Former Mayor Richard M. Daley’s staff was aware of major problems with the city’s parking-meter privatization deal in 2010 — a year and a half before the costly issues publicly surfaced, according to hundreds of pages of documents released Wednesday by Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration.
Chicago aldermen grilled Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s top aides Friday over whether a proposed settlement to end costly disputes with the operator of the city’s parking-meter system would give the company a windfall for decades to come.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration went to court Thursday to try to knock tens of millions of dollars off the nearly $58 million tab it owes to the private company that operates four city-owned parking garages.
Chicago Public Schools officials have suspended an employee of Dunbar Vocational Career Academy on the South Side after a video surfaced that appears to show him pushing a 16-year-old female student down a flight of stairs. On the video, which seems to have been taken on a cell phone, it appears the man then hovers over the girl at the bottom of the stairs and shoves her again when she gets up and lunges at him. The video is posted on www.worldstarhiphop.com.
The United Neighborhood Organization needs to adopt “robust conflict-of-interest” policies in the wake of a scandal that’s jeopardized tens of millions of dollars of state funding for UNO’s network of charter schools in Chicago, a retired federal judge hired by the politically influential group urged Thursday.
Nine aldermen — most of whom largely support Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s agenda at City Hall — went to the Chicago Board of Education’s meeting Wednesday to criticize some or all of the mayor’s plan to close 50 schools.
Aldermen, union leaders and local residents have questioned the mayor’s priorities at a time when Emanuel is closing 53 elementary schools, phasing out the city’s 55 percent subsidy for retiree health care and using millions in overtime to mask a shortage of police officers.
Chicago Police led away protesters Monday who blocked elevators in the lobby of City Hall after they vowed to “cause chaos in this city” to stop a sweeping school-closing plan. Also Monday, Chicago Public Schools officials released reports providing additional details of how nine schools that are absorbing student bodies from shuttered schools plan to address student safety and the accommodations of special needs students.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s allies in the Teamsters union leadership have backed away from trying to represent airport janitors working for a company the mayor hired last year over objections from other labor leaders. The Service Employees International Union had complained that hundreds of its members lost their jobs because of a five-year, $99.4 million janitorial contract Emanuel signed with United Maintenance Cos. Inc. for O’Hare Airport.
Union leaders and retired city workers on Wednesday blasted Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s decision to save $108.7 million-a-year by phasing out the city’s 55 percent subsidy for retiree health care, at the same time he’s using $125 million public funds to build a new basketball arena near McCormick Place.
When Collaboraction Theatre Company takes the stage to perform its play “Crime Scene: Let Hope Rise” in select city parks this summer, actors will be telling a story that many of the people watching already know. Collaboraction and the Chicago Park District will put on the play, which explores the city’s history and prevalence of gun violence, in four South and West Side parks between July and August.
Chicagoans won’t have to come downtown this summer to enjoy music, dance, theater and movies in the parks. They’ll be available — in abundance — in their own neighborhoods.
The involuntary manslaughter trial of Richard J. “R.J.” Vanecko, the nephew of former Mayor Richard M. Daley accused in the death of 21-year-old David Koschman, won’t happen till next year, the judge in the case said Tuesday. Meanwhile, a grand jury investigation led by special prosecutor Dan K. Webb into the way the case was handled by the Chicago Police Department and the Cook County state’s attorney’s office continues longer than expected and is now expected to be completed in July.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel is expected to announce this week plans for a $300 million 12,000-seat arena for DePaul University at McCormick Place — a proposal that will call for millions in taxpayer dollars, sources tell the Chicago Sun-Times. The mayor will also announce plans to build two mega hotels on McPier property in the hopes of aggressively growing convention and meeting business in Chicago.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel apparently feels free to build a new basketball home for DePaul University after nailing down the “framework” agreement on signage and night games that will pave the way for the Cubs to renovate Wrigley Field and the land around it. But, that doesn’t settle the political debate about whether it’s wise to use $100 million in public money to build an arena for 18 games a year for a school now decades removed from its days as a college basketball powerhouse. Marc Ganis, a Chicago-based sports business consultant, said he’s “stunned” by the mayor’s decision. A domed
The chairman of the City Council’s Black Caucus is demanding that Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his handpicked school board follow hearing officers recommendations to keep open 13 of 54 Chicago Public Schools targeted for closing.