| Mar 29, 2014
The Tribune is to be congratulated for its stellar series of editorials on "A New Plan of Chicago" and for soliciting and publishing many of its readers' ideas — both large and small — on this vital topic. Here's my two...
| Mar 6, 2014
| 4:09 AM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s idea of expanding Soldier Field was met with questions Wednesday about how the city would pay for added seats and whether it’s a prudent move given the city’s shaky finances.
The administration’s stadium...
| Jan 31, 2014
It seems impossible that the life and times and accomplishments of Dr. Quentin Young might be able to fit into fewer than 250 pages, but there it is, colorful and passionate, between the covers of "Everybody In, Nobody Out: Memoirs of a Rebel Without a...
| Apr 17, 2014
| 10:02 PM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel flew around the country more than 50 times during his first 2 1/2 years in office, mixing city business with politics and attending events that helped burnish his national profile.
On at least nine of the trips, records show taxpayers...
| Mar 24, 2014
| 5:00 PM
Chicago police fabricated evidence and conspired with City Hall and county prosecutors to protect then-Mayor Richard Daley’s “political dynasty” by covering up the involvement of Daley’s nephew in a 2004 killing, a federal...
| Apr 21, 2014
| 11:27 AM
A group of Chicago cabbies announced another move today in their fight to get City Hall to raise taxi fares and take other steps to improve their bottom line, saying they will try to join a national union to strengthen their bargaining position.
| Apr 21, 2014
| 1:41 PM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel today wouldn't say why he spent taxpayer money on out-of-town trips in which he mixed city business with politics, but defended the travel expenses as legitimate.
The Tribune reported Friday that the mayor flew around the country at...
| Apr 23, 2014
| 9:22 AM
Dozens of city employees get to park their cars for free in the upscale River North neighborhood, many on a pricey piece of property, City Hall's top internal watchdog said today.
Nineteen of the employees get free parking at 366 W. Superior St. in a...
| Apr 25, 2014
Karen Lewis, the feisty boss of the Chicago Teachers Union, has a special hope for Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
"Hopefully retired soon. I just think the mayor — I don't understand him. I just really don't," said Lewis.
Lewis made her remarks as a...
| Apr 25, 2014
| 9:27 AM
An arrest warrant has been issued for former Chicago Comptroller Amer Ahmad for allegedly violating the terms of his bail in a federal fraud case in Ohio.
Ahmad pleaded guilty in federal court in December to charges stemming from a kickback scheme while...
| Apr 27, 2014
Looking at how CNN blew its own toes off by foolishly playing with a loaded Rahm Emanuel in Chicago, I was reminded about what really drives me crazy about national TV news.
The "talent" — that's what TV calls its reporters — is driven...
| Apr 24, 2014
| 9:56 AM
Then-Chicago Ald. Bernard Stone was in his North Side ward office one night in 2007 when he opened a large envelope addressed to him and white powder came flying out, covering his arm and that of an aide as well.
"I jumped up and said to call 911,"...