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Council inspector should point finger at aldermen, not the mayor

Chicago’s aldermen don’t like Faisal Khan, the legislative inspector general, and they’re not shy about it. Their dislike and interference with Khan’s work has called Rahm Emanuel’s commitment to ethics reform into question. Mayor Emanuel must be credited for attacking the culture of waste, fraud, …

Police department needs crackdown on clout

I worked for the Chicago Police Department for 20 years, retiring last December. It’s a shame the way the David Koschman case has been investigated. The reason that the officers and state’s attorneys involved in the case were not disciplined was CLOUT! You basically can …

Rehab public housing at Cabrini and Lathrop CHA sites

The Chicago Sun Times published an editorial on August 4th entitled “Housing for Poor Going Unbuilt” The editorial describes substantial reserves accumulated by the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) during a period when CHA continues to lag far behind in its multi year Plan for redeveloping …

State, city make smart move to not overregulate against Uber

A few months ago, Pat Carrigan, a partner in a company that manages 2,600 taxi medallions said, “There is no even playing field here. . . . This administration is trying to kill the [traditional Chicago-taxi] industry.” Just last February, New York held an auction …

Setting the record straight on Lewis’ ‘apparent change of heart’

Karen Lewis did not have an “apparent change of heart” regarding the career and tech (formerly vocational) education [“Old video suggests shift in Lewis’ views”]. The proposal for CPS to move the firefighters training program from an after-school program to an in-school CTE program, like …

Elections are the real term limits

Bruce Rauner’s pitch for term limits resonates with many people. But the fact is we do have term limits; they’re called elections. It’s the democratic way, and democracy works only when voters do their part. To be elected time after time, a public official knows …

Voters need to see Rauner’s taxes

Bruce Rauner now has made it official. After Oct. 15, when he releases four more pages of tax information, that’s the last we’ll know of his vast finances. Studying only a few pages, reporters have already determined that Rauner dodged Medicare and Social Security taxes. …

Mayor’s hiring plan good for minority representation

As chairman of the Aldermanic Black Caucus, member of the City Council Latino Caucus, and sponsors of a City Council resolution regarding preference for Chicago Public Schools graduates, we were shocked and disappointed to read Karen Lewis’ denunciation of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plan to give …

Fighting Irish  nickname offensive

Rick Morrissey’s column on Mike Ditka’s idiocy was welcome, except when he writes: “If any Irish Americans are offended by the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, then I’d suggest they speak up. I haven’t heard any complaints — perhaps because we of Irish heritage are not …

Rose inaccurate on Kelly criticism

What a cheap shot by [letter writer] Don Rose, accusing Ed Kelly of setting back race relations. Mr. Kelly did so many positive things for the African-American community that space would not allow me to list them all. Installing the DuSable Museum of African American …

Kelly’s role in revolt against Washington a shameful episode in pol’s career

Neil Steinberg’s lengthy interview with former Democratic ward boss Ed Kelly skips over what may be the most shameful episode in the once-powerful politician’s career. Following the 1983 Democratic primary election, when Harold Washington, an African-American, defeated both incumbent Jane Byrne and then-State’s Attorney Richard …

Reject plan to give unfair advantage to CPS grads in police, fire department hirings

The last thing any city department should do is implement policies that lower standards for employment. The randomized pass/fail hiring and CPS preference point for the Fire Department does just that. The city should hire the best qualified candidates regardless of where they grew up, …

Criticisms against CHA performance need to go further

We urge the Sun-Times to take a stronger stand on the persistent performance problems plaguing the Chicago Housing Authority. As the Sun-Times notes in its Aug. 4 editorial, “Housing for the poor going unbuilt,” the problems at CHA are nothing new. Federal re-regulation has resulted …

UIC provost not demoted, just took another post

A recent Sun Times article (“UIC administrator demoted after plagiarism flap,” Aug. 7, 2014) misinterpreted a change in administrative roles for a distinguished 30-year member of the faculty and administration at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Last week, the campus announced that Lon …

Consent searches could save lives

The Sun-Times editorial page has called for a ban on “consent searches” of vehicles by the police. Maybe the editorial writers should read their own paper. Especially on Mondays! That’s the day all the shootings from the previous Chicago weekend are reported. One can’t deny …