Blog Profile / Clout City

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Archived Since:June 16, 2009

Blog Post Archive

Inside Rahm's privatization economic team

When the newest member of Mayor Rahm Emanuel's economic team sat down for an extended interview on Chicago Tonight earlier this week, he shared the following information about how the administration will close the city's annual budget...Show More Summary

It's not just our imagination: how the financial world sees Chicago's mayor

Quote of the day, from CNBC Squawk Box anchor Joe Kernen, about Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel: "He's privatizing everything!" Context: An interview this morning with Emanuel's newly appointed deputy mayor, Steven Koch, who comes to the job after a long career as an investment banker but clearly has diplomatic skills. Show More Summary

Blight, politics, and hope on the west side

Neighbors are worried about the boarded-up building at 2720 W. Monroe—a once-fine, four-bedroom brick home that's been vacant and problematic for years. This time, though, they're concerned that the city is planning to knock it down, just weeks after they worked to turn it into a striking piece of community art.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]

Alderman Moreno takes a stand on Chick-fil-A

Largely because I love fried chicken almost as much as I love chocolate milk, I have been asked to weigh in on the all-important issue of First Ward alderman Joe Moreno's battle with Chick-fil-A. That's the issue that's seized the minds...Show More Summary

David Orr's summertime TIF reading

If you're looking for a fun summertime read for the TIF geek in your family—and every family's got at least one—look no further than Cook County clerk David Orr's annual TIF report! It just came out and you can find the link right here! My...Show More Summary

On meter deal, legal action speaks louder than words

For a year and a half Mayor Rahm Emanuel has vowed to do everything possible to break the yoke of the parking meter deal. He said he'd look into canceling it.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]

A shout-out from the great Diane Ravitch!

You may not know this, but I'm a big-time fan of Diane Ravitch. She’s the supersmart historian and former White House policy maker who's been blowing the bugle for years about the bullshit coming out of the so-called school-reform movement.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]

Rahm announces another "new initiative" that's decades old

Earlier this week Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced his latest "new initiative" to fight violence: an effort by the building department and police to tear down abandoned structures that are magnets for gang and drug activity. "With theseShow More Summary

CEO Brizard to Mayor Rahm: Look what I found!

Good news: Mayor Emanuel's staff at the public schools found $144 million in cuts and savings, which means they managed to balance the budget! I know this 'cause I read it in the Tribune. And the Tribune knows it 'cause the mayor's people told them.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]

Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture is dead; DCASE is hiring

Last week, the Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture formally announced its own demise and the sacking of its 88 employees (effective June 30) with a celebratory press release. After noting that its dual functions will each be goingShow More Summary

The Tribune's right?let's lock up the rich kids for smoking reefer

I?d vowed not to take any potshots at the Tribune for the stuff they write on the grounds that everyone would assume it was sour grapes for the drubbing they gave us in media-league softball. But then I read their editorial about reefer.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]

Chicago aldermen talk to their children about reefer

After my new BFF, Mayor Emanuel, signed on to decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana possession, I figured his proposal would sail through the city council like everything else his honor wants. But...… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]

What's the matter with Chicago

What's wrong with Chicago? Everything, according to urban affairs blogger (and former Chicago-based Accenture consultant) Aaron M. Renn, who pulls it all together for a bleak essay, "The Second-Rate City?" in the spring issue of the online City Journal.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]

Chicago's doobie brothers: Rahm 'n' Danny decriminalize reefer!

I was watching the NBA finals?Miami versus OKC?when the call came in from my man Mick Dumke. "You're gonna have to give Mayor Rahm some love," he said.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]

When senators start looking like aldermen

It was like a Chicago City Council meeting broke out in the U.S. Senate. Senators summoned Jamie Dimon, the chairman and CEO of JP Morgan Chase, to answer questions about how and why the bank lost $2 billion, give or take $6 billion, in investment schemes that no one seems to understand.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]

Mayor Emanuel stands pat on pot

A week after most of New York?s political heavyweights got behind a plan to decriminalize low-level marijuana possession, the sky still hasn't fallen. It hasn?t even gone dark from all the celebratory pot smoke.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]

CTU strike authorization: breaking the news to Mayor Rahm

In the aftermath of the strike-authorization vote by Chicago's public school teachers, CEO Jean-Claude Brizard underwent a miraculous transformation: he turned into me. He's calling off the longer school day until they find some money to do anything significant with the extra time. Yeah, right?I wish.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]

Chicago's crime problem: A matter of "perception"

Faced with anger, alarm, and bad press from the latest outbreaks of violence, the Chicago police superintendent pulled another old move out of the political playbook Tuesday. ?We?re having a perception issue,? he told a group of downtown professionals.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]

Mayor Rahm selects his infrastructure trust rubber stamp

It's been almost two months since the City Council overwhelmingly approved Mayor Emanuel's infrastructure trust, which means that most Chicagoans have forgotten all about it, if they knew anything about it at all. So, folks, let me refresh your memories...… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]

The case of the nebulous NATO grant funds

We're still waiting for that NATO money to materialize. Aides to Mayor Rahm Emanuel have repeatedly said they?ve procured tens of millions of dollars in federal funding to cover security costs for the NATO summit?essentially an assurance...Show More Summary

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