Mayor Rahm Emanuel ran into a buzzsaw of aldermanic opposition Thursday against the extraordinary security measures he wants to impose to contain protesters during the NATO and G-8 summits in May.
Despite a series of closed-door briefings by administration and host committee officials aimed at easing City Council concerns, several aldermen joined the protesters in warning that the changes could stifle public dissent in Chicago for years to come, since the mayor wants to make the restrictions permanent.
As part of an ongoing project to interview all 50 of Chicago’s aldermen about sustainable transportation issues in their districts (previously: 27th Ward Ald. Walter Burnett Jr.), I recently caught up with Scott Waguespack at the 32nd Ward service office, 2657 N. Clybourn. His ward includes parts of Ukrainian Village, Wicker Park, Bucktown, Goose Island, Lincoln Park, Lakeview and Roscoe Village.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants to avoid the kind of clashes with protesters that occurred at past G8 and NATO Summits. Elizabeth Brackett and her panel look at the benefits and possible problems that await the city in May on Chicago Tonight at 7:00 pm.
Documents Show Hidden Cost Of Lease Deal To Taxpayers
While Chicago’s infamous parking meter lease deal quietly celebrated its third anniversary the first week of December, the city was releasing documents chronicling more evidence the privatization of the city’s more than 36,000 parking meters turned out to be more costly for taxpayers than originally imagined.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s budget received unanimous support from the City Council Wednesday. After more than a month of vetting and tweaking, he got all 50 aldermen on board. With a $636 million deficit on the horizon, the council had to make some difficult decisions to right its course. Ald. Scott Waguespack hoped to avoid cuts to libraries and mental health services.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel said today he’s willing to discuss alternatives to his proposed budget after a majority of the Chicago City Council fired off a letter expressing concerns about social service and public safety cuts in his spending plan.
The letter, signed by 28 of 50 aldermen, said cuts to libraries, public health centers, graffiti removal teams and the city’s 911 centers must be averted.
By Hal Dardick and John Byrne, Chicago Tribune reporter. Tribune reporter Kristen Mack contributed.
28 of 50 council members express concerns over budget — especially library, public safety-related cuts
A majority of the Chicago City Council fired off a letter to Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Tuesday, expressing concerns about the administration’s proposed cuts to libraries, public health centers, graffiti removal teams and the city’s 911 center. Continue reading →
Mayor Rahm Emanuel is facing his first real push-back from the City Council — on his proposals to raise city sticker fees by $60 for soccer Moms and wield the budget ax on libraries, health care, police and fire dispatch and grafitti removal.
Twenty-eight aldermen have signed a letter to the mayor demanding a meeting with Budget Director Alex Holt. That’s two more votes than Emanuel needs to pass his first budget.