The Chicago City Council Zoning Committee effectively put a hold on Ward 45 Alderman John Arena's plans for a much-debated high-rise apartment complex in his Jefferson Park neighborhood because after a seven-hour meeting, not enough panel members were still around to vote recently.
Chicago's former legislative inspector general turned government watchdog has called on the mayor and Infrastructure Trust to explain how officials permitted large portions of city-owned buildings to be liened to a private bank to finance an energy upgrade project.
There are three steps to reducing corruption in Chicago and they begin with completely rewriting its weak and archaic ethics ordinance that protects entrenched politicians, the city's former legislative inspector general turned government watchdog group CEO said.
A crowd of about 200 protestors gathered and lined the sidewalk in front of 45th Ward Alderman John Arena’s office on Feb. 21, objecting the construction of the proposed 10-story, 100-unit low-income subsidized housing project in the Jefferson Park neighborhood.
The Better Government Association (BGA) recently suggested that the Chicago City Council’s new 7-cents-a-bag tax authorization is one more in a series of cloaked legislative efforts, wherein the stated purpose may obscure a second motive.
Chicago Alderman Willie Cochran was indicted on federal charges today. The special June 2015 grand jury filed a variety of charges against the 20th Ward alderman in U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois Eastern Division.
Citing “blatant and systematic disregard for ethics,” Chicago’s former legislative inspector general, Faisal Khan, issued a statement regarding the recent indictment of local Alderman Willie Cochran on charges alleging campaign finance violations.
Chicago's former legislative inspector general refuses to back down from comments made by Alderman Brendan Reilly (42nd), saying the new government watchdog group CEO did a great disservice to Reilly’s resigned zoning staffer, who had been lobbying for the company.