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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel blasted Politico reporter Mike Allen for publicly revealing he's vacationing in Cuba later this year with his family. "I really don't appreciate that," Emanuel said, publicly expressing his displeasure.
Watch the tense exchange:
It ends with the Politico reporter apologizing.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
Rahm Emanuel's brother, Zeke Emanuel, told NBC's David Gregory that Obamacare uncertainty is driving up the cost of health care insurance premiums:Read more
First Lady Michelle Obama is headed next month to Chicago to discuss "Youth Violence," the White House announced today.
Rahm Emanuel, the mayor of Chicago and former White House chief of staff, was pushed this morning on why Barack Obama has not worried about guns since becoming president--until now, after the mass shooting at Sandy Hook school in Connecticut:Read more
According to an Israeli newspaper, former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, the current mayor of Chicago, blasted Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu for betting "on the wrong man" in the last presidential election. The allegation is that Netanyahu supported Mitt Romney in the election, and not the ultimate winner--President Barack Obama.Read more
Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel, the former chief of staff to President Barack Obama, is politicizing the clean-up of Hurricane Sandy and, he says he offered help to the Democratic mayors ofRead more
The schools that were supposed to be open today will not be. The teachers need more time to study an offer that gives them a raise even as the city can't really afford it and they haven't done anything at all to deserve it. This, at a time when millions in the private sector would consider it a gift of providence to have reported for work this morning.Read more
The strike by Chicago teachers continues. It is a hardship for parents and one more tough break for the students in Chicago's public schools, some 40 percent of whom drop out before graduating high school. Equally unfortunate are the 20 percent who do graduate but are still functionally illiterate. But the strike is also an opportunity for some, including Mayor Rahm Emmanuel who famously said that, in politics, you never want to let a good crisis go to waste.Read more
The public school teachers are going on strike in Chicago and the first worry of the people who run the city is for the safety of the children—where violence is already sky-high. The political class in Chicago has already failed in its duty to provide for the public safety. Failing to keep the schools open and the teachers happy, is a lesser offense. The strike will be settled and the teachers' union will get more than it deserves but less than it wants while insisting that this is all about the children.Read more
A startling report from a Chicago news station:
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