Blog Profile / Clout City


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Filed Under:United States / Chicago
Posts on Regator:303
Posts / Week:0.8
Archived Since:June 16, 2009

Blog Post Archive

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

Hey, Mayor Rahm: Don't give the Cubs our money!

Just a few reasons why Mayor Rahm should not give a handout worth untold millions?as in your taxes will go up to pay for it?to the Ricketts family to rebuild Wrigley Field. And not one word about Papa Joe Ricketts's political beliefs, fascinating though they may be.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]

Working for the Sun-Times?just like Mike Royko!

Four thousand years ago, I got my first job in journalism, working as a copyboy for the Chicago Daily News. Yes, yes?copyboy.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]

Mayor Rahm's not so new idea: TIFs for the rich

In their ceaseless effort to give the mayor credit for everything, Cty Hall flacks announced the sun rose in the east, thanks to Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Not really.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]

Spared the knife

City officials are busy trying to reassure Chicago residents that their neighborhoods are still going to have police protection over the next week, even though hundreds of officers have been sent downtown for the NATO summit. ?You?ll...Show More Summary

Talk about strange marriages: Condoleezza Rice and Mitt Romney!

Apparently, White House operatives are fretting because voters don't think President Obama?s telling the truth about why he came out for gay marriage. According to a recent poll by the New York Times, "67 percent of those surveyed said...Show More Summary

Chicago Bike Share contract info vanishes

Now you see it, now you don't: Last week, Chicago's controversial new bike share contract, subject of the current Culture column, popped up on the city's website list of contracts awarded. As noted in an update to the column, the website...Show More Summary

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