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Lone Senate Republican on SB1 Discusses ‘Bloodthirsty’ Party Atmosphere

8/19/2017
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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

8/12/2017
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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?

8/5/2017
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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?

7/29/2017
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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

7/8/2017
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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?

6/24/2017
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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

6/17/2017
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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

6/10/2017
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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

6/3/2017
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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

5/13/2017
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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


CTU’s Jesse Sharkey: CPS Is Facing A Crisis of Confidence

5/6/2017
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Jesse Sharkey, the Vice President of the Chicago Teacher’s Union, discusses who is to blame for CPS’s teetering finances, why CTU and CPS can’t seem to team up on a Springfield solution, how the financing squabble is taking away from Read more › The post CTU’s Jesse Sharkey: CPS Is Facing A Crisis of Confidence appeared first on The Daily Line.

Duration: 00:57:52


ACA Repeal: What Illinois Stands to Lose

4/17/2017
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The potential repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act is as much about municipal budgets and economics as it is about the individuals who rely on it for coverage. Federal Medicaid reimbursements, newly created preventive care grants, and financial Read more › The post ACA Repeal: What Illinois Stands to Lose appeared first on The Daily Line.

Duration: 00:36:29


The Story Behind The Jefferson Park Development Morass; Chicago ID Rollout

4/1/2017
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Chicago City Council convened this week for a pretty non-controversial agenda. But what didn’t make it to the Council floor is a lot more interesting. This week, we focus on a group of Jefferson Park residents fighting back against dense development (and why), and detail some items that were either delayed, or aren’t fully fleshed out: restrictions on street performers, set-asides for veterans on city contracts, and a new municipal ID program. Got questions, comments, or suggestions?...

Duration: 00:16:06


Chicago’s Planning Commissioner Talks Affordable Housing, Transit, and Big Developments

3/25/2017
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Chicago’s Commissioner of Planning and Development, David Reifman, joined publisher Mike Fourcher for a fast-paced and far-reaching conversation about Chicago’s development future: potential changes to affordable housing rules, Transit Oriented Development incentives, and major developments in the pipeline–an overhaul of the city’s 26 manufacturing districts (PMDs), the Michael Reese site, and the Old Main Post Office. This was a live discussion, recorded at the Kimpton Hotel Monaco and...

Duration: 00:55:24


#BLMChi’s Kofi Ademola: CPD “An Inherently Violent, Paramilitary Force”

3/11/2017
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Police and prison abolitionist, philosopher, and Black Lives Matter Chicago organizer Kofi Ademola sits down with our publisher, Mike Fourcher. In a broad-ranging discussion, Ademola describes his views on economic development, gentrification, prison, poverty, and violence–and responds to our interview with FOP President Dean Angelo, who suggested police are under attack and care more about black lives than black politicians. Got comments, questions, or suggestions? Please send us an...

Duration: 01:03:19


FOP President Dean Angelo talks DOJ, Upcoming Election, and City Council Failures

3/5/2017
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Dean Angelo is the President of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 7, the union that represents all rank and file members of the Chicago Police Department. Our publisher, Mike Fourcher, talked with Angelo about reform in the wake of the Department of Justice probe, how aldermen have dropped the ball in at-risk communities, and the union’s collective bargaining agreement with the city, which expires this summer. Angelo, currently serving his first three-year term as union president, is...

Duration: 01:01:37


New City Clerk Anna Valencia Talks Muni ID and 2019

3/3/2017
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With wet paint still on the walls and new hires filling out paperwork, Clerk Anna Valencia sat down with The Daily Line publisher Mike Fourcher to discuss her first weeks as Chicago City Clerk–her past as a "political gypsy", her ideas for efficiencies in the office, and how Chicago might roll out its municipal ID program while still protecting the undocumented from immigration crackdowns. Plus: Stay tuned to the end of the episode for a preview of next week's interview with FOP President...

Duration: 00:39:06


Divided Votes Abound, But City’s New Top Lawyer Gets Nod

2/25/2017
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Wednesday’s City Council meeting saw an unusually high number of divided votes–on airport contracts, road projects, and plans to spend property tax rebate money. But the city’s new Corporation Counsel, Ed Siskel, won unanimous approval–albeit with a warning from the Black Caucus about how he should approach the new contract with the Chicago Police Department’s rank and file. Plus, we talk about bad headlines for the frontrunners in the upcoming 4th Ward special election. The post Divided...

Duration: 00:15:47

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