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  • Chicago Alderman Warns 'People Are Going to Get Hurt' in Labor Dispute

    06/01/2012 6:56:29 PM PDT · by Nachum · 15 replies
    Big Government ^ | 6/1/12 | Rebel Pundit
    Chicago Alderman Anthony Beale gave new meaning to constituent advocacy yesterday when he told Metra’s executive director “people are going to get hurt” in the dispute over how many minorities they decide to hire for a railroad bridge project, the “Englewood Flyer.” The Chicago Sun-Times reports Beale did not specify who would “get hurt” or who would do the hurting. No matter the victims or perpetrators, this is a rather alarming prediction for a locally elected official to make. Beal warned, “I’m trying to help you help yourself. When I say that, problems could arise.
  • Cutting Size of Chicago City Council? BGA Analysis Does the Math

    12/11/2010 9:53:13 AM PST · by pinstripes715 · 3 replies · 1+ views
    BGA ^ | 12/10/2010 | BGA
    Chicago has not always had 50 wards. From 1901 to the 1920s, the council had 70 aldermen representing 35 wards, with two aldermen per ward. The two aldermen served alternating terms, with one of them up for re-election each year. Since 1920, aldermen have been chosen in elections with a run-off when no candidate gets a majority of the vote in the first round. In 1923 the City was divided into 50 wards, instead of 35, and each of those got their own alderman. Since 1935 Aldermen have served four-year terms.
  • Chicago Alderman Feasts on Asian Carp: Bottom Feeder Eats a Bottom Feeder

    04/10/2010 7:57:29 PM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 11 replies · 405+ views
    Publius Forum ^ | 04/10/10 | Warner Todd Huston
    I just hate cannibalism like this when one bottom feeder eats another. West side Alderman Walter Burnett (27th Ward) joined the Fox News Chicago team to eat some Asian carp per his ridiculous suggestion early last week that "the poor" could eat the Asian carp and cure the problem that Lake Michigan faces over the invasive species. For those unaware of the trouble with the bony Asian carp, the fish has been rapidly invading Illinois waterways and is headed straight for Lake Michigan. The Asian carp has no natural predators here and scientists think that the fish will wildly over...
  • Congress Hotel: Despite strike, judge allows sidewalk cafe (Chicago Way/union and Constitution-LOL)

    09/29/2009 7:26:40 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 6 replies · 841+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 9-29-09 | Ron Grossman
    A federal judge Monday said the Congress Plaza Hotel has a right to a sidewalk cafe, ruling that -- at least in this instance -- the U.S. Constitution trumps a Chicago alderman's clout. Judge Ronald Guzman enjoined the City of Chicago and Ald. Robert Fioretti, 2nd, from denying the hotel a cafe due to a long strike by hotel employees. Guzman wrote that "the only reasonable conclusion" was that the alderman refused to sign off on the hotel's application because he's a strong backer of the striking union. In its suit, the hotel claimed that the alderman's actions violated the...
  • Indicted Chicago developer made big profit on city deal

    07/06/2009 7:44:40 AM PDT · by DFG · 7 replies · 393+ views
    Sun Times ^ | 07/06/09 | TIM NOVAK AND CHRIS FUSCO
    Three years ago, City Hall approved giving $5.3 million in taxpayer funding to a labor organization so it could buy land from a client of Ald. Edward M. Burke's law firm. Burke (14th) was among 49 aldermen who approved the deal that allowed the Chicago Construction and General Laborers' Council to buy the 24-acre site from since-indicted Chicago developer Calvin Boender. Boender made a 37 percent profit on the land, which he had owned for about six years, city records show. Now, a federal investigation has the deal in the spotlight.
  • Indicted [Chicago] alderman pleads not guilty

    06/08/2009 12:42:19 PM PDT · by freespirited · 5 replies · 242+ views
    WLS Chicago ^ | 06/08/09
    The chairman of the Chicago City Council's police and fire committee pleaded not guilty Monday to charges that he accepted home repairs worth $40,000 plus campaign money and sports tickets in exchange for fixing a zoning case. Alderman Isaac Carothers, 29th Ward, appeared briefly before U.S. Magistrate Judge Morton Denlow on Monday and was ordered freed on a $4,500 unsecured bond. Authorities allege that developer Calvin Boender paid the bribes. He's also pleaded not guilty and was freed on a $3 million bond secured by real estate. Carothers was indicted May 28. At the center of the indictment is Galewood...
  • Chicago Alderman Arrested, Charged With DUI

    01/22/2009 6:46:58 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 23 replies · 1,056+ views
    CBS2 Chicago ^ | January 21, 2009 | Dana Kozlov, Derrick Blakley
    Chicago Alderman Arrested, Charged With DUI 24th Ward Ald. Sharon Dixon Is Apologetic & Defiant CHICAGO (CBS) ― A Chicago alderman is speaking out Wednesday night about her arrest on drunken driving charges. Sharon Dixon said she will be vindicated in court, but police say they acted appropriately. "Obviously I am embarrassed that this happened," Dixon said. "I apologize for any embarrassment or disappointment that this may have brought to my constituents or to the city of Chicago." CBS 2's Dana Kozlov reports that Alderman Dixon's been in office for just shy of two years and she's made headlines before....
  • (Vanity) Political Limerick 06-09-2006

    06/09/2006 7:13:29 AM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 195+ views
    grey_whiskers ^ | 06-09-2006 | grey_whiskers
    See for example this thread first. Chicago wants to ban fried food (Proposed by some alderman dude.) McDonalds is first. Krispy Kreme? Not the worst-- I'm afraid Colonel Sanders is screwed!
  • Alderman aims to ban 'liquid crack'

    11/17/2005 9:27:27 AM PST · by toddlintown · 88 replies · 1,959+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 11-17-05 | Fran Spielman
    Forty-ounce bottles of beer and malt liquor -- some of it so cheap and potent it's known on the street as "liquid crack" -- would be banned in Chicago under an ordinance proposed by Bridgeport's alderman. Fed up with public drunkenness and the litter, loitering and public urination that come with it, Ald. James Balcer (11th) wants to broaden the ban against selling individual cans and bottles of beer, flavored malt beverages, and malt liquor or ale.
  • Alderman doesn't want cops giving NRA's coloring book to kids

    09/28/2005 1:53:37 AM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 32 replies · 1,678+ views
    http://www.journaltimes.com ^ | 9 27 05 | Robert Gutsche Jr
    RACINE - Eddie Eagle - a feathered National Rifle Association cartoon character who teaches children how not to handle guns - could actually be harmful, says an alderman opposed to a Police Department plan to use Eddie in programs for children. The City Council will decide Tuesday whether the Racine Police Department can order hundreds of coloring books from the NRA for no charge and use them in conjunction with lectures the department holds with children. Among other things in the books, children would be coloring in images of guns and of children finding guns in their homes. You can...
  • Alderman Kelley switches to the Republican Party (Maryland)

    02/28/2005 8:26:05 PM PST · by LdSentinal · 2 replies · 494+ views
    The Capital ^ | 2/22/05 | Jeff Horseman
    Annapolis Alderman George O. Kelley Sr. switched to the Republican Party yesterday, much to the delight of GOP officials eager to prove their inclusiveness. The Ward 4 alderman, frequently mentioned as a possible challenger to Mayor Ellen O. Moyer next fall, received several warm embraces from Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele during an afternoon news conference at Maryland Republican Party headquarters on West Street. Mr. Kelley, a 48-year-old retired police officer, wouldn't commit to running against Ms. Moyer, saying only that he has "options." He said he switched parties because the Republicans more closely match his priorities, including promoting economic...
  • Milwaukee alderman resigns after reaching plea deal on fraud charges

    05/13/2003 12:43:02 PM PDT · by Dan from Michigan · 6 replies · 210+ views
    AP ^ | 5-13-03 | MELISSA TRUJILLO
    Milwaukee alderman resigns after reaching plea deal on fraud charges; third to be charged By MELISSA TRUJILLO The Associated Press 5/13/03 3:14 PM MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A Milwaukee alderman resigned Tuesday after pleading guilty to charges he misused campaign funds. Jeff Pawlinski, who announced his resignation at a meeting of the Common Council, had pleaded innocent to three counts of mail fraud for allegedly diverting $40,000 for his personal use. A trial had been set for June 16. In his statement to the council, Pawlinski said he had reached a plea agreement with prosecutors and acknowleged wrongdoing. Then, he apologized...
  • Alderman charged after (fake kidnapping) story unravels; Admits she drove to Vegas with man

    05/09/2003 6:51:17 AM PDT · by Loyalist · 11 replies · 381+ views
    Calgary Herald ^ | May 9, 2003 | Deborah Tetley
    CREDIT: Grant Black, Calgary Herald Ald. Darlene Heatherington A Lethbridge city councillor -- who claimed to have been drugged and abducted in Great Falls and driven to Las Vegas -- staged the elaborate hoax from the beginning, right down to tossing her keys under a rental car and leaving her personal belongings in clear view, authorities told the Herald. "That was clearly an effort to show that something happened to her," said Cascade County Attorney Brant Light. "By her doing that, it would be consistent with someone attacking her from behind and knocking the keys out of her hand,...
  • Alderman Joe Moore Becoming Persona Non Grata in Chicago's 49th Ward - Ethics Not Enforced

    02/11/2003 5:57:52 PM PST · by Ward49_MudZapper · 2 replies · 1,279+ views
    The Associated Press ^ | Oct 28, 1997 | James Webb
    CHICAGO SCANDALS REACH DALEY'S DOOR Associated Press Tuesday, October 28, 1997; 6:56 a.m. EST BY JAMES WEBB Associated Press Writer EXCERPT: Daley scolded minority aldermen and low-level city and county workers who fell to federal probes involving illegal dumping and no-show workers who are friends or relatives of public officials. In July, he pushed grumbling aldermen to adopt ethics rules governing their conduct. But political observers say the behavior pales by comparison to the behind-the-scenes relationships getting attention now. "What's different now is the light has finally shown on where the real money is being made," said Alderman Joe Moore,...