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Cook County Medical Examiner talks death, crises and reform

7/5/2019
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Every summer, Chicago braces for violence. While we talk about the causes and how to address it year after year, there’s an office quietly working at the tail end of the worst cases of it – the Cook County Medical Examiner. Read more ›

Duration:02:30:15

Rep. Cassidy says ‘Watch the rollercoaster, don’t ride it’

6/28/2019
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It would be reductionist to say that State Rep. Kelly Cassidy (D-Chicago) has had a big spring. But between being the lead House sponsor of both the bill to legalize recreational marijuana — making Illinois the first state to do Read more ›

Duration:00:48:11

Scooters are here – what to expect on your street (or sidewalk)

6/14/2019
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It’s the invasion of the electric scooter – this weekend, 2,500 battery-powered bad boys from ten different companies will hit Chicago’s West Side. After about a year of negotiations between bureaucrats and tech companies eager to unleash the shiniest new Read more ›

Duration:03:25:42

Cabonargi: Make Assessments Boring Again

6/7/2019
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The Cook County Board of Review — a three-member quasi-judicial body that hears property tax appeals — just closed the books on a record cycle. While property tax bills are expected to go out on time, the office is likely staring Read more ›

Duration:00:39:46

Fritz Kaegi leaves Springfield empty-handed

5/31/2019
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Cook County Assessor Fritz Kaegi went to Springfield and came back without a bill he contends is needed to bring true reform to Cook County’s property tax system. Kaegi, who took office in December after a series of reports about Read more ›

Duration:00:42:53

Preckwinkle vows to redouble efforts to phase out cash bond as 3rd term begins

5/3/2019
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After her stunning defeat in the mayoral race, Toni Preckwinkle is in the unusual position of returning to two positions of major executive power – the President of the Cook County board and Chair of the Cook County Democratic Party. Read more ›

Duration:00:31:49

‘I never imagined we would have 6’ — Chicago DSA celebrates City Council victories and plans for future as power center

5/1/2019
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You might’ve noticed more and more rose emojis proliferating on Twitter. The red flower, long a socialist symbol, calls back to strikes in the early 1900s and a speech by feminist socialist Rose Schneiderman, who said workers deserved bread and Read more ›

Duration:01:06:46

Why the Chicagoland Chamber believes the city needs more mega-developments

4/19/2019
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Fresh off the bruising fight over the Lincoln Yards and the 78 mega-developments, the Chicagoland Chamber is throwing its weight behind another proposal that has the potential to reshape a wide swath of the city. It’s called One Central, and Read more ›

Duration:02:19:41

Diagnosing Chicago’s affordable housing shortage

3/29/2019
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As we approach Tuesday’s election, we know two things thing for sure: We’ll have Chicago’s first black female mayor and she’ll have a full plate. Between a looming pension payment, a summer typically associated with higher crime, and several pending Read more ›

Duration:02:50:28

How will the next mayor handle affordable housing — what will the next contracts for teachers, police look like

2/25/2019
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The importance of affordable housing, new contracts for police and teachers contracts, ethics, and the role of polling took center stage at an event co-hosted by The Daily Line and the Metropolitan Planning Council on Feb. 19 to help voters Read more ›

Duration:00:48:08

Vallas promises to use decades of experience as mayor — without condescending to voters

2/19/2019
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Those fresh to Chicago politics might know Paul Vallas as the verbose, excitable man wielding a broom at press conferences. Others know him as a bureaucratic fixture in Chicago and Illinois. He was Richard M. Daley’s budget director and CEO Read more ›

Duration:03:26:03

Enyia talks pragmatic choices, systemic change

2/13/2019
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Amara Enyia –the 35-year-old daughter of Nigerian immigrants, competitive runner, speaker of five languages and holder of six degrees – stood out her second bid for mayor of Chicago thanks to an early celebrity endorsement from Chance the Rapper and another Read more ›

Duration:02:53:11

Lori Lightfoot: Dump aldermanic prerogative, clerk, treasurer, infrastructure trust

2/8/2019
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The 2019 race for Chicago mayor has zigged and zagged half a dozen times before Lori Lightfoot’s eyes. The former federal prosecutor, Police Board president, Mayer Brown partner and head of the Police Accountability Task Force formed in the wake Read more ›

Duration:03:11:15

Chicago’s other wide open race you should watch: Treasurer

2/7/2019
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Chicago’s three candidates in the wide-open race for Chicago treasurer want the office charged with managing the city’s $8 billion investment portfolio and retirement funds to play a more prominent role as the city grapples with a looming pension crisis. Read more ›

Duration:03:06:43

Bill Daley: ‘Progressive is just because Democrats didn’t want to call themselves liberals anymore because it was such a negative term’

2/1/2019
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As the city enters its third month of Burke-related scandal, with news continuing to break about Ald. Danny Solis’ (25) role in Burke’s troubles with the feds (and his own debts), and with few weeks to go until the polls Read more ›

Duration:02:22:28

CTU VP Stacy Davis Gates — Preckwinkle ‘a victim and a product’ of sexism, racism in politics

1/11/2019
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Chicago Teachers Union Vice President Stacy Davis Gates sat down for The Daily Line’s “Aldercast” podcast on Dec. 21 — the calm before the storm. It was weeks before Ald. Ed Burke’s (14) attempted extortion charge and its links to Read more ›

Duration:03:04:17

The Daily Line’s Aldercast: Democratic Party of Illinois’ Christian Mitchell talks Pritzker’s big money, Madigan, and statewide outreach

10/12/2018
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Illinois Democrats say they are confident they will ride a “Blue Wave” to victory Nov. 6th, and recent poll numbers have bolstered that confidence — Democrat JB Pritzker is currently leading Gov. Bruce Rauner by a full 20 points, and Read more ›

Duration:00:44:43

Lawyer for Granton, LaPorta details how city can avoid future massive police misconduct payouts

9/4/2018
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On this episode of The Daily Line’s Aldercast, attorney Antonio Romanucci, a principal and partner at Romanucci & Blandin, details the police misconduct cases he has brought against the city of Chicago. Romanucci is representing the family of Maurice Granton Read more ›

Duration:00:58:47

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