Politics

Wed, 01/18/2012
Despite his reputation as a hard-charging and foul-mouthed politician, it’s a 10-letter c-word –compromise – that has become a buzzword of rookie Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration. After tweaking his 2012 budget to secure unanimous approval from the City Council in November, compromise was the word of the day at City Hall on Tuesday also....
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...
Fri, 10/07/2011
A cultural anthropologist should stick inside a vault the tape of Forrest Claypool, head of the Chicago Transit Authority, addressing a sea of dark suits at the City Club of Chicago breakfast on Tuesday. Mr. Claypool offered what the French call a tour d’horizon of a decaying transit system. In 25 years, researchers can find a reality about our...
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...
Wed, 08/31/2011
 Fred Wilson is a brilliant and accomplished investor. As an outspoken partner at Union Square Ventures, he has established himself as a thought leader in the startup space. Yet, I can't help but disagree with a recent post of his in which he asserts that startups should focus on users first, brands second. While I understand where he's...
Tue, 08/02/2011
Rocked by losing the alderman’s seat in an April run-off election upset, the once-mighty 36th Ward Regular Democratic Organization soon will undergo its first leadership change in 30 years. Organization leaders have tapped Larry Andolino – a cousin of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s aviation chief – to run to succeed longtime ward boss William J.P. Banks in...
Tue, 07/05/2011
Republicans and Latinos are not traditional political allies in Illinois. But in a lawsuit expected to be filed this week, Republicans will stump for Latino interests as they challenge the legality of the state’s redrawn political boundaries. In addition to that case, which disputes the new map of General Assembly districts, Republicans also plan...
Fri, 06/24/2011
It took 20 years for state Rep. Lou Lang, one of Illinois’ most outspoken politicians, to convince his colleagues to support more gambling in Illinois. Now he faces a tougher challenge: Convincing Gov. Pat Quinn, who campaigned against any large-scale gaming expansion. “I have a very good relationship with the governor,” the 61-year-old Lang said...
Wed, 06/22/2011
     In a step towards fulfilling his promise of making Chicago an engine of economic activity in the 21st century economy, Mayor Emanuel announced a public-private partnership to provide broadband internet to low-income Chicago students and families.  The program, Internet Essentials, represents a partnership between the...
Tue, 06/21/2011
     In his inaugural address as Chicago’s new mayor, Rahm Emanuel took the time to praise his old boss, President Obama, and chastise Republican efforts in Wisconsin and Ohio to strip public employees of collective bargaining rights.      Emanuel praised Obama as one “who turned the nation around and who...