Discover a new way to find and share stories you'll love… Learn about Reading Desk

Blog Profile / Clout City


URL :http://blogs.chicagoreader.com/politics/
Filed Under:United States / Chicago
Posts on Regator:548
Posts / Week:2.1
Archived Since:June 16, 2009

Blog Post Archive

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

Rahm on FOIA: Don't ask 'cause I won't tell

Finally got around to talking to Emily Miller the other day. She's the lawyer for the Better Government Association who valiantly fought to make sure that Mayor Emanuel had to publicize the internal documents of his Infrastructure Trust.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]

Reality bites

"This is a chance for the city to strut its stuff on a world stage" is probably something that somebody once said with reference to Chicago?s failed bid to host the 2016 Olympics, but now here, in Crain?s Chicago Business, is a representative of something called Strategic Hotels & Resorts Inc. Show More Summary

Drug arrests on top of drug arrests

Chicago police officials held another press conference Wednesday afternoon to showcase how they?re getting tough with dealers and gangs since declaring a ?ground war? in March?in this case, ten more guys, ranging in age from 18 to 69,...Show More Summary

Mayor Daley for mayor!

Public school parents, teachers, and students have found an unlikely ally in their fight against Mayor Emanuel's longer school day. That's the proposal where the mayor makes students spend more time in school, but offers nothing in the way of ideas, money, or resources to do with the extra time.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]

The politics of drug busts

At just before 9 PM last Friday night, the Chicago Police Department sent out an e-mail announcing the “takedown” of a drug market at Ohio and Hamlin in west Humboldt Park. It was an unusual time to announce the successful conclusion...Show More Summary

Everyone wants to legalize reefer—except for people with the power to do it!

In honor of Drugs Week at the Reader, Congressman Barney Frank blasted President Obama for being such a wimp on the whole issue of marijuana. Well, I think the timing's a bit of a coincidence.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]

Pendejo Mayor buttons: get 'em while you can!

The other day, I get a package in the mail from a man on the southwest side bearing a bunch of buttons making fun of Mayor Rahm. It cheered me up, coming as it did just a day or two after the City Council's latest rollover?that would be the infrastructure fund vote.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]

Parking Meter II

Mayor Emanuel may be one of the smartest politicians in Chicago, but it looks like he's a little too smart for his own good with his infrastructure trust fund. As far as I can tell, the purpose of the fund was to 1) win favorable publicity...Show More Summary

Trust vote: back to normal for the City Council

It seems like only yesterday that I was rejoicing over the newfound boldness of our Chicago City Council in regards to the mayor's wacky infrastructure trust scheme. That was last week when I was rejoicing over the fact that seven out...Show More Summary

The Cultural Center as poster child for the Infrastructure Trust: where's the beef?

Mayor Rahm Emanuel talked up his Infrastructure Trust proposal during a Marketplace Morning Report radio interview that aired on WBEZ three weeks ago today. When asked how the Trust would differ from Mayor Daley's infamous parking meter...Show More Summary

Artists rally to save their street festivals

Last November, the City Council passed a little-noticed ordinance that put a stop to alderman-sponsored fee waivers for Chicago's numerous neighborhood street fairs (as many as 200 annually). Now that the fair season is nearly upon us, the arts community has taken notice and an organized push-back is underway.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]

Mea culpa—I confess!

I've been getting ripped?and justifiably so?for the egregious error I made about the public schools in this morning's Bleader post. That would be the post where I made fun of Mayor Rahm for not knowing anything about the public schools.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]

Copyright © 2011 Regator, LLC