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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Some major upgrades may be in store at Midway International Airport.
The City of Joliet is considering farming out the jobs of school crossing guards in order to save some money.
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.
A renewed call has been issued for slicing the size of the Chicago City Council in half.
U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) is introducing legislation that could lead to more privatization of public assets across the United States.
Community activists held a news conference outside the Chicago Skyway Sunday, calling for an end to privatization.
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.
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.
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.
Privatization plans are on hold once again for Midway International Airport.
Big-time cuts could be coming to Taste of Chicago and six other lakefront music festivals.