by Thomas MacMillan | Apr 16, 2014 12:34 pm | Comments (10)
In a budget season in which school spending has taken center stage, Alder Michael Stratton is floating a new proposal to examine the Board of Ed budget more deeply.
by Paul Bass | Apr 14, 2014 1:58 pm | Comments (3)
At all other press conferences, the mayor answers questions. At this press conference, the mayor opened a box of matzah.
by Paul Bass | Apr 9, 2014 3:02 pm | Comments (19)
A newly elected mayor sat in a pew at Beulah Heights First Pentecostal Church on Orchard Street to join a community in mourning a gunned-down child. A realization hit: That’s what this job is about.
by Staff | Apr 8, 2014 12:18 pm | Comments (11)
(Updated 1:48 p.m. with Russell comment.) Queue up yet another special election: Angela Russell has resigned from the Board of Alders.
by Melissa Bailey | Apr 8, 2014 11:44 am | Comments (46)
In light of what she termed “aggressive confrontation, insulting, personal attacks and intimidation” that “flagrantly violated” the rules of legislative conduct, Alder Jeanette Morrison Monday called for a formal review of Alder Mike Stratton’s recent behavior.
by Melissa Bailey | Apr 8, 2014 8:03 am | Comments (2)
Dean Esserman was reappointed as police chief—and shared with alders what’s next for him in his new term.
by Paul Bass | Apr 3, 2014 8:34 am | Comments (23)
Last week, Dolores Colon wasn’t ready to vote. She worried about more pollution coming to an asthma-choked neighborhood. Six nights later, she had waded through reports—and voted for a plan to start rebuilding a bulldozed former neighborhood, a plan that she concluded won’t further dirty the air.
by Thomas MacMillan | Apr 2, 2014 8:14 am | Comments (14)
(Updated with Stratton response) Mayor Toni Harp responded Tuesday to Alder Michael Stratton’s accusations that the city’s schools spending is “illegal.”
You’re wrong, she said. And don’t try to “balance our budget at the expense of our children.”
by Paul Bass | Apr 1, 2014 8:29 am | Comments (24)
A public works manager was issued a suspension notice Monday for failing to follow an order to provide “a permanent vehicle” to the part-time city clerk—a directive both the mayor’s office and the clerk claim never existed.
by Thomas MacMillan | Apr 1, 2014 8:03 am | Comments (55)
After six hours of painstaking budget deliberations, an argument over adding new staff to the mayor’s office reached its rhetorical peak:
“You should be embarrassed!”
“No, you should be embarrassed!”