| Apr 19, 2014
| 10:29 AM
Orland Park's Public Safety Committee is seeking residents' input on whether the village should regulate pet shops that sell dogs from large-scale commercial breeders, which critics call "puppy mills."
In a statement from the village, Trustee Pat Gira...
| Apr 17, 2014
From Beijing to Berlin, and in cities across America, food carts have become hot attractions. Regulars visit them every day. Tourists seek them out. Los Angeles, Portland, Seattle, Austin, New York … all enjoy a thriving mobile-food trade....
| Apr 14, 2014
It's lawn-care combat season again, and I recently experienced the first noise attack.
I find it offensive to step outside my door and have the peace of the neighborhood drowned out by the obnoxiously loud whine of a leaf blower....
| Apr 9, 2014
The Illinois General Assembly delivered a special package Tuesday to the Chicago City Council: a pension fix that probably requires aldermen to raise property taxes — less than a year before they stand for re-election.
Given the terrible...
| Apr 6, 2014
Shortly after my Wednesday column extolling reusable shopping bags went live, I began hearing from the germaphobes reminding me of all the microscopic ick that lives in the unwashed totes of the greener than thou.
Several readers pointed me to a 2010...
| Apr 3, 2014
| 5:25 AM
SPRINGFIELD — Mayor Rahm Emanuel, House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton on Wednesday tried to quickly push through a sweeping plan to raise Chicago property taxes and cut city worker retirement benefits, but hit the...
| Mar 31, 2014
| 4:25 PM
A key Chicago City Council committee today endorsed paying more than $6.6 million to settle two lawsuits, one for a man who spent more than three years behind bars after police allegedly fabricated his murder confession and another for a now-disabled...
| Mar 17, 2014
| 10:20 AM
Chicago Cubs fans going to night and weekend games will be able to park free this upcoming season in a new remote lot with nearly twice as many spaces as the old one at DeVry University, the team announced today.
Setting up a new remote lot with 1,000...
| Mar 25, 2014
| 10:00 PM
I was appalled hear the views of the Chicago City Council about banning plastic bags from the City of Chicago. This is the 21st century and we need to be concerned about our environment and the state of our landfills.
They are afraid that businesses...
| Mar 19, 2014
| 5:03 AM
Former Ald. Isaac “Ike” Carothers' fell short Tuesday in his attempt at a political comeback following a public corruption conviction, finishing third in a five-way Democratic primary contest for Cook County Board that drew the attention of...
| 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...
| 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...