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  • Black Caucus Chairman Purges Himself of Emanuel's 20K

    10/13/2018 3:02:03 PM PDT · by PBRCat · 5 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | October 13, 2018 | Fran Spielman
    The chairman of the City Council’s Black Caucus is purging himself of a surprise, $20,000 contribution from Mayor Rahm Emanuel amid concern that it might damage his chances of winning re-election. Instead of keeping the money and putting the windfall into his campaign fund, Ald. Roderick Sawyer (6th) is distributing the mayor’s check — in $2,000 increments –– to ten community organizations and other groups in his ward that are working to stop the never-ending cycle of gang violence and train people for jobs. The alderman said he appreciated the mayor’s gesture and means no disrespect. But he was concerned...
  • Emanuel's Choice Was Either Get Out Or Get Beat

    09/13/2018 4:37:49 AM PDT · by PBRCat · 24 replies
    Nadig Press (Chicago) ^ | September 12, 2018 | Russ Stewart
    There are various exit strategies for a Chicago mayor. [G]et out before getting beat and not run for re-election. The most painful and humiliating is to run and get defeated. A mayor has to be egregiously inept to lose. And then there is the great beyond, dying in office. Smart mayors get out before they're voted out. Emanuel is a smart mayor. Make no mistake about this: With close to $9 million on-hand, Emanuel would have run in 2019 if he thought he would have won. His advisors concluded that he would not win, so he bailed, spewing forth the...
  • The Truth About Chicago’s Crime Rates

    09/09/2018 1:11:35 AM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 25 replies
    Chicago Magazine ^ | April 7, 2014, at 9:36 a.m. | David Bernstein and Noah Isackson
    At the woman’s feet, detectives found a curled strand of telephone wire. Draped over her right hand was a different kind of wire: thin and brown. The same brown wire was wrapped around each armrest of a wooden chair next to her. The following day, July 24, a pathologist in the Cook County medical examiner’s office noticed something else that had been obscured by rotting skin: a thin gag tied around the corpse’s mouth. Thanks to some still-visible tattoos, detectives soon identified this unfortunate woman: Tiara Groves, a 20-year-old from Austin. She was last seen walking alone in the wee...
  • The End of Rahm Emanuel's Rule Means That the Center May No Longer Hold in Chicago

    09/07/2018 7:38:26 AM PDT · by PBRCat · 41 replies
    The Chicago Reader ^ | September 5, 2018 | Ryan Smith
    Rahm Emanuel ducked out of City Hall alone on Tuesday, his usual security detail walking slightly ahead of him. Across the street at Daley Plaza, 150 activists had gathered to celebrate his vanquishing at an event called "Celebrate the End of Rahm Emanuel’s Reign of Terror". . . The calm, matter-of-fact way that Rahm's rule is coming to an ending is shocking—particularly so if you compare it to the mood of eight years ago. In 2010, Obama's former chief of staff returned to Chicago from the White House poised as a conquering hero ready to assume his rightful place on...
  • How Rahm Emanuel’s exit may affect Chicago’s bid for Amazon’s HQ2

    09/05/2018 12:02:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | September 5, 2018 | Ryan Ori And Lauren Zumbach, The Chicago Tribune
    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Tuesday announcement that he won’t seek a third term throws a big unknown into the city’s efforts to score Amazon’s second headquarters, which would be the crowning achievement in a line of corporate wins under his leadership. The city is one of 20 locations in the running for what Amazon has dubbed HQ2, which will bring up to 50,000 high-paying new jobs to the chosen North American location. Amazon has said it will pick a location by year’s end. Emanuel has been hands-on in trying to woo Amazon to Chicago, touting the city’s growing tech sector,...
  • "Chicago, Chcago, That's my home town"...Rahm Emanuel & Barack Hussein Obama....

    08/06/2018 9:15:44 AM PDT · by JLAGRAYFOX · 7 replies
    Words from the Frank Sinatra classic tune: "Chicago, Chicago...that,s our home town....Obama & I (Rahm Emanuel) stood by, did nothing, and let it go down"!!! African-Americans support Democrats, Barack Hussein Obama & Rahm Emanuel...really....you got to be kidding me!!! Why Chicago Mayor, Rahm Emanuel has refused overture after overture by POTUS, Donald J. Trump to willingly send federal law enforcement into the murder, mayhem, out-of-control crime, murder ridden city of Chicago, Illinois. In his eight years as POTUS, Obama did "zilch, zero. nothing, da nada" to address and correct the problem that so plagued so many African-American citizens and their...
  • Borrowing billions to lower Chicago's pension debt? Emanuel's finance team is considering it

    08/04/2018 10:01:48 AM PDT · by Libloather · 75 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 8/03/18 | Hal Dardick
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s financial team is considering borrowing billions of dollars to pour into Chicago’s ailing pension funds — a move they contend could save future taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars but experts say comes with risk. The idea is to issue bonds at relatively low interest rates and use the money to reduce the city’s $28 billion in pension debt. The pension funds would invest the bond proceeds and ideally earn returns that outpace the interest the city would have to pay on the bond debt. Issuing so-called pension obligation bonds would be a first for Chicago, which...
  • Wikipedia has very interesting tidbits on Daniels' Lawyer

    05/07/2018 12:59:41 PM PDT · by Brian Griffin · 18 replies
    05/07/2018 | Wikipedia
    "While in college and later in law school, [Stormy Daniel's lawyer] Avenatti worked at a political opposition and media firm, The Research Group, run by Rahm Emanuel (later White House Chief of Staff for President Barack Obama, and mayor of Chicago).[21] Avenatti worked on over 150 campaigns in 42 states, including multiple gubernatorial and congressional campaigns and Joe Biden’s U.S. Senate campaign.[7]" 21. ^ "A Rahm for the Money". Chicago Magazine. http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/August-1992/Rahm-Emanuel-during-the-Bill-Clinton-Years/ [Only relates to Research Group] 7. "Michael J.Avenatti - California Lawyers - The Scourge of KPMG". Superlawyers.com. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Avenatti
  • Rahm Emanuel Wants to Withhold City Contracts to Punish Banks that Won’t Restrict Gun Businesses

    04/17/2018 8:51:11 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 29 replies
    brietbart ^ | 04/17/2018 | Awr Hawkins
    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D) wants to use city contracts to punish banks that will not restrict and/or regulate clients involved in the firearms industry. Emanuel’s ordinance is co-sponsored by Alderman Edward Burke (14th). The Chicago Sun-Times reported that Emanuel introduced the ordinance by saying, “When it comes to fighting for stronger, smarter gun laws Chicago is putting our money where our mouth is. The private sector has a role to play in supporting public safety. Chicago should give our business to companies who share our values and want to be part of the solution to gun violence, not profit...
  • Emanuel wants state gun control approved, including new bill named for slain Cmdr. Bauer

    02/27/2018 8:01:22 AM PST · by BBell · 27 replies
    http://www.chicagotribune.com ^ | 2/26/18 | Bill Ruthhart
    Declaring that America is in the midst of a gun violence crisis, Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Monday urged state lawmakers and Gov. Bruce Rauner to approve a series of gun control bills and called on the public to hold officials’ feet to the fire this week and in the upcoming elections. Lawmakers could consider a group of bills on Wednesday that would require gun dealers to be licensed, raise penalties for the illegal use of body armor, address waiting periods for gun purchases, and ban “military-style” assault weapons high-capacity magazines and “bump stocks,” Emanuel and Chicago police Superintendent Eddie Johnson...
  • McCartht Says He Was Victim of a "Witch Hunt" to Mask City Hall Cover Up

    02/22/2018 5:30:21 AM PST · by PBRCat · 3 replies
    The Chicago Sun-Times ^ | February 21, 2018 | Fran Spielman
    (Rahm) Emanuel has been under fire for keeping the Laquan McDonald shooting video under wraps for more than a year and waiting until one week after the April 7, 2015, mayoral runoff election to authorize a $5 million settlement to the McDonald family — before a lawsuit even had been filed. The video was released on Nov. 24, 2015 — but only after a judge ordered it. That same day, Jason Van Dyke, the white officer on that video, was charged with the first-degree murder of the black teenager. The mayor has emphatically denied keeping the dashcam video of the...
  • Kennedy Contends Rahm Behind Plan to Push Blacks Out of City

    01/04/2018 9:16:14 AM PST · by PBRCat · 54 replies
    The Chicago Sun-Times ^ | January 4, 2018 | Mark Brown
    “We’re cutting off money for schools, cutting off money for police, allowing people to be forced to live in food deserts, closing hospitals, closing access to mental health facilities,” Kennedy told reporters during a news conference that began as a criticism of the city’s efforts to stop gun violence. What choice do people have but to move, to leave, and I think that’s part of a strategic gentrification plan being implemented by the city of Chicago to push people of color out of the city,” he continued. Asked who is behind this alleged plan, Kennedy pointed to Emanuel. “I believe...
  • City needs good dogs to handle rat epidemic The Chicago Way

    11/15/2017 8:01:59 AM PST · by simpson96 · 26 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 11/10/2017 | John Kass
    Chicago is said to be the rat capital of America. The city is expected to break last year’s record for the number of rat complaints. “Walking to the subway after work, I looked down and there was a rat walking alongside me,” said a trained journalist not given to exaggeration. “It was gigantic, like a small dog or a fat squirrel. It just walked along without fear.” But don’t worry, Chicago. I’ve got a guy. And I hope Mayor Rahm Emanuel is listening. Jordan Reed, the legendary American rat catcher, is known far and wide in the rat-hunting community for...
  • FLASHBACK: CitiGroup Chose Obama's Cabinet

    11/18/2016 7:12:17 AM PST · by TigerClaws · 9 replies
    In 2008 Michael B. Froman, then Citigroup executive, sends John Podesta a list of cabinet members. The email is dated Oct. 6, 2008 and bears the subject line “Lists.” It went to Podesta a month before he was named chairman of President-Elect Obama’s transition team. Froman’s list proved remarkably prescient. As it proposed, Robert Gates, a Bush holdover, became secretary of Defense; Eric Holder became attorney general; Janet Napolitano, secretary of Homeland Security; Rahm Emanuel, White House chief of staff; Susan Rice, United Nations ambassador; Arne Duncan, secretary of Education; Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of Health and Human Services; Peter Orszag,...
  • Rahm Emanuel creates ‘Trump-free zone’ for students at Chicago schools

    09/05/2017 6:51:31 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 40 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 9/5/2017 | Jessica Chasmar
    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Tuesday assured incoming high schoolers that they need not to worry about President Trump ending the “Dreamers” program, saying Chicago Public Schools are a “Trump-free” sanctuary for young illegal immigrants. “To all the Dreamers that are here in this room and in the city of Chicago: You are welcome in the city of Chicago. This is your home. And you have nothing to worry about,” Mr. Emanuel told a group of freshman on the first day of classes at Solorio Academy High School, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. “Chicago, our schools, our neighborhoods, our city, as...
  • Emails Show Rahm Used Sanctuary City Issue to Bolster National Image

    08/09/2017 2:02:04 PM PDT · by PBRCat · 15 replies
    The Chicago Sun-Times ^ | August 9, 2017 | Fran Spielman
    Rahm Emanuel has emphatically denied that politics is behind his decision to file a pre-emptive lawsuit seeking to block U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions from cutting off federal crimefighting funds to sanctuary cities. If that’s true, why did Emanuel play the media like a fiddle by dribbling out details of the lawsuit over a three-day period? And why do the mayor’s own private emails expose his attempts to use his pro-immigration stance to shore up a national media image that took a beating after the November 2015 release of video showing a white Chicago Police officer firing 16 shots at...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 28 May 2017

    05/28/2017 4:23:41 AM PDT · by Alas Babylon! · 187 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 28 May 2017 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows May 28th, 2017 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly; Sens. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Bill Cassidy, R-La.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Kelly; Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn.; former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.FACE THE NATION (CBS): Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.THIS WEEK (ABC): Kelly; Rep. Adam Schitf, D-Calif.STATE OF THE UNION (CNN): Sens. Linda Graham, R-S.C., and Cory Booker, D-N.J.; Mayor Rahm Emanuel of Chicago.
  • CPS needs $596M, not $129M, to finish year, top mayoral aide says ( Chicago )

    05/10/2017 3:45:08 AM PDT · by george76 · 15 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 05/09/2017 | Santiago Covarrubias
    It's going to take much more money to keep Chicago's schools open through June than previously revealed, top Emanuel budget aide Carole Brown says. The Chicago Public Schools actually need $596 million to keep schools open the rest of the school year, and not just the $129 million officials have publicly discussed, a top aide to Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Tuesday. ... Brown said all options are on the table to find the cash needed to stave off an early closing of schools that CPS CEO Forrest Claypool has warned might be needed but that Emanuel has ruled out to...
  • Trump Threat Could Cost Chicago $13.4 million in DOJ Grants, City Says

    04/04/2017 11:54:40 AM PDT · by PBRCat · 21 replies
    The Chicago Sun Times ^ | April 4, 2017 | Fran Spielman
    Chicago stands to lose $13.4 million in federal anti-crime grants if U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions follows through on his threat to cut or even “claw back” Justice Department money flowing to sanctuary cities, City Hall said Monday. The annual funding at stake for Chicago comes in the form of three federal grants: $3.05 million in federal asset forfeiture funds; $3.2 million in Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grants; and $3.13 million under the “Cops Hiring Program.” The money is used for a host of law enforcement activities ranging from hiring additional police officers to buying police vehicles and other equipment,...
  • DePaul Arena -- "Beautiful Game Changer" or "Fool Hardy Project?"

    04/04/2017 11:46:52 AM PDT · by PBRCat · 6 replies
    The Chicago Sun Times ^ | April 4, 2017 | Fran Spielman
    Four years ago, Mayor Rahm Emanuel argued that he wasn’t using public money to build a basketball arena for DePaul as much as DePaul was “subsidizing” an “event center” that McCormick Place needs to compete... Chicago-based sports business consultant Marc Ganis predicted that most of the events would be “economically meaningless, both to the facility and to Chicago taxpayers.” “I fully expect they will do whatever they can in the first few years to try and gin up a positive spin because this was such a foolhardy project in the first place,” said Ganis, who has opposed the project from...