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Aldermen object to ‘excessive’ security plans for May summits

January 12, 2012

Fran Spielman, Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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Talking transportation with 32nd Ward Alderman Scott Waguespack

December 21, 2011

John Greenfield, Grid Chicago and Gapers Block

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.

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G-8 Summit (VIDEO)

December 19, 2011

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.

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Parking Meter Firm Bills City $2.1M For Lost Revenue From Street Closure (VIDEO)

Dana Kozlov, CBS 2 and CBS 2 Political Producer Ed Marshall contributed to this report.

Another week, another embarrassing detail concerning the city’s parking meter monopoly; Chicago Parking Meters LLC has sent City Hall another bill for lost revenue from the city’s parking meters.

As CBS 2’s Dana Kozlov reports, the company is billing the city $2.2 million for lost parking revenue due to various street closures.

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Emanuel’s budget receives unanimous support (AUDIO)

November 17, 2011

Alison Cuddy, WBEZ Eight Forty Eight

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.

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Emanuel willing to talk budget alternatives with aldermen

November 2, 2011
Kristen Mack, Chicago Tribune

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.

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Aldermen send ‘Dear Rahm’ letter

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.
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Aldermen demand meeting with Emanuel’s budget director

November 1, 2011

Fran Spielman, Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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