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Fox Chicago Sunday: Meter Madness (VIDEO)

April 8, 2009

WFLD – FOX Chicago Sunday

Scott Waguespack & Leslie Hairston on Fox Chicago Sunday

In Studio – We’re also talking this Sunday about a new showdown at City Hall. Aldermen just approved a deal handing over Chicago’s parking meters to a private company. Now, they’re having second thoughts. Click play to watch 32nd ward alderman Scott Waguespack and 5th ward alderman Leslie Hairston tell us why this week is so important.

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Chicago Aldermen Want a Brighter Light on City’s TIF Spending

March 31, 2009

Jeff McCourt, clawback.org

A specter is haunting Chicago City Hall-the specter of transparency for the city’s massive Tax Increment Financing (TIF) program

Last month two city aldermen—Manny Flores and Scott Waguespack—introduced a resolution to create an on-line TIF disclosure system that gives easy access to project budgets and actual spending ( including financing terms, dates, amounts, recipients and purpose) and that includes both weekly payroll data and periodic job creation reports for TIF districts.

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NEIGHBORHOODS FOR SALE: PART 8

December 31, 2008

Dan Mihalopoulos, Robert Becker and Todd Lighty, Chicago Tribune

House of cards emerges in zoning-change game
Tribune Analysis:

Market collapse is aggravated by system where aldermen benefit from campaign donations from developers

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Geek’s Naughty & Nice List

December 24, 2008

theexpiredmeter.com

Being that it’s Christmas Eve, I thought I needed to take a quick accounting for the year and send a quick e-mail to Santa Claus before he leaves the North Pole, to make sure he has these particular people on his famous naughty/nice lists.

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Factory Occupation Brings Quick Results

December 22, 2008

Jerry Mead-Lucero, Pilesenprole

Labor battles are most often measured in months. Some, like the Congress Hotel strike in Chicago or the recently successful effort to win union recognition at Smithfield Foods in North Carolina, have stretched on for years. Both have been extraordinary models of corporate campaigns and have successfully mobilized community allies, but this alone was not enough to bring a quick victory. When the struggle is over severance pay because of a factory closure, the matter often ends up resulting in a long drawn out legal battle. But it took the workers at Republic Windows and Doors in Chicago a mere six days to defeat a recalcitrant employer, one of the nation’s biggest banking corporations, and to win all of their demands. The success of the workers at Republic, members of United Electrical Workers (UE) Local 1110, has raised the stakes for corporate America and raised the bar for labor unions across the country.

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