| Dec 6, 2013
We're holding out hope that the CTA and its union will figure out how to continue a program that has given hundreds of ex-offenders a chance to turn their lives around.
Because the CTA and Amalgamated Transit Union Local 308 couldn't agree to an...
| Dec 5, 2013
| 4:34 PM
To understand what Nelson Mandela meant to Chicago, look back to the summer of 1981, when his anti-apartheid movement was just beginning to blossom here.
Word had spread quickly that the South African government planned to defy an international sports...
| Nov 27, 2013
| 12:15 PM
You can make an excellent case that improvisation, at least in the modern entertainment sense of the word, was invented on the campus of the University of Chicago on July 5, 1955, when a group called the Compass Players performed its first show. But could...
| Nov 19, 2013
| 4:46 PM
Work is underway on a Streeterville high-rise and hotel being developed by companies whose leadership recently made contributions to Mayor Rahm Emanuel's campaign fund. (Zbigniew Bzdak, Chicago Tribune)
On his first day in office, Mayor Rahm Emanuel...
| Nov 18, 2013
There is no limit on the city's general obligation debt, and the sole check and balance is the City Council, a body that rarely pushes back on major mayoral decisions. Since 2007, aldermen have authorized $7.6 billion in general obligation bond...
| Nov 6, 2013
| 5:10 AM
During Tuesday's debate over same-sex marriage, lawmakers told stories of how they came to favor and oppose the bill.
Many talked of friends and relatives who are gay, but for the House's three openly gay members, the issue was as personal as it could...
| Oct 30, 2013
Though the West Chicago City Council approved giving a local not-for-profit group the charge to restore the Wiant House – a 144-year old building that had been facing demolition and sits on Landmarks Illinois' top ten list of endangered historical...
| Sep 12, 2013
In the first 10 days of September, city of Chicago operators logged 359 calls about problems at vacant buildings, ranging from reports of open or missing front or back doors to pried-off plywood panels to trespassers.
The city is trying to lessen that...
| Sep 9, 2013
Mayor Rahm Emanuel should be applauded for dropping the proposed deal to privatize Midway Airport when it became clear that the bidding process would not be competitive, creating significant potential for taxpayers to get saddled with a bad deal. Having...
| Oct 2, 2013
| 5:22 AM
Less than two years after getting out of federal prison where he served time for a public corruption conviction, former West Side alderman Isaac "Ike" Carothers is attempting a political comeback.
While state law bars Carothers from trying to win back a...
| Sep 18, 2013
| 6:31 PM
With the nation still reeling from another mass shooting, Starbucks has made it clear that customers should enjoy their beverages unarmed.
Starbucks Corp. Chief Executive Howard Schultz has issued a public letter "respectfully requesting" customers to...
| Sep 11, 2013
| 4:24 PM
In the last stop on his Chicago City Council farewell tour, recently retired 33rd Ward Ald. Dick Mell on Wednesday imparted the same advice a political veteran gave him after Mell took office in 1975.
As with many things at City Hall, it involved...