Is It Time to Stop Green-Lighting Red-Light Cameras?
The number of local red-light camera contracts awarded around the country has exploded, from 155 in 2005 to 689 last year. The pitch to install the cameras is that it’s a win-win for municipalities, simultaneously saving them money while making intersections safer. But as red-light cameras spread, so does the skepticism. For more than a year now, grassroots groups around the country have been trying to get red-light cameras removed from intersections, or to at least stop towns and counties from expanding red-light programs. This isn’t just a bunch of drivers annoyed that they got tickets either. The worst accusations claim that the cameras might, in fact, increase the number of accidents at traffic lights—read-end collisions in particular—and that the systems for awarding contracts and handing out tickets are corrupt to the core. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has announced that in June the city will be dropping its contract with Redflex, a Phoenix-based firm that operates 384 cameras ...
Chicago mayor asks banks to cut off gun makers
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Friday asked big banks to stop lending to gun makers as a way to pressure the industry to support tougher gun control laws.
Found more than 1 month ago on channel CNN Money
United States: Chicago Joins CFPB In Information-Sharing Partnership; City Takes Additional Measures - Foley & Lardner
In a first-of-its-kind partnership with a municipality, CFPB Director Richard Cordray and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel jointly announced a framework for sharing of information between the City and the CFPB.
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Secret campaign donations -- so what?
Thursday, October 18, 2012 - 10:48 Joe Raedle/Getty Images Nonprofit social welfare organizations may become more potent political donors than super PACs. And they don't have to disclose who gave money. Campaign finance regulation is an endless game of Whac-A-Mole. There’s always something popping up to respond to new rules , from soft money to 527 groups to super PACs. This year, the scrutinized group pouring tens of millions into races is the 501(c)(4). That clunky IRS alphanumeric refers to nonprofit social welfare organizations. Because of a loophole, they can also finance political activity. Their donors can give as much as they want, with no public disclosure. Our reporting on campaign finance with PBS's Frontline got us thinking about a provocative question about anonymous donations. What’s the big problem with them, anyway? Tackling the question is tricky because it’s so rarely asked. There are fierce arguments about campaign finance, of course, but they’re largely about ...
Chicago Mayor Emanuel To Present Proposed Budget
Chicago continues to wrestle with a massive budget gap and severely underfunded pensions. Fresh off a negotiating tussle with the city's teachers and a school strike, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday presents his proposed 2013 budget to the City Council.
Found more than 1 month ago on channel NPR