Indiana might be too far away to care what a Chicago alderman has to say about the state, but alienating residents of the neighborhood where he wants to put a housing complex might not be the best sales pitch for Chicago 45th Ward Alderman John Arena.
Former Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett’s talk of redemption fell on deaf ears early Friday when a U.S. District Court judge sentenced her to 54 months behind bars for her part in a scheme that steered $23 million in no-bid CPS contracts to a former employer.
Not to be a party pooper, but Sam Toia thinks a proposal to require every licensed business in Chicago with a public bathroom to make it available to anyone with an “emergency” should be flushed down the drain.
The Chicago City Council Zoning Committee effectively put a hold on Ward 45 Alderman John Arena's plans for a much-debated storage facility in his Jefferson Park neighborhood when after a seven-hour meeting not enough panel members were still around to vote.
James Bovard warns residents of Jefferson Park that they need look no further than the opposite side of the city to see what a proposed low-income, subsidized housing complex could mean for their neighborhood.
While Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is celebrating the city’s recent acceptance of a $1.1 billion federal grant to upgrade the CTA’s infrastructure, at least one non-profit group sees the money as putting Chicago on track to trouble.
Illinois senators have put off a planned vote on the state’s nearly two-year budget stalemate until later this month at the earliest, but in the minds of concerned citizens opposed to the idea of any new taxes, the verdict on the so-called 'opportunity tax' has already been decided.
With the number of local governments and major cities in the throes of insolvency now sharply on the rise, a growing number of economic experts are calling for creative measures to give hard-hit municipalities their best chance of survival.