As my mother used to tell me, if you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all. Wonderful words of wisdom that she herself rarely practiced, though often preached. So I was tempted not to write a word about 14th Ward alderperson Ed Burke, who decided not to run for reelection after over 50 […]
Tag: Council Wars
Alderperson Matt Martin boldly tries to go where few have gone before.
The bridge that Berny wouldn’t let CDOT build is finally coming to life
Fourteen years after machine alderman Berny Stone blocked a bike bridge for mysterious reasons, CDOT is finally breaking ground on the project.
Q&A with mayoral candidate Amara Enyia
The candidate has a passion for public policy—but will it sway voters?
Hey, 40th Ward—do us a favor and ditch Alderman O’Connor
Mayoral toady Pat O’Connor has a spirited challenger in Dianne Daleiden.
Monsters: Loving and mourning the ’85 Bears
Rich Cohen’s latest is a terrific book about NFL football and the ’85 Chicago Bears.
Our aldermen (at least a few of them) finally challenge the mayor on TIFs!
Aldermen (at least a few of them) finally challenge the mayor on TIFs!
Remembering Dick Mell (and what he was really doing up on that table)
Dick Mell was always good copy—in the Reader.
The jugglers and the clowns do their ward map thing!
The city council gets ready to approve a ward map
Who’s the Man? And Who’s the Dog He Bit?
Mark Brown: “Some readers, viewers and listeners, however, believe they have detected a pattern all right: that all it takes to make news on the North Side is a mugging while on the South Side it pretty much requires somebody getting killed, and even then, there has to be a sympathetic victim or other extenuating […]
I Hope the IOC Is Paying Attention, Lord
With the fight over Roland Burris, black and white Chicagoans are doing what they do so well–engaging in silly political squabbles.
Shangri-la on the Lake
Obama is the flower of Chicago’s marvelously cooperative political culture, says a deluded former Daley speechwriter at Salon.
Harold Washington — Revised
Mayor Daley invokes Mayor Washington to convince aldermen to vote for his tax hike.