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Rahm and His Aldermen Must Go for a New Chicago to Begin

Rev. Gregory Seal Livingston | Posted 12.01.2015 | Chicago
Rev. Gregory Seal Livingston

Let's cut to the chase: Laquan McDonald's shooting and video are the wake up call to all Chicagoans that we need a New Chicago. A new mayor and a new city council.

Top 10 Campaign Donors to Both Illinois Gubernatorial Candidates

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.16.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Illinois gubernatorial elections are less than four months away, and the candidates' campaigns are starting to heat up. But to be able to get their messages out to voters, they'll need money -- and boy do they have a lot of it.

Chicago City Council to Comcast: End the Delays and Support CAN TV

Barbara Popovic | Posted 08.12.2014 | Chicago
Barbara Popovic

Comcast, Chicago's largest cable provider, is seeking a 10-year renewal of its cable franchise in Chicago. Nationally, Comcast's wants to take over Time Warner, combining the nation's two largest cable companies. The merger is attracting attention a wide range of public interest groups.

Chicago, I'm Breaking Up With You; Before You Break Me

Matthew Bailey | Posted 06.28.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Bailey

Chicago, you aren't perfect. You're beautifully flawed. There isn't anything wrong with you, that can't be repaired by the good in you. The most American-American city.

Where was Quinn's veto pen when we needed it?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 10.01.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Reboot Illinois is all about reform in Illinois government and nothing is better for improving government than a large and active electorate. So the ...

Report: City Council Just As Compliant Under Rahm As Under Daleys

The Huffington Post | Joe Erbentraut | Posted 04.09.2013 | Chicago

The findings of a new report will come as a shock to exactly no one who follows politics in the Windy City: Under Rahm Emanuel, Chicago's City Council...

The Great Chicago 50 Ward-50 Bar Project

Matthew Bailey | Posted 06.04.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Bailey

I am about to embark on a grand Chicago voyage... In my eternal effort to better comprehend this place, I'll be visiting and drinking in all the 50 wards.

Chicago's 'Rebel' Alderman Talks His Caucus & His Cause

The Huffington Post | Joe Erbentraut | Posted 03.20.2013 | Chicago

Does Chicago's City Council have a rebel on its hands? Currently, the council of 50 -- between its historian alderman, its "hipster" alderman, its ...

City Council Sprouts Dueling 'Progressive' Caucuses

Posted 03.14.2013 | Chicago

Mayor, Mayor, in City Hall, who's the most progressive caucus of them all? The caucus ruckus began Tuesday when nine aldermen broke from the pack ...

City Council Salaries On The Rise Despite Struggling Economy

Posted 01.30.2012 | Chicago

The Chicago Tribune on Monday unveiled a nifty app reporting the salaries of Chicago City Council members since 2008 -- and the results show that many...

City Council Factions Finally Agree On New Ward Map

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 03.18.2012 | Chicago

Rival City Council factions have reached agreement on a new ward map that includes 18 majority black wards, 13 majority Hispanic wards and two Hispani...

Reforming Chicago's City Government

Keith Koeneman | Posted 03.12.2012 | Chicago
Keith Koeneman

The Chicago City Council has tended to suffer from a rather poor reputation. With that in mind, it seems appropriate for Chicagoans to put forth a modest proposal for reforming our city government.

Ward Remap Battle Wages On As Latino Caucus Files Proposal

Posted 12.16.2011 | Chicago

The Chicago City Council failed on Thursday, after weeks of increasingly tense meetings, to arrive at a city ward remap plan that was able to gain the...

Read My Lips: No New Reagan Democrats

Joe Moreno | Posted 01.23.2012 | Chicago
Joe Moreno

A working class backlash against Occupy would be ruinous for the movement and for the country. An entire generation of Reagan Democrats was created by the Anti-Vietnam War movement, which often went too far.

My Yes Vote on the 2012 Budget

Joe Moreno | Posted 01.16.2012 | Chicago
Joe Moreno

From the very beginning this budget process has been transparent, inclusive and reasonable and the mayor deserves a lot of credit for doing the majority of what he said he would during the campaign.

WTF Is a Committeeman? And Why I Want to Be One

Joe Moreno | Posted 12.04.2011 | Chicago
Joe Moreno

When you hear "Chicago Ward Committeeman" what do you think? Before I was in the game, it conjured the good old images of the smoky room, all men, all self-aggrandizers, all smoking large cigars.

Aldermen Become Firefighters For A Day | Posted 10.12.2011 | Chicago

Alderman John Arena (45th ward) may have been given the nickname "landslide" by Ald. Ed Burke (22nd), but on Thursday he may have earned himself a new...

Change In Trash Collection Could Erode Classic Chicago Politics

Posted 10.12.2011 | Chicago

The method by which the city of Chicago collects garbage seems like the most esoteric of municipal concerns. But the debate over the possible shift to...

Yearly Tab For Ald. Burke's Bodyguards Nearly $600,000

Better Government Association | Posted 10.04.2011 | Chicago

The tab to Chicago taxpayers for providing a Chicago Police Department bodyguard detail to Ald. Edward M. Burke (14th)? Almost $600,000 per year. T...

Chicago City Council Sweats The Small Stuff

Chicago Reader | Nadia Oehlsen | Posted 07.19.2011 | Chicago

Newly sworn-in Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced a deal with aldermen last week that he said would bring much-needed reform and efficiency to the Chicago C...

Mayor Daley's Last City Council Meeting

The Huffington Post/AP | Posted 07.04.2011 | Chicago

Chicago aldermen gave retiring Mayor Richard Daley a standing ovation at his last City Council meeting. Aldermen presented a resolution honoring ...

Black Aldermen On Rahm's Appointments: 'Nobody's Black At The Top'

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 07.02.2011 | Chicago

Black aldermen on Monday accused Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel of shortchanging African-American voters who put him in office after the mayor-elect chose w...

Aldermanic Runoff Live Blog

Posted 06.05.2011 | Chicago

Stay tuned to this live blog throughout the day for coverage of the Chicago aldermanic runoffs, as voters in 14 of the city's 50 wards decide the futu...

Ald. Solis LGBT Event Becomes Heated When Morfin Supporters Show Up

Posted 05.31.2011 | Chicago

By Andrew Davis, courtesy of the Windy City Times The food was hot--but the atmosphere at a March 30 LGBT event hosted by 25th Ward Ald. Daniel S...

Aldermen Say Rahm Wants To Cut Chicago's City Council In Half, Emanuel Denies It

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel has repeatedly said that when he takes over, nothing is off limits when it comes to budget and ethics reform in Chicago. But ...