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Chicago to Claim Unfortunate Parking Record

As of Jan. 1, its downtown meters will charge most in country

(Newser) - Chicago soon will have the nation's most expensive downtown parking meters. On New Year's Day, meters in the city's downtown Loop area will begin charging $6.50 an hour—up from $5.75. A report from the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency says the rate change will... More »

Chicago Swears In Emanuel

New mayor calls for change, sacrifice to address city's woes

(Newser) - It was a departure of sorts for Rahm Emanuel today, a swearing in, as opposed to the swearing at he's famously used to. The potty-mouthed former White House chief of staff today became Chicago's first new mayor in two decades, taking the oath of office and officially marking... More »

Chicago Mayor Gives Oprah a Big Parting Gift

Richard Daley names street 'Oprah Winfrey Way'

(Newser) - What do you get the woman who has everything and has given away just about everything? How about her own street? Outgoing Chicago Mayor Richard Daley gave Oprah Winfrey her very own "Oprah Winfrey Way," naming a block in front of Harpo Studios after her. Winfrey is the... More »

Why Rahm Might Be a One-Termer

Challenges facing Chicago require painful solutions

(Newser) - Rahm Emanuel won the Chicago mayor’s race—but will he be able to keep the job for more than one term? The Sun-Times , the Tribune , and the New York Times take a look at the many, many challenges facing him:
  • Financial crisis: Chicago is on the brink of bankruptcy.
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Man Arrested in Chicago Bomb Plot

...But FBI gave him the bomb, so public was never in danger

(Newser) - When he dropped the paint can into a trash can near Wrigley Field on Saturday night, Sami Samir Hassoun allegedly thought he was planting a bomb that would cause massive casualties. In reality he was planting… a paint can. The FBI, which had for months been tracking Hassoun and giving... More »

Who Will Replace Daley and 'Mayor Rahm'?

Chicago race (and DC race) wide open

(Newser) - Richard Daley’s retirement has set off wild speculation in Chicago about who'll replace him, and in Washington about who’ll replace would-be mayor Rahm Emanuel. DC insiders are positive Rahm will run, according to the Hill , but he’ll have competition. “It’s the wild, wild West,”... More »

Obama for Chicago Mayor!

Forget president—here's a job he's much more suited to

(Newser) - Reihan Salam's career advice for Barack Obama: Give up the presidency and run for mayor of Chicago. No, wait, he's serious! Richard Daley's decision to retire has thrown the city into a tizzy, and who better to take over than a person who knows Chicago's neighborhoods, feels "passionately" about... More »

Chicago's Mayor Daley Won't Run Again

Emanuel has said he'd love the job

(Newser) - One of the nation's most powerful mayors is calling it quits. Chicago's Richard Daley says he won't run for re-election next year after 21 years in office, the Tribune reports. Speculation is sure to turn to Rahm Emanuel, who's rumored to be on his way out as White House chief... More »

Mayor Daley Proposes New Gun Rules for Chicago

His ordinance would again be the nation's strictest

(Newser) - Chicago's Mayor Daley wasted no time in proposing a new ordinance to regulate guns in Chicago. He hopes it will comply with the guidance provided by the Supreme Court Monday when it overturned Chicago's existing gun ordinance. As with the old law, Chicago's new one would be the strictest in... More »

Rahm Emanuel: Report I'm Quitting Is 'BS'

Chief of Staff planning to move family to DC

(Newser) - Rahm Emanuel is not happy about the report that he’s leaving the White House after the midterm elections. “This is BS. And if you need it for translation, it is baseless,” the White House chief of staff said in a statement today. Rumors have circulated that Emanuel... More »

Rahm Emanuel: I Want to Be Chicago Mayor

White House Chief of Staff says he misses Illinois

(Newser) - Rahm Emanuel sounds like he wants out of the Obama administration—and Washington altogether. In an interview with Charlie Rose last night, Emanuel confirmed the rumor that he's considering running for mayor of Chicago in 2011. “I hope Mayor Daley seeks reelection. I will work and support him” if... More »

Olympics Defeat: How Much Does It Hurt Obama?

(Newser) - It's a big disappointment for Chicago, but how big a hit was yesterday's Olympic Committee put-down of the US's 2016 bid for the president, who stuck his neck out to go to bat for it? Of course Rush Limbaugh said it was huge, the "worst day" of Obama's presidency,... More »

Chicagoans Cool Off on Olympic Bid

Financial concerns drive lukewarm public support

(Newser) - Local support for Chicago's bid to play host to the 2016 Olympics has fallen sharply, with public opinion evenly split, the Chicago Tribune reports. Just 47% of Chicagoans in a new poll support the mayor’s initiative—a 14-point slide—while 45% oppose it. The main issue is expense: 84%... More »

Chicago Plans Day to 'Talk Like Shakespeare'

(Newser) - "Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow"—exactly 3 days from now—Chicago will celebrate the Bard's 445th birthday with "Talk Like Shakespeare Day," the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Mayor Richard Daley unveiled the plan, saying Chicagoans can "bring the spoken words of Shakespeare into their daily lives.... More »

Feds Grill Burris in Blago Probe

Calls for senator to step down gain strength

(Newser) - Federal authorities interviewed Illinois Sen. Roland Burris yesterday as part of the investigation into whether former Gov. Rod Blagojevich tried to sell President Obama's Senate seat, reports the Chicago Tribune. Burris is not a specific target in the Blago case, sources said, but he is being investigated for perjury by... More »

Crazy? Nah, Just a Chicago Pol

Blagojevich just doing what machine politicians do, warts and all

(Newser) - Amateur psychologists are calling Rod Blagojevich “crazy,” just because he dropped some F-bombs while allegedly trying to sell Barack Obama’s Senate seat. Obviously, these guys “have never talked to a Chicago machine politician in their lives,” writes John Kass in the Tribune. “How do... More »

Chicago Leases Parking Meters for $1.6B

Company wants a 75-year lease on 36,000 metered parking spaces

(Newser) - Chicago, which in September agreed to lease out Midway Airport for 99 years in exchange for $2.52 billion, has now made a deal to lease 36,000 metered parking spaces to Morgan Stanley for $1.16 billion, reports Bloomberg. The city council will vote tomorrow on the 75-year lease,... More »

Mayors Make Pitch for Piece of Stimulus Pie

City chiefs plug $90B worth in infrastructure projects to Obama

(Newser) - For American mayors, economic crisis means a chance to hit up the feds for a buck, Politico reports. The US Conference of Mayors has compiled a list of 4,600 projects that would create 261,000 jobs in 154 cities; the plan currently totals $90 billion, but an official said... More »

Chicago School Boycott Moves Downtown

'Teach-ins' at corporate offices protest unfair funding

(Newser) - Civic leaders held "teach-ins" at downtown Chicago businesses today to protest uneven education funding in Illinois, the Tribune reports. Educators joined students boycotting a second day of school in the lobbies of buildings including the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and Boeing Corp. Most businesses said they would welcome the students... More »

Gun Ruling Sends Chicago Mayor Into Rage

'Very frightening,' Daley says; vows to fight for city's strict law

(Newser) - Today’s Supreme Court ruling striking down a handgun ban in Washington, DC, is “a very frightening decision,” says Chicago Mayor Richard Daley, vowing to fight for Chicago’s own strict gun law, which will likely now be challenged. Mayors across the country must protect their cities, Daley... More »

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