| Sep 5, 2012
| 2:56 PM
Arne Duncan, Obama’s education secretary and a former Chicago Public Schools chief, was asked by reporters about the possibility of a teachers’ strike back home in the nation’s third-largest school district.
| Sep 6, 2012
— Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel will target the country's biggest Democratic donors for President Barack Obama's re-election effort to try to offset the Republican Party's money advantage, a new role that means he no longer is a co-chair of the...
| Sep 9, 2012
Just above the cash register at Sam's Auto Service, the owner has taped up a photo of his elderly father, a snapshot of his granddaughter and his property tax bills.
Owner Bassam Shaheen knows it may seem odd to tape up an old $53,000 annual tax bill....
| Sep 10, 2012
| 11:53 AM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel has temporarily suspended fundraising on behalf of Democratic super PACS to devote his attention to bringing the teachers' strike to an end, according to his political operation.
Emanuel was scheduled to attend a House Majority...
| Jun 6, 2012
| 10:02 AM
Chicago public school teachers, many of them wearing red T-shirts emblazoned with their union logo, lined up early this morning to vote on whether to authorize a strike if a contract can't be worked out with the district.
Contract talks are ongoing,...
| Jun 20, 2012
| 10:02 AM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel today threw his support behind a plan to ask voters if the city should try to negotiate cheaper electric rates for residents and small retailers.
The question seems likely to appear on the November ballot.
Two of the City Council&...
| Jun 28, 2012
| 2:14 PM
Former Cook County Commissioner Joseph Mario Moreno and ex-Chicago Ald. Ambrosio Medrano have been charged with bribery, federal officials said today.
Moreno, who was first elected to the County Board in 1994 but lost re-election in 2010, was charged...
| Jun 28, 2012
| 2:43 PM
Former Cook County commissioner Joseph Mario Moreno and ex-Chicago alderman Ambrosio Medrano have been arrested on bribery charges.
Moreno, who was first elected to the County Board in 1994 but lost re-election in 2010, entered court looking very...
| Jul 5, 2012
The Mynabirds singer/songwriter Laura Burhenn doesn’t believe in guilty pleasures. She has her opinions, and she’s not ashamed. On that note, she says with a laugh: Her favorite movie is “The Neverending Story.”
| Jan 22, 2012
Fed by a steady stream of coal barges, the aging power plants that loom over Chicago's Little Village and Pilsen neighborhoods are by far the city's largest industrial sources of climate change pollution.
No other polluter comes close to the 4.2...
| Jan 23, 2012
| 9:08 AM
First-term Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk faces a potentially long road back from a weekend stroke that his neurosurgeon said could leave the lawmaker with lasting physical damage but also a full mental recovery.
The 52-year-old North Shore politician...
| Sep 17, 2012
| 8:39 PM
Chicago Public Schools students will miss a seventh day of classes Tuesday as Mayor Rahm Emanuel's attempt to get the courts to quickly end the teachers strike did not produce immediate results.
Instead, a judge opted to hear arguments on the mayor's...