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  • Some aldermen want hearings on fixing or dumping Taste of Chicago

    Some aldermen want hearings on fixing or dumping Taste of Chicago
    A group of aldermen today called for hearings on whether Taste of Chicago should be restructured or even eliminated in the face of years of financial losses. Ald. Robert Fioretti, a sponsor of the non-binding resolution, suggested Taste may have run...
  • Ex-gang member 'Gator' Bradley asks aldermen for gun permit

    Ex-gang member 'Gator' Bradley asks aldermen for gun permit
    Pardoned former gang member Wallace “Gator” Bradley told aldermen today he wants the right to own a handgun, even though he once had felony convictions on his record. Bradley, who in recent decades has set up shop as a self-professed “...
  • The politics of garbage

     
    Courtesy of WTTW-Ch. 11, here is a lightly-edited rush transcript of the segment on Chicago's antiquated garbage-pickup system seen yesterday on " Chicago Tonight" provided by WTTW-Ch. 11. See if you react as strongly as I did to 27th Ward......
  • Get on the grid: City can save tens of millions by scrapping antiquated garbage-collection system

     
    I'm guessing garbage collection isn't your area of expertise. Mine neither. But if the city of Chicago were to come to us and ask us to create a rough design for a household refuse-collection system, there's almost no chance we'd......
  • Alderman asks for $5 million more for Jesse White Tumblers gym

     
    Posted by John Byrne at 6:10 p.m. The Jesse White Tumblers could soon have their first permanent practice facility, on the site where a Cabrini-Green building once stood. The City Council Finance Committee will consider a proposal introduced today by........
  • Burnett steps down as chairman of City Council black caucus

     
    Posted by John Byrne at 11:41 a.m.; updated at 2:57 p.m. Ald. Walter Burnett resigned today as chairman of the Chicago City Council's black caucus. The 27th Ward alderman, who has chaired the 19-member group of African-American aldermen for nearly......
  • Emanuel unveils plan for City Council leadership

     
    Posted by Hal Dardick at 7:10 p.m. A majority of Chicago aldermen have agreed with Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel on a City Council committee structure that would weaken the influence of Ald. Edward Burke, 14th. Under the new structure outlined today......
  • Brookins elected leader of Chicago City Council's Black Caucus

     
    Posted by John Byrne at 5:57 p.m. South Side Ald. Howard Brookins Jr. was elected chairman of the Chicago City Council's Black Caucus today. The 21st Ward alderman defeated Ald. Latasha Thomas, 17th, in a vote among African-American aldermen after......
  • Alderman calls for hearings on $20 Taste of Chicago admission fee

     
    Posted by John Byrne at 7:42 p.m. A key alderman today called for public hearings on a proposal to charge Taste of Chicago attendees $20 on peak days to get into the traditionally free annual summertime lakefront smorgasbord. The Illinois......
  • Richard Daley leaves office as one of Chicago's most ambitious mayors

    Richard Daley leaves office as one of Chicago's most ambitious mayors
    Richard Daley leaves office this month as one of the most ambitious mayors Chicago ever had, a political heir who embraced and transcended his birthright but whose hands-on drive to improve the city he loved did not always match his reach. Chicago's...
  • Primary over, Democrats move to oust lawmaker charged with bribery

    Primary over, Democrats move to oust lawmaker charged with bribery
    Gov. Pat Quinn and other leading Democrats called today for the resignation of a state lawmaker from Chicago who won a House primary one week after being arrested on federal bribery charges. The growing pressure on state Rep. Derrick Smith contrasts with...
  • Taste of Chicago premium seating plan advances in City Council

    Taste of Chicago premium seating plan advances in City Council
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel's plan to charge Taste of Chicago attendees for premium seating to see musical acts in Grant Park and for the chance to eat special meals prepared by prominent Chicago chefs cleared a City Council committee today. Department of...