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Daley Wed Nov 26 2008

Day by Daley, Wednesday 26 November

Mayor, Mayor, Mayor -- how do you like it? How do you like it? Mayor, Mayor, Mayor -- how do you like it? How do you like it? But if you want to know how I really feel, just get the cameras rolling, get the action going. Daley, you know my vote for you is real. Take me where you want to, then my heart you'll steal.

Surprise! You're Homeless! Phil Hersh in the Tribune:

During the campaign to make their city an Olympic host, Chicago 2016 officials have dwelled on the idea that the city is a well-kept secret. So it is no surprise the only video the bid committee has shown in all its presentations to regional Olympic committees is called "Chicago Surprises."

WBEZ, yesterday:

Claire Mahnn is a human rights attorney who participated in the study, Fair Play for Housing Rights: Mega events, Olympic Games, and Housing Rights. Mahnn is with the Geneva Academy for International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights. According to her research, previous Olympic games have displaced more than two million people around the world.

Turnin' Up the Heat on TIFs. Angela Caputo at Progress Illinois has a great piece on Mayor Daley's half-a-billion-plus slush fund, the tax increment financing district moneys that are open to little transparency and aren't subject to an annoying legislative appropriation process.

TIF districts now cover half of the city's acreage, each capturing new property tax revenue in the name of economic development. However, keeping tabs on the millions in off-the-books tax revenue has become virtually impossible, even for folks with an eye for municipal finance. At a community forum organized by the Independent Voters of Illinois- Independent Precinct Organization (IVI-IPO) last night, some reform-minded Chicagoans--including Cook County Commissioner Mike Quigley--explored possible new game plans for bringing sorely needed oversight to the TIF system.

Pride Campus, Scuttled by Mayor's Buddies? The Chicago Journal's Jessica Pupovac gets into the details of just what suddenly happened to the city's planned "Pride Campus," a safe haven school for GLBT students. Mm, good reporting.

One week after the meeting, Mayor Daley voiced concerns, calling the proposal "controversial," despite overwhelming support at both public hearings. "There is this private meeting after the two public hearings and then-boom-all of the sudden, the thing is thrown into question," said Andy Thayer of the Gay Liberation Network. "What is the point of having these hearings if you can just scuttle the whole process with back door meetings with the mayor's buddies?"

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Ivan / November 26, 2008 3:01 PM

Let's call a duck a duck. Arne Duncan is lobbying hard to be appointed Secretary of Education. The last thing the Obama administration wants is to have a highly divisive character in in his cabinet, like the guy who ushered in the all-gay school in Chicago. That is why he and Daley are killing the idea from the other side of their faces.

Duncan/Daley have squashed plans for this school to make Duncan's bid a slam dunk. Is this the man we want as secretary of ed? Someone who cares about nothing beyond his own political future? He certainly doesn't care about the education of poor, minority students. Look at his record.

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Parents Still Steaming, but About More Than Just Boilers

By Phil Huckelberry / 2 Comments

It's now been 11 days since the carbon monoxide leak which sent over 80 Prussing Elementary School students and staff to the hospital. While officials from Chicago Public Schools have partially answered some questions, and CPS CEO Forrest Claypool has informed that he will be visiting the school to field more questions on Nov. 16, many parents remain irate at the CPS response to date. More...


Substance, Not Style, the Source of Rahm's Woes

By Ramsin Canon / 2 Comments

It's not surprising that some of Mayor Emanuel's sympathizers and supporters are confusing people's substantive disputes with the mayor as the effect of poor marketing on his part. It's exactly this insular worldview that has gotten the mayor in hot... More...

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