4th Ward has spent $155M on TIF projects, according to workshop co-hosted by Bolden campaign

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Investigative non-profit CivicLab hosted a presentation on TIF funds co-sponsored by 4th Ward aldermanic candidate Norman Bolden last Thursday. At the presentation next door to Bolden’s campaign office, at 1013 E. 43rd St., CivicLab leader Tom Tresser gave a breakdown of how the Tax Increment Finance (TIF) program spends money(…)

Harold Washington Park Advisory Council cancels first 2015 workday

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Harold Washington Park Advisory Council has canceled its first workday of the new year due to weather. The workday was originally planned to take place at 8 a.m. tomorrow and include a survey of the park, a meeting with dog walkers and a discussion on bringing a new garden,(…)

How to vote in Chicago’s 2015 elections

Residents of the 4th and 5th wards will have plenty of opportunities to participate in the city’s upcoming municipal election. Feb. 21 is the last day for first-time voters to register. All registrants must bring two forms of identification (driver’s license, state ID, passport and utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck stub or a(…)

Opponents give Hairston “D”s, “F” on leadership at Apostolic Church forum

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer All 5th Ward candidates except Ald. Leslie Hairston showed up for a forum Tuesday night at Apostolic Church of God, 6320 S. Dorchester Ave. Hairston announced her decision to skip the forum late Tuesday afternoon, citing concerns that a question asking opponents to rate the current alderman gave her no(…)

Hare says Ald. Hairston could face runoff against her or Miles

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Fifth Ward candidate Jocelyn Hare said she thinks a run-off could happen, and if it does she expects incumbent Ald. Leslie Hairston to face either her or Anne Marie Miles. “If it goes to a run-off I think it’ll be 50-50 me and Anne Marie,” she said at a private campaign(…)

A year later, Jay Travis supporters band together to support Garcia, Bolden

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer A new political action committee that grew out of Jay Travis’ primary bid last year for state representative is playing a role in this year’s municipal elections. Founded last December, People United for Action (PUA) has made its first ever political endorsements: mayoral candidate Chuy Garcia and 4th Ward hopeful(…)

Opponent asks if Ald. Burns’ work for public affairs firm ASGK is a conflict of interest

Opponent asks if Ald. Burns’ work for public affairs firm ASGK is a conflict of interest

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL and DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writers Fourth Ward candidate Norman Bolden is asking whether Ald. Will Burns’ work with a Chicago public affairs firm represents a conflict of interest. Bolden stood with about a dozen supporters on the northwest corner of Harper Avenue and 53rd Street Tuesday morning to call for an(…)

Ald. Leslie Hairston skips aldermanic forum at Apostolic Church, asks for change to format

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Citing concerns over an unfair format, Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) decided to skip yesterday’s aldermanic forum hosted by Rev. Byron Brazier’s Apostolic Church of God, 6320 S. Dorchester Ave. The forum’s format – which allowed candidates to prepare responses to a series of questions – included a section asking challengers(…)