Indiana Dunes

Deal To Develop Parkland Near Indiana Dunes Riles Conservationists

A plan allowing a politically connected developer to operate restaurants, a rooftop bar and a banquet hall in the heart of Indiana Dunes State Park is drawing scrutiny from conservationists and some legal experts.


Chicago Parking Meter (CBS)

Feds Focus On LAZ Executive For Alleged Parking Meter Bribe

Federal agents have been investigating an executive with the firm that manages Chicago’s privatized parking meters on allegations he took kickbacks to steer a meter contract to a favored company, according to a court record obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times.


Ald. Roderick Sawyer (6th) discusses a proposed ordinance to increase transparency involving efforts to privatize city services or assets. (Credit: Craig Dellimore/WBBM)

Council’s Progressive Caucus Wants More Transparency For Privatization Deals

Members of the Chicago City Council’s so-called “Progressive Caucus” were trying to pressure the Emanuel administration to help move an ordinance that would provide more information about efforts to privatize city assets or services.


File Photo Of A Silhouette Of Firefighters (Photo by Carlo Allegri/Getty Images)

Judge Won’t Speed Up North Riverside’s Attempt To Privatize Fire Dept.

An attorney for a suburban firefighters union said they will continue their fight against an attempt by the village of North Riverside to privatize its fire department.


(Credit: Thinkstock)

Firefighters Say No To North Riverside Privatization Plan

Firefighters in west suburban North Riverside have balked at the mayor’s proposal to privatize the department, saying they refuse to work for a private company rather than for the village.


North Riverside Mayor Suggests Privatizing Village Fire Department

Mayor Hubert E. Hermanek Jr. says having a private firm take over the village’s firefighting duties could save taxpayers more than $700,000 in pension payments, health insurance and more.


Midway International Airport (CBS File Photo)

Deal To Lease Midway Is Dead, Mayor’s Office Confirms

The Sun-Times reported Thursday that Emanuel told his staff the idea is off the table. One of two firms bidding on the project reportedly dropped out, taking away a competitive element.


Midway International Airport (CBS File Photo)

BGA Urging Open Process For Any Deal To Privatize Midway

The Better Government Association has been putting pressure on the Chicago City Council as city officials weigh possible privatization of Midway International Airport, in an effort to make sure it won’t turn out like the disastrous parking meter lease deal.


Midway International Airport (CBS File Photo)

Emanuel Renews Push To Privatize Midway Airport

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has renewed the city’s efforts to lease Midway International Airport, but the plans scaled back from the one proposed—and then dropped—by former Mayor Richard M. Daley.


Midway Airport

Report: Major Upgrades May Be Coming To Midway Airport

Some major upgrades may be in store at Midway International Airport.

CBS Chicago–09/13/2012

School Crossing

Joliet Considering Privatizing Crossing Guards

The City of Joliet is considering farming out the jobs of school crossing guards in order to save some money.

CBS Chicago–09/12/2011

A group of mental health advocates staged a protest of the city of Chicago's proposal to transfer mental health care from city clinics to privately run facilities on Tuesday at the University Club of Chicago, where Mayor Rahm Emanuel was speaking, but Emanuel avoided the protesters by going in a side door. (Credit: CBS)

City Officials: Mental Health Services Will Remain Strong

The Emanuel Administration is trying to reassure mental health advocates that patients will continue to receive good services, despite the city’s efforts to save money.

CBS Chicago–08/17/2011

Chicago City Council Chambers (CBS)

Civic Federation Advises Cutting City Council In Half

A renewed call has been issued for slicing the size of the Chicago City Council in half.

CBS Chicago–06/30/2011

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (CBS File Photo)

Kirk Seeks To Ease Privatization Of Public Assets

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) is introducing legislation that could lead to more privatization of public assets across the United States.

WBBM Newsradio–06/20/2011

Skyway Toll Bridge

Activists Want End To Skyway Privatization

Community activists held a news conference outside the Chicago Skyway Sunday, calling for an end to privatization.

CBS Chicago–06/20/2011

Midway Airport

Durbin Plan Would Essentially Kill Attempt To Sell Midway

A deal to privatize Midway Airport may be off the table now, but a proposal from U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin would probably kill it indefinitely.

CBS Chicago–06/17/2011

Taste Of Chicago

Park District Taking Over Taste, 4 Other Fests Canceled

The Chicago Park District will be taking over control of the Taste of Chicago this summer and four other popular summer fests — the Country Music Festival, the Viva! Chicago Latin Music Festival, the Gospel Music Festival and Celtic Fest Chicago — will be merged into the Taste.

CBS Chicago–02/10/2011

Taste Of Chicago

Daley Insists Taste Of Chicago Will Remain Free

Mayor Richard M. Daley has said admission to the Taste of Chicago will remain free, but new information shows that may not necessarily end up being the case.

CBS Chicago–01/28/2011

Midway Airport

Privatization Plans On Hold For Midway

Privatization plans are on hold once again for Midway International Airport.

CBS Chicago–12/14/2010

Taste Of Chicago

Major Cuts To Taste, Other Fests A Possibility, City Says

Big-time cuts could be coming to Taste of Chicago and six other lakefront music festivals.