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  • Emanuel loyalists prosper in new City Council power structure

    Emanuel loyalists prosper in new City Council power structure
    Despite the talk of a newly assertive Chicago City Council, aldermen on Wednesday are expected to overwhelmingly approve a new committee structure that rewards loyalists to Mayor Rahm Emanuel with coveted chairmanships.
  • New Chicago City Council still driven by Emanuel agenda

    New Chicago City Council still driven by Emanuel agenda
    After last month's city elections, Mayor Rahm Emanuel's foes on the City Council heralded a new era in Chicago government, one in which aldermen would drive more of the city's agenda. Thirteen new aldermen were elected, and most were backed by unions...

    State pension ruling deals Emanuel triple blow on Chicago's finances

    State pension ruling deals Emanuel triple blow on Chicago's finances
    The Illinois Supreme Court's decision to toss out the state's pension reform law dealt a triple blow to Mayor Rahm Emanuel's difficult task of shoring up Chicago's shaky finances. First, the ruling could nullify pension deals the mayor struck last...

    Feds eye CPS records on education group backed by state's, city's elites

    Feds eye CPS records on education group backed by state's, city's elites
    Federal corruption investigators looking into a $20.5 million no-bid contract at Chicago Public Schools also have asked for any records related to an elite nonprofit education group that has long been at the center of city school reform efforts —...

    Aldermen voice opposition to right-to-work zones

    Aldermen voice opposition to right-to-work zones
    Union officials lodged their opposition Tuesday to Gov. Bruce Rauner's proposed right-to-work zones as part of Mayor Rahm Emanuel's effort to send a message to state lawmakers that City Hall opposes the idea. The testimony came at a City Council hearing...