Tag Archives: Rahm Emanuel

CN July 27 2017

John Chase and Danny Ecker have written a most damning account of Tax Increment Financing abuse in Chicago. Perhaps you’ve heard of it. The BGA’s Chase and Crain’s Ecker worked for months reading transcripts, watching press conference videos and sending … Continue reading

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CN July 13 2017

Sustainability. It’s a key goal for urban planners, and Chicago rightly claims that it is a reasonably sustainable city. With its denser neighborhoods, effective public transportation and policies that support renewable energy, our city claims itself to be a sustainable … Continue reading

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CN June 29 2017 Madeleine Doubek

  Illinois is beginning its third year without a budget. Developing an annual, balanced budget is the most important thing a chief executive is expected to accomplish. But not, apparently, in Illinois. I’m pretty not confident,” the BGA’s Madeleine Doubek … Continue reading

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CN June 22 2017 (Bill Ruthhart)

  Police reform in Chicago appears to have stalled, or at least taken a very different path since the election of Donald Trump and the appointment of Jeff Sessions as Attorney General. Mayor Emanuel, who once swore he wanted a … Continue reading

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CN June 22 2017 (Claudia Morell)

It’s a pretty familiar sight. The Mayor, and perhaps an alderman or two, standing at a podium in front of a vacant lot or a dilapidated warehouse building, announcing that, thanks to a property tax credit, this construction project will … Continue reading

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CN June 8 2017

  The youTube video is above, and the SoundCloud audio-only link is below. In the first half of this two-part show, NBC5’s Mary Ann Ahern joins us to talk Pritzker, Blago, Rauner, Emanuel, journalism and Medicaid. And later, we’re joined … Continue reading

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CN June 1 2017

  Here’s what Natasha Korecki said in this morning’s Illinois Playbook: This is a day you’ll want to buy hard copies of the Sun-Times and the Tribune, sit down with a large cup of coffee, and read. There’s that much … Continue reading

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CN May 4 2017

CPS is enduring yet another of its “how-can-we keep-going-without-a-huge cash-infusion crises, except that, instead of its usual fall timing, this is a separate crisis just to figure out how it’ll finish the school year. The total amount needed this time? … Continue reading

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CN April 13, 2017

  “Lenient judges” and weak laws governing “repeat gun offenders” have been two of the reasons most often cited by Mayor Emanuel and Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson for Chicago’s appalling street crime and homicide rate. They’ve called repeatedly for stronger … Continue reading

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CN March 30 2017

    Just look at the veteran reporters, historians and political operatives on the cable news channels. They’re slowly losing their composure. They’ve run out of ways to say “unprecedented” and “astounding”. We’re in a political situation unlike anything in … Continue reading

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