Now that Mayor Lightfoot has officially revealed the three finalists for Chicago’s casino, the bamboozling of the city will begin. Oh, Chicago, you know you’re getting bamboozled. I think you sorta like it—a little attention from the boss. It’s like you matter as they try to win you over into supporting something you don’t really […]
I was fired up to excoriate Mayor Lightfoot for her recent “fuckton” comments, when . . . John Catanzara released a video of himself holding a sign that read: “John Catanzara for mayor 2023.” And immediately I was overwhelmed with an urge to excoriate him. As Johnny C has come to Lightfoot’s rescue with his […]
Pound for pound the funniest headline for the last week, if not month, came from the unlikeliest source—Crain’s Chicago Business. Not widely known for its knee-slappers. But in this case they had me laughing out loud, when a few days ago they posed the following question in a mass e-mailed clickbait post: “A new Bears […]
In what was for me a dizzying overload of riches, Mayor Lightfoot delivered her budget speech at roughly the same time that Mayor Rahm’s financial disclosure statement went public. Hello, Monday morning! My takeaway from reading them side by side is this: the rich get richer and the poor get platitudes. Same as always. OK, […]
The Bears pit Chicago versus Arlington Heights in a bidding war to see who’s the biggest sucker.
A modest proposal to turn Chicago into more of a boss-o-cracy than it already is
The shooting of Adam Toledo shows that not much ever changes in Chicago.
Maria Pappas reveals the dirty not-so-secret inequity of TIFs.
Aldermen can vote to fire city workers but they better not vote against a TIF.
The unfairness in Chicago’s TIF program continues.
If Mayor Lightfoot and Sam Skinner want to help the west and south sides, they should look to the TIFs.
The new Michael Reese TIF plan tries to undo the damage of the old one.
Mayor Lightfoot’s TIF “reform” does not tell you how much the scam costs.
Chicago is really bad at fairly slicing the economic development pie.
Mayor Lightfoot’s cannabis cultivation center—finally, a TIF expenditure that makes sense.