Richard M. Daley

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...
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
City Hall’s budget deficit for 2012 will be about $635 million, sources who have been briefed by aides to Mayor Rahm Emanuel told the Chicago News Cooperative on Friday morning. The problem would only get worse, the sources said, with the projected shortfall growing to $741.4 million in 2013 and $790.7 milion in 2014. Some aldermen gathered with...
Thu, 07/28/2011
The City Council on Thursday approved a bid backed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel to overhaul concessions at O’Hare International Airport, but not before some aldermen questioned the transparency of the selection process. In a 45-3 vote, aldermen awarded a 20-year contract to Westfield Concessions Management LLC to oversee concessions at O’Hare Aiport’s...
Mon, 07/11/2011
Over the past five years, the office of City Hall’s inspector general fielded about 200 complaints alleging that city truck drivers were loafing or sleeping at job sites. But the drivers were most likely not shirking any duties, said Inspector General Joseph Ferguson. And that, he said, is the real problem. Because of agreements between the city’s...
Fri, 07/01/2011
Two days after threatening layoffs and saying he was seeking unspecified union “work rule changes and efficiencies,” Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Friday held a hastily scheduled news conference to reveal exactly how he wants to deal with a $31 million budget problem. Emanuel said his new administration will save $10 million by not filling 150 to 200...
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...
Tue, 04/26/2011
Much of the steel that built Chicago was made there. And in decades past, most of Chicago’s trash ended up there. Much of our sewage still does, and it has the city’s only Superfund cleanup site. The Southeast Side, including the neighborhoods of Hegewisch, South Deering and Pullman around Lake Calumet, also was the stomping grounds of one of the...
Thu, 04/14/2011
Big-money donors will pay up to $50,000 for exclusive access to premium events celebrating Rahm Emanuel’s inauguration next month, but the public will benefit, too, because those large contributions will also finance free events open to all. The musical group Chicago will headline an inauguration concert at Butler Field in Grant Park on May 14, an...
Tue, 04/12/2011
For a $50,000 donation to Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel‘s inaugural committee, you can enjoy “co-chair” status and receive four tickets for a concert, a reception, a dinner and the inauguration itself next month. Details of the inaugural festivities — and the prices for access to the events — are listed in invitations that the committee sent this week...