23 Questions. BGA releases the answers from all six candidates (and yes, we’re including Rahm) to our 2011 Mayoral Questionnaire. Find out how each mayoral contender feels about cutting the size of City Council and more–and take the questionnaire yourself.
Fuggetaboutit! Governor Pat Quinn’s reaction to a new radio ad released by his New Jersey counterpart, Chris Christie, to attract business to the Garden State. “Had enough of outrageous tax increases?” the ad asks. Quinn’s answer, according to the Sun-Times: “We don’t need some guy from Jersey (48th in business climate) telling us how to do things in the land of Lincoln.”
Take that pension and… eliminate it. The Daily Herald says IL Rep. Jack Franks (D-Marengo) files a bill that would end pensions for new lawmakers because the state can’t afford them and part-time legislators don’t deserve them. Franks says he’d like to go after the pensions of current legislators (him included) and state employees, but that’s probably not legal.
The Better Government Association and the League of Women Voters of Chicago support a more independent Chicago City Council, but caution against letting the current body set the rules for the incoming membership.
Chicago’s new City Council will take office on May 15th. But how does it all really work, inside the council chambers? Join the Better Government Association’s policy team for an in-depth seminar on the history, rules, and workings of Chicago City Council.