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
Creating a sustainable fiscal future for Chicago
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.
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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CBS News, Craig Dellimore
(CBS) — A Chicago City Council Committee is recommending a resolution condemning anti-Muslim rhetoric and actions anywhere in the City.
School crossing guards in Chicago are losing their police uniforms, which many guards say could impact students’ safety.
Ald. Scott Waguespack on The Wayne Besen Show on WCPT 820
Crain’s Business Chicago
A group of aldermen who frequently disagree with Mayor Rahm Emanuel are advancing a plan to reform the city’s much-criticized tax-increment financing system. And if it ever escapes committee, I could see it picking up quite a head of steam.
Chicago Tribune, John Byrne
Mayor Rahm Emanuel‘s decision to give the National Football League a nearly $1 million break on fees to hold draft festivities here has Chicago aldermen calling for more oversight on city decisions to waive costs for big outdoor festivals.
Hon. George Cardenas, Hon. Pat O’Connor, Hon. Roderick Sawyer, and Hon. Scott Waguespack talk about the 2017 City of Chicago Budget.
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CITY HALL — The City Council took what many aldermen described as a “first step” toward Police Department reform Wednesday, moving to create a new agency to probe police shootings and misconduct, along with a new deputy inspector general assigned to public safety.