| Mar 13, 2014
The Chicago City Council has taken a strong stand to eliminate the sale of new puppies in Chicago. I suspect in a metropolitan area the size of Chicago, if someone wanted a specific type of puppy, all he or she would have to do is leave the...
| Mar 12, 2014
The revolution lasted a decade — from 2002 through 2012 — and a few battles remain to be fought. But the determination of fed-up voters has improved Cook County government.
The cleanup peaked in 2010 with the primary election defeat of then-...
| Mar 12, 2014
Almost every election cycle there are candidates who ask for my vote in order to unseat a "career politician." To those candidates, I say: Sign an irrevocable affidavit ensuring that, if elected, you won't run for re-election, and you might...
| Mar 9, 2014
Edna Pardo worked tirelessly to improve her community, focusing much of her effort on the inequities of Illinois school finance in her longtime role as a leader of the League of Women Voters of Chicago.
"Edna was a very optimistic lady, and she really...
| Mar 4, 2014
| 10:00 PM
She ran her own special events company for 20 years, sold vintage jewelry, studied theater in college. But, Cari Meyers says, "This part of my life is far more exciting."
Meyers is the president of The Puppy Mill Project, a nonprofit she founded in 2009...
| Feb 25, 2014
| 9:32 PM
Wednesday's print column As if we’re not closely enough identified with political corruption, the Chicago area is poised to make forehead-smacking headlines around the nation the morning after the March 18 primary election. Democratic state Rep....
| Feb 27, 2014
| 10:16 PM
The Chicago City Council is aiming to put an end to the impromptu conversion of adult bookstores, movie theaters and late-night bars into strip joints under liquor and zoning amendments aldermen endorsed Thursday.
Though the measure would explicitly...
| Feb 26, 2014
As if we're not closely enough identified with political corruption, the Chicago area is poised to make forehead-smacking headlines around the nation the morning after the March 18 primary election.
Democratic state Rep. Derrick Smith, of Chicago, who...
| Feb 26, 2014
— A state audit released Tuesday criticized the spending and management practices of a $55 million, taxpayer-funded anti-violence program for Chicago and Cook County that Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn launched in 2010 as he was engaged in a tough...
| Feb 18, 2014
| 7:08 PM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle today endorsed a young, first-time candidate in a crowded West Side county commissioner contest that includes a former alderman who did time for political corruption.
The rare public...
| Feb 19, 2014
| 6:08 PM
MESA, Ariz. — Showing a hint of annoyance, Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts did his best Wednesday to discourage a compelling debate in Chicago everywhere outside his office.
The curt response came after a reporter asked Ricketts at what point he...
| Feb 17, 2014
| 9:00 PM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle are expected to weigh in Tuesday on a West Side Democratic primary contest for county commissioner, backing a young first-time candidate in a crowded field that includes a former alderman...