The Mayor

  • Watching the public schools ship sink

    10 February 2016

    Interview with the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky on why CTU leadership accepted a contract offer that some felt its members would surely reject, and more.

  • Rahm cops to 'owning' McDonald fiasco—or does he?

    28 December 2015

    Interview in which the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky looks at aldermen's assertion that the Emanuel administration misled them about the McDonald shooting, and more.

  • Wanted: police chief—with no binding

    11 December 2015

    The Chicago Police Board is seeking applicants for the position of police superintendent, to replace the recently fired Garry McCarthy. Applicants should be adept at "avoiding excessive force, corruption, verbal abuse or other misconduct."

  • With police, Emanuel already knows what to fix and how

    10 December 2015

    Mayor Rahm Emanuel already has in-depth recommendations about how to reform policing in Chicago—and reportedly has sat on them for a year.

  • 2016 city budget raises taxes, fees, and questions

    17 November 2015

    Interview with the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky on the city budget director's flawed logic about TIF districts robbing schools, and more.

  • Activist: City's "not broke," prove I'm wrong

    21 October 2015

    City officials tried to prove to tax-increment financing activist Tom Tresser that unspent TIF funds are actually "obligated"—with mixed results.

  • Principal Troy LaRaviere's City Club speech

    27 August 2015

    On August 25, 2015, Troy LaRaviere, principal of Blaine Elementary School, addressed a meeting of the City Club of Chicago. This is an excerpt from a video of the meeting, courtesy of the City Club.

    LaRaviere likened the administration of Chicago Public Schools to "a thief stealing your rent money, then attempting to convince you that the landlord is your problem." Length 7.2 minutes.

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  • Council, assembly, and school board: education funding tag team

    14 August 2015

    Interview with the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky on the different pension holidays won by Chicago Public Schools, and more.

  • Tax traders, or tax-increment financing?

    23 July 2015

    Interview with the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky on the questionable benefits of having financial markets in Chicago, and more.

  • Chicago's big, bad bonds: revenues or ruse?

    1 July 2015

    Interview with the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky on possible collusion between bond raters, investors, and city officials—and more.

  • 2015 council: rugged spines vs. rubber stamps

    9 June 2015

    Interview with the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky on the three elected aldermen most likely to resist the dark side, and more.

  • Refuting the rationale for closing schools

    5 May 2015

    Interview with the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky on what proponents of school closings have missed, and more.

  • What 2015 election says about Emanuel and voters

    26 April 2015

    Interview with the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky on the most pathetic contingent of voters in Chicago, and more.

  • Fioretti's plan clearer than Chuys?

    1 April 2015

    Interview with the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky on Ald. Fioretti's real motivation for endorsing Rahm Emanuel, and more.

  • Reimagining Rahm's "sweater" campaign ad

    15 March 2015
    Rahm Emanuel's reelection campaign has put out a video ad in which a sweater-clad mayor "owns" that he "can rub people the wrong way." Here's an audio version (2.3 minutes) showing what else some think Emanuel should have owned:

    Music: "Ego Grinding" by Megatroid

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    Here's the original 30-second ad:

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  • What's missing in the mayoral election?

    9 March 2015

    Interview with the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky on how Mayor Emanuel's perceived financial gravitas might not work in a second term, and more.

  • Rep. Danny Davis endorses Chuy Garcia for mayor

    4 March 2015

    Congressman Danny K. Davis (IL-7th) has endorsed Jesus "Chuy" Garcia for mayor in the April 7, 2015 runoff municipal election.

  • Why Obama won't vote for Rahm

    22 February 2015

    Interview with the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky on Rahm's attributes that Obama decided he didn't need after all, and more.

  • 2015 elections: some council incumbents are flush

    19 February 2015

    Interview with the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky about which incumbents had ads funded by the Emanuel-tied PAC, and more.

  • Obama anoints, Rahm's on point

    12 February 2015

    Interview with the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky on voters' panic that they're about to do something stupid, and more.