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

Joe Moore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Joe Moore

With the help of some of my colleagues I was able to delay a vote on a misguided piece of legislation -- the establishment of a "Legislative Inspector General," the proposed "watchdog" of the City Council.

Joel Pollak: Skokie Republican Hopes To Unseat Jan Schakowsky

Chicago Magazine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Joel Pollak, 32, (graduate of Niles North, Harvard College, Harvard Law School), wants Jan Schakowsky's seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. ...

Power to the People

Joe Moore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Joe Moore

As an alderman, I have embarked on an new alternative to the old style of decision-making. I'm letting the residents of the 49th Ward decide how to spend my entire discretionary capital budget of more than $1.3 million.

PHOTOS: Art Meets Politics For The 'Chicago Aldermen Project'

HuffPost Eyes&Ears Local | Laurie Koblesky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Produced by HuffPost's Eyes & Ears Citizen Journalism Unit Chicagoans flocked by the hundreds to a Wicker Park art gallery this weekend to see the Ch...

City Accepting Applications For Alderman

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Who ever heard of an open casting call for a $110,556-a-year government job in Chicago -- a city whose Democratic ward bosses famously said, "We don't...

Illinois Primary Results Show Local Political Machine 'Breaking Down'

Chicago News Cooperative | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

After serving some 20 years as an elected leader of the obscure-but-jobs-rich Metropolitan Water Reclamation District, Terence O'Brien decided last ye...

News Flash: Cook County Machine Covers for Its Own, Again

Andy Thayer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Andy Thayer

On Monday afternoon, Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez announced that she was taking a pass on criminally prosecuting a Chicago police officer who currently faces 34 federal lawsuits.

Isaac Carothers Pleads Guilty: Alderman Admits To Taking Bribes

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A key Chicago City Council ally of Mayor Daley resigned today after agreeing to a deal that calls for him to spend more than two years in prison for t...

Obama & Co. Forget 'Where's Mine?' and the Chicago Way

Michael L. Millenson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael L. Millenson

Obama and the Democrats can either love their enemies like, say, one-term president Jimmy Carter, or they can practice the Chicago Way.

Farewell to a Reporter Who Wasn't Afraid to Roll His Rs

Esther J. Cepeda | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Esther J. Cepeda

Gomez had the same profound impact on the city as many of the stalwart reporters Chicago is famous for, but he did it as one of a very, very few Hispanic journalists working today.

A Strong Endorsement for Julie Hamos

Elaine Nekritz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Elaine Nekritz

It is with great pride that I endorse Julie Hamos for Congress in Illinois' 10th Congressional District. Julie Hamos knows what it takes to be a good legislator.

Emil Jones, His Stepson, and Todd Stroger -- A Great Deal for Them

Carol Felsenthal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Carol Felsenthal

The Chicago Sun-Times discovers another bad deal for taxpayers in Cook County government.

Old Enough to Know Better, Young Enough to Pretend: Can the Chicago News Cooperative Succeed?

Daniel Sinker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Daniel Sinker

If there was a better day to announce the News Cooperative, I can't think of it. After Mayor Daley's budget address, the two major papers ran the same cover: a 24-year-old kidnapping.

GOP Rep. Blasts Emanuel For Chicago-Style Politics

NBC Chicago | ANDREW GREINER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The ranking member of the Committee on Oversight & Government Reform, Darrell Issa, is taking issue with the invective-spouting, political superstar f...

Mayor Daley, Why? (Or Why Not?)

David Murray | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
David Murray

It's not that I'm sick of Mayor Daley. He's as entertaining as ever, and as much a confounding brew of political genius and moral vulgarity, animal intelligence and intellectual imbecility as he ever was.

Alderman Isaac 'Ike' Carothers Indicted On Federal Corruption Charges

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) -- A Chicago alderman was indicted Thursday on federal fraud and bribery charges for allegedly accepting $40,000 in home improvements fro...

Isn't it Time to Let Abe Rest in Peace?

Andy Shaw | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Andy Shaw

We are fighting an enemy armed with the power of incumbency, and the riches of unfettered fundraising to hold their ground at all costs.

The Changing Face of Illinois Politics

Hermene Hartman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Hermene Hartman

The political landscape of Chicago and Illinois is destined to change in its black representation. Todd Stroger has been a disappointment. He should go home and not waste the public's time with another run.

Retiring White Aldermen Could Upend City Council Power Balance

Chicago Daily Observer | Russ Stewart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

There is a correlation between color and clout in Chicago's 50-member city council. There are 23 white, 19 black, and eight Hispanic aldermen. But it'...

Replacing Quigley on Cook County Board a Lesson in Democracy, Sort of

James Warren | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
James Warren

When a committee gathered Saturday to fill the Cook County Board vacancy created by spirited reformer Mike Quigley's ascension to the U.S. Congress, it was no surprise that talk of a fix was rampant.

Blagojevich, Burris and a Few Broken Hands

Alden Loury | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Alden Loury

We have a long track record of political disasters in this state, and the folks on the inside need to be taught that the people of Illinois have had enough. We don't need more promises of reform.

Sara Feigenholtz Fights for Emanuel's Seat

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Marcia G. Yerman

Using the Obama model of building a strong grassroots base, Feigenholtz has tapped into the social media playbook with a profile on Facebook and updates on Twitter.

Do You Think 700 Million Dollars is a Lot of Money?

Mike Quigley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Mike Quigley

When the Cook County budget comes up for a vote in the coming week, we will be dealing, yet again, with a patchwork set of fixes, an ill-conceived borrowing scheme, and a lack of attention to the real problems.

Religous Leaders Call For Morality In Government

Chicago Public Radio | Lynette Kalsnes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Religious professors and clergy from across the nation just finished meeting in Chicago to take on the ethics of public officials. The Christian and ...

Bill Daley: Springfield, Not Chicago, Taints Illinois

Politico | Roger Simon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Blagojevich is from Chicago, and some say that city is a breeding ground for corruption. But Bill Daley, brother of Chicago's current mayor and a form...