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BGA: Cut the size of City Council

By Heather McGraw

January 31, 2011

With the elections nearing, possible ways to save the city money have emerged, which includes slashing the price tag of keeping 50 aldermen in the City Council.A report released on Dec. 10 by the Better Government Association suggested reducing the number of aldermen by half could save the city roughly $2.7 million in salary payouts and another $4.4 million for the three staff members per aldermen.“When you think about cuttin...

Election rundown: city clerk candidates

By Heather McGraw

January 31, 2011

Chicago City Clerk Miguel del Valle is leaving office after four years to run for mayor, which leaves the position open to new candidates with new ideas.The two candidates vying for the job are Illinois State Representative Susana Mendoza and Commissioner Patricia Horton of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District.The city clerk is essentially the record keeper for the city of Chicago, according to Kristine Williams, sp...

Site might predict mayor

By Contributing Writer

December 13, 2010

by: Heather McGraw, Contributing WriterWhile Dan Sinker spends his days as an assistant professor in the Journalism Department, his other projects arecatching attention.His website, ChicagoMayoralScorecard.com, was acknowledged by The Huffington Post as the most informative site on the upcoming Chicago mayoral elections in an article on its website on Nov. 23.“It’s been the most informative thing we’ve seen in terms of in...

Police forces may be redistributed

By Contributing Writer

November 22, 2010

by: Heather McGraw, Contributing WriterChicago Police Supt. Jody Weis is proposing to shift more manpower to high crime areas, to the dismay of some in lower-crime neighborhoods who are afraid they willbe shortchanged.The proposal was announced at the City Council budget hearing on Oct. 19, but the recent retirement of more than 100 officers reignited the debate leaving some aldermen up in arms.“The Chicago Police Department is currently reviewing resource allocation and...

D.C. goes crazy for sanity

By Contributing Writer

November 1, 2010

by Heather McGraw, contributing writerTaking a 17-hour bus ride from Chicago to Washington, D.C. for a satirical three-hour political rally might not be considered sane, but for Mesum Norat it was a necessity.“I’m just an average guy who works Monday through Friday, goes home, goes to sleep, then wakes up in the morning and reads all these newspapers, which are all about the hate. When I heard about this rally, I’m l...

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