Showing posts with label Rahm. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Rahm. Show all posts

Saturday, April 8, 2017

McCarthy for Mayor? This could happen.

Ex-top cop McCarthy: ‘Lot of people’ urging me to challenge Rahm. 
"This guy has never shown himself to be a jerk or asshole. He was always pretty damn competent"

Former Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy speaks to the City Club of Chicago last year. File Photo. | Santiago Covarrubias/Sun-Times
Fran Spielman@fspielman | email

Former Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said Wednesday “a lot of people” are encouraging him to run for mayor in 2019, but politics is “not in my DNA” and he’s “not very good at that.”

Instead of challenging the man who fired him, the outspoken and frustrated McCarthy offered to do what he views as the next best thing: support a challenger in the event that Mayor Rahm Emanuel decides to seek a third term.

“I would support anybody who would start thinking about performance-based government rather than

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Rahm's Emails


SUN-TIMES MEDIA WIRE - In a surprise reversal that ends a marathon legal battle, Mayor Rahm Emanuel has agreed to release a virtual “treasure trove” of his private emails and ban city employees from using their private emails to conduct city business.

Emanuel’s year-end change of heart follows a parade of Freedom of Information requests denied by the city and lawsuits filed by the Better Government Association and the Chicago Tribune.

It also follows more than a year of litigation and two court rulings against the city by Circuit Court judges who maintained that the emails of public officials cannot escape Freedom of Information requests simply because they are on a private email account.
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Emanuel agrees to release private emails, ending court fight
The lengthy legal battle was contrary to Emanuel’s campaign promise to shine the light on city government and run a transparent administration.

Going forward, Emanuel vowed to implement a new city policy that prohibits city employees from “using their private or other non-city email accounts for the transaction of public business.”

The policy will be spelled out in writing to all city employees. It will instruct city employees that, if they receive an email pertaining to city business on a non-city account, the email must be promptly forwarded to the city email account. Failure to comply with the new policy “may subject the employee or officials to discipline.”

To underscore his commitment to the new policy, Emanuel released his private emails after the close of business on Wednesday. The massive information dump was reminiscent of what he did last New Year’s Eve with information pertaining to the police shooting of Laquan McDonald and other controversial police shootings.

BGA President and CEO Andy Shaw welcomed the agreement, even as he acknowledged that it should not have taken this long to persuade Emanuel to honor his promise to be transparent.

“This is a major victory in the fight for transparency at City Hall. It gives us access to information that the public is entitled to. And the policy change should make it clear that you cannot use a private email account to avoid transparency,” Shaw said.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Some window dressing here

Analysis: The key players who will guide Emanuel’s 2nd term until he finds another place to land, because you know he is looking, begging, for any reason to get out of here.

Fran Spielman

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has long maintained that he doesn’t have just one inner circle but a bunch of them on issues pertaining to business, labor, politics and ethnic issues.

It’s a good thing Emanuel is not relying solely on the team that surrounds him at City Hall as he struggles to regain his political footing after the police shooting of Laquan McDonald. That supporting cast has changed dramatically.

Two months after replacing Lisa Schrader as Emanuel’s chief of staff, Forrest Claypool was dispatched to the Chicago Public Schools to clean up a contracting scandal that swallowed Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett and straighten out a financial mess that has the system on the brink of

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Instead of buying bullet-proof vest

Emanuel moves to acquire, redevelop old Main Post Office

Bill Davies, a British investor and resident of Monaco with International Property Developers North America, Inc., at a 2009 auction for the old Chicago Post Office (File Photo by Richard A. Chapman/Sun-Times)
After years of grand plans and empty promises, Mayor Rahm Emanuel is moving to seize control over a giant civic embarrassment: the vacant Main Post Office that hovers over the Eisenhower Expressway.
British developer Bill Davies, who purchased the dilapidated hulk of a building eight years ago, was notified Friday of the city’s intention to use its sweeping condemnation powers to acquire the building and solicit bids to redevelop it.

The “request for proposals” for the entire building — not pieces of it — is expected to be issued this spring with a winner chosen this summer. The designated developer will be required to bankroll the city’s acquisition of the property and develop the project without tax-increment-financing (TIF) or any other city subsidy, said Planning and Development Commissioner David Reifman.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Rahm is sorry

This guy is going down fast. People sense his insincerity and contempt. He is looking for a spot on Hillary's campaign staff now. He may be too hot for even that. Cabinet post for Obama? 

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Rahm shows his gratitude to the voters of the 19th Ward by

sending in revenue agents on bicycles to write everyone up. 

The 19th Ward voters came out in droves to put this clown back into office and this is what he does. We are getting what we deserve. 

Revenue agents have been spotted pedaling in N. Beverly, Walden Parkway, 104th Claremont and in Fishers.  They are looking for anything to bring in $$$$$$.

Legit violations they are writing,
  • Vehicle stickers
  • License plates
  • Illegal parking
Pimpy violations they are writing,
  • Vehicle parked too far from the curb or facing the wrong way
  • Cracked tail light
  • Grass not cut
  • Garbage cans overfilled
  • Peeling paint
Rumor is that the program to is going to be expanded to include 
  • Revenue agents standing at a stop sign with a camera, watching for people that don't come to an absolute dead stop.
  • Property owners that don't shovel snow completely
  • Failure to recycle
  • Speed radar on a bike
Don't worry. You will get an opportunity to contest the ticket. 

I'd like to see Rahm expand this program into the 17th or 9th wards. 

Friday, April 3, 2015

The past Tuesday evening debate……………….

WTTW FORUM RAISES DISCUSSION ABOUT EMANUEL AND WTTW'S PONCE BEING NEIGHBORS. Did Emanuel or his handlers POSSIBLY GIVe PONCE THE QUESTIONS BEFOREHAND? IN the very least, the neighborly relationship has the appearance of impropriety. another black mark for journalism. 


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CHICAGO - The municipal elections are this week's hot topic, and Tuesday night, WTTW Chicago Tonight hosted a forum between Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and run-off challenger Chuy Garcia. Polls show Emanuel with a two-digit lead over Garcia, who is backed by the Chicago Teacher's Union and public sector union employees. 
Garcia supporters complain that the debate host Phil Ponce was tough on their candidate, hoisting questions about Garcia's son's arrest record. They also say Ponce was way too easy on Mayor Emanuel - ignoring issues such as the controversial school closings and red light cameras.
Garcia supporters may not have known that Ponce has lived for several years a couple of doors away from the Emanuels on Chicago's northside Hermitage Avenue. However, Ponce knew and didn't disclose the possible professional conflict before the forum. 

Monday, March 30, 2015

Just who is Rahm Emanuel?

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Rahm Emanuel
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55th Mayor of Chicago
Assumed office
May 16, 2011
Preceded byRichard Daley
23rd White House Chief of Staff
In office
January 20, 2009 – October 1, 2010
PresidentBarack Obama
DeputyMona Sutphen
Jim Messina
Preceded byJoshua Bolten
Succeeded byPete Rouse (Acting)
Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus
In office
January 3, 2007 – January 3, 2009
Preceded byJim Clyburn
Succeeded byJohn B. Larson
Chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee
In office
January 3, 2005 – January 3, 2007
Preceded byBob Matsui
Succeeded byChris Van Hollen
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 5th district
In office
January 3, 2003 – January 3, 2009
Preceded byRod Blagojevich
Succeeded byMike Quigley
Senior Advisor to the President
In office
January 20, 1993 – November 7, 1998
PresidentBill Clinton
Preceded byHenson Moore
Succeeded byJoel Johnson
Personal details
BornRahm Israel Emanuel
November 29, 1959 (age 55)
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Amy Merritt Rule (1994–present)
Alma materSarah Lawrence College
Northwestern University
ReligionModern Orthodox Judaism
Rahm Israel Emanuel (/ˈrɑːm/; born November 29, 1959) is an American politician who serves as the 55th Mayor of Chicago. A member of the Democratic Party, Emanuel was elected in 2011, becoming Chicago's first Jewish mayor.
Born in Chicago, Emanuel is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and Northwestern University. Working early in his career in Democratic politics, Emanuel was appointed as director of the finance committee for Bill Clinton's 1992 presidential campaign. In 1993, he joined the Clinton administration, where he served as the Assistant to the President for Political Affairs and as the Senior Advisor to the President for Policy and Strategy before resigning in 1998. Beginning a career in finance, Emanuel worked at theinvestment bank Wasserstein Perella & Co. from 1998 to 2002 and served on the board of directors of Freddie Mac.
In 2002, Emanuel ran for a seat in

Who cares what Fioretti says?

-Mayor Rahm Emanuel welcomed an endorsement by former alderman and mayoral candidate Bob Fioretti, Sunday.
Although, Fioretti has long been a critic of the mayor, he feels Emanuel is the man tohelp the city's financial problems.
"We know the problem, its grave and I don't believe Mr. Garcia is ready to deal with the issues and the problems that face our city here," said Fioretti. "He has not demonstrated it on the campaign trail, in the debates or what he will do after the election."
Jesus "Chuy" Garcia and Mayor Rahm Emanuel have been hitting the streets vying for votes and endorsements.
Fioretti faced questions over why he's choosing Emanuel over Garcia.
He says he plans to ask Emanuel's supporters to help pay off his campaign debt and the mayor says it's certainly a possibility.
"I would be endorsing the mayor anyway..." added Fioretti. "I'm here to endorse the mayor here today. Because I do think, I do think he's the right person."
"The fact is, I did it in the past I know what it's like to have campaign debt. Where you owe other people who are on your staff, their getting paid," said Emanuel. "So the fact of the matter is I've done it before and I'll do it again, but that's not the reason why he's standing here."
Garcia, an honorary marshal at the Greek Independence Day parade spoke about Fioretti's choice, Sunday.
"It doesn't matter. It's about what you build in the field and on election day, you'll see what this campaign has mustered up," said Garcia.
The Chicago Principals and Administrators Association endorsed Jesus "Chuy" Garcia, Sunday.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Spoken from the heart.

" this race has nothing to do with me and Matt Hynes. I have not even seen matt Hynes in over 10 years and to my knowledge none of the Hyneses even live in the 19th Ward anymore. I got involved with Chuy as a volunteer. I am not getting paid a dime. I am working for Chuy because he is much better for our neighborhood. Chuy grew up in a Chicago neighborhood and attended St. Rita High School while the other guy grew up in Winetka attended New Trier and wants to tells us about "Chicago values". The neighborhood I grew up in was safe, neighbors looked out for each other and our public officials demanded the best in constituent services from city hall. Now our police resources are forced to spend much of the time on the east end of the district which isn't even in the ward. Everybody knows somebody or has themselves been the victim of crime. We are paying very high taxes and our children have only a marginal chance of being accepted into the Ag School and Morgan Park is not safe with many out of students living out of the district being allowed to attend because of gang rivalries. The grid system for garbage pick up is a complete waste of money and now instead of neighborhood people doing work and looking out for neighbors,we have some bad actors who live outside of our neighborhood casing houses for burglaries. Matt O'Shea is a very nice guy but it is a slap in the face to Alderman Sheahan and Rugui he sneaks the mayor into the neighborhood to give him undeserved credit. Rahm had $30 million, Obama, every political endorsement, most union officials' endorsements, incumbency, early voting, low turnout and a million dollars negative against Chuy and he still barely broke 40% in the ward. Now Rahm says Chuy is a good man and wants to run a campaign on the issues. A leopard can't change his stripes and now Rahm will attempt to paint Chuy as a nice guy dummy. Really it is rahm who has lied to Chicagoans about hiring 1000 new police officers and if he is re elected he will double our taxes while enriching his big money out town donors. This race has nothing to do with me or Matt Hynes. Chuy will be in the neighborhood plenty between now and the election. I am confident that he will earn your vote". 
Sincerely, Mike Joyce

CAGE FIGHT!!!!!!! April 7, May the best man win.

Look who is standing right behind Chuy Garcia.

Forget the Rahm vs Chuy election. That's a sideshow. The real fight everyone will be watching is between 2 sons of Beverly. Mike "Pickle" Joyce vs Matt "Spoons" Hynes. These guys have been itching for this showdown for years and now it's going to happen. If you live in the 19th Ward, chances are

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Too Little Too Late? There is something about these cameras that rubs me the wrong way.


I know the city needs the revenue but have they tried the unique approach of cutting expenditures?

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Sunday that Chicago will remove 50 red light cameras at 25 intersections throughout the city. No more tickets were to be issued based on what cameras saw at those intersections as of 12:01 a.m. Friday, March 6, according to a release from the mayor's office.
Emanuel's office took down 36 red light cameras at 18 intersections in October 2015. At that time, Emanuel pointed to the safety issue. 
“Automated traffic enforcement, whether through red-light or speed cameras, is about changing drivers’ behavior,” said Mayor Emanuel.  “The cameras at these intersections are now showing a low level of crashes and dangerous angle crashes, which means an enhanced level of safety."
The Chicago Tribune has an interactive map available for browsing HERE. 
Emanuel faces a stiff re-election challenge in April from Chuy Garcia, who recently came out opposed to redlight cameras.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Can Chuy pull it off?

The Challenger
The danger for Rahm in a runoff situation is that his vulnerabilities will be closely examined and eventually exploited. Expect a wild, hard hitting campaign, unlike anything we have had in years.  May the best man win. 

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Our Next Mayor, BUMPED UP

The Daley's have decided to run Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle for mayor next year. The reasons are multiple but start off with Rahm being rammed down their throats and the way he unnecessarily insulted Mayor Daley at the inaugural. Combine that with Rahm terminating Daley inspired contracts, the loss of patronage jobs, etc., and you have an incumbent that is intolerable. 

Preckwinkle is the choice mainly because she can be controlled. An added benefit is that her election will open up the presidency of Cook County for the nicest guy in politics, John Daley. 

Tom Dart was also in the running but shot himself in the foot by constantly promoting himself  by being on TV talking about puppies, corruption in Harvey and John Wayne Gacy. All of it is nonsense when considering the out of control violence in Chicago, for which he has remained silent.  The thinking is that perhaps he is not stable enough for the 5th floor, at this time. Preckwinkle's term will be last four years (when she will be 72). Dart may be reconsidered then but being named to the appellate court before that may be a better ending for him. 

The battle is being spearheaded by the Chicago Tribune with their biweekly negative reports about Rahm. After Labor Day, expect a full frontal assault. Rahm, knowing he is outgunned and not able to afford a loss, may decide to just take that offer of Ambassador to wherever they have a quick flight.  


Saturday, October 19, 2013

Red Light Cameras


Emanuel3CHICAGO - According to Jim Tobin of Taxpayers United of America, red-light cameras are a scam whose only purpose is to generate millions of dollars for cities and towns, and, furthermore, actually increase accidents, not decrease them.
“Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel must have felt a tingle go up his leg when he announced last week that red-light cameras would be coming Jan. 31 at 18 Chicago intersections,” said Tobin. “He is looking forward to the additional millions of dollars that will be funneled into city coffers to fund the lavish, gold-plated Chicago government-employee pensions.”
“Emanuel stated that such cameras have reduced accidents, but this is either a sign of ignorance, or a lie.”

“One report after another has shown the reverse is true: Red-light cameras increase accidents. But they also increase revenues for municipalities, which is why politicians love them.”
“The National Motorists Association website has a sampling of these studies.”
  • Los Angeles | KCAL TV    A local TV station fact-checked the city's claims that their ticket cameras reduced accidents and found that the opposite was true. At 20 of the 32 intersections studied, accidents increased and several intersections tripled their accident rate.
  • Washington, D.C. | Washington Post     This report showed an overall increase in accidents at red-light camera intersections of 107 percent.
  • Portland, Oregon | KATU News     KATU News reviewed city statistics and found a 140 percent increase in rear-end crashes at the intersections where red light cameras were installed.
  • Fort Collins, Colorado | The Coloradoan     Ft. Collins, Colorado has experienced an 83 percent increase in the number of accidents since red light cameras were installed.
  • Oceanside, California | North County Times     This report showed a 800 percent increase in rear-end accidents.
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania | Philadelphia Weekly     This article showed an increase of 10 to 21 percent in accidents in intersections with red-light cameras.
“Taxpayers are being nickel-and-dimed to death by greedy politicians, except we’re not talking about nickels and dimes. In addition to having to pay out big bucks, motorists are suffering increased injuries caused by rear-end collisions. Only politicians and orthopedic surgeons are benefiting.”

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

I had a feeling about this.


Emanuel2Bill Cameron at WLS reports on Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's contempt for constitutional government. The Democrat Mayor told the media today:
"The United States government took action on both Somalia and Libya to protect our national interest. As you noticed, the United States Congress was not involved. So anytime the Congress gets involved, the works get gummed up," Emanuel said.