| 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 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...
| Aug 15, 2013
| 8:06 PM
When Amer Ahmad abruptly resigned as city comptroller about three weeks ago, Mayor Rahm Emanuel heaped praise on his hand-picked aide for helping him "reform government" in Chicago.
On Thursday, Ahmad was indicted in Ohio on federal corruption charges...
| Feb 1, 2013
| 8:57 AM
The sixth-grader can barely keep from smiling, self-conscious in front of the camera as she delivers a very serious message.
"Hi, my name is Hadiya. This commercial is informational for you and your future children," she begins. "So many children out...
| May 22, 2013
| 6:33 PM
After the Chicago School Board meeting Wednesday, many of the aldermen who argued unsuccessfully to keep schools in their wards open said they were disappointed with the process.
Ald. Deborah Graham, 29th, said she went to testify at the school board...
| 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....
| Dec 2, 2012
| 4:16 PM
OMAHA, Neb. — Whether they're driving through, stuck here for work or savvy enough to make a long weekend out of this under-the-radar city, travelers tend to want a darn fine hunk of meat when visiting Omaha.
Steak from steak country. Omaha offers...
| Aug 20, 2013
| 5:08 AM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel's administration on Monday produced a letter showing it knew about questions surrounding Amer Ahmad and a controversial government contract in Ohio before the mayor hired him as Chicago's comptroller in April 2011.
The letter was...
| May 14, 2013
| 4:42 PM
City Hall cannot back up claims that its controversial red-light camera program is designed to make intersections safer, according to a watchdog's report released Tuesday.
Inspector General Joseph Ferguson said the city cannot provide documents to prove...
| Jun 23, 2013
| 4:20 PM
"I see people out front," observes the sad-eyed man at the Second City e.t.c., "just crying."
And the locale of this carefully observed locus of human misery? A closed Chicago school? A funeral home? City Hall?
Nope — Aldi.
Crying at what? The...