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Column: Uh oh! Chicago will have a huge field of good mayoral candidates. Choosing will be hard.

Chicagoans should brace themselves for a post-holiday onslaught of political substance. And I’m not using “substance” here as a family-newspaper metaphor for the unpleasant material that candidates fling at one another and voters (though that, too, I suppose). I mean substance as in substantial proposals from the candidates in the Feb. 26 mayoral election. Substance […]

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Gery Chico calls for an end to Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Chicago Infrastructure Trust

Mayoral candidate Gery Chico on Thursday called for an end to one of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s pet initiatives: The Chicago Infrastructure Trust. Emanuel brought former President Bill Clinton to town in April 2012 to announce the much-hyped trust, which the mayor pitched as “the breakout strategy for the city of Chicago.” This new quasi-governmental, nonprofit […]

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Shut down Rahm’s Infrastructure Trust, use money for mental health, Chico says

In 2012, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and former President Bill Clinton together unveiled plans to create a $1.7 billion Infrastructure Trust tailor-made to convince private investors to bankroll transformative projects Chicago could not afford to build on its own. Three years later, the trust was such a bust that Emanuel ordered a top-to-bottom shake-up to get […]

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