Chicago Taxi Drivers Plan 24-Hour Strike

13 hours ago
United TaxiDrivers Community Council

Chicago taxi drivers are planning a 24-hour strike until Friday morning. 

The strike is to protest Mayor Rahm Emmanuel’s plan to allow rideshares like UberX to pick up and drop off passengers at airports.

The United Taxidrivers Community Council say the move could finish off the taxi industry altogether. They are also opposing a fare increase and a 50-cent surcharge for each fare.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s proposal to increase property taxes by $600 million could cost aldermen political capital.

Chicago aldermen were asked to decide if their constituents can handle living in a more expensive city.

Emanuel says the city owes so much to its retiring police and firefighters that he has to raise property taxes. He says a vote for his budget will put aldermen in the history books for pulling Chicago from the financial brink

Attorneys for the City of Chicago say city employees will be worse off if Supreme Court justices strike down their pension plan.

A Cook County judge sided with unions in ruling against changes Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants to make to city employees’ retirement benefits.

In the city’s appeal to the Illinois Supreme Court, attorneys write that the two pension funds will run out of money within 13 years without changes. They argue employees may sue the city to put money into the pensions.

The Many Walks Of Life On A Greyhound Bus

Sep 17, 2015
Katie Finlon / WNIJ

The line goes from Chicago to Davenport, Iowa each day. 

I was curious what the experience was like for those riders. So I took a little round trip from DeKalb to Davenport.

I didn't even board the westbound 8:30 a.m. bus before two women shared their reasons for their trips.

Motorola Moving Schaumburg Headquarters ... But Not Far

Sep 15, 2015

Motorola Solutions is now the latest company to move its headquarters from the suburbs to downtown Chicago. The communications company will leave some employees back in Schaumburg - but by next summer, its global headquarters and around 800 workers will call 500 West Monroe Street the home office. 


Flickr user Daniel Borman / "Money, Money, Money" (CC BY 2.0)

Illinois state lawmakers are warning key figures in Chicago and Cook County governments to draft back-up plans for their underfunded pensions.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle are both trying to approve changes to the retirement benefits their government workers receive because the funds are running out of money.

But that comes after the state Supreme Court called reductions in benefits to State of Illinois employees’ pensions unconstitutional. /

Four police officers were released on a $10,000 bond Monday after they were charged with lying under oath in a 2013 drug case. 

Police Sgt. James Padar and officers William Pruente and Vince Morgan, all from Chicago, and Glenview officer James Horn were charged with felony perjury. There were questions about how evidence in a marijuana arrest was obtained.

  Chicago’s top lawyer is defending the city’s pension plan, even as an investor service is downgrading the city’s bond rating.

The city owes billions in pension debt. 

Top attorney Steve Patton argues proposed changes to Chicago’s troubled pensions will withstand a legal challenge, even though the Supreme Court just ruled against changes to State of Illinois retirement funds.

"We don’t think you even get to the question of whether some defense or exception applies because we don’t think that our law violates the constitution in the first instance," Patton said.

Members of the Illinois House observed a moment of silence for peace in Baltimore before adjourning for the week. 

There were riots in the city this week following the death of Freddie Gray while he was in police custody. 

The moment of silence in Springfield was led by State Representative Marcus Evans. The Chicago Democrat says he's proud of bipartisan efforts to make Illinois a better place.

"Fighting the battle for equality here in Illinois, for restorative justice here in Illinois," Evans said. "We've got a lot of work to do."

National Politicians Congratulate Emanuel On Re-Election

Apr 9, 2015

Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel’s phone lit up with calls from some of the country’s most powerful politicians congratulating him on re-election, and Emanuel continues to criticize Gov. Bruce Rauner’s proposed budget cuts while leaning on the governor for support.

Emanuel says he heard from two presidents Tuesday. One was Bill Clinton, his former boss.

When Emanuel was asked if that call from a Clinton means he has his mind on returning to Washington D.C. should Hillary Clinton win her unofficial campaign for president next year, Emanuel gave a partly light-hearted answer.