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Joe Moore

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Chicago Power and Sweet Home: One Step Forward, One Step Back

(1) Comments | Posted February 15, 2011 | 11:04 AM

The City Council met last Wednesday, February 9, for its monthly meeting and the result was business as usual. But yesterday, February 14, when an ad hoc committee and a roomful of engaged Chicagoans held a hearing in the same space, the result was a significant step forward for the...

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Not-So-Sweet Home Chicago: A Report from the City Council

(9) Comments | Posted January 17, 2011 | 12:45 PM

The first City Council meeting of the year consisted almost entirely of routine matters -- resolutions, tributes, and appointments, with no debate... that is, until the closing moments. The topic at hand was affordable housing and the legislation to address the issue is known as the "Sweet Home...

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Mayor Daley Feasts on Another Budget Victory; Leaves Next Mayor With the Tab

(2) Comments | Posted November 22, 2010 | 11:52 AM

The Chicago City Council last week handed Mayor Daley another victory when it voted overwhelmingly in favor of his proposed 2010 budget, handing him a perfect score. Of the 21 city budgets the mayor has proposed over the years, the City Council has approved each and every one of them...

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Kicking the Can Down the Road -- Mayor Daley's Final Budget Proposal

(3) Comments | Posted October 20, 2010 | 11:13 AM

For months, City Hall observers speculated about how our outgoing Mayor would respond to the City's yawning $650 million deficit. Would he confront the budget honestly and forthrightly, calling upon Chicagoans to make sacrifices, or would he "kick the can down the road" and paper over the deficit with short-term,...

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Wal-Mart Rears its Ugly Head Again and Other City Council News

(4) Comments | Posted August 2, 2010 | 10:15 AM

Four weeks ago, after a long and contentious debate, Chicago's City Council voted unanimously to allow a zoning change for a Wal-Mart to open a store in Chicago's far south side Pullman neighborhood (making it the second Wal-Mart in the city, the first being in the west-side Austin area).

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A Reluctant Vote for Walmart -- A Report From the Chicago City Council

(4) Comments | Posted July 1, 2010 | 1:53 PM

The City Council on Wednesday turned its attention once again to one of the most contentious issues it has faced in recent years -- Walmart's entry into Chicago's retail market.

Four years ago, a closely divided City Council voted to oppose a zoning change to allow a...

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Recycling in Chicago -- A City of Haves and Have Nots

(2) Comments | Posted June 15, 2010 | 1:48 PM

In most of my City Council reports, I've focused on the resolutions, ordinances, and orders introduced, debated, or voted upon at that monthly assembly. But another important step in the process is when the legislation is assigned to a City Council committee to be discussed and then sent back (or...

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Toothless Tigers and Missing Blue Carts: A Report From the Chicago City Council

(1) Comments | Posted May 14, 2010 | 11:56 AM

To the surprise of no one, the Chicago City Council Wednesday voted to create their own "legislative inspector general," a post designed to quiet critics who rightly challenged the City Council's decision twenty years ago to exempt itself from the purview of the city's existing inspector general.

I voted...

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Watchdog or Puppy Dog? A Report From the Chicago City Council

(5) Comments | Posted April 15, 2010 | 5:01 PM

Welcome to the inaugural post of my City Council Report on Huffington Post! Several years ago, I began e-mailing to my 49th Ward constituents regular summaries of the Chicago City Council meetings. The reports have been well-received, and I've been encouraged to post them to a wider audience, including residents...

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Power to the People

(8) Comments | Posted April 5, 2010 | 12:17 PM

From Chicago's City Hall to the halls of Congress, important policy and spending decisions have been made for far too long by a handful of politicians behind closed doors working in concert with corporations and special interests. This old way of doing the public's business has bred anger and mistrust...

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