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Blog Profile / Clout City


URL :http://blogs.chicagoreader.com/politics/
Filed Under:United States / Chicago
Posts on Regator:554
Posts / Week:1.9
Archived Since:June 16, 2009

Blog Post Archive

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

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 ]

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