Deal To Develop Parkland Near Indiana Dunes Riles ConservationistsA 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.
Feds Focus On LAZ Executive For Alleged Parking Meter BribeFederal 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.
Council's Progressive Caucus Wants More Transparency For Privatization DealsMembers 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.
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.
Firefighters Say No To North Riverside Privatization PlanFirefighters 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 DepartmentMayor 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.
Deal To Lease Midway Is Dead, Mayor's Office ConfirmsThe 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.
BGA Urging Open Process For Any Deal To Privatize MidwayThe 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.
Emanuel Renews Push To Privatize Midway AirportMayor 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.
Report: Major Upgrades May Be Coming To Midway AirportSome major upgrades may be in store at Midway International Airport.
Joliet Considering Privatizing Crossing GuardsThe City of Joliet is considering farming out the jobs of school crossing guards in order to save some money.
City Officials: Mental Health Services Will Remain StrongThe 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.