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‘Back to basics’ TIF plan hits City Council

November 2, 2016

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.

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Rahm’s Anti-Crime Speech Leaves Aldermen, Residents Unimpressed

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.”

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Progressive Caucus To Emanuel Administration On Proposed Water Tax Hike: “Show Your Math”

August 22, 2016

Caucus requests for actuarial accounting, explanation of anticipated rates of return go unanswered

CHICAGO (August 22, 2016)–The Chicago City Council Progressive Reform Caucus on Monday called on the Emanuel administration to show proof that its proposed water tax hike would actually generate the revenue needed to address the Municipal Employees’ Annuity and Benefit Fund (MEABF) of Chicago pension liability.

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