You've probably heard plenty of talk about the need for "quality seats" in Chicago's public schools. But you probably haven't heard CPS CEO Jean-Claude Brizard explain just what a "quality seat" is.
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.
Rahm Emanuel is pulling on the leash of City Hall's legally designated watchdog, and that could undermine the new mayor's pledge to make his administration more open, honest and accountable.
Saturday's second attempt to occupy Grant Park was officially dubbed, "The Occupation Will Continue!" However, the event was more affectionately known to participants as "Take the Horse."
Despite the onset of cold, rainy weather, Occupy Chicago persists. The Occupy movement worldwide is gaining breadth and strength as best practices are developed and shared across the Occupy community. It is a movement that Mayor Emanuel cannot simply ignore or arrest out of existence.
What would you want Mayor Emanuel to teach? Here are some of my top-of-mind suggestions.
I am a fan of the vigorous new mayor of Chicago, but the last five months have given me a certain sense of déjà vu.
Mayor Emanuel's first budget will be tough pill for many people to swallow. But Chicago has been sick for a long time... It's time for us to start taking our medicine.
While the President's failings in the first term have been well chronicled, what are the chances for a different, more successful second term in the White House?
While Rahm Emanuel is listed as a "politician" in his Wikipedia entry, he's not. Emanuel is a Democratic operative at the highest levels; he bleeds Dem blue. He wasn't a politician until well after quelling all the Clinton scandals.
Chicagoans took to the streets this week to hold the big banks accountable for crashing the economy and to demand city, state and federal policies that work for working families.
The mayor's announcement was a strong, public down payment on the vision of transforming the Chicago River into a clean, safe, and usable "backyard" for Chicago.
Like the original "Kingmaker" of the 15th century's War of the Roses, who 'made' Richard III, Valerie Jarrett plays the same role to Barack Hussein Obama.
Sensible political strategy calls for exploiting the existence of a crisis by using it as an opportunity (excuse) to pursue policies you want, whether or not they are the best responses to the specific crisis.
A certain charismatic Senator promised he'd enact comprehensive immigration reform the first year he was in office and I fell for it hook, line and stinker, I mean sinker.
For Chicago bike riders, there is one rule of the road: bikers are always right. At least that's the impression you get from many in the cyclist community.