| Jan 16, 2012
| 4:43 PM
Chicago voters might not have to weigh in on a new City Council ward map this year after a national expert on Monday blessed a compromise plan put forth by dueling groups of aldermen.
But council members plan to press forward with more public hearings...
| Jan 17, 2012
The business group chosen by Mayor Rahm Emanuel to oversee the G-8 and NATO summits is accelerating planning and fundraising for the May meetings but will continue to do much of its work out of public view.
The mayor and his administration have said...
| Jan 17, 2012
| 9:00 AM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel today backed off a plan to increase fines for resisting arrest during this spring's G-8 and NATO conferences after aldermen and protesters expressed concerns that it would curb free speech.
"We decided to pull that off the table,"...
| Jan 18, 2012
| 7:23 PM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel easily won approval Wednesday for two measures that will tighten parade rules, increase fines for violating the restrictions and give him unfettered power to spend money on two international summits coming to Chicago in May.
| Jan 31, 2012
| 8:50 AM
Is your city -- and your city's newspaper -- serving you? It was heartening to look at the comment section on two corners of the Chicago Tribune's website this week, alongside stories discussing pay raises for Chicago aldermen and new designs for Navy...
| Sep 13, 2012
If the striking Chicago teachers wanted to see the mayor as some angry Rahmpelstiltskin — stamping his feet in those in curly-toed boots, shrieking to be paid for spinning all that straw into gold — they'll have to wait a few more days.
| Sep 14, 2012
| 11:01 PM
Chicago Public Schools and the teachers union have reached a tentative agreement on a new contract and classes could resume for 350,000 students on Monday, according to school and union officials.
The union’s House of Delegates will review...
| Sep 15, 2012
| 11:17 PM
Thousands of teachers from Chicago and beyond rallied at a Near West Side park Saturday as lawyers labored into the night at a Loop office to turn a framework for a new contract into finer points that can become a deal.
Parents can expect to wait until...
| Sep 19, 2012
| 10:44 AM
Mayor Emanuel and his administration are trying to figure out how they will pay for the new contract between the Chicago Teachers' Union and Chicago Public Schools.
The union ended their strike on Tuesday, after the two sides agreed a three percent...
| Sep 21, 2012
As I light my pipe, take up my quill pen and sheepskin and once again prepare to write another volume of The Kassopedia — the repository of the world's great knowledge — I'm reminded of a snarky reader.
She calls herself, "Your long...
| Sep 25, 2012
| 11:55 AM
SAN FRANCISCO -- A piece of San Francisco's past was unearthed earlier this month when wreckage from the old City Hall -- destroyed in the 1906 earthquake that devastated the city -- were discovered at a construction site.
Workers digging underneath a...
| Sep 27, 2012
Politics is by nature a brutalizing business. It is a business of ambition and lies. Stay around it too long, and your heart becomes coarsened. It thickens and gets numb.
It happens to cops, from years of listening to predators rationalizing why they did...