Juan Rangel, longtime leader of the clout-heavy United Neighborhood Organization, is out as UNO’s $250,000-a-year chief executive in the wake of a scandal that cost the group millions in state funding and led to a federal investigation of its bond dealings. UNO operates the largest charter-school network in Illinois.
- UNO boss Rangel: ‘I have failed’
- SEC probing clout-heavy UNO for possible securities violations
- 3 relatives of UNO boss on payroll of charter school operator
- For insiders, community group UNO’s charter schools pay
- Quitting was UNO chief’s only choice
- UNO’s Juan Rangel: a tale of clout won, then lost
A former Chicago Police officer who has emerged as one of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s most trusted advisers was chosen Tuesday to lead Chicago’s scandal-plagued Department of Buildings. Felicia Davis replaces attorney Michael Merchant, who was promoted to the job of Chicago Housing Authority CEO after Charles Woodyard was forced out.
Chicago would become the nation’s fourth major city to establish an independent budget office to advise the City Council — and the first city to do so without a voter referendum — under a $485,000 plan advanced Tuesday that satisifed no one. On one side is Ald. Anthony Beale (9th), who wants to bankroll the new office on an hourly, “pay-as-you-go” basis instead of asking all 50 aldermen to forfeit $3,000 from their annual allowance for office expenses and contractual employees.
Relying on only one appraisal paid for by the Cubs, a City Council committee agreed Tuesday to vacate up to 25 feet of street and sidewalk on Waveland and Sheffield to pave the way for the renovation of 99-year-old Wrigley Field. Marous & Co. valued the land at $3.75 million and the air-rights above it at $250,000. The city did not order its own appraisal.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Tuesday tried to salvage his plan to ban e-cigarettes wherever smoking is prohibited and snuff out sales to minors by framing it as a battle to protect Chicago’s children.
For the second time in two years, Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s allies have used their political muscle to keep off the ballot a referendum asking Chicago voters whether they favor a switch to an elected school board.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Friday announced Daniel Widawsky as his choice to replace Amer Ahmad, who abruptly resigned as city comptroller in July and weeks later was indicted in an alleged $500,000 kickback and money laundering scheme in Ohio.
The $492 million overhaul unveiled Thursday was touted as the largest investment in the CTA’s Blue Line since the extension from Jefferson Park to O’Hare International Airport. What Mayor Rahm Emanuel failed to mention is the sordid events — fit for a mob movie — that accompanied the O’Hare extension back in the 1980s.
The Cubs got the green light Thursday to take another 10 feet of Sheffield Ave. — and put up an advertising-filled “branding arch” over Clark Street — to pave the way for a $500 million Wrigley Field renovation project that the local alderman called “transformational.” The City Council’s Zoning Committee followed the Plan Commission’s lead by enlarging the stadium footprint at the expense of roughly 50 Sheffield parking spaces to accommodate wider aisles, more concessions and a larger Budweiser deck.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel has not yet conducted a sweeping review of Chicago Police Department positions that could be civilianized, even as he uses $93 million in police overtime this year — and $75 million more next year — to mask a manpower shortage, the inspector general has concluded.
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, who built her political career on a reputation of reform, said she isn’t too keen on the possibility of two convicted former Chicago officials getting elected to the county board.
Asked why he gave $25 million to Chicago’s at-risk teens, filmmaker George Lucas, of “Star Wars” fame, said, “It’s an amazing, amazing program. It’s really fantastic . . . to see what goes on here.”
The Cubs got the go-ahead Wednesday to schedule 35 night games per season at Wrigley Field — and add eight more, including three Saturday nights, to accommodate national television — in exchange for added security and free remote parking.
After an exhaustive forensic audit, consultants have concluded that Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s indicted former City Comptroller Amer Ahmad did not defraud Chicago taxpayers like he is accused of doing in Ohio. The 47-page report was jointly prepared by the law firm of Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP and the Grant Thornton accounting firm.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel has blamed his predecessor — without mentioning Richard M. Daley by name — for everything from the financial crisis and lopsided parking meter deal he inherited to the Hired Truck and city hiring scandals that cost the city millions. But when it comes to eradicating the plague of domestic violence, Emanuel is following in Daley’s footsteps.
Gov. Pat Quinn Monday championed a landmark pension-reform deal and vouched for its constitutionality as he and legislative leaders frantically prepared for what the governor called “the most important fiscal vote” lawmakers will ever make.