Summers trashed Emanuel on a host of offenses from his closing of public schools to his handling of the Laquan McDonald shooting video.
Fran Spielman has been covering and analyzing Chicago mayors and city government since Richard J. Daley. Her City Hall beats have included Mayors Michael Bilandic, Jane Byrne, Harold Washington, Eugene Sawyer, Richard M. Daley and Rahm Emanuel.
Spielman joined the Sun-Times in 1985 after ten years at Chicago radio station WIND. When owner Westinghouse Broadcasting sold the station, she saw the opportunity to pursue her primary journalistic goal to work for a major newspaper.
She had started at WIND right out of Northwestern University--as a sports reporter, morning news producer, then full-time reporter--after covering football, basketball and tennis for the Daily Northwestern.
During her decade in radio, Spielman freelanced for the Chicago Daily News, at Crain’s Chicago Business, for “The Chicago Bear Report” and as a principle anchor and reporter of Channel 11’s Emmy Award winning sports show, “Time Out”.
Spielman is a member of the Chicago Journalism Hall of Fame. In 2009, she received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Chicago Headline Club. A decade earlier, Spielman received the Dante Award from the Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans.
As the background music plays the song “Thank You For Being a Friend,” the ad then shows two still photos of Rauner and Wilson yukking it up.
Chicago’s most powerful alderman, Edward M. Burke, had his cell phone seized by federal agents who raided his government and political offices.
THE WATCHDOGS: Shortly before the FBI raided the offices of Ald. Edward M. Burke, agents visited home of alderman’s top political aide.
Progressive aldermen appeared ready to pass an ordinance blocking Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plan to use $1.5 billion in TIF money on four huge projects.
Some long-term Lake View residents say they are being punished for working hard to revive their neighborhood, Ald. Tom Tunney (44th) said.
If Axelrod had to predict who makes the runoff, it would likely be Toni Preckwinkle and Susana Mendoza — if Mendoza survives a petition challenge.
Axelrod was assigned to cover Jane Byrne because he was just a cub reporter in his early 20s, and she seemed destined to lose — until the blizzard.
The “nights and weekends” team created by the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection completed training and started permanent shifts.
“Once you’re raided like that, it usually portends an indictment…If he gets indicted, he’s not gonna run…He just withdraws.”
The largest of three planned settlements will go to Lewis Gardner and Paul Phillips. Both men were wrongfully convicted of a 1992 double murder.
Homeless advocates and civil liberties groups applauded Chicago for quietly repealing what critics called an “unconstitutional” ban.
Ald. Joe Moore said he had no obligation to take attendance after the recess. “The aldermen who suggested absence of a quorum was no longer there.”
Celebrity chef Rick Bayless’ “Culinary Core Institute,” based at The Hatchery, will include an eight-week training program for aspiring young chefs.
“All I can deal with right now is the first year. … I’m not gonna give you a blanket guarantee that it’s forever,” Daley said Thursday.