A new report suggests that the city of Chicago has not fully kept
track of some of its patients amid the closing of mental health
The study released this week by the AFSCME Council 31
public employees union and the Mental Health Movement coalition finds
that on March 1 the city counted 3,282 patients using Chicago Department
of Public Health, or CDPH, mental health services.
By July 24, following the April closing of six the city's 12 CDPH mental health clinics, the number of patients dropped to 2,798.
Today, the city of Chicago demolished its “200th dangerous building” since July 12, according
to the office of Mayor Rahm Emanuel. The mayor stated in a press release
that demolitions are “preventing criminal activity in our
Is this true? “We’ve been knocking down houses
since the 1930’s and it’s not clear if this has a significant effect on
crime rates,” says Bradford Hunt, a sociology professor at Roosevelt
University who studies Chicago housing issues.
Also in question: How does the city determine what properties see the wrecking ball?
The administration of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says that the city can
generate $18 million next year through leasing billboards on city-owned
property, and also letting corporations place ads on downtown trash
The Chicago City Council will hold hearings on what are rumored to be
80 to 120 neighborhood school closings, according to Ald. Latasha Thomas (17th),
head of the council's education committee.
Thomas, who as education
chairperson must convene such a panel, has previously been silent on a
resolution signed by 32 aldermen calling for a school closing hearing. She told
Progress Illinois that she would “absolutely” hold such a hearing.
The Chicago City Council started this morning four days of hearings
that will examine the proposed 2013 budget that Mayor Rahm Emanuel
released last week.
At a community meeting on the Northwest Side last night Ald. Robert Fioretti (2nd) said that, “The annual budget is the most important aspect of public policy. It tells us who we are as a city.”
to the chagrin of Fioretti, Chicago is a city that mostly lets the
mayor write the budget. Unlike the U.S. Congress or Illinois General
Assembly, the 50-member city council essentially plays an advisory role.
public also played a small role under previous mayors through community
hearings, but Emanuel scrapped those this year. So a group of six
aldermen representing the council’s progressive caucus held a public
forum last night that attracted about 200 people.
Diane Ravitch, who was assistant secretary of education under George
H.W. Bush and then became a national spokeswoman against the
so-called education reform movement, says that Chicago has taken the
lead on education reform – and the revolt against such policies.
a professor at New York University, Ravitch told reporters at the
Chicago Teachers Union headquarters Monday that the strike gave
“vicarious exhilaration” to teachers across the nation that were “beaten
down” by evaluations based on standardized tests and charter schools.
Chicago is distinctive on education issues because of a “more militant”
teachers' union, noting that in much of the south, west and now to an
extent in northern states such as Wisconsin, “Teacher collective
bargaining rights are eliminated.”
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel presented his 2013 budget to the city council today, profusely emphasizing that the budget contains no new taxes.
“This is a budget that allows us to make critical investments by reforming government instead of raising taxes,” Emanuel said in a statement. “As I pledged, we will not raise sales taxes; we will not raise the fuel tax; we will not raise the amusement tax.”