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.
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Mayor Rahm Emanuel has chosen a former Drug Enforcement Administration agent, Scott Ando, to lead the Independent Police Review Authority.
The City Council won’t have to take Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s word for it the next time the mayor tries to privatize a city asset, raise taxes, renegotiate the parking meter lease or expand the scope of ticket-spewing surveillance cameras.
Juan Rangel was a “distraction from the mission” of the United Neighborhood Organization and did the right thing by resigning as the clout-heavy organization’s chief executive, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Wednesday.
The City Council agreed Wednesday to snuff out the sale of menthol and flavored tobacco products within 500 feet Chicago schools — five times the existing radius — to curb teen turn smoking.
Chicago voters casting ballots in the March 18 primary will not be asked whether they favor a switch to an elected school board.
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.