WBEZ | Tarrah Cooper http://www.wbez.org/tags/tarrah-cooper Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en 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