After Chicago poll worker dies from COVID-19 and others test positive, city warns voters they might have been exposed to virus at polling places – Chicago Tribune
Preckwinkle unveils COVID-19 recovery plan for Cook County focusing on racial equity – Chicago Tribune
Chicago Infrastructure Trust put city equipment on lien to private bank, wasted millions in tax dollars – Project 6
Property tax hike possible in Lightfoot’s budget plan ahead of first 100 days in office – ABC Chicago
$6 Million In Funding Announced As Part Of West Side United’s Drive To Close 16-Year ‘Death Gap’ – Block Club Chicago
In wake of latest credit downgrade, Chicago school district has a few options – Illinois News Network
Lightfoot eyeing ‘range of revenue-generating options’ to recover money lost to coronavirus – Chicago Sun-Times
In 17-Hour Rush for a Tax Break, Chicago Firm Lines Up $105 Million in ‘Opportunity Zone’ Craze- Bloomberg
Discerning the difference between refreshing straight talk and intemperate broadsides should be on the mayor's to-do list.
Chicago Aldermen Call for Hearings Into Failing City Recycling Programs – Better Government Association
12-Year Short-Term Liability Trends for Chicago, Cook County and Chicago Public Schools – Civic Federation
NU trustees Pat Ryan and Mike Ferro put up $2 million towards new Evanston tech startup space – Evanston Now
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle not ready to consider layoffs as ‘economy falls off a cliff’ because of coronavirus crisis – Chicago Tribune
Typical collar county family would pay as much as $1,000 in additional taxes under progressive tax proposal – IL Policy
Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he’s ‘totally against’ Kim Foxx resigning over Jussie Smollett case – Chicago Tribune
Lightfoot Faces ‘Genuinely Divided’ City Council as Financial Toll of Pandemic Looms – WTTW (Chicago)
From abandoned properties to dream homes: Buying a house through Cook County’s land bank – Curbed Chicago
In Chicago, Teachers and Black Lives Matter Activists Partner Up to Build a Bigger Movement – Labor Notes
Dropping home values, high property taxes push Illinois toward financial cliff, analyst says – West Cook News
Chicago startup investors, leaders take stock of 2013, prepare for bigger 2014 – Blue Sky Innovation
Chicago mayor halts fines, fees for minor traffic tickets amid coronavirus pandemic – Illinois Policy Institute
CPD using controversial facial recognition program that scans billions of photos from Facebook, other sites – Chicago Sun-Times
Legislators tout real estate transfer tax proposal as ‘win-win’ compromise for Lightfoot and the homeless – Chicago Sun-TImes
Gas sales down 1 million gallons in Naperville, cutting tax money available for roads – Chicago Tribune
A county commissioner wants a do-over on how to apply the parking tax to parking-app companies such as SpotHero and ParkWhiz.
In the week that ended May 13, buyers put 874 homes under contract in the city, according to data posted Monday by the Chicago Association of Realtors. (It's the latest week for which data is available.) The contract figure is on pace to end May as a record-setter. Both weeks of May have had more contracts than any week in March, which saw more contracts signed than any month going back to 2007. If the momentum continues through the later weeks of May, the monthly total will eclipse March's 3,141 contracts.
Evanston may consider city service cuts, eliminations as FY19 deficit could top $9M – Chicago Tribune
Northwestern researchers find racial, socioeconomic disparities in Chicagoans’ concern over the coronavirus pandemic – Chicago Tribune
Dolton reaches $12M water debt repayment agreement with Chicago, avoids receivership – Daily Southtown
Chicago youth unemployment hits African Americans hardest, driving population declines – Medill Reports Chicago
Harvey reaches pension fund repayment agreement; state to cease withholding tax revenues – Chicago Tribune
Two suburban sisters came home after their college campuses closed. Within days, both their parents were in the ICU with COVID-19. – Chicago Tribune
EDITORIAL: Proposed Chicago tax hike a horrible solution to public pension problem – Las Vegas Review-Journal
Southwest suburbs that feds visited use insurance broker where Madigan’s son is an exec – Chicago Sun – Times
Alliant/Mesirow Insurance Services and company executive Andrew Madigan — neither of which has been accused of any crime — add an intriguing link to people federal authorities appear to be interested in.
Among them: Cook County Commissioner Jeff Tobolski, who doubles as the mayor of McCook and whose office was raided Sept. 26. McCook village records show Tobolski invited Andrew Madigan in 2011 “to submit a proposal” to help secure liability coverage.
Rahm Emanuel comes to Haifa, Tel Aviv and Beersheva to ink agreements with two Israeli universities and the city of Tel Aviv.
Using fuzzy math, the CTU claimed on Monday that the negotiating gap on a new contract stands at $38 million. Using real-world math, that gap is about 2 1⁄2 times bigger — $98 million. Chicago just doesn’t have that kind of money. Really and truly.
‘Where will the money come from? Rich people,’ Chicago Teachers Union says as it seeks increased pay, staffing in contract – Chicago Tribune
Veterans’ group in Chicago suspects being ‘muscled’ by city out of facility near proposed Obama library – Fox News
Firefighters making renewed push for pension bill that could saddle city with $30M in annual costs – Chicago Sun-Times
Appellate justices: Reform state hospital permitting process ‘corruption tax’ jacking up Illinois health care costs – Cook County Record
How to raise GDP 10%, and reduce inequality too: Ease big city housing restrictions – The Grumpy Economist
Firms owned by Hazel Crest woman with criminal past collected $1.8 million consulting for suburbs, even while she faced federal indictment – Chicago Tribune
As remote learning officially begins in Chicago schools, one lesson will be the pandemic itself – Chicago Tribune
He's keeping it, every penny! That's the response—the cleaned-up response—from Mayor Rahm Emanuel's campaign to calls for him to return the $50,000 campaign contribution he received from tech exec Elon Musk three years ago now that Musk's Boring Company has been selected for the high-profile but somewhat controversial task of creating 12-minute express transit service between the Loop and O'Hare International Airport.
Opinion: Investment Plans for City Pensions Likely to Get Riskier Under Treasurer Summers – NBC Chicago
Rauner re-election budget takes aim at two favorite targets: CPS and unionized state workers – Chicago Tribune
"Chicago has been clear that the proceeds will repay higher-cost debt. That’s not a con but the equivalent of refinancing a mortgage to help pay for a child’s education."
A longtime city official who currently works in the Department of Aviation has been hit with a felony theft charge for allegedly making purchases on credit and then claiming he didn’t receive the items he ordered, police said. George Coleman Jr., deputy commissioner for intergovernmental affairs at the Department of Aviation, has been charged with one count of continuing financial crimes enterprise.
A federal jury convicts former top aide to Dorothy Brown of lying about an alleged bribes-for-jobs scheme – Chicago Tribune
Cook County commissioners approve Preckwinkle staff member for seat on county health system board – Chicago Tribune
With federal funds depleted, Chicago-area small businesses can get emergency loans locally. But the process is slow. – Chicago Tribune
Chinatown takes a hit as coronavirus fears keep customers away. Business is down as much as 50% at some restaurants. – Chicago Tribune
Long-Term Debt for Eight Major Chicago Governments Rises by 59.2% in 10-Year Period – Civic Federation
Chicago’s Old Main Post Office redevelopment stumbles again – In Other News – Crain’s Chicago Business
University of Chicago establishes Civic Leadership Academy for non-profits, government agencies – Education News – Crain’s Chicago Business
ADM tech center: ADM is willing to locate tech center even as its corporate move is to Chicago – Tribune
Federal Lawsuit filed against Governor Jay Robert Pritzker in his official capacity and the State of Illinois – Will County News
Study: Chicago Leads National Average, New York And Los Angeles In Out Of Work, Out Of School Youth – KFDA
CPS board accused of breaking law by dumping Columbus Day for Indigenous Peoples’ Day – Chicago Sun-Times
“Groundwork may have been laid for one heck of a tax revolt” over property taxes – Greg Hinz, Crain’s
Rent freeze not possible while state ban remains intact, city says as Chicagoans prepare for rent strike amid coronavirus pandemic – Chicago Tribune
Fritz Kaegi is pushing to ensure assessments from here on out are based on and backed up by data—rather than gauzy guesses, flawed comparisons and the frequent intervention of appeals lawyers. No wonder he's got everyone on edge.
The progressive transfer tax hike was initially envisioned as a revenue source to fund affordable housing. It's not going to work out that way. Owners of big apartment buildings would get slammed, and they provide the primary housing option for lower-income groups. Higher cost means less supply.