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City Council Passes New Ward Map

After multiple public hearings and proposed ward maps, the Chicago City Council passed a compromise ward map on Thursday, Jan. 19. The new ward map, which includes 18 Black wards, 13 Hispanic wards and 2 Hispanic influence wards, passed with a final vote of 41 to 8—the necessary votes to avoid a referendum. However, as […]

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Latino Aldermen Seek More City Council Seats, Residents Plead for Unified Communities

Before City Council redraws new ward boundaries reflecting recent census numbers, residents had the opportunity to voice their concerns during the second South Side redistricting hearing held by the Latino Caucus on Friday Sept. 30. The hearing, brought several Latino Caucus leaders, among them Ald. Ricardo Muñoz (22nd Ward), Caucus Chairman Danny Solis (25th Ward) […]

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How to Cut the City’s Budget Deficit, Any Ideas?

Chicago residents gave an earful to Mayor Rahm Emanuel yesterday at a public hearing held at Kennedy-King College. The public hearing is one of two held this week in efforts to get residents’ input on how to cut down the city’s approximate $635 million budget deficit. Although hearing facilitators tried to maintain some control over […]

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TIF Reform Task Force Presents New Report

Mayor Rahm Emanuel received a report from the Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Reform Task Force on Monday and called for immediate, substantive reforms to increase transparency, establish accountability and ensure taxpayer dollars are spent in accordance with a new long-term strategic economic development plan. The 100-page report submitted to the mayor today recommends reforms to […]