A list kept under former Chicago Public Schools CEO Arne Duncan’s
administration of clout-heavy Chicagoans and public officials looking to
get kids into some of the city’s top schools was made public last week.
Some education experts say the log is another example of the
intense competition for too few high-quality school seats in the city
and the disparity in education and economic investment in Chicago neighborhoods.
“The fact that there’s so many people who want to get into
those schools shows that the people really want a quality education,
and the system should be responsive instead of disinvesting in various
school communities,” said Eric “Rico” Gutstein, faculty associate with
the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Collaborative for Equity and Justice in Education.
A San Francisco-based firm spent the morning trying to sell the Chicago
City Council on the idea that they can use eminent domain to seize
properties in danger of falling into foreclosure. The firm argued that the use of eminent domain, which occurs when government acquires private property in the name of the greater good, could lead to the public benefit of fewer foreclosures. Representatives from Mortgage Resolution Partners LLC had the ear of Ald. Ed Burke (14th), chairman of the City Council Finance Committee, and the backing of Ald. Ray Suarez (31st), head of the Housing and Real Estate Committee.
But the effort was perhaps futile as Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel indicated at a press conference today that he opposes the plan.
According to the Chicago Tribune, Emanuel said that he did not think eminent domain was the “right instrument” to combat foreclosures.
An ordinance pushed by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to make possession
of 15 grams or less of marijuana punishable by ticketed fines will
likely sail through city council tomorrow amid some concerns that the
$250 to $500 tickets are too steep a levy against the low-income, black
residents who are often targets of marijuana arrests.
Solis (25th), the ordinance's sponsor, is not currently considering any
amendments including changing the fine, according to Solis spokesman
The Chicago City Council committee on public safety voted 13-1 today
for an ordinance pushed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel to change possession of
less than 15 grams of marijuana from a criminal offense to a civil
violation punishable by fine.
The committee hearing raised
questions about how fines would be implemented, particularly if they
might disproportionately hurt black residents in low-income
neighborhoods who make up about 75 percent of the of Chicago Police Department's pot arrests.
will raise dollars on the backs of poor people,” said Ald. Pat Dowell
(3rd) at the hearing. Dowell and other black caucus aldermen, such as
Ald. Willie Cochran (20th), raised these concerns, but did not vote
against the legislation.
Ald. Edward Burke (14th), chairman of the Chicago City Council Finance Committee, deferred a full City Council vote today on Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Infrastructure Trust public-private partnership plan, arguably the most consequential and controversial proposal of Emanuel’s brief time as mayor thus far. Burke delayed the vote amid speculation that Trust opponents might use a parliamentary maneuver to table the measure.
However, the City Council is anticipated to hold a special session next Tuesday, April 24 to vote on the measure, much to the chagrin of ordinance opponent Ald. Scott Waguespack (32nd).
The Chicago City Council passed a law today that will subtract a
person’s outstanding parking and speeding ticket debt, and other such
citations, from their state income tax return. The law is revealing of
Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s approach toward taxes.
Turns out Chicago Ald. Freddrenna Lyle (6th Ward) will carry the torch on creating a living-wage law that would require stores with 50 or more employees to pay those workers $11.03 an hour if they benefit from tax increment financing (TIF) or other public subsidies. When Ald.