As Chicagoans, we have big dreams about what our city could be like–and big problems in funding critical programs and institutions upon which we all rely.
If Chicago is to continue to offer a wide array of services and programs to its residents, and if our city is to grow in new ways in the coming decades, we have to face the facts: we must find ways to generate new revenue.
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.
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 (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.