Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, along with Ald. Pat Dowell (3rd), introduced an ordinance at Wednesday's city council meeting that would increase the penalties for gun offenses near bus stops, "L" stations and on public transit.
violence needs to stop today,” said Davis in an interview with Progress
Illinois. “The National Guard goes into communities based on the
governor’s request, when there’s a natural disaster or civil unrest. It
is my belief that we are suffering from civil unrest in this city.”
The city has logged nearly 230 homicides for the year, as of July 22, according to RedEye Chicago’s homicide tracker. More than 85 percent of the recorded murders were from gunshot wounds.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel launched an online data portal on Friday as an attempt to help the public better understand how the city's tax increment financing (TIF) program is being used in their communities.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel and officials from the Chicago Public Schools
(CPS) have not shown a good faith effort to pursue revenue as a means of offsetting the
district’s staggering deficit, according to Jesse Sharkey, vice
president of the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU).
“The school district has
lots of options,” Sharkey said. “If the mayor took the same amount of
energy and initiative to pursue revenue for the schools that he’s taken
to pursue revenue when it comes to an infrastructure trust, or that he’s
taken when it comes to a river walk, bicycle program, NATO conference,
and other things ... There’s a number of ways they could find revenue.”
of community members at the CivicLab’s Logan Square TIF meeting
discussed ways to put more heat on city officials to declare a TIF
surplus as a means to help plug the school district’s reported $1
billion budget deficit. The Chicago Teachers Union (CTU), Raise Your
Hand For Illinois Public Education, some elected officials and other
local groups have been pushing the mayor to declare a surplus as a means to help financially stabilize the school district.
city intentionally obscures how our property taxes are used to
subsidize projects for private business. Our tax money is used to create
private wealth,” said Marilena Marchetti, a Logan Square resident and
CTU member. “Given the situation our school district is in, this makes
no sense at all.”
Officials from the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) had few answers Wednesday
night for community residents outraged over devastating district-wide
budget cuts that threaten to deprive students of much-needed teachers
and resources next year. Progress Illinois was there for the heated meeting.