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Daley Mon Jan 05 2009

Mayor Daley's Awesome, Or Terrible, Year

Fran Spielman sums up Mayor Daley's year:

The city he has led for 20 years became the center of the political universe -- and the 2016 Olympic front-runner instead of a mere finalist -- after the favorite-son senator he backed was elected the nation's first African-American president.

A month later, Chicago was back to being ridiculed as corruption capital of the world when Gov. Blagojevich was dragged off in handcuffs.

I doubt the Mayor is worried, but some Park Ridge residents are determined to make 2009 not-so-pleasant:

A Park Ridge man is urging the International Olympic Committee to remove Chicago from consideration for the 2016 games.

Arguing the Olympics will only add to the heavy O'Hare air traffic above his neighborhood, Gene Spanos mailed a letter to the committee's headquarters in Switzerland, asking that members meet with Park Ridge residents and also reconsider their decision to list Chicago among the finalist cities.

...and, of course, for Chicagoans, our 2009 will definitely be more expensive:

But with 2009 now in progress, Chicagoans now have no choice but to spend more on certain conveniences.

As CBS 2's Mike Parker reports, the fates give - suddenly lower gasoline prices in the latter part of 2008. But they also take away, if you put your car in most downtown and Loop parking garages.

The city tax is going from $2.25 to $3.

 
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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...

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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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