Police

Thu, 11/03/2011
As more than 1,500 supporters of the Occupy Chicago movement prepared to march through the Loop recently, Willie J.R. Fleming, a neighborhood organizer from the South Side, grabbed a bullhorn and wedged his way to the head of the mostly white crowd. Fleming, 38, was followed by a group of blacks and Latinos he said he had brought with him “from...
Mon, 10/24/2011
More than 1,000 county employees would be laid off, about 100,000 residents in the unincorporated areas of Cook County would begin paying for the first time to receive police protection and taxes on alcohol and titled property such as cars and boats would increase under the budget Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is set to unveil to...
Tue, 10/18/2011
The Cook County Board of Commissioners approved three contracts with Teamsters Local 700 Tuesday, even as President Toni Preckwinkle continued to push labor unions to agree to eight unpaid days off in the next budget year. Preckwinkle, who is expected to unveil her budget recommendations next week, is working to close an estimated $315 million...
Wed, 10/12/2011
As they had done so many times for Mayor Richard M. Daley, aldermen stood and applauded at the end of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s first budget speech since he was elected to succeed Daley. And the longest-serving City Council member, Ald. Edward Burke (14th Ward) predicted that a “clear majority” of aldermen would approve Emanuel’s 2012 budget proposal...
Tue, 10/11/2011
Days before he was elected mayor in February, Rahm Emanuel said City Hall’s “day of reckoning” had arrived after years of living beyond its means. At the time, though, Emanuel offered only a rough outline of how he would close the city’s perennial budget gaps. Now, Emanuel’s first real moment of reckoning as mayor has come, as he prepares to...
Wed, 09/28/2011
The leader of what Ald. Proco “Joe” Moreno touts as the 1st Ward’s new “independent Democratic political organization” has a rap sheet that includes convictions in election fraud and drug cases. Juan “Johnny” Elias is the president of the newly formed 1st Ward First political group, which Moreno created in June. The organization plans to deploy...
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...
Fri, 07/29/2011
    Today Mayor Emmanuel announced the launch of www.chicagobudget.org, a website that allows Chicago citizens to submit their ideas for fixing Chicago’s budget woes.  With a projected $635.7 million dollar operating deficit in 2012 the mayor hopes to include ordinary citizens in the budgeting process that will attempt to close...
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, 06/21/2011
     Rahm Emanuel spoke to the City of Chicago for the first time as its executive leader with his inaugural address, delivered shortly after being sworn in as the city’s 55th Mayor.  In a speech that lasted over twenty minutes Emanuel began by praising the accomplishments of his predecessor, noting that “Chicago is a...