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PI Original
by Matthew Blake
9:37pm
Mon Apr 16, 2012

Finance Committee Scrutinizes, Then Passes, Emanuel's Infrastructure Trust

Chicago aldermen spent five hours raising questions that went unanswered about Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s “Infrastructure Trust” ordinance, particularly whether it would benefit investors on the backs of taxpayers. Nonetheless, the Finance Committee passed the ordinance with a divided 11-7 vote.

Quick Hit
by Matthew Blake
6:08pm
Wed Apr 11, 2012

Speed Camera Bill Speeds Through Committee Despite Concerns

A city council committee today passed a controversial proposal to install speed enforcement cameras near schools and parks – despite incomplete information on changes to the proposal, especially how the city might use speeding ticket revenue. Read more »

PI Original
by Matthew Blake
3:08pm
Wed Apr 11, 2012

Cloud Of Skepticism Surrounds Chicago Infrastructure Trust

There are worries that Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s proposed “Infrastructure Trust” will not be accountable to the public and City Council. However, the trust is still largely undefined, raising another, more basic question: What projects will it finance?

PI Original
by Matthew Blake
4:58pm
Tue Apr 3, 2012

Red Line Extension Left Off Emanuel’s Infrastructure Plans

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s “Building a New Chicago” speech last Thursday outlined $7.2 billion in infrastructure improvements he wants the city to tackle over the next four years. One project was conspicuous in its absence – extending the Chicago Transit Authority Red Line, from 95th Street to the end of the city at 130th Street.