Guest Columns

City owes CHA residents what it promised them

By JAY TRAVIS It is possible to desire an increase in commercial development in the 3rd and 4th wards, and also expect the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) and elected officials to honor the agreement to replace the percentage of public housing units promised in the CHA’s Plan for Transformation. It’s irresponsible to imply that a(…)

Budget is our first job as politicians

By STATE REP. BARBARA FLYNN CURRIE (D-25) The news reports from the state capital are confusing and complicated. It’s pretty clear that there’s an impasse between the legislature and Gov. Bruce Rauner, between Democrats and Republicans. The impasse means that there is no budget in place for the next state budget year. The first and(…)

Bill to reform police in Illinois is important advance in moment of delays

By STATE REP. CHRISTIAN MITCHELL (D-26) Most of the recent news coverage of Springfield has focused on the budget firestorm between Governor Rauner and the Democrats – and rightfully so. Passing a fair budget that protects our state, invests in our future and meets our financial obligations is the most important job of the legislature.(…)

Springfield bipartisanship is alive and well

By STATE SEN. KWAME RAOUL (D-13) Less than a month from operating without an agreed-upon budget, as vicious rhetorical attacks mount, Illinois state government causes many of us to wonder, “Why can’t they all get along?” And why put partisan bickering ahead of the public good? There’s another side to this story. At the end(…)

Why court was correct

By JAY TRAVIS On May 8, 2015, the Illinois Supreme Court sided with public sector retirees and workers with a unanimous decision that ruled the pension law passed in 2013 unconstitutional. This court ruling honors the promises made to public sector workers and paves the way for a more collaborative process for reaching a solution(…)

Make your business dreams come true

By PATTI KIDWELL President, Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce The year 2015 is moving along at a rapid pace. As we begin the month of May and warmer days become more frequent, one’s attention is no longer about the weather and instead returns to one’s favorite daydream at work: “It’s time to start my own(…)

Equity in school funding is a central civil rights issue of our time

By STATE REP. CHRISTIAN MITCHELL (D-26) A public school in the northwest suburbs touts amenities such as a state-of-the-art rock climbing wall, a photography lab, a TV studio and free Chromebooks for all incoming students. Other districts have multiple Olympic-size swimming pools. But in some schools in the 26th District, there are children using textbooks(…)

Chamber’s vision for 2015

By PATTI KIDWELL Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce President The year 2015 has many exciting things in store for the city of Chicago as well as Hyde Park. The economy is showing some signs of life, the stock markets are on the rise and I hear and see more optimism from our local business owners.(…)