| Jan 29, 2014
| 5:44 AM
The much-discussed government worker pension debt in Chicago now has a price tag: $18,596 for every man, woman and child living in the city.
That per-person figure is the highest among the nation’s 25 largest cities. It’s nearly double that...
| Jan 23, 2014
| 11:00 AM
The city of Geneva is looking for applicants to represent its Third Ward after Ald. Dawn Vogelsberg announced this week that she was giving up the seat she's held for 10 years.
Vogelsberg made the surprise announcement at the end of Tuesday's City...
| Mar 14, 2014
With an economic recovery underway, the time to hire someone to promote Park Ridge's economic development is now, city officials said as aldermen continue parsing the proposed budget for 2014-15.
City Manager Shawn Hamilton said on March 4 he wants to...
| Nov 14, 2013
A government watchdog group is calling on Mayor Rahm Emanuel to end the city's tradition of pushing off massive debt payments through a practice nicknamed "scoop and toss."
The maneuver is one way the city has attempted to manage its $7.2 billion in...
| Jan 26, 2014
| 2:40 PM
Not long ago, Torsten Gessner, a top executive at a German manufacturing giant, had to decide where to locate the company's new North American headquarters. Consultants offered up a short list with some obvious candidates: San Francisco and Boston because...
| Jan 28, 2014
In a part of the West Side long marginalized by City Hall planners, officials have seized on a grand proposal for an "innovation park" that would train and employ impoverished Chicagoans in high-tech factories.
Spearheaded by labor activist Dan Swinney,...
| Dec 20, 2013
In the historic Golden Dome field house in Garfield Park, bank executives and charity leaders gathered in August to trade hugs and self-congratulatory speeches.
Nonprofit groups on the West Side were helping restore communities by renovating homes...
| Jan 5, 2014
When House Speaker Michael Madigan accidentally triggered a patronage scandal at the Metra commuter rail agency, it was the result of two extraordinary events.
First his request to boost the Metra salary of a longtime political worker was refused....
| Feb 11, 2014
| 11:02 AM
Des Plaines aldermen approved a pay raise for the law firm contracted to serve as the city's general counsel, but not before some aldermen questioned whether the city should seek bids for a different firm — or return to a full-time staff attorney....
| Oct 22, 2013
Mayor Rahm Emanuel was on hand when an organization of female business executives paid tribute last year to his financial guru, Lois Scott, for her pioneering role in helping cash-strapped governments solve their problems.
Many in the room shared an...
| Oct 20, 2013
| 8:25 AM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel plans to propose increasing the city cigarette tax by 75 cents to help plug a budget gap and provide more free vision care for low-income Chicago Public Schools students, a City Hall source said Saturday.
The increase would leave...
| Jan 30, 2014
Letters to the editor from Grayslake, Deerfield and Tower Lakes.
Despite heavy snow and slippery roads, many people continue to drive as though the pavement is dry. As recent news broadcasts indicate, the result is an increase in...