Rahm Emanuel

Emanuel doesn't say whether city should challenge low commercial property assessments

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday again dodged questions about whether he’s willing to challenge the assessments of downtown commercial properties that are out of whack with their market values, an imbalance that shifts more of the property tax burden onto the city’s residential taxpayers.<p>The subject …

Chicago

Chicago wants in on another tech office chase after Apple says it plans new campus

Chicago has another technology behemoth to woo: Apple.<p>The city, which is waiting to find out if it’s a contender for Amazon’s planned second headquarters, learned Wednesday that another tech company that starts with an “A” is looking for a new campus.<p>Cupertino, Calif.-based Apple said it plans to …

Chicago

Democrats spar over Blagojevich, black exodus and big bucks in Sun-Times forum

Ties to former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who exactly is to blame for minorities fleeing to the suburbs and the role of big money in this year’s primary …

Chicago

Lawsuit accuses U.S. Steel of polluting Lake Michigan with toxic chromium

As a group of Lake Michigan surfers filed a lawsuit Wednesday accusing U.S. Steel of repeatedly violating the federal Clean Water Act, it appears their earlier threat of legal action is having the intended effect.<p>Hours after the Surfrider Foundation filed its lawsuit in U.S. District Court in …

Chicago

Aldermen lock in pre-election labor peace with 21 percent of city workforce

Labor peace is now guaranteed through the 2019 mayoral election — at least when it comes to 21 percent of the city’s workforce.<p>The City Council made …

Chicago

Second Chicago Architecture Biennial Closes with Over 500,000 Attendees

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has announced the figures for the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial, which closed its four month run on Sunday, January …

Architecture

Leaders wear black for #MeToo at first Chicago Council meeting of 2018

Many Chicago aldermen and city leaders wore black Wednesday for the first city council meeting of 2018 in a sign of unity with the #MeToo movement …

Obama insiders say he'll step up campaigning in 2018 as midterm elections approach, and other Chicago news

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Chicago

Protesters demanding Obama sign community benefits agreement make voices heard

Black aldermen attempting to congratulate African-American contractors that won the right to help build the Obama Presidential Center in Jackson Park …

Education

Emanuel lectures City Council after 18 aldermen vote against him on Presence subsidy

Chicago aldermen on Wednesday approved a controversial $5.6 million taxpayer subsidy for Presence Health’s downtown headquarters following a lengthy, heated debate that hinged on questions of the company’s opposition to abortion and contraception and the needs of Chicago minority neighborhoods to …

Chicago

Women elected officials wear black in solidarity with 'Me, Too' movement

Anna Valencia has a ton of, “Me, Too” stories from her days as an aide to Illinois Senate President John Cullerton and Mayor Rahm Emanuel — and even …

Chicago

Morning Spin: How governor candidates stack up against big-money rivals

<i>Welcome</i> <i>to Clout Street: Morning Spin, our weekday feature to catch you up with what's going on in government and politics from Chicago to Springfield. Subscribe here.</i><p><b>Topspin</b><p>Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democrat J.B. Pritzker continue to have the most campaign cash in the race for governor, but …

Chicago

City Council approves $5.5M Presence Health subsidy after emotional debate

A divided City Council on Wednesday signed off on a $5.5 million subsidy to Illinois’ largest Catholic health system, in spite of Presence Health’s …

Chicago

"There is no need to destroy one significant cultural legacy in order to celebrate another"

The Obama Presidential Center will be presented to the Chicago City Council today. But its proposed siting in the city's Jackson Park will both …

La Jolla

Emanuel, City Council Nearing Agreement With City Workers

<b>CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO)</b> — Chicago’s City Council’s Budget Committee has given tentative approval to a contract with more than 30 employee …

Democrats

Mayor To Announce Plan To Help Kids Meet New CPS High School Graduation Requirement

<b>CHICAGO (CBS) —</b> Mayor Rahm Emanuel has promised to unveil plans to make sure every Chicago Public Schools student has the support they will need to …

Education

Illinois House Primaries Will Be Early Testing Ground for Democrats

Democrats have several pickup opportunities, but they need viable candidates first<p>With early voting starting in less than a month, Illinois will be a …

Politics

Emanuel's mental health clinic closures curiously absent from Kennedy Forum

Mayor <b>Rahm</b> <b>Emanuel</b> was quick on Tuesday morning to tout his role in smuggling mental health equality legislation into the federal government’s $700 billion bank bailout of 2008.<p>Soaking up the applause in the ballroom at the Hilton Chicago at the Kennedy Forum’s Summit for Mental Health Equity, the …

Chicago

Crane Kenney: 'Logic' Suggests Cubs, Wrigley Field Will Host 2020 All-Star Game

<i>A general view of Wrigley Field at sunset as the Chicago Cubs take on the San Diego Padres on June 19, 2017. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)</i><p><b>(670 The</b> …

Democrats

How Chicago worked with labor unions rather than step on them

Last week, we reached an agreement with 31 labor unions on a new contract. It’s an agreement that protects the millions of taxpayers in Chicago. It’s …

Democrats

Mayor Emanuel welcomes new CPD recruits

Mayor Rahm Emanuel welcomed in the latest class of police recruits Monday as the department continues its efforts to recruit minorities to the police …

Criminal Justice

Five-year trade union contract teed up for final City Council vote

A five-year contract that guarantees labor peace with 21 percent of the city’s workforce through the 2019 mayoral election is poised for City Council …

Chicago

Rauner, Pritzker digging deep — $350,000-plus every day — as primaries loom

J.B. Pritzker is in for $156,355.64 a day.<p>Gov. Bruce Rauner is in for $195,369.25 a day.<p>That’s the eye-popping average amounts of cash the two …

Chicago

Morning Spin: Illinois election officials won't pass along voter data for now

<i>Welcome</i> <i>to Clout Street: Morning Spin, our weekday feature to catch you up with what's going on in government and politics from Chicago to Springfield. Subscribe here.</i><p><b>Topspin</b><p>Illinois election officials have told state lawmakers that voter data won't be sent as scheduled to a controversial system …

Chicago

Mayor's office accuses Presence Health subsidy opponents of double-standard

If some aldermen are determined to deny a $5.5 million subsidy to Illinois’ largest Catholic health system because of Presence Health’s anti-abortion …

Chicago

Candidate Chris Kennedy, RFK’s son, targets gun violence

CHICAGO — Few people running for public office have been more personally affected by gun violence than Chris Kennedy, who was a child when his father …

John F. Kennedy

Removing Trump Will Require New Activists; The Old Ones Won't Do It

- Advertisement -<p>It was convenient for the teaching moment that James Risen just recounted the <i>New York Times'</i> refusal back in 2004 to report on …

Liberal View

Emanuel responds to ugly testimony by Water Management employees

It’ll take a lot longer than six months to change a hate-infested culture decades in the making at Chicago’s Department of Water Management, Mayor …

Chicago

Emanuel Defends New Water Commissioner Amid Racist Culture Complaints

<b>CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO)</b> — While Mayor Rahm Emanuel acknowledged there are still racial problems in Chicago’s Department of Water Management, he also …

Democrats

Rev. Jackson calls Trump threat to U.S. global interests

President Donald Trump’s policies and rhetoric are a threat to America’s global interests, like “we’ve never known before,” Rev. Jesse Jackson said …

Chicago