Chicago Articles


Will Rahm Resign?

Who cares? Chicago's problems run much deeper than one bad mayor.
Jan 25, 2016

Rahm Emanuel still is Chicago’s mayor. So far, anyway. Not that any serious students of the Chicago Way expected Emanuel to resign, even in the face of accusations that he covered up the brutal shooting of a black youth by a white cop. He might not have survived last year's mayoral election if voters had seen the dash-cam video of the killing. The video didn't become public till later, and only because a court ordered it. Apparently shame isn't enough to make the man quit.

If he won't leave, can he be forced out? Not likely: A bill introduced in the Illinois legislature allowing Chicago voters to recall the mayor from office faces a slow, lonely death.

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Union No

Dec 21, 2015

On December 7, Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced a federal investigation of the Chicago police department. Recent history shows that the Obama Department of Justice cannot be counted on to perform a competent investigation, but at least this particular inquiry is not without cause. The city has earned the nickname "Chiraq," because by international standards, certain Chicago neighborhoods have some of the highest murder rates anywhere in the world. Even as the city has become an abattoir, police have been routinely abusive—a series of troubling investigations suggests the police were operating a "black site" out of an off-the-books warehouse where cops were holding and interrogating suspects without due process.

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Hillary Won't Say If Rahm Should Remain Mayor of Chicago

3:41 PM, Dec 02, 2015

On Wednesday, CNN's Dan Merica asked Hillary Clinton if she thinks Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel should step down. Clinton ignored his question, refusing to offer the former Clinton aide a helping hand in his time of need.

Asked Hillary Clinton whether Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel should step down. She did not respond. pic.twitter.com/IP9ENDvo2T— Dan Merica (@danmericaCNN) December 2, 2015

Merica's question follows calls from protesters for Emaneul to step down.

As USA Today reports:


The political uproar in Chicago was ignited last week after the Emanuel administration was forced under court order to release police dashcam video from an Oct.

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Talking Guns in Chicago

2:22 PM, Oct 28, 2015

As Jordan Fabian of The Hill reports:

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Chickens to the Roost

2:41 PM, Sep 03, 2015

Hal Dardick and Bill Ruthhart of the Chicago Tribune report that

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Why Isn't Obama's Justice Dept. Investigating Rahm Emanuel's Secret Detention Facility?

11:07 AM, Aug 07, 2015

For the last year or so, the issue of whether or not cops have been too eager to punish -- and even kill -- African Americans has dominated the news. Yet, one very big story relating to cops and racial tension has been completely swept under the rug.

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The Wages of Debt: Greece, Puerto Rico … Chicago

4:08 PM, Jul 01, 2015

One reads of the crisis in Greece.   And the one much closer to home in Puerto Rico.  The crisis, that is, that inevitably comes after spending too much and taking on more debt than it is possible even to service, much less pay down. One thinks of how unfortunate it is for the people who will now redeem with pain, the promises made by the politicians of previous generations.

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Michelle Obama to Chicago Grads: 'You Have More Scars Than They Do'

6:48 AM, Jun 10, 2015

First Lady Michelle Obama had some strong words for the graduating class of Martin Luther King Jr. Preparatory High School in Chicago, Illinois. She advised the class on how to get past "struggles."

The first lady's main point was "a lesson about how to get through those struggles, and that is, instead of letting your hardships and failures discourage or exhaust you, let them inspire you," as Obama said. "Let them make you even hungrier to succeed."

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Closed to the Public: Orioles to Play Game in Empty Stadium

1:55 PM, Apr 28, 2015

The Baltimore Orioles will play tomorrow's baseball game at an empty stadium. It will be closed to the public due to ongoing riots in Baltimore. 

The baseball team announced the unusual move in a press release:

The Orioles tweeted out the announcement:

Orioles announcement regarding schedule changes pic.twitter.com/nwCDyqjzWs

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Will Rahm Bomb?

A falling star in Chicago.
Mar 23, 2015

Difficult, they say, to pass a family business on to the third generation. Proof of this assertion is the business known as the City of Chicago, run by the Daley family for two generations but now turned over to non-Irish carpetbaggers, with no future Daley in view.

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Traffic Light Politics in Chicago

10:34 AM, Mar 09, 2015

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is removing some of the money-making traffic cameras from the city’s intersections.

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Obama Pumps Up Rahm Before Election

9:03 PM, Feb 19, 2015

Former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel is up for reelection, and President Obama stopped by his campaign headquarters to praise his mayor.

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White House Deletes Obama's 'Unpaid Bills' Admission from Transcript

5:38 AM, Oct 21, 2014

Last night at a Democratic fundraiser in Chicago, President Obama mentioned that there are some "unpaid bills" on his desk in Chicago--which he left when moved to the White House after winning the presidential election in 2008. Here's what he said:

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Summer of My Discontent

Joseph Epstein; a fan's notes.
Oct 13, 2014

Sometime in mid-February, after the long winter, baseball fans are delighted to read, usually over a two-paragraph-long story buried beneath the fold in the sports pages, the tag line Pitchers and Catchers Report. They are reporting, of course, to spring training two or three weeks ahead of the rest of their teams, and the announcement bodes the first news of the lengthy and leisurely baseball season ahead.

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Obama Heads Home -- Without Family -- for Night

8:21 PM, Oct 01, 2014

President Obama has arrived in Chicago, where he'll spend the night before two public events in his hometown. The president did not travel with his family.

He's now dining out with top adviser Valerie Jarrett and various friends, according to the White House pool report. They're at the steak house RPM Steak, where a nice cut can cost up tp $155, according to the restaurant's website.

Here's what Obama has on tap in Chicago tomorrow, according to the White House:

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They Must Be Doing Something Right

12:32 PM, Jul 14, 2014

One of the Democratic party’s most loyal and powerful interest groups is, evidently, falling out of love with the Obama administration.  As Peter Sullivan of The Hill reports:

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Chicago Hope

A Parody
May 12, 2014

Poll: 'Rahm Re-Election on Ropes'; Only 29 Percent Would Vote for Him Today

10:34 AM, May 11, 2014

Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel might be in trouble. If a recent poll is to be believed, Rahm might have trouble getting reelected.

"Only one in five Chicago voters credit Mayor Rahm Emanuel with doing a better job of running the city than Richard M. Daley did, and only 29 percent would support him if the mayoral election were held today," the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

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Paper Savages Rahm: 'An Elitist Whose Swagger Doesn't Match His Triumphs'

7:02 AM, May 07, 2014

Kristen McQueary, a member of the Chicago Tribune editorial board, has a devastating piece in her paper on Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel. In short, the mayor--the former congressman and former chief of staff to President Obama--hasn't lived up to the bluster.

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You Have the Right to Enroll in ObamaCare

1:04 PM, Feb 06, 2014

In Chicago (where else?) if you are busted for a serious crime you will, as Mark Niquette of Bloomberg reports, likely be:

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Edward Clarke, 1939-2013

Nov 11, 2013

Believers in limited government and privatization lost one of their unsung heroes with the death of distinguished economist Ed Clarke on October 10. Clarke conceived of an idea he called revealed demand, a notion that helped make the case for having the market allocate goods and services formerly thought to be the sole province of governments.

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A Christian Realist, par Excellence

Jean Bethke Elshtain, 1941-2013
Aug 26, 2013

Jean Bethke Elshtain may have been the busiest woman many of us had ever met. Shuttling back and forth between her regular teaching appointment at the University of Chicago and her settled home in Tennessee, she wrote and wrote—and wrote and wrote. Essays, talks, books, memos to fellow directors on the almost endless number of boards on which she served. Letters, emailed comments about her friends’ latest work, notes on current theological and political issues: a ceaseless flow of words.

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Other Than That ...

12:02 PM, Jul 28, 2013

The headline on this Chicago Sun-Times story is arresting, to say the least:

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Michelle Obama Teams With Rahm Emanuel for Chicago 'Youth Empowerment'

1:31 PM, Jul 15, 2013

First Lady Michelle Obama and Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel are teaming up to work on "youth empowerment," the White House announced today. They'll join together later this week in Chicago for an event on the issue.

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The Lonely Skybox

Chicago is bereft of celebrity fans.
Jun 24, 2013

I was watching the Chicago Blackhawks play the Los Angeles Kings in the western Stanley Cup final round when, in the second period, the television camera panned to Tom Cruise, sitting alone in a rink-side seat. “Tom Cruise is a big Kings fan,” the announcer said. 

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Obama to Attend Two Democratic Fundraisers Today in Chicago

Raising money to win back the House.
6:02 AM, May 29, 2013

Later this evening, President Barack Obama will head to his hometown of Chicago to attend two Democratic party fundraisers aimed to help his party help win back the House of Representatives from the Republicans.

"In the afternoon, the President will travel to Chicago. The departure from the South Lawn and the arrival at O’Hare International Airport are open press," Obama's schedule reads.

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Reagan Big, Hearts Small

2:05 PM, May 03, 2013

Just as the wrecking ball was poised to swing at President Reagan’s home on Chicago’s South Side, where he lived when he was 3-4 and survived near-fatal pneumonia, President Barack Obama put brain research in the national spotlight.

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Obama Campaign Uses Chicago Violence to Push for Gun Control

1:12 PM, May 03, 2013

In a petition emailed today to supporters, Organizing for Action, President Obama's former campaign group, uses violence in Chicago to push for more gun control.

"In 2009, my schoolmate Greg Robinson was in the backseat of a car returning home from a basketball game when someone with a gun opened fire," the letter from "Ronnie Mosley," of Morehouse College Class of 2013, emails.

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We Do Capitalism, Crony Style

8:42 AM, May 03, 2013

Jake Tapper on President Obama's choice for secretary of commerce:

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Michelle Obama Compares Herself to Murdered Teenager

"Hadiya Pendleton was me, and I was her."
6:18 PM, Apr 10, 2013

In a speech that addressed youth violence in Chicago, First Lady Michelle Obama compared herself to Hadiya Pendleton, a 15-year-old girl murdered soon after attending President Obama's Second Inauguration. "Hadiya Pendleton was me, and I was her," said the first lady.

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