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Meet the Chicago Mayoral Candidates

Reboot Illinois | Posted 04.14.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Mayor Rahm Emanuel will face four challengers. Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia, Ald. Robert Fioretti, South Side businessman Willie Wilson and community activist William "Dock" Walls are all bidding for the city's top office.

Joseph Erbentraut

Rahm Emanuel's Biggest Threat: 'I Like The Idea Of A Fight' | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 01.29.2015 | Politics

On Feb. 24, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is up for re-election. Emanuel has out-fundraised his closest challenger almost 30-to-1 and has benefited fr...

Mike Ditka On Donation To Democrat: 'Anything Is Better' Than Mayor Rahm Emanuel

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 01.14.2015 | Politics

Former Chicago Bears coach and football player Mike Ditka is no stranger to the political arena: He's endorsed and donated to candidates, and he once ...

What the Mayoral Candidates Need to Do to Stop Violence

Andy Thayer | Posted 03.16.2015 | Chicago
Andy Thayer

All of Chicago's front-running mayoral candidates, to their shame, have barely addressed the issue of Chicago police violence and racial discrimination. This is a disgrace in a city with as lurid a history of police racism, violence and prosecutorial misconduct as Chicago's.

Do We Really Need More Cops?

Andy Thayer | Posted 03.15.2015 | Chicago
Andy Thayer

If hiring more cops bears little causal connection to, or even correlation with, stopping civilian-on-civilian violence, let alone ending police violence, how can we most effectively reduce Chicago's violence?

Rahm Emanuel Challengers Push To Make It Onto The Ballot

Reuters | Posted 01.21.2015 | Politics

By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO, Nov 21 (Reuters) - Standing outside a drugstore in the bitter Chicago wind, Jonathan Todd shared tips with...

Rahm Emanuel's Money Might Not Be Enough To Save Him

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 09.09.2014 | Politics

While Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's (D) approval rating among voters has continued to dwindle in recent polling, critics hoping to capitalize on the ma...

Felony Franks To Close After Years Of Battling City

Posted 06.04.2012 | Chicago

After years of battling the city and nearby businesses for the right to stay open, the owner of a landmark Chicago hot dog stand famous for employing ...

Who Is the Next Joe Moore?

Kyle Hillman | Posted 07.10.2012 | Chicago
Kyle Hillman

Since Alderman Joe Moore is now the mayor's supporter, who is going to be the next Joe Moore?

Chicago Police Horses To Wear 'Riot Gear' For NATO/G8 Summits

Posted 05.16.2012 | Chicago

Days after announcing that Chicago Police would get new riot gear, including 3,000 new face shields, in time for the NATO/G8 summits in May, Mayor Rah...

Rahm Challenges Chicago's Census Count

Posted 02.19.2012 | Chicago

The most recent U.S. Census data was described by some as a "shellacking" of Chicago, which reportedly saw a 200,000 person drop in population over 10...

City Buys Pricey New Cop Shields For NATO/G8

Posted 05.16.2012 | Chicago

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has an early Valentine's Day gift for Chicago police as they continue to prepare for the concurrent NATO and G8 summits tha...

Beyond Occupation: Engaging Chicago's Political Youth

Dick Simpson | Posted 01.17.2012 | Chicago
Dick Simpson

With the Occupy Chicago movement so visible, understanding what young voters want is pressing. What are their issues and their agenda for change? And will they vote and determine the outcome of the 2012 elections?

Illinois Senators Differ On 'Occupy,' Kirk Calls Protests 'Unintellectual'

Posted 12.18.2011 | Chicago

Illinois' two U.S. senators this week addressed the continuing Occupy Wall Street demonstrations that have only continued to grow in their home state ...

Residents Concerned Over Police Station Closures

Posted 12.18.2011 | Chicago

Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy and Mayor Rahm Emanuel's plan to close three police stations in response to the city's budget crisis has ...

Proposed Ordinance Would Secure Vacant Buildings Near Schools

Posted 12.03.2011 | Chicago

Ald. Deborah Graham (29th) announced at a news conference Sunday that she will introduce an ordinance backed by the Chicago Teachers Union requiring v...

Two Years Later, City Allows Chicago Hot Dog Stand To Hang Their Sign

Posted 10.12.2011 | Chicago

The owner of Felony Franks, a prison-themed West Side hot dog stand, on Thursday installed a sign advertising his business following a two-year legal ...

Felony Franks Sues City: Offering Hope Or Glorifying Crime?

Posted 07.06.2011 | Chicago

Felony Franks, a hot dog stand on the Near West Side, has been in a tussle with its alderman for years. Now, it's taking the dispute somewhere it ough...

'A Band-Aid On A Bullet Wound'

Chicago News Cooperative | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) called the mayor's budget "a quick fix" that will force his successor and the aldermen to deal with deficits again in the c...

What Happened To The Independent Aldermen?

NBC Chicago | Steve Rhodes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

t seemed like the City Council might be growing a pair in the wake of Mayor Daley's parking meter mess and his exposed Olympic financial guarantees. ...

Honorary Street Signs Targeted By Alderman

Chicago Public Radio | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Honorary street signs in Chicago could soon start coming down. That's if a proposal from Alderman Bob Fioretti becomes law....

Pedestrian Danger at Museum Campus

Mike Doyle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Mike Doyle

I watched a steady stream of parents with kids almost getting hit by cars, and the local alderman, police and news stations did everything but laugh in my face for telling them what I was seeing.

Metal Bat Ban Proposed

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Ald. Bob Fioretti introduced an ordinance that would ban metal bats from Chicago youth baseball. "This is an issue of actual injury. This is an issue...