City Council

  • Aldermen's tiff on TIF

    26 November 2013

    Interview with the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky on the myth of mayoral retribution, and more.

  • Can anyone defeat Emanuel in 2015?

    18 October 2013

    Interview with the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky on the one thing that can mean Emanuel's defeat in 2015, and more.

  • Alderman wants to know who benefited from charter school

    26 September 2013

    Interview with the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky on charter schools' responses to FOIA requests, and more.

  • A tour of the McCormick arena development area

    5 September 2013

    Interview with the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky on what it would take to move the landmark Rees House, and more.

  • Mayor Emanuel: A tough leader for a tough city, or just an a-hole?

    29 August 2013

    Interview with the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky on Mayor Emanuel's payback to the Whittier protestors, and more.

  • Inspector general fix introduced

    14 May 2013

    Members of the Chicago City Council recently introduced laws that aim to strengthen the city's Office of Inspector General. How did this set of legislation come about, and what are its prospects?

  • Aldermanic voting shows Rahm in control

    12 April 2013

    Does Mayor Emanuel have the city council in lockstep, even more than his predecessor? Absolutely, says a report by the political science department at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

  • Before the schools, Mayor Emanuel closed the clinics

    28 March 2013

    Interview with the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky on the worst time to remove mental health services for Chicago's kids, and more.

  • Charities drowning in city water fees

    14 March 2013

    Interview with the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky on the repeated fall of so-called reform candidates for City Council, and more.

  • Waiting for the day of judgment from Mayor Emanuel

    7 March 2013

    Interview with the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky on how aldermen who talk tough on school closings could really cause problems for the mayor, and more.

  • Where good legislation goes to die

    21 February 2013

    Interview with the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky on how aldermen might thwart efforts to bury their legislation in the rules committee, and more.

  • Alderman Reilly's latest on Wolf Point development

    13 December 2012

    The following update on the Wolf Point development appears on the Web site of Alderman Brendan Reilly (42nd).

    Third Community Presentation for Proposed Wolf Point Development
    WhenThu, December 20, 5:30pm – 7:00pm
    WhereThe Conference Center at UBS Tower - One North Wacker Drive, 2nd Floor - Michigan Ballroom (NE corner of Wacker and Madison) (map)
    DescriptionDear Neighbor: I am writing to invite you to join me for a third public presentation for the site located at 350 N. Orleans Street, commonly referred to as "Wolf Point". I directed Hines Development Corporation to design this third public meeting around information related to site programming, the bulk table numbers governing the maximum allowed dwelling units, hotel key counts and office space that could be positioned within the proposed building envelopes. Also at this meeting, Hines will discuss their sixth revision to the traffic study---which I required in conjunction with their proposed programming and in anticipation of our upcoming public discussion. I advised Hines that this next revision must contemplate the maximum numbers, in other words, the most intense combination of uses that could be built with the understanding that economically, such a scenario is somewhat unrealistic. In summary, Hines has submitted a proposal for the development of three towers: Phase I (West Tower) proposed as a residential, 525 foot tall structure containing a maximum of 510 units and 200 parking stalls; Phase II (South Tower) proposed as a 950 foot tall, mixed use structure which may contain office space, retail space, residential units and hotel space with 885 parking stalls; and Phase III (East Tower) proposed as a 750 foot tall mixed use structure which also may contain office space, retail space, residential units and hotel space with 200 parking stalls. A maximum of 900 residential units and a maximum of 450 hotel rooms will be allowed to be distributed between Phases II and III with the combined number of residential units and hotel rooms not to exceed those maximums of 900 residential units and 450 hotel rooms. The final draft bulk table can be downloaded here.
  • To Mayor Emanuel, Some Jobs Are Worth More than Others

    8 November 2012

    Interview with the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky on the possible effects of the city council holding hearings on privatization deals, and more.

  • The Public Weighs in While the Mayor Skips Out

    1 November 2012

    Interview with the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky on how and why ward remapping disposes of certain aldermen, and more.

  • The Stand-Up Guy

    26 April 2012

    Interview with the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky on who voted against the mayor's proposed infrastructure trust and why, and more.

  • The Mayor Has Big Plans for the City's Infrastructure Trust

    12 April 2012

    Interview with the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky on whether the proposed infrastructure trust must actually comply with Freedom of Information Act regulations, and more.

  • Your NATO/G8 Primer

    16 February 2012

    Interview with the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky on the appropriateness of World Business Chicago controlling a major city event, and more.

  • All I Want for Christmas Is a City Council with a Backbone

    15 December 2011

    Interview with the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky on veteran aldermen who might not have voted for the mayor's budget proposal, and more.

  • The Politics of Pot

    1 December 2011

    Interview with the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky on comparing Mayor Emanuel's control of the marijuana issue with Mayor Daley's control of a smoking ban, and more.

  • What to Tell an Alderman Who Fibs to You About TIF

    27 October 2011

    imagenameInterview with the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky on the first step for true reform of the city's budget process, and more.