Mayor Rahm Emanuel vowed Thursday to introduce his own ordinance spelling out how much time a City Council rushed into approving the hated parking meter deal would have to consider privatization deals and how the proceeds would be spent.
Mayoral hopeful Jesus “Chuy” Garcia vowed Thursday to deliver on Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s broken promise to hire 1,000 additional Chicago Police officers, arguing that runaway overtime is no substitute for additional manpower.
Long before sunrise, Sharon Dawn Middleton gets out of bed to pile on layers of clothing for her commute to O’Hare Airport from her Northwest Side home. For three years Middleton has played at O’Hare. “I don’t get rich but it sure helps out,” she said of being a street musician. “I’m happy anytime anyone gives me anything, even a penny.”
Mayor Rahm Emanuel categorically denied that he’s trying to disenfranchise African-American voters by seeking to knock millionaire black businessman Willie Wilson off the ballot.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel argued that he had no choice but to raise employee contributions by 29 percent and sharply reduce cost-of-living benefits. | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times
Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Thursday he’s hopeful his plan to save the Municipal Employees pension fund will survive a legal challenge where the state’s plan couldn’t and said city retirees will be far better off if he’s right.
It’s a bit unusual for a Chicago mayor with plummeting poll numbers in the middle of a re-election campaign to go off on an exotic vacation to a place as far away as Chile.
An 88-story hotel, condominium and retail complex known as Wanda Vista would take its place behind Willis and Trump towers as Chicago’s third-tallest building, under a $900 million deal that was sealed Thursday and involves the second-richest man in China.
Peoples Stadium Parking has been parking cars on city-owned land just east of the United Center. This lot in the 1700 block of West Madison contains two parcels owned by the city. | Alex Wroblewski/Sun-Times
THE WATCHDOGS: For nearly 20 years, three politically connected companies have been using city-owned property, without paying rent or property taxes on the land, to park cars in the shadows of the United Center.
David Vitale, president of the Chicago Board of Education, talks with Andrea L. Zopp, a board member, at the Board of Education meeting in their new headquarters at 42 W. Madison in Chicago on December 17, 2014. | Al Podgorski/Sun-Times Media
At the Chicago Board of Education’s first meeting in new Chicago Public School facilities at State and Madison, where smells of fresh paint lingered, board President David Vitale opened the proceedings with a welcome and a reminder: “After 20-plus years at 125 S. Clark, our new home here definitely has a new look and feel,” Vitale told the crowd in smaller new board chambers.
Alberto Gonzalez Jr., 46, owner of 90 Miles Cuban Cafe, and his father Alberto Gonzalez Sr., 71, who's visiting from West Palm Beach, Florida, talk about President Barack Obama's move to re-establish diplomatic relations with Cuba. | Tina Sfondeles/Sun-Times
Alberto Gonzalez Jr., 46, has owned 90 Miles Cuban Café, a popular Logan Square restaurant, along with another in Roscoe Village, for seven years. His father, Alberto Gonzalez Sr., 71, was visiting from Florida when he heard the news that President Barack Obama is re-establishing diplomatic relations with Cuba and easing some travel and economic sanctions. “It’s the right step in the right directions," Gonzalez Sr. said Wednesday.
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