BUCKTOWN — Since Ald. Scott Waguespack (32nd) was made chair of the City Council’s Finance Committee on May 29, theProgressive Caucus leader has found himself neck-deep in the remnants of Ed Burke’s domain.
Ald. Scott Waguespack (32nd) said Friday he has lined up “around 25” of the 26 votes he needs to become chairman of the City Council’s Finance Committee and outlined an ambitious reform agenda if he claims the job long held by Ald. Edward Burke (14th).
I had hoped to begin this column with reform Ald. Scott Waguespack explaining Chicago’s arcane Rule 14 and how it applies to political corruption and powerful Ald. Edward Burke, who has made a fortune while in public service.
The final ballots are not yet set, but so far there are 238 candidates running for office in Chicago’s municipal elections. That includes 27 candidates for the three citywide offices (mayor, clerk and treasurer) and 211 candidates for the 50 City Council seats. Continue reading →
CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) – A city ordinance has been filed that would take control of Chicago’s $100 million Workers Compensation Fund and wrest it away from embattled Finance Committee Chairman Edward Burke. Continue reading →
A day after the City Council Finance Committee stalled a vote on a plan to limit tax increment financing for major development plans in Chicago, allies of Mayor Rahm Emanuel are expected to vote down the measure that could have blocked tax subsidies for several high-profile projects.
The February 2019 Municipal Election is up next on February 26th. If no candidate in the mayoral or aldermanic seats receives a majority of votes (50%+1 vote) in this nonpartisan election, a runoff election will be held on April 2, 2019.
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There are several positions open in precincts throughout the ward, and we are always looking for more judges to help voters on election day. We will also need judges in November, and into February 2019 for the municipal elections. Details on the qualifications to be a judge. The online application system is available here.
Diversey water main update, LSP historic house walk, save the date on October 11th for flu shots, a few more notes on the proposed $10 Billion borrowing plan, property tax appeal workshop with Commissioner Cabonargi, and alerts from the 19th District station.
By Ted Dabrowski and John Klingner, wirepoints.com
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s team claims its proposed $10 billion pension obligation bond is good fiscal policy. Far from it. The POBs, as the bonds are called, are nothing more than gambling using taxpayer funds. They’re a terrible idea.
Ald. Scott Waguespack (32), chair of the Chicago City Council Progressive Reform Caucus, issued the following Statement on Monday in light of the news that the Emanuel administration is proposing $10 billion in bonds to support the City’s pension obligation: Continue reading →
CHICAGO – Chicago’s pick of The Boring Company and its untested technology for high-speed transit service between downtown and O’Hare International Airport has skeptics and champions in the municipal market. Continue reading →
Joining the show this week is Alderman Scott Waguespack. Bill and Scott discuss the upcoming mayoral election, If Rahm is re-electable and how he is handling the CPS scandals. Alderman Waguespack talks about the possibility of the hyper loop train from the loop to O’Hare airport ever being built, and issues affecting the city, and the Democrat party. Continue reading →
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Last October, Mayor Emanuel broke ground for 312 RiverRun, a project connecting four North Side neighborhoods and three parks with nearly two miles of new bike and pedestrian paths along the riverfront.
In a gymnasium packed with city employees and invited community leaders at Malcolm X College Thursday night, Mayor Rahm Emanuel unveiled his three-part strategy to address gun violence in Chicago, leaving out one critical issue facing the city: police reform.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel outlined his plan to address Chicago violence Thursday evening to a few hundred people in a gymnasium at Malcolm X College.
“For all the things that make Chicago great, for all the things that make us proud to call ourselves Chicagoans, the violence that is happening corrodes our core,” Emanuel told the crowd. “It is not the Chicago we know and love.”
CHICAGO (CBS) — Aldermen have been summoned to a briefing at City Hall Wednesday morning, believed to be about the hiring of new officers. But some say it could still only be a temporary fix to a shortage issue that could rear its head again soon.
CHICAGO (July 25, 2016)–The Progressive Reform Caucus issued the following statement on Monday in response to the Emanuel administration’s announced plan for a new community engagement process around police reform and accountability:
“In June, we joined community and civil rights organizations in demanding that the Emanuel administration pursue a comprehensive, citywide community engagement strategy on police accountability and reform, including meetings in the neighborhoods and subject matter hearings in the City Council chambers.
CHICAGO (AP) — A task force Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel established to look into police practices said the department must acknowledge its racist past and overhaul the way it handles excessive force allegations, as City Council members neared a final vote on Emanuel’s hand-picked choice for chief — an African-American with 27 years on the force.
Chicago is facing a fiscal crisis, but it is one that can be fixed.
Last Wednesday, I voted “no” on the Emanuel Administration’s proposed 2016City budget. I did it because I have grave concerns about our city’s financial future that I feel strongly this budget failed to responsibly address. Chicago remains one of the wealthiest cities in our country, but such wealth cannot continue to be squandered. Our City Council Progressive Caucus, which I chair, has been advocating for common-sense ideas to direct some of these funds toward crucial programs and services, easing the burden on working families without selling off public assets and privatizing services and jobs that end up costing us more each year.