CTA bus ridership has declined by 21 percent since 2012 as riders frustrated by the snail’s pace of bus service switch to ride-hailing.
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.
Chief among those ideas is a plan to bolster mental health services decimated by clinic closings and state funding cuts.
The development — with 13 acres of open space and a walkway along the Chicago River — is owned by Tribune Media and holds a printing facility.
Chicago’s bond rating with Standard & Poor’s currently stands at BBB+ with a stable outlook.
“All of the other rappers and comedians and those with bigger bases are on the Green Team … because they’ve been around me for years,” Green said.
When a reporter noted that he hadn’t rule out a return to elected office, Emanuel smiled, saying: “Well, then, you get to write your next story.”
Melissa Conyears-Ervin, wife of Ald. Jason Ervin, broke a seldom-enforced rule that only former aldermen are allowed on the City Council floor.
For a tough-as-nails political tactician better known for steely resolve and foul language, Rahm Emanuel’s speech Wednesday was a virtual gusher.
In his final budget address to the City Council, Emanuel asked his allies to take a bow for making the tough decisions.
The budget includes an array of investments in summer jobs, mentoring and nuts-and-bolts housekeeping services like rodent control and tree-trimming.
The transgressions include sexual misconduct, criminal theft, solicitation of bribes and misappropriation of funds, as well as time fraud.
“I want to say narcissistically: If I back you, you have a chance,” the rapper said alongside Enyia at a Tuesday morning news conference.
Vallas wants a “third-tier pension program” in which city employees earning more than $100,000 a year contribute more toward pensions and health care.
Under the deal, Chicago to sent at least $500,000 a year to the Gary airport. Chico said it was meant to last only three years; that was 23 years ago.
But the rapper will be endorsing a candidate for mayor — and it won’t be Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, sources said.