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Hal Dardick
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How times change. Facing rising pension and debt costs, Cook County Board President wants to restore the the penny-on-the-dollar sales tax increase of predecessor Todd Stroger - 2 1/2 years after she completed rolling it back: http://trib.in/1CpkTpc
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is trying to muster enough support to raise the sales tax by a penny on the dollar — an about-face on the key issue that propelled her into office.
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Reelection efforts of somebody that somebody sent (Deb Mell), and somebody nobody sent (Natashia Holmes), could affect Mayor Rahm Emanuel's control over the Chicago City Council: http://trib.in/1CJWmgq
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Here's a tale about one Chicago alderman's unusual outside job, one that nets her $72K on top of her $108K city salary. What does she do? Help an obscure arts foundation scout out recipients of no-strings-attached grants: http://trib.in/1zZtZwc
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See your alderman's salary here: http://trib.in/1rHg9WA
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slow news day, huh Hal ?
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This series by my colleagues Heather Gillers and Jason Grotto on the complicated (money losing) borrowing deal used to fund Chicago Public Schools is a must read. 1st part: http://trib.in/1EpLViF 2nd part: http://trib.in/1xusClV 3rd part: http://trib.in/10QZSqM
Fresh from the world of high-stakes trading, David Vitale arrived at Chicago Public Schools a decade ago with a plan to transform the way it borrowed money.
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All kale, no tamales, under Mayor Rahm Emanuel? Trib reporter John Byrne explains how newspaper vendors get to sell upscale food downtown, while food cart vendors can't get licensed in the neighborhoods: http://trib.in/1sajaPS
When the city announced this week that a nonprofit organization had been granted permission to sell Asian kale salad and other "healthy, local food" out of repurposed newsstands downtown, Mayor Rahm Emanuel heralded the agreement as evidence of his commitment to create jobs by allowing businesses to innovate.
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Big Shoulders meets Big Apple to talk Tale of Two Cities, as Mayor Rahm Emanuel meets with other big city mayors to talk up progressive agenda on minimum wage and early childhood education. Potential challengers say he's late to the progressive party, but Emanuel says it's about moving the city forward, not labels. Reporter Bill Ruthhart was there: http://trib.in/1mCXCrU
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Chicago schools' debt rating drops again, could trigger $228M in penalties

A second major bond rating agency has downgraded Chicago Public Schools' debt, which could trigger as much as $228 million in penalty payments and is likely to fuel the debate over Mayor Rahm Emanuel's financial stewardship in his runoff contest with Jesus "Chuy" Garcia.

The triple downgrade by Fitch Ratings lands the school system at one notch above junk status, which is the same rating Moody's Investor Service gave CPS earlier this month.

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A second major bond rating agency has downgraded Chicago Public Schools' debt, which could trigger as much as $228 million in penalty payments and is likely to fuel the debate over Mayor Rahm Emanuel 's financial stewardship in his runoff contest with Jesus "Chuy" Garcia.
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This is a fine piece of probing, thorough and revealing journalism by my colleagues Bill Ruthhart, Jeff Coen and John Chase about how Mayor Rahm Emanuel raises loads of campaign cash, sometimes from folks who have something to gain by his actions. Part I: http://trib.in/1AkdQBK & Part II: http://trib.in/1DpoeWn
Mayor Rahm Emanuel is building the most potent political cash machine in Chicago history by focusing on an elite circle of donors who frequently receive City Hall benefits, ranging from contracts and permits to appointments and personal endorsements from the mayor, a Tribune investigation has found.
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As Chicago aldermen consider raising the city's minimum wage for folks now making $8.25 an hour, many accept boosts to their own $100,000-plus salaries: http://trib.in/1rFJVAF
While Chicago aldermen press to boost the wages of the city's lowest-paid workers as they enter campaign season, half of those seeking another term on the City Council also have seen fit to accept their own pay increase.
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to put up with 50,000 ignorant constituents is not worth that chump change.
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Chicago aldermen may be ready to swap 1 watchdog for another: http://trib.in/1qLgngZ
Aldermen allied with Mayor Rahm Emanuel are moving to swap one inspector general for another as Chicago politicians jockey for the mantle of ethics reform heading into next year’s city elections.
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Should the struggling Washington Park community area get a tax increment finance district to help spur a renaissance? Ald. Willie Cochran thinks so: http://trib.in/1sN9sUn
Several Chicago aldermen back creation of a new special taxing district to boost the fortunes of historic Washington Park and the surrounding neighborhood after years of redevelopment hopes in the South Side area have gone unrealized.
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Newspaper Reporter
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  • Chicago Tribune
    City Hall/Cook County reporter, 2008 - present
  • Chicago Tribune
    Reporter (General assignment/Chicago Park District/Will County), 2004 - 2008
  • Hal Dardick
    Freelance Journalist (Tribune, Reuters, Liberty Suburban Chicago Newspapers, Press Publications, West Suburban Living, etc.), 1990 - 2004
  • DuPage Press Service
    Bureau Chief, 1988 - 1990
  • DuPage Press Service
    Criminal Courts Reporter, 1987 - 1988
  • The Doings Newspapers
    Reporter, 1986 - 1987
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Cover Chicago City Hall and Cook County government for the Chicago Tribune
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Harold A. Dardick