Ald. Pat Dowell

CPS Officials Defend Diversity Of Selective-Enrollment High SchoolsAldermen grilled Chicago Public Schools officials on Tuesday about declining minority enrollment at some of the most renowned selective-enrollment schools in the city.
Women Urge City To Keep Mammogram Program OpenA group of female Chicago aldermen, health care workers, and breast cancer survivors launched a campaign Thursday, to urge the Chicago Department of Public Health to halt plans to close the program that provides mammograms to thousands of women every year.
Aldermen Grill CPS Officials On Budget Cuts For SchoolsThe City Council Education Committee was taking a hard look at the Chicago Public Schools budget at a City Hall hearing on Friday, and aldermen were raising questions about spending cuts for neighborhood schools.
New Price Tag, Details Emerge For DePaul ArenaMayor Rahm Emanuel on Tuesday continued to duck reporters' questions about the proposed sports and entertainment complex for McCormick Place.
School Closings Plan Prompts Rancor At City Council, Board Of Ed HearingsAldermen grilled Chicago Public Schools officials and Chicago Teachers Union members Wednesday, over the plan to close 53 schools at the end of the school year, while the head of the school district answered critics at a Board of Education meeting.
Fine Collections Against Banks Way Up Since Ordinance On Vacant PropertiesSince the City Council approved an ordinance holding banks accountable for vacant properties, the city has collected more than $600,000 in fines from financial institutions.
City Council Panel OKs Plan To Turn Unused Rosehill Cemetery Land Into Park Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s $7.7 million plan to turn 21 acres of woods and wetlands at Rosehill Cemetery into a “mini-Morton Arboretum” sailed through a City Council committee Tuesday despite concern about maintenance and acquisition costs.
Ordinance Holds Banks Responsible For Maintaining Vacant BuildingsThe City Council on Thursday passed an ordinance that holds banks responsible for maintaining properties once they have foreclosed upon them and left them vacant.
Emanuel Backs Ordinance Requiring Upkeep Of Vacant BuildingsMayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday threw his support behind a long-stalled measure that would force banks and other lenders to maintain the properties on which they foreclose.
Lost Knowledge From Departing Aldermen Sparks ConcernAmid all the talk about a new City Council, some aldermen are experiencing a mixture of happy expectation and concern.