Plan Commission Defers SW Side School, Move Jeff Park & Wicker Park Development Forward

By Claudia Morell

The Chicago Plan Commission deferred a proposal to build a new $44 million elementary school in the 23rd Ward–a project included in Chicago Public Schools’ Capital Budget for 2017. It was the only item on Thursday’s agenda not to go before the commission. All other items received unanimous approval and will advance to the City Council’s Zoning Committee scheduled to meet next week.

Minority Hiring, Minutiae Dominate Midway Concessions Discussion

By A.D. Quig

After more than a year of negotiations, a handful of private briefings, and close to three hours of debate, aldermen on the Aviation Committee signed off on a 15 year, $75 million concession redevelopment and management lease agreement at Midway

ACA Repeal’s Projected Local Impact: Higher County Taxes, More Uncompensated Care

By A.D. Quig

  A joint City Council and Cook County Board subject matter hearing on the local impact of the repeal of the Affordable Care Act drew concern and stark statistics from stakeholders Wednesday, but few concrete next steps. Workforce Chairman Pat

Missed Connections: Rauner vs Claypool, Cook County vs Trump

Politicians often talk over each other, but this week it seemed to be in overdrive. CPS CEO Forrest Claypool and Gov. Bruce Rauner couldn’t agree on basic facts regarding Chicago Public Schools. Cook County commissioners spent over an hour arguing over two very similar resolutions asking for federal help from President Trump, then another hour talking about the finer points of FOIA. Plus, Mayor Rahm Emanuel pledged to get that longshot express train from O’Hare to the Loop–which had some budget watchers doing a double take.

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