Sep 20 2014

Aldermen advance Rahm’s South Loop plan without analyzing it first

While the plan for independent analysis stalls, the City Council approves spending $55 million on the mayor’s hotel and stadium deal. By Ben Joravsky @joravben Alderman Ameya Pawar says Mayor Rahm Emanuel backs his plan for independent financial analysis in the City Council, despite signs that suggest otherwise. In January, when I sat down for […]

Sep 20 2014

Progressive Aldermen: Panel, Not Just Mayor, Should Find Pension Solution

Progressive Aldermen: Panel, Not Just Mayor, Should Find Pension Solution Paris Schutz | October 18, 2013 5:18 pm The eight aldermen that form Chicago City Council’s self-styled “Progressive Caucus” have a novel approach to solving the city’s pension crisis: convene a panel of city workers, elected officials, and fund managers to come up with a […]

Sep 20 2014

Progressive Reform Caucus Presses Emanuel To Reappoint Chicago Inspector General

Progressive Reform Caucus Presses Emanuel To Reappoint Chicago Inspector General Ellyn Fortino Tuesday August 13th, 2013, 1:09pm Aldermen with the Progressive Reform Caucus are urging Mayor Rahm Emanuel to reappoint Chicago Inspector General Joe Ferguson now, asking that he not wait for the city’s watchdog to reapply for the job. Ferguson’s four-year term ends at […]

Sep 20 2014

Workers, Aldermen Want Emanuel To Push Controversial O’Hare Contractor To Recognize Janitors’ Desire For SEIU Representation

After more than 70 percent of O’Hare’s recently hired janitors voted in favor of SEIU* Local 1 union representation, a small group of workers gathered with supporting aldermen at City Hall Tuesday to urge Mayor Rahm Emanuel to push the contractor to recognize the union. “In a climate where everybody is trying to figure out […]

Sep 20 2014

Chicago’s minimum wage fight officially kicks off with $15 proposal

CRAINS Chicago’s minimum wage fight officially kicks off with $15 proposal By Greg Hinz May 27, 2014 Ending months of preliminaries, a group of 10 or more Chicago aldermen tomorrow is expected to introduce legislation to bring a $15 minimum wage to Chicago. But at least for now, the measure faces a very uphill road, […]

Sep 16 2014

City Council’s Progressive Caucus Flexes its Muscle

March 12, 2013 10:22 am On a “good day,” they may have 15 aldermen. On a “bad day,” it might be as low as nine. In no case is it anywhere near the 26 votes they need to pass legislation in a City Council firmly in Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s control. The City Council’s Progressive Caucus […]

Sep 16 2014

CPS Could Use TIF Funds, Say Council Progressives

By Ted Cox on June 27, 2013 4:00pm CITY HALL — “Alarmed” by impending school budget cuts, City Council progressives are suggesting a prominent tax fund should be diverted to Chicago Public Schools. The Progressive Reform Caucus issued a statement Thursday suggesting that tax funds set aside to spur neighborhood economic development should instead be […]

Sep 16 2014

Progressive Chicagoans Take Budget Hearings into Their Own Hands—No Emanuel Necessary

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Sep 16 2014

First Chicago City Council Progressive Caucus Budget Hearing Draws Fired Up Crowd

Posted by Editor on October 18, 2012 in Latest News, Local News | Comments Off

Two-hundred Chicagoans gathered Monday night to air concerns, frustrations and ideas regarding the 2013 municipal budget at the first of three hearings organized by Chicago’s City Council Progressive Caucus taking place this month.
Progressive Caucus members said they organized the meetings to fill the void left by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who has chosen to forgo the budget hearings traditionally held by the Mayor and his cabinet each year.

Sep 16 2014

In Budget Response, Progressive Caucus Calls for More Revenue, Police and Mental Health Services

Caucus says city needs to balance budget and restore services beyond taxes and fees.
By Mark W. Anderson
Wednesday, Oct 23, 2013 | Updated 2:53 PM CDT

The eight members of the Progressive Reform Caucus in the Chicago City Council today outlined their response to Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s proposed 2014 city budget, including calls for a redistribution of TIF funds, reopening shuttered mental health clinics, hiring more police and newer, more equitable sources of revenue.