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Sneed: Former Irish president dropping in to raise money
Begorrah! Sneed is told Ireland’s former President Mary Robinson hits town next week to raise big bucks to build the country’s first presidential library. Hers. • Backshot: Robinson, who was Ireland’s first female president and served from 1990-97, made headlines in 1993 as the first serving Irish president to go to England and meet Queen Elizabeth in hopes of […]
30 points by Chicago Sun-Times | Rod Blagojevich Rahm Emanuel Chicago Bulls Illinois Republic of Ireland Yolanda Adams Hyatt Michael Madigan
Emanuel’s utility tax survives test vote, but it got a bumpy ride
Mayor Rahm Emanuel's proposed 29.5 percent tax on water and sewer bills to save the largest city employee pension funds has cleared its first hurdle.
116 points by Chicago Sun-Times | Pension Chicago Pension fund City council Richard M. Daley Rahm Emanuel Tax Municipality
Finance Committee OKs Emanuel’s utility tax but it wasn’t pretty
Mayor Rahm Emanuel's proposed 29.5 percent tax on water and sewer bills to save the largest city employee pension funds has cleared its first hurdle.
73 points by Chicago Sun-Times | Pension fund Pension Chicago City council Municipality Funding Tax Rahm Emanuel
Finance Committee approves Emanuel’s utility tax
Mayor Rahm Emanuel's proposed 29.5 percent tax on water and sewer bills to save the largest city employee pension funds has cleared its first hurdle.
73 points by Chicago Sun-Times | Pension fund Pension Chicago City council Municipality Funding Tax Rahm Emanuel
Emanuel's new water tax easily passes key test vote
Mayor Rahm Emanuel's latest tax hike gained momentum Thursday as the City Council Finance Committee easily advanced a plan that would cost Chicagoans $226 a year by 2020 on their water and sewer bills. The 26-6 vote to send the new tax to the council next week came despite several aldermen saying...
-1 points by Chicago Tribune | Pension Pension fund Tax Property tax Money Rahm Emanuel Million Buffalo Bills
City to pay $1.3 million to family of man killed during cop chase
Chicago taxpayers will pay $1.375 million to the family of a man killed on his 32nd birthday by an unlicensed teenage driver with marijuana in his system who was being chased by an unmarked police car for running a stop sign, in violation of department policy. The settlement to the family of Eugene Ratliff one […]
301 points by Chicago Sun-Times | Police car Stop sign Car chase Rahm Emanuel Yield sign Murder Mile All-way stop
CTU sets dates for 2nd strike authorization vote
The Chicago Teachers Union on Wednesday set dates for a second strike authorization vote later this month. CTU officials said its House of Delegates approved a "strike re-authorization" vote that will be taken through petitions beginning Sept. 21 and running through at least Sept. 23. The vote...
-1 points by Chicago Tribune | Trade union Rod Blagojevich Rahm Emanuel Voting Democratic Party Pension White House Chief of Staff Northwestern University
Mihalopoulos: Munger’s ‘new’ Open Book website more of a sequel
What's more unusual is to continue a policy started by a predecessor — but claim it as your own work, as Republican Comptroller Leslie Munger did.
484 points by Chicago Sun-Times | Rod Blagojevich Pat Quinn Daniel Hynes Donald Trump Chicago Melania Trump Rahm Emanuel Michael Madigan
SEIU Local 1 beefs about ‘rampant wage theft’ at O’Hare
SEIU Local 1 and its City Council allies want the state and city to investigate “rampant wage theft” from hundreds of employees at O'Hare and Midway.
174 points by Chicago Sun-Times | Wage Minimum wage Employment Rahm Emanuel Chicago Midway International Airport Airport Democratic Party
West Side residents wary of ‘Ravinia-style’ venue in Douglas Park
Ald. Michael Scott Jr.’s vision of an outdoor “Ravinia-style” concert venue in Douglas Park got a skeptical reception Wednesday from West Side residen
222 points by Chicago Sun-Times | Chicago Rahm Emanuel Festival Chicago Sun-Times Sun-Times Media Group Chicago Tribune Rod Blagojevich Democratic Party
CTU governing body to discuss next steps in possible strike
Should teachers strike this year? That's the question on the minds of everyone depending on Chicago Public Schools for an education or work.
70 points by Chicago Sun-Times | Rahm Emanuel Morgan Freeman Democratic Party School Rod Blagojevich Negotiation Education White House Chief of Staff
Burke urges CPD to make QuickClot Combat Gauze standard issue
The alderman urged the CPD to make the QuickClot Combat Gauze that costs roughly $47 a roll and $120 for the First-Aid kit standard issue.
60 points by Chicago Sun-Times | Police Police brutality Bleeding Chicago Police Department Ballistic trauma Wound Military Rahm Emanuel
Democrats declare victory in health care fight
Democrats were united in their opposition to the Republican bill.       
-1 points by USA Today | Democratic Party Barack Obama George W. Bush Republican Party Joe Biden United States House of Representatives New Mexico Rahm Emanuel
City warns retail electric suppliers to stay off CHA properties
Following a rash of complaints from CHA residents, the city announced it will ban retail electric suppliers from soliciting on those properties.
1 points by Chicago Sun-Times | Consumer protection Rod Blagojevich Democratic Party Predation Rahm Emanuel Chicago Law Northwestern University
Ex-CPS consultant sentenced to 7 years in prison in bribery scandal
Gary Solomon, the education consultant cast by prosecutors as the "mastermind" of a bribery scandal that upended the financially stressed Chicago Public Schools system, was sentenced Friday to seven years in prison by a federal judge.In imposing the sentence, U.S. District Judge Edmond Chang said...
109 points by Chicago Tribune | Political corruption High school Education Rahm Emanuel Guilt School Niles West High School Skokie Illinois
Warehouse to penthouse: Finkl site, industrial corridor ready for makeover
A construction boom of apartment towers, office buildings, retail spaces, roads, bridges, parks and trails is envisioned for a 3.7-mile stretch along the Chicago River that once was dominated by manufacturers. A recently released proposal, backed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, aims to address a long-brewing...
-1 points by Chicago Tribune | Chicago Residential area Residential development Near North Side Chicago Municipality Chicago Loop Lake Shore Drive Rahm Emanuel
Rahm Emanuel gung-ho about U.S. Steel project, alderman says
"We are encouraged and supportive of what’s happening,” a top mayoral aide said.
-1 points by Chicago Sun-Times | Rahm Emanuel Building Mayor of New York City Mayors Democratic Party Aid Mayor Rod Blagojevich
Advice to Spicer -- from Obama's comms director
During my eight years in the Obama administration, there was an offhand comment uttered from time to time in the hallway after something went off the rails, "It's a communications problem."
3384 points by CNN | White House Press Secretary President of the United States White House Donald Trump Rahm Emanuel Apostrophe White House Chief of Staff Talking Points Memo
Aviation Committee advances Midway concession makeover
The concession makeover is pivotal to Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plan to confront Midway’s biggest weaknesses: parking, security and concessions.
3 points by Chicago Sun-Times | Rahm Emanuel
Four days after shooting, 12-year-old Kanari Gentry-Bowers dies
Kanari's father, Justin Bowers, somberly pleaded for anyone with information on the shooting to come forward. “I just want justice for my daughter."
2670 points by Chicago Sun-Times | Rahm Emanuel Murder Death Week-day names Family John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County John Stroger Certified first responder
Man charged in killing of Chicago girl, 11; third child struck since Saturday
Takiya Holmes was struck by a bullet in the back of her head as she sat in her family car.       
14491 points by USA Today | Crime Homicide Murder Rahm Emanuel Los Angeles American films Gang Firearm
For homicide, Chicago has no tipping point
Lavontay White Jr. and Takiya Holmes are just names now, at least on this plane. They're angels elsewhere, I'm certain, but only names here, destined to be forgotten by most. Lavontay, a 2-year-old, was shot in the head Tuesday when a gunman opened fire on the car he was in with his mother and...
340 points by Chicago Tribune | Police Rahm Emanuel
Toddler killed in Chicago in shooting streamed on Facebook Live
A toddler and his uncle were killed and a pregnant woman was wounded in Chicago on Tuesday when a gunman opened fire on their car as they drove through the city’s West Side, in a shooting captured on Facebook Live.
22 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | Rod Blagojevich Chicago Childhood Chicago Tribune Tribune Company Victim WGN-TV Rahm Emanuel
Emanuel waters down home-sharing rules to survive court challenge
On Wednesday, the City Council’s License Committee will consider Emanuel's plan to strip the ordinance of one of its most onerous requirements.
16 points by Chicago Sun-Times | Rahm Emanuel Mayor Chicago Sun-Times Chicago Municipality Hosts file Democratic Party Warrant
Chicago IT firm chosen to oversee ‘COPA Academy’
Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration has awarded a $200,000 contract to a Chicago information technology firm to preside over “COPA Academy.”
47 points by Chicago Sun-Times | Police brutality Police Chicago Chicago Police Department Chicago Sun-Times Rahm Emanuel Sun-Times Media Group Chicago Tribune
Court won’t hear city’s appeal in red-light camera lawsuit
The decision means that the case that could ultimately lead to refunds of fines will continue.
114 points by Chicago Sun-Times | Appeal Law Case law Rahm Emanuel Plaintiff Judge Court Civil procedure
Mihalopoulos: Airport workers wish they could have detained Rahm
The politically powerful service employees’ union is taunting Emanuel to show he cares as much about the airport workers as he does for the detainees.
861 points by Chicago Sun-Times | Wage Minimum wage France Refugee Employment Democratic Party Australia Rahm Emanuel
Rahm and Trump could be on same track with O’Hare express train
President Trump may be bashing Chicago on an almost daily basis for its skyrocketing murder rate. But, he’s a big fan of airport express service.
70 points by Chicago Sun-Times | Rail transport High-speed rail Ray LaHood Richard M. Daley Chicago Rahm Emanuel California High-Speed Rail Acela Express
Firing recommended for Chicago cop for allegedly lying about fatal shooting
Officer Raoul Mosqueda donned his dress uniform last week and joined Mayor Rahm Emanuel and top Chicago police officials at a graduation and promotion ceremony at Navy Pier. Mosqueda, a 10-year department veteran, was celebrating his appointment to field training officer, a post that would position...
382 points by Chicago Tribune | Police Police brutality Chicago Police Department Constable Police officer Rahm Emanuel Police training officer Shooting
Dueling letters draw CPS parents into battle over funding
The battle between Gov. Bruce Rauner and Chicago Public Schools over education funding played out in dueling letters delivered this week to parents of students at the financially troubled district. In one letter, State Education Secretary Beth Purvis accused CPS of trying to "arbitrarily create...
172 points by Chicago Tribune | Rod Blagojevich Chicago Republican Party Democratic Party Rahm Emanuel High school Illinois Michael Madigan
City Hall's CPS blame game: Why isn't Claypool pounding on his fellow Democrats to fix their fiasco?
Chicago Public Schools CEO Forrest Claypool is scrambling because the district's budget is seriously out of whack and a huge teachers pension payment looms in June.On Monday, Claypool announced a $46 million "spending freeze" that will force principals to scramble themselves to rejigger their budgets...
126 points by Chicago Tribune | Chicago Chicago Sun-Times Rahm Emanuel Chicago Tribune Forrest Claypool Sun-Times Media Group Pension
Rauner’s schools chief tells parents CPS created its own mess
Education Secretary Beth Purvis released an open letter to CPS parents, placing the blame for the financial mess squarely on CPS' " mismanagement."
324 points by Chicago Sun-Times | John Cullerton Illinois Senate Illinois President pro tempore of the United States Senate Chicago Democratic Party Rahm Emanuel Illinois General Assembly
Rahm Emanuel: Too many Dems care more about being right than winning
Mayor Rahm Emanuel has warned Democrats they need to "take a chill pill" and realize that they are not going to take back national power anytime soon. "It ain't gonna happen in 2018," Emanuel said Monday at Stanford's Graduate School of Business in California. "Take a chill pill, man. You gotta...
-2 points by Chicago Tribune | Democratic Party John McCain Republican Party George W. Bush United States presidential election 2008 Ronald Reagan President of the United States Rahm Emanuel
Morning Spin: Emanuel to give speech on infrastructure Thursday
Welcome to Clout Street: Morning Spin, our weekday feature to catch you up with what's going on in government and politics from Chicago to Springfield. Topspin Here’s a sign a politician has been in office for a while: He delivers a speech timed to the anniversary of another speech. That’s what...
14 points by Chicago Tribune | Chicago Rahm Emanuel Democratic Party Rod Blagojevich City and town halls Mayor Donald Trump City council
Emanuel meets with Uber, with new idea in the works
Emanuel said Monday he had a West Coast meeting with Uber and is working with the company on an idea he hopes will benefit the Chicago.
47 points by Chicago Sun-Times | Rahm Emanuel Rod Blagojevich White House Chief of Staff Hotel Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Donald Trump
Emanuel prescribes Rx for fellow Democrats: “Take a chill pill”
Mayor Rahm Emanuel advised his fellow Democrats to “take a chill pill:” The party he loves didn't get to its current political low point overnight.
9 points by Chicago Sun-Times | Democratic Party United States House of Representatives Rahm Emanuel Nancy Pelosi Chicago Chris Van Hollen Colorado Democratic Party Jim Clyburn
Redflex to pay $20 million to city to settle lawsuit over bribery scheme
Chicago's beleaguered former red-light camera vendor, still reeling from a $2 million bribery scandal that nearly brought down the business and rippled across the globe, has agreed to pay $20 million to the city to settle its lawsuit over the company's admitted fraud. In a 12-page settlement agreement,...
381 points by Chicago Tribune | Rod Blagojevich Contract Chicago Chicago Tribune Rahm Emanuel Camera Tribune Company Breach of contract
Illinois secretary of state wants to sell ads on vehicle registration notices to bring in money
Amid a long-running budget battle, Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White is asking lawmakers to give him a tool to make ends meet: allowing advertising on vehicle registration reminders that are mailed out to millions of homes each year. The idea is to avoid a repeat of October 2015, when White's...
45 points by Chicago Tribune | Rahm Emanuel Rod Blagojevich State Private sector Advertising Mail Tax Voluntary sector
Nine-year tab for Chicago Fire Dept. bias claims: $92 million
Allegations of discrimination in the Chicago Fire Department’s hiring and promotions have cost taxpayers nearly $92 million over the past nine years.
543 points by Chicago Sun-Times | Chicago City Discrimination Democratic Party Mayor of Chicago Rahm Emanuel Municipality Richard M. Daley
Morning Spin: Rauner reveals what he wanted to be when he grew up
Welcome to Clout Street: Morning Spin, our weekday feature to catch you up with what's going on in government and politics from Chicago to Springfield. Topspin Before diving into politics, Gov. Bruce Rauner made his bones as a private equity investor. But the Republican said Thursday he earlier...
37 points by Chicago Tribune | Rod Blagojevich Chicago Rahm Emanuel Democratic Party Lisa Madigan Illinois Cook County Illinois Democracy
In Italy to become cardinal, Cupich asks city, state leaders to work together
Using an ancient religious "city of peace" as a backdrop, Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich on Friday called on city and state politicians to set aside partisan strife and work together to address the ongoing struggles in Illinois. "We have challenges in the state of Illinois, not just in terms of...
230 points by Chicago Tribune | Roman Catholic Church Catholic Church Pope Francis of Assisi Bishop Cardinal Pope John Paul II Rahm Emanuel
Morning Spin: Why Chicago top cop Johnson is in Rome with Emanuel
Welcome to Clout Street: Morning Spin, our weekday feature to catch you up with what's going on in government and politics from Chicago to Springfield. Topspin Chicago’s 80-strong, Mayor Rahm Emanuel-fronted delegation to see Archbishop Blase Cupich’s elevation to cardinal in Rome counts the city’s...
188 points by Chicago Tribune | Benjamin Netanyahu Tammy Duckworth Rahm Emanuel Members of the United States House of Representatives from Illinois Peter Roskam Democratic Party Rod Blagojevich Prime Minister of Israel
Delivery company UPS plans hiring fairs at Chicago colleges
CHICAGO (AP) - The package delivery company UPS Inc. is hosting three hiring fairs with the City Colleges of Chicago. Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the company is looking for more than 3,800 part-time and seasonal workers for the holiday season. Emanuel says Chicago's workforce is "the perfect match" for UPS ...
2 points by The Washington Times | Chicago Richard J. Daley College City Colleges of Chicago Richard J. Daley Malcolm X College Democratic Party Northwestern University Rahm Emanuel
'Rahmfather' creator Eric Brightfield remembered for genius, pranks
I receive many fine letters from readers, but only one came stuffed into the mouth of a fish. A dead, dry, stuffed fish it was, a dark green smallmouth bass. "This fish is a little dry," said the cryptic note. "Let's meet for some fresher fish at Shaw's." It was on a square of canvas, a detail...
-2 points by Chicago Tribune | Rahm Emanuel Rod Blagojevich Wrigley Field White House Chief of Staff Christmas Democratic Party John Grisham
Sneed: Rahm, Rauner find common ground, and it’s at the Vatican
Reunited at last! Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Gov. Bruce Rauner, antagonists in political life, have finally found something in common: Archbishop Blase J. Cupich, who is on his way to Rome to become a cardinal. At O’Hare International Airport before boarding a United Airlines flight, Rahm and Rauner held a press conference. “This is a […]
91 points by Chicago Sun-Times | Democratic Party Supreme Court of the United States Damon Wayans People from Chicago Illinois Rahm Emanuel Rod Blagojevich White House Chief of Staff Jim Clyburn
Rahm and Rauner sing 'Kumbaya' ahead of Roman holiday
Can it really be five months since Mayor Rahm Emanuel accused Gov. Bruce Rauner of "auditioning to be Donald Trump's running mate" and Rauner said Chicago's schools were "almost crumbling prisons"? Those pre-election barbs seemed to be long forgotten Thursday when Emanuel and Rauner appeared together...
50 points by Chicago Tribune | Chicago Desirée Rogers Supreme Court of the United States Democratic Party Illinois World's busiest airports by passenger traffic O'Hare International Airport Rahm Emanuel
Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan challenging Nancy Pelosi for House Dem leader
He is running to unseat her as the House Democratic leader.       
581 points by USA Today | United States House of Representatives Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi Democratic Party Steny Hoyer United States United States Congress Rahm Emanuel
Chicago aldermen call for all animal shelters in city to become no-kill facilities
Chicago aldermen have introduced a plan to order all animal shelters in the city to become "no-kill" facilities, upping the ante on their call earlier this year for the city to euthanize far fewer dogs and cats.The order that aldermen brought forward at Wednesday's City Council meeting directs...
13796 points by Chicago Tribune | English-language films American films Rahm Emanuel No-kill shelter Chicago Animal euthanasia Rod Blagojevich City council
Morning Spin: Late twist in Medal of Freedom winner Minow's political back story
Welcome to Clout Street: Morning Spin, our weekday feature to catch you up with what's going on in government and politics from Chicago to Springfield. Topspin There’s an interesting political back story to Newt Minow, whose public service ranges from working with the late Gov. Adlai E. Stevenson...
28 points by Chicago Tribune | Democratic Party Adlai Stevenson Rahm Emanuel John F. Kennedy Chicago Rod Blagojevich Illinois Newton N. Minow
Chicago's Trump Tower unlikely to get name change
"Have you seen this?" a friend tweeted Wednesday. She was referring to a CBS News report headlined: "Three New York buildings to ditch Trump name." The implication was obvious: Trump signs are not forever. I should write a column urging residents of Donald Trump's building in Chicago to follow...
256 points by Chicago Tribune | Trump International Hotel and Tower Donald Trump Democratic Party Ivana Trump Fred Trump Rahm Emanuel Michigan Avenue Bridge