July Introductions: CPS Revenue Plans, Police Reforms, New DCASE Commissioner

By Claudia Morell

At the July monthly City Council meeting aldermen introduced two plans to raise additional revenue for Chicago Public Schools, a roadmap for the creation of a civilian oversight board of the Chicago Police Department, and restrictions on party buses. Mayor Rahm Emanuel has also nominated a slew of appointments, including a new Commissioner for the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, and two ordinances related to existing bond offerings for O’Hare Airport: (Ordinance #1/Ordinance #2)

Aldermen to Board of Ed: Support Plan to Direct TIF Surplus to CPS To Fill Remaining Deficit

By Claudia Morell

Two Chicago aldermen are pressing members of the Chicago Board of Education to support their plan to use surplus tax increment financing (TIF) revenue to plug CPS’ budget hole for the upcoming 2017 school year.

June Contribution Report: Emanuel’s $525k Haul

By Claudia Morell

More than 1,600 individual donations were made to Chicago’s elected city officials and Ward Organizations in the month of June, making it one of the biggest fundraising months since the 2015 election.

Modest Property Tax Rebate Passes, Community Oversight Reigns at Police Hearing

Nearly a year after approving a historic property tax hike to shore up revenue for the city’s Police and Fire pension funds, the City Council approves a modest rebate plan for homeowners who make $75k and less. We finally learn what happens when there’s a tie in committee. And demands for a civilian oversight board for the police department builds.

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At the July monthly City Council meeting aldermen introduced two plans to raise additional revenue for Chicago Public Schools, a roadmap for the creation of a civilian oversight board of the Chicago Police Department, and restrictions on party buses. Mayor Rahm Emanuel has also nominated a slew of appointments, including a new Commissioner for the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, and two ordinances related to existing bond offerings for O’Hare Airport: (Ordinance #1/Ordinance #2)