Hunter Clauss

Wed, 02/15/2012
Ahead of this spring’s NATO and G8 summits, four influential aldermen on Wednesday proposed prohibiting audience members from waving signs or engaging in any “demonstration of approval or disapproval” during City Council meetings. Under the proposal, the banned conduct in the council chambers would include — but would not be limited to — “cheering...
Tue, 01/03/2012
Ald. Howard Brookins (21st Ward) is in danger of becoming the third incumbent ward boss to be removed from the March primary ballot. Brookins, who is running for re-election as the Democratic committeeman of the 21st Ward, may not have enough signatures to remain on the ballot after his nominating petitions were challenged and a preliminary review...
Mon, 08/15/2011
This summer, a group of college students from China interned at the office of the city clerk, Susana Mendoza, and found City Hall, well, a lot different from what they were used to at home. But their comparisons may not be what some Americans would expect. “I’m surprised to see there is no debate in the Council meeting,” said Yana Huang. “There is...
Thu, 06/30/2011
Aldermen on Thursday said they were concerned that Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s cost-cutting plan could have a negative impact on the delivery of city services. Members of the City Council said the Emanuel administration had not briefed them with details of the mayor’s new plan to cut $20 million through “work rule changes and efficiencies.” Emanuel has...
Wed, 06/22/2011
Powerful Ald. Edward Burke (14th Ward) said Wednesday he is open to reducing the scope of a proposal to mandate random drug testing for all city employees, including aldermen. Burke and Ald. Patrick O’Connor (40th) proposed the ordinance earlier this month after a Streets and Sanitation driver struck a crowd of people downtown while driving under...
Tue, 04/26/2011
By definition, political independents are hard to organize into a bloc. And the initial attempt at expanding the self-styled progressive caucus in the new City Council reflected that challenge. Only seven of the 13 new aldermen attended an orientation organized the City Council’s progressive caucus, which has long been touted by union officials...