Facilities that serve low-income patients say they won’t survive under the proposed work-scheduling ordinance unless they get additional funding.
‘Do you know who I am?’ Not yet, but the people of Cook County deserve to find out. – Editorial – Chicago Tribune
Chicago’s Lightfoot Demands State-Taxpayer Bailout, Then Offers CTU A 5-year Contract, 14% Raise – ZeroHedge
Takeda, Walgreens, Mondelez are moving thousands of office jobs out of Lake County. Who’s going to take their place? – Chicago Tribune
Lightfoot selects five sites, all on South and West sides, as possible casino locations – Chicago Tribune
‘Staggering’ number of children exposed to violence in Chicago; new study says kid population greater in high-homicide areas – Chicago Tribune
A recent ruling upholds the ICC's early 2018 decision that it lacked authority to slow Peoples' spending on pipe replacement, which is driving up Chicagoans' heating costs.
Carrie Austin grand jury also looking into family who’ve made millions on City Hall deals – Chicago Sun-Times
A federal grand jury looking into Ald. Carrie Austin’s purchase of a new home has also subpoenaed records regarding businesses connected to a family of suburban entrepreneurs whose companies have been paid more than $100 million on City Hall deals in the past 17 years.
All but one of the companies are owned by Lemont businessman Boris Nitchoff, his sons Alex Nitchoff and Constantino Nitchoff and his granddaughter Lauren Nitchoff. The other company is owned by Antonia Tienda, who city records show formerly worked as a project manager for one of the Nitchoff companies.
While it’s not known why Zalewski is under investigation, public records show he has had recent tax troubles with the Internal Revenue Service.
While a member of the City Council, Zalewski moonlighted on the side as a lobbyist, listing himself as president of Z Consulting Group.In 2019 Zalewski was registered to lobby on behalf of the Village of Schiller Park, Wight & Co., Animal Welfare Institute, Comcast Cable Communications Management, Home Run Inn, PACE and the Village of Bridgeview.
Activists Try to Stop a Huge Chicago Development Over $1.3 Billion in Tax Incentives – Wall Street Journal
Rosemont Mayor And State Rep. Bradley Stephens Defends Dual Taxpayer-Funded Salaries; ‘I Don’t Think … What I’ll Be Getting Is Beyond Fair’ – CBS Chicago
Chicago Teachers’ Pension Fund Chief Investment Officer Angela Miller-May Testifies Before U.S. House Subcommittee On Diversity And Inclusion – The Street
CTA Veteran Says He Was Forced To Retire After Blowing The Whistle On Pension Spiking; ‘I Feared Further Retaliation’ – CBS Chicago
“Wealthy” Chicago Households On Hook For $2 Million In Debt Each Under ‘Progressive Solution’ To Pension Crisis – ZeroHedge
Illinois “deep pockets” law leaves taxpayers on hook for big settlements, despite minimal fault – Cook County Record
Cook County medical examiner earns international accreditation for forensic testing and forensic inspection – Daily Herald
- David Simas, chief executive officer — $641,846 in 2018, up from $614,636 the previous year.
- Robbin Cohen, executive director — $589,971, up from $562,055. Cohen’s total pay package in 2017 was $862,055, including a onetime $300,000 bonus; she was not paid by the foundation in 2014, its first year.
- Glenn Brown, chief digital officer — $445,807, up from $378,519.
- Anne Filipic, chief program officer — $413,711 in her first full year.
- Michael Strautmanis, civic engagement vice president — $305,785, up from $292,044.
- Bernadette Meehan, chief international officer — $293,637, up from $180,048.
Lightfoot vows to tackle pension crisis once and for all, even if means risking her political future – Chicago Sun-Times
Lightfoot said Friday she’s willing to tackle Chicago’s “mounting, looming, all-consuming” pension debt once and for all, even if it means risking her political future. In a rousing speech at the Civic Federation’s annual civic awards luncheon, Lightfoot made it clear that Chicago needs help during the Illinois Legislature’s fall veto session to solve the problems that her predecessor left behind.
But the mayor didn’t say whether the help she was seeking would include merging city employee pension funds, a longer road to 90% funding or asking the General Assembly to empower the city to broaden its sales tax umbrella to include professional services.
“We cannot get there if we continue to lug this mounting, looming, all-consuming pension debt with us. This is our moment to solve this problem. We have to do it now. We cannot keep looking past the obvious,” she said.
Joking Mick Jagger shines a light on Ed Burke during Stones’ show at Soldier Field – Chicago Sun-Times
A major California bankruptcy could lead the Chicago-based power giant to lose most of its wind farms—and a huge solar power ranch—thanks to a decision two years ago to mortgage them for hundreds of millions.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot: ‘No question’ city will need more tax money from residents – Chicago Tribune
Lake County Forest Preserves chair calls for end to Civil War Days; resident says, ‘This has nothing we want, nor should celebrate, nor re-enact’ – Chicago Tribune
When state lawmakers endorsed a sweeping expansion of gambling, most attention focused on the license granted to Chicago. The same bill, however, could bring two gambling complexes to the south suburbs. One would be a combined racetrack and casino — it’s being called a “racino” — that lawmakers and village officials say could be slated for the 280-acre campus of the closed Tinley Park Mental Health Center. The south suburbs also would get a separate casino license, minus the racetrack. At least three sites are being pushed for that development, and more may emerge.
Black entrepreneurs fear pot bill unfairly benefits current sellers, leaves others with just ‘a few crumbs’ – Chicago Sun-Times
Former Ald. Cochran’s plea: Prison hasn’t stopped corruption — so don’t lock me up – Chicago Sun-Times
Illinois should mix marijuana and gambling to maximize profits: ‘High, from Chicago’s casino!’ – Chicago Tribune
Life expectancy in Streeterville is 90. In Englewood, it’s 60. A new analysis calls Chicago’s gap the largest in the U.S. – Chicago Tribune
State Senate votes to expand McPier’s 1% tax boundaries to include ‘cool new restaurants’ in Wrigleyville, Logan Square and other areas – Chicago Tribune
Lightfoot taps former City Clerk del Valle as school board chief to ‘hit the ground running’ – Chicago Sun-Times
Mayor Lori Lightfoot was warned Friday not to pile more “unfunded mandates” on Chicago businesses by raising the city’s minimum wage to $15 an hour or supporting a stalled ordinance that would guarantee employees more predictable work schedules.
The warning came from Aldermen Gilbert Villegas (36th) and Matt O’Shea (19th) who, in addition to being on Lightfoot’s leadership team, represent Chicago wards that border the suburbs.
From green screen computers to staff shortages, a new audit says Cook County’s property tax system needs more resources – Chicago Tribune
Wirepoints founder Glennon calls reelection of CTU’s officer caucus ‘beyond heartbreaking’ – Chicago City Wire
Appeals panel: Chicago residents can sue city for exposure to lead in city drinking water lines – Cook County Record
The bill calls for raising the bond limit of the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority, commonly called McPier, by roughly $600 million, to $3.45 billion. The authority runs McCormick Place.
The expansion would be paid for, in part, by imposing a fee on ride-hailing trips.
Tina Tchen refuses subpoena about her role in Jussie Smollett case, process server says – Chicago Sun-TImes
Central Loop’s luster may be lagging: Chicago’s city center faces huge office vacancies, ownership changes and new competitors – Chicago Tribune
Incoming progressive aldermen lay out agenda for 1st 100 days of Lightfoot administration: ‘It’s a new day in Chicago’ – Chicago Tribune
A key factor in the drop in inventory: Builders say buyers in affluent North Side neighborhoods are holding off to see how big a bite the city's next property tax increase will take out of what they can afford
Mayor Lightfoot and the machine … Part 1: Why this is the moment to reform Chicago – Chicago Tribune
Near Peotone, build roads for today’s needs, not for tomorrow’s dream of an airport. – Editorial – Chicago Tribune
Companies raked in nearly $266M from parking meters, other city assets last year – Chicago Sun-Times
Rahm Emanuel’s financial legacy: He left the city better off than he found it – Analysis – Chicago Sun-Times
Despite Emanuel's opposition, local rep Kelly enlists Madigan and other allies in a bid to get Pritzker to approve $150 million for needed roads as part of a new state capital bill.
This city may be good at making real estate out of nothing, but until it finds a way to make money out of nothing, its elected leaders should proceed with caution on an idea to finance part of an audacious South Loop development.
Toilets & Skyscrapers: How Chicagoland’s Elite Push Property Tax Bills Onto Average Joes – ZeroHedge
Proposed One Central megadevelopment by Soldier Field seeks state funds for $3.8 billion transit center – Chicago Tribune
The governor's office says it's willing to consider a major subsidy for a proposed development near Soldier Field, but the deal is likely to be a hard sell. The statement should be helpful to Dunn's Landmark Development as it seeks to clear a lengthy series of political, governmental and financial hurdles on the project, which eventually would include more than $20 billion in residential and other high-rises plus a $3.8 billion transit center that would be developed over two decades.