| Nov 12, 2013
Mayor Rahm Emanuel's infrastructure trust wants to tap into fees customers pay on their electricity bills to help fund energy efficient building projects that the city is trying to bankroll privately.
The proposal, which the city insists will not...
| Nov 12, 2013
I have lived in Lincoln Park, near Charlie Trotter's restaurant, for more than 20 years. One day my son had a lemonade stand at 25 cents a glass. Trotter came by, bought a lemonade, complimented him on his customer service, and then handed...
| Nov 15, 2013
| 12:33 PM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel has made an opening contract offer to Chicago police, the union says it’s an insult and the two sides continue to head down a path that could end with arbitration.
The Fraternal Order of Police said the mayor offered a total...
| Nov 13, 2013
| 5:14 PM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel proposed a measure Wednesday that would require city contractors to immediately report knowledge of corruption to Chicago's inspector general or risk losing their contract.
The mayor lauded the one-page ordinance as a "key reform"...
| 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 24, 2013
| 1:11 PM
A Chicago alderman has come up with a great idea that every taxpayer — except the Little Bike People — will love:
A $25 city registration fee for adults riding bikes in Chicago.
It's a great idea, but it doesn't go far enough.
| Oct 23, 2013
| 1:46 PM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel today unveiled a nearly $7 billion budget for 2014, but also focused on a year from now and warned what will happen if the city doesn't fix its pension system by then.
“Should Springfield fail to pass pension reform for...
| Nov 6, 2013
| 5:57 PM
Departing Transportation Commissioner Gabe Klein told aldermen Wednesday that drivers who get speed camera tickets are either distracted by their phones or have been drinking.
The comments came as Klein testified at a City Council budget hearing where...
| 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...
| Nov 10, 2013
"Chicago is the drain into which the brains of the Middle West disappear. Moving there is not even an aspiration for ambitious Michiganders. It's the accepted endpoint of one's educational progression: grade school, middle school, high school, college,...
| Nov 9, 2013
Type "Paul Vallas" into the Tribune's story archive, and one of the first stories begins this way:
"A longtime state government fiscal expert was named Tuesday as the City of Chicago's new revenue director, and he was immediately warned by his...
| Nov 7, 2013
| 5:42 AM
— Mayor Rahm Emanuel's effort to toughen state law for illegal use of a weapon is being watered down as the lead sponsor tries to win approval of legislation aimed at helping crack down on Chicago's violence.
Out of the bill is a provision that...