Public Affairs

VIDEO: Rahm takes in more than $1 million from investment bankers

By Daniel Brown

Since the U.S. Supreme Court case Citizens United, unprecedented amounts of money have flown into elections. According to the Sun-Times, Mayor Emanuel has raised nearly $30 million in the last five years. In fact, almost half of the money he has raised since October of last year has come from a handful of investment bankers.
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Garcia, supporters mobilize to bolster support

By Meg Anderson

Mayoral candidate Jesus “Chuy” Garcia and nearly 4,000 supporters were making last minute stops across the city Tuesday to bolster Garcia’s bid to oust incumbent Mayor Rahm Emanuel of his seat.

Garcia, 58, already visited four polling locations as of 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, including voting with his wife at Daniel J. Corkery Elementary School at 2510 S. Kildare Ave.

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Mayoral candidates offer few specifics on housing issues

By Stephanie Choporis

Three out of Chicago’s five mayoral candidates failed to offer specifics during a forum Tuesday on how they would provide more affordable housing if elected to office, but some at the event said they thought it was informative.

Candidates Bob Fioretti, William “Dock” Walls and Willie Wilson fielded questions on supervision of the Chicago Housing Authority, supplying communities with equal housing services and one-for-one replacement of public housing before an audience of roughly 500 people at Mount Carmel Missionary Baptist Church in Bronzeville.
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No tax hikes in Rauner’s budget proposal

By Meredith Wilson

Gov. Bruce Rauner presented a balanced budget to the Illinois Legislature on Wednesday that did not include a single tax hike.

The proposed state budget for fiscal year 2016 is $31.5 billion, a decrease of 21 percent from the $38.2 billion agencies reported needing for fiscal year 2016, known as the maintenance rate. Revenue is expected to drop from $34.1 billion from fiscal year 2015 to $32 billion, a tightening of 6.5 percent. Fiscal year 2015 ends June 30. Continue reading

Child hunger makes learning difficult, especially in harsh winter

By Emily Hoerner

For Chicago’s food insecure children, this season’s blistering cold temperatures may present additional barriers to learning in the classroom.

When weather is especially harsh, people turn to food services like pantries, soup kitchens and shelters more frequently, said Jim Conwell, communications director at the Greater Chicago Food Depository. Continue reading

Sorry exporters, a strong dollar is golden in U.S.

By Lei Xuan

“The world is in a currency war,” says A. Gary Shilling, president of the New Jersey-based consultants A. Gary Shilling & Co.

His reasoning is simple and global: “Many central banks are chopping interest rates to push their currencies down. They all hope to spur exports to offset internal weakness.”

A moderate depreciation of currency is, indeed, especially good for countries who rely heavily on exports. A weaker currency makes export goods cheaper in foreign markets. Continue reading

Fed minutes: ‘many’ favor delaying interest rate hike

By Lucy Ren

The majority of the participants at the January Federal Open Market Committee meeting leaned towards delaying the interest rate hike, according to the FOMC’s January meeting minutes released on Wednesday.

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VIDEO: Holiday lures young adults to church but ministry makes them stay

By Meg Rauch

A Pew Research Study says that one-third of adults under 30 in the U.S. do not identify with any religion. A Catholic Church in Chicago is bringing more young people back to mass and getting them involved in their faith.  Continue reading

VIDEO: Obama to designate Pullman as first national monument in Chicago

By Adriana Cargill

President Obama will arrive this Thursday in the Pullman Historic District to officially designate the neighborhood as the first national monument in Chicago. Pullman will join the ranks of the Statue of Liberty  in telling the nation’s story.

George Pullman is a controversial 19th century railroad industrialist who created an experimental town to house his workforce. Most of the original buildings are still standing today. Pullman’s company town played an important role in labor history and early African American civil rights history.

Many neighborhood residents are elated about the designation but others remain skeptical.

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VIDEO: Chicago ordinance against puppy mills may hurt small pet shops

By Adam Banicki

Story updated on Feb. 19 with details about federal lawsuit.

The Chicago City Council voted 49-1 to ban the resale of certain animals in an attempt to rid the city of puppy mills.  The ordinance goes into effect next month.

Owners of small neighborhood pet shops, such as Jim Sparks who owns Park Pet Shop in Mount Greenwood, feel it unfairly targets their sales of properly cared for animals.

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