According to Cook County clerk David Orr, in the last year alone $660 million in property taxes went into tax increment financing (TIF) districts.
The Emanuel administration’s explanation for how $55 million wound up paying for Navy Pier renovations sounds like gobbledygook from the presidential administration.
The money the mayor pledged to combat violence is nothing compared to the dollars he’s set aside for the DePaul/Marriott deal.
Two years too late, the City Council takes a tough stand on Mayor Rahm’s $55 million DePaul basketball arena/Marriott hotel.
Mayor Rahm basks in the glow of his great TIF triumph—taking millions from bankrupt schools and wasting it on his DePaul/Marriott boondoggle.
If I were alderman, how would I have voted on the mayor’s budget?
If columnists keep pushing the mayor’s line on TIFs, that leaves Mayor Rahm free to keep using the $400 million-a-year program as his slush fund.
When it comes to budgets, TIFs, taxes, and other financial matters, the last people we should turn to for advice are the mayor’s City Council rubber-stampers.
With the appointment of Lou Bertuca to the ISFA, Governor Quinn gets one last chance to wave his middle finger in Mayor Rahm’s face.
Professor Dick Simpson’s analysis of the “rubber-stamp” City Council enables us to rank the five worst things the Mayor Rahm’s made the aldermen do.
DePaul basketball arena v. the Lincoln Avenue bus: The mayor spends hundreds of millions on a project nobody wants while saving peanuts, if anything, on bus line that thousands of seniors need.
Amisha Patel and other progressives want to put together a website that enables voters to keep track of what their aldermen do versus what they say.
Remember last week, when the mayor held a press conference to claim he’d made the city safer—just days before the Fourth of July carnage?
Miles from the downtown campus of International Mr. Leather, the Leather Archives & Museum is Chicago’s year-round BDSM hub.
Mayor Rahm races his South Loop deal through the City Council like one of his cars speeding through a red light.