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Clout StreetSome of the City Council’s most influential aldermen proposed a crackdown today on crowd participation at council meetings that would ban everything from signs and posters to clapping and booing in the public gallery. “No demonstration of...
Clout StreetThe same aldermen who proposed new rules to limit crowd participation at City Council meetings said today they're in no hurry to see the rules enacted. “I don’t know if we are going to rush a hearing on it, actually,” said Ald....
Tags: Chicago Mayor, NATO, Ray Suarez, Local Government, Summits
Clout StreetThe City Council Latino Caucus is opening its tent to non-Latino aldermen who represent --- or soon might represent --- wards with sizable Hispanic populations. The eight-member group will extend invitations to seven more aldermen who are not...
Clout StreetChicago voters might not have to weigh in on a new City Council ward map this year after a national expert on Monday blessed a compromise plan put forth by dueling groups of aldermen. But council members plan to press forward with more public hearings...
Clout StreetMayor Rahm Emanuel has called a special City Council meeting Thursday to consider a new map of the city’s 50 wards, but the aldermen leading the effort to reach a political compromise said the final vote may not come until early next week. A...
The Chicago City Council today remembered Maggie Daley, the city's much-adored first lady for more than 20 years. Daughter Nora Daley Conroy at times smiled and laughed, and at others dabbed away tears, as aldermen and Mayor Rahm Emanuel honored her late...
Clout StreetMembers of the City Council's Latino Caucus today say they will submit their own plan to redraw Chicago's wards Thursday if last-ditch negotiations fail to achieve a compromise agreeable to them and groups of white and African-American aldermen. After...
Tags: 2010 Census, Daniel Solis
Clout StreetThe Chicago City Council approved Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s controversial plan to lure private money for public-works projects, tossing aside concerns from some aldermen that there's not enough oversight. Aldermen voted 41-7 to approve the Chicago...
Change of SubjectIs it irresponsible to speculate? It would be irresponsible not to. This memorable sentiment, penned in April 2000, by former Reagan administration speechwriter Peggy Noonan in her Wall Street Journal column, has long served as the inspiration for my...
In sentencing the second consecutive Illinois governor to prison on political corruption charges on Wednesday, federal Judge James Zagel prodded the people of this corrupt state to reclaim their birthright. He spoke of public trust and public cynicism,...
Tags: Justice System, Spencer Tracy, Judges, Rod Blagojevich, Prisons
Clout StreetLatino and African American aldermen today prodded Gov. Pat Quinn to sign legislation that would allow Chicago to get a casino. The City Council members said a casino would help create badly needed jobs for the city’s minorities because it would...
Clout StreetMayor Rahm Emanuel is looking for ways to slash tens of millions of dollars from the Chicago Police Department and already is running into heavy criticism from police union leaders who question whether it's all "a stunt." Making those kind of major...
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