The Illinois election is November 6, 2018 with the municipal election coming in February 26, 2019.
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 →
The board of the Sheffield Neighborhood Association has sent out this survey to surrounding communities order to gather information and collect more in-depth community input about changes in the North Branch area. Continue reading →
OTL #614: Ald. Waguespack on Chicago leadership, IL Railway Museum, The Secret History of The Riptides (AUDIO)
Mike Stephen, WGN Radio
Mike Stephen talks with Chicago Alderman Scott Waguespack about his views on the city’s leadership, learns about the Illinois Railway Museum, and visits the lair of Steve Krakow (aka Plastic Crimewave) to discover the Secret History of 60s garage-rockers The Riptides. Local music this week courtesy of Sun Cop. Continue reading →
Yvette Shields, The Bond Buyer
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 →
Get ready for futuristic, high-speed express travel between the Loop and O’Hare International Airport on pods that run underground on electric skates. Continue reading →
Bill Cameron, WLS 890AM
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 →
Sun-Times Editorial Board
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.
Following is a statement from Progressive Caucus Chair Ald. Scott Waguespack (32) in response to Mayor Emanuel’s FY 2018 City budget address:
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John Cass, ChicagoTribube
Mayor Scott Waguespack of Chicago. Dig it.
Our Urban Times, Elaine Coorens
Question: Alderman Waguespack, what do you see as the top five issues for 2017 in Chicago and your 32nd Ward?
Waguespack provided the following five issues: Continue reading →
Edward T. Johnson
Superintendent of Police
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Claudia Morell, The Daily Line
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.
Aaron Cynic, Chicagoist
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.”
Dana Kozlov, CBS2
Statement: Progressive Caucus Announces Subject Matter Hearings In Addition To Emanuel Administration’s Police Reform Community Engagement Plan
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.
A Chicago police task force says the department must acknowledge its racist past and overhaul its handling of excessive force allegations
DON BABWIN, Associated Press
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.
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Fran Spielman, Chicago SunTimes
Mayoral challengers, academic experts and aldermen raised caution flags Thursday about Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s choice of visionary billionaire Elon Musk to build a high-speed transit system between downtown and O’Hare Airport.