budgeting, and finds potential savings in every cranny of city government: $15.2 million by axing water and sewer subsidies to churches and nonprofits; $5 million by having janitors vacuum and mop just three days a week, instead of daily; and $500,000 by slashing the Jumping Jack program, which &ldquo;provides inflatable playgrounds for community events around the City.&rdquo; <br /><br />The report also represents a different direction for the city&rsquo;s watchdog. The inspector general&rsquo;s office has traditionally made headlines by rooting out corrupt officials and going after city workers on the take, but it&rsquo;s now wading into public policy debates. <br /><br />And Ferguson&rsquo;s new tack may butt up against some harsh political realities. <br /><br />Some of the budget options that could be enacted immediately, such as&nbsp;eliminating free sewer service for senior citizens or doing away with property tax relief grants, could prove to be a tough sell to Chicago aldermen who are looking to woo recession-weary voters ahead of February&rsquo;s municipal elections. <br /><br />And many of the long-term options could run into their own problems. Privatizing city services, for example, has remained controversial since the Chicago signed off on a 75-year, $1.15 billion lease of its parking meters in December 2008. The move paved the way for steep parking rate hikes, only to have the prior inspector general, David Hoffman, release a report saying the meter system was worth far more than the city received. <br /><br />Several other options would require tough contract renegotiations with labor unions, some of which have already offered concessions and taken unpaid days off during the economic downturn. <br /><br />The City Council is scheduled to vote on the 2011 budget on Nov. 17, and aldermen must approve a budget by the end of the calendar year.</p><p>Representatives for Mayor Richard Daley's administration, for for several public employees' unions didn't immediately return calls for comment.</p><p><br /><strong>RELATED:</strong> Read the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.chicagoinspectorgeneral.org/pdf/IGO%20Budget%20Options%20for%20the%20City%20of%20Chicago-%20October%202010.pdf">full report</a> <br /><br /><em>Correction: An earlier version of this story misstated the number of positions cut and the amount that could be saved by reducing the size of fire truck crews.&nbsp; The budget option would eliminate 564 positions and save $63.1 million.</em></p></p> Mon, 25 Oct 2010 17:28:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/2011-budget/city-chicago-watchdog-unveils-sweeping-budget-plan Mayor Daley appoints new city colleges chairman http://www.wbez.org/story/cabrera-capital-markets/mayor-daley-appoints-new-city-colleges-chairman <p><p>Chicago Mayor Richard Daley appointed the founder of an investment bank to chair the City Colleges Board of Trustees.<br /><br />Martin Cabrera will fill the seat of Gery Chico who resigned to focus on his mayoral campaign. Cabrera said his financial background will help him in his new role. &quot;You look at every kind of organization whether it's a government agency or a corporation and ensuring results kind of success. Whether it's an investment arena or with students and focusing on performance throughout the organization,&quot; he said.<br /><br />Cabrera has made several donations to political organizations in the past including over $30,000 to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee in 2009. Cabrera is the CEO of Cabrera Capital Markets which is headquartered in Chicago.</p></p> Thu, 21 Oct 2010 17:20:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/cabrera-capital-markets/mayor-daley-appoints-new-city-colleges-chairman