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Pollsters Demystify the Biz, Share What Went Wrong in 2016

8/3/2018
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A certain group of 2016 political junkies might have one lasting image of Election Day — the New York Times needle’s shift from blue to deep red as early results came in, with Hillary Clinton’s chances of victory moving from Read more ›

Duration:00:54:39

The Truth About Chicago Population Loss

7/6/2018
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This week’s episode of The Aldercast is about exodus – one of the defining political issues in upcoming elections in 2018 and 2019. Chicago, Cook County and Illinois are losing population, but why? How much should we care? And what can we Read more ›

Duration:00:44:38

Political Veteran Victor Reyes Plots a Path to Rahm’s Victory

6/14/2018
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While Chicago might be more than 250 days out from municipal elections, there are already close to a dozen mayoral candidates, more than 50 aldermanic challengers, major defining issues emerging, and one of the city’s most powerful unions already putting stakes Read more ›

Duration:00:54:26

Fritz Kaegi on the Great Urgency of Reforming Cook County’s Property Tax System

6/1/2018
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One year ago, Fritz Kaegi was a political unknown who struck out to defeat one of the most powerful men in Cook County – Assessor Joe Berrios. Bolstered by his own deep pockets, key endorsements, and independent reports about the Read more ›

Duration:00:59:01

What to Expect from the Veto Session in Springfield

10/20/2017
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This week on The Daily Line’s Aldercast, publisher Mike Fourcher joins a panel of Springfield lobbyists to break down what might happen during next week’s veto session at the Illinois General Assembly. On Tuesday, the members reconvene to finish up Read more › The post What to Expect from the Veto Session in Springfield appeared first on The Daily Line.

Duration:00:47:23

Another Kick the Can Budget for Chicago?

10/13/2017
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This week on The Daily Line’s Aldercast, Publisher Mike Fourcher sits down with three City Hall insiders to talk about what’s coming down the pike with Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s 2018 budget, set to be released Wednesday Oct. 18. They discuss Read more › The post Another Kick the Can Budget for Chicago? appeared first on The Daily Line.

Duration:00:50:48

Chicago’s Anti-Gentrification Pilot, Boykin’s Pass on Board Prez Run, and GOP Abortion Bill Furor

9/29/2017
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This week on The Daily Line’s Aldercast, we go back to our original format to bring you three of the week’s big stories. Gov. Bruce Rauner signed a bill ensuring abortion access if the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, Read more › The post Chicago’s Anti-Gentrification Pilot, Boykin’s Pass on Board Prez Run, and GOP Abortion Bill Furor appeared first on The Daily Line.

Duration:00:17:19

Predicting the Future of Transportation in Chicago

9/15/2017
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On this week’s Aldercast from The Daily Line, we’re going futuristic. Our publisher, Mike Fourcher, joined transportation experts from different realms–rideshare, parking, planning, and business–to get their takes on how cars, transit, and changing travel habits will change Chicago, and Read more › The post Predicting the Future of Transportation in Chicago appeared first on The Daily Line.

Duration:01:01:52

Lone Senate Republican on SB1 Discusses ‘Bloodthirsty’ Party Atmosphere

8/18/2017
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During a sit-down, McCann called Rauner’s veto a fairytale and said the governor is being dishonest about what the state can afford. Read more › The post Lone Senate Republican on SB1 Discusses ‘Bloodthirsty’ Party Atmosphere appeared first on The Daily Line.

Duration:00:33:41

In the Room Where It Happens: Cook County Democratic Slating

8/11/2017
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This week on The Daily Line’s Aldercast, we recap a time-honored and quintessentially Chicago tradition: Cook County Democratic Party slating. That is when all of Cook County’s committeemen get together to decide who will get a leg up from the party in Read more › The post In the Room Where It Happens: Cook County Democratic Slating appeared first on The Daily Line.

Duration:00:12:48

Who is Speaking to Dissatisfied Black Chicago?

8/4/2017
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On this week’s Aldercast, The Daily Line publisher Mike Fourcher sits down with two of our favorite sources on black politics in Chicago: Brian Sleet, a principal at Kivvit, and former campaign manager for State’s Attorney Kim Foxx, and Jedediah Read more › The post Who is Speaking to Dissatisfied Black Chicago? appeared first on The Daily Line.

Duration:01:00:36

Did President Preckwinkle Just Narrowly Avoid 2018 Budget Chaos?

7/28/2017
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All because of a tax on sweetened beverages and a lawsuit that sought to halt it. Read more › The post Did President Preckwinkle Just Narrowly Avoid 2018 Budget Chaos? appeared first on The Daily Line.

Duration:00:19:36

Get to Know Our New Springfield Editor, Rae Hodge

7/7/2017
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The same week Springfield gets a budget, we get a new Springfield Editor. This week on The Aldercast, you’ll meet Rae Hodge, the latest addition to The Daily Line’s team. She’s a Kentucky General Assembly veteran, Fulbright Scholar, and lover Read more › The post Get to Know Our New Springfield Editor, Rae Hodge appeared first on The Daily Line.

Duration:00:20:23

Chicago’s Got More Retail Space than Shoppers–Now What?

6/30/2017
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You’ve seen the headlines about major layoffs and store closings at big legacy businesses: Sears, Ann Taylor, Lane Bryant, Gymboree, Macy’s. All are cutting back on brick and mortar investments, which in turn means fewer jobs and storefronts vacancies. How Read more › The post Chicago’s Got More Retail Space than Shoppers–Now What? appeared first on The Daily Line.

Duration:00:59:28

Who’s Tracking Cook County’s Biggest Property Tax Breaks?

6/23/2017
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Did you know that since the start of Mayor Emanuel’s second term, the City Council has supported nearly $93 million in property tax breaks for 60 development projects across the city? We didn’t either, until we dug through all our Read more › The post Who’s Tracking Cook County’s Biggest Property Tax Breaks? appeared first on The Daily Line.

Duration:00:16:53

Police Board Prez On CPD Consent Decree, Mayor’s ‘Blackbox’ DOJ Negotiations

6/16/2017
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On this week’s episode of The Aldercast, Police Board President Lori Lightfoot sits down with publisher Mike Fourcher to discuss the week’s news: a new lawsuit that seeks to force the city into a court enforceable consent decree to reform the Read more › The post Police Board Prez On CPD Consent Decree, Mayor’s ‘Blackbox’ DOJ Negotiations appeared first on The Daily Line.

Duration:00:59:32

Springfield Hands Explain Why Chicago Can’t Get What It Needs

6/9/2017
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While the state’s major political leaders engage in a Game of Thrones-style face-off as the budget crisis deepens, Chicago’s most troubling financial problems–from pensions to keeping school doors open–are festering. This week on The Aldercast, publisher Mike Fourcher sits down Read more › The post Springfield Hands Explain Why Chicago Can’t Get What It Needs appeared first on The Daily Line.

Duration:00:57:26

Chicago’s Inspector General Unloads on Police Oversight, Council Reform Efforts

6/2/2017
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Chicago Inspector General Joe Ferguson is neck deep in the inner workings of Chicago government. The man in charge of auditing and investigating all city departments looking for waste, fraud, and abuse, has been given a wider swathe of responsibilities Read more › The post Chicago’s Inspector General Unloads on Police Oversight, Council Reform Efforts appeared first on The Daily Line.

Duration:00:54:20

The CPS Funding Saga

5/27/2017
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For the second year in a row, Chicago Public Schools has found itself in the direst of financial positions. Having built a budget on expectations of state funding and then spending a year blaming Springfield, CPS is once again faced with with the challenge of finding enough cash to make its annual pension payment and while keeping schools open. When the clock ran out last year and the pension bill came due on June 30th, CPS was forced to borrow $200 million from banks. Last Friday, they...

Duration:00:23:23

Get to Know Chicago’s New Police Union President

5/12/2017
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This week, The Daily Line’s publisher, Mike Fourcher, sits down with Kevin Graham, newly elected president of Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 7, which represents all rank and file officers at the Chicago Police Department. Intense and highly politicized negotiations Read more › The post Get to Know Chicago’s New Police Union President appeared first on The Daily Line.

Duration:00:47:30