| Jan 23, 2014
| 5:09 AM
A fired executive of Chicago's beleaguered red light camera company alleges in a lawsuit that Redflex Traffic Systems doled out bribes and gifts at "dozens of municipalities" in 13 other states and says he is cooperating in an ongoing federal...
| Jan 26, 2014
More than a century ago, civic architect Daniel Burnham's Plan of Chicago helped set this city on course to grow and thrive. Burnham understood the power of big ideas to fire the imagination, to dial up the civic flame and create a city of prosperity and,...
| Nov 4, 2013
Where to focus
A lot of people are telling you what to do. This will tell you what not to do, which is just as important.
Your quest is admirable, but let's take off the rose-colored glasses. Government in Illinois is lost. Until we put an end to...
| Nov 5, 2013
| 11:28 AM
So it’s official: The top transportation posts in the nation’s three largest cities are in play.
Los Angeles’ Jaime De La Vega is out effective Dec. 1. New York’s Janette Sadik-Khan has made no announcements but has labeled her...
| Nov 1, 2013
| 1:46 PM
Automatic federal funding cutbacks known as sequestration will end up costing the city of Chicago about $9 million this year, with the largest chunk of that coming out of early childhood education programs, a city official said Friday.
The losses were...
| Oct 25, 2013
| 5:57 PM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration announced Friday it has reached an agreement to replace the city’s troubled red-light camera operator that’s been embroiled in a federal bribery investigation at City Hall.
As a result of the...
| Oct 2, 2013
| 5:28 AM
Just as the city gets ready to start issuing tickets up to $100 for people caught by the first of Mayor Rahm Emanuel's automated speed cameras, his office announced Tuesday that controversial red light cameras will be removed from 18 intersections....
| Oct 6, 2013
Just as I was thinking about getting a great, thick, juicy burger — but one without any condiments that mock the sacred Christian sacrament of Holy Communion — a truly weird thing happened:
A fried chicken sandwich came to mind.
| Oct 16, 2013
| 7:19 PM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday named a City Hall aide as the new Chicago Housing Authority chief, a day after the agency's CEO resigned.
Emanuel nominated Building Commissioner Michael Merchant, an attorney and City Hall insider who has held his post...
| Sep 3, 2013
| 5:16 PM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel has reversed course and will reappoint Inspector General Joseph Ferguson as City Hall's top watchdog oversees a lengthy audit of work done by the mayor's former comptroller, who abruptly resigned amid a federal bribery probe related...
| Oct 17, 2012
Michael Asher, the pioneering conceptual artist who challenged expectations of what constitutes a work of art and what happens during an art critique, died in his sleep at his Los Angeles home early Monday after several years of poor health. He was 69....
| Feb 19, 2013
Of 182 boys and young men recently locked up in Illinois' three medium-security youth prisons, at least 135 used to miss so much school that they were labeled chronic truants.
Nearly 60 percent couldn't even read at the third-grade level when they were...