| Jun 10, 2014
Gov. Pat Quinn took a deep breath and did the right thing Monday. He got out of the way.
Overcoming his election-year jitters, Quinn signed a bill that gives Chicago some tools to arrest its ever-deepening pension crisis.
The measure, negotiated...
| Jun 10, 2014
T.C. O'Rourke makes his living pedaling people around Chicago in a tricycle taxi. But thanks to City Hall, he might soon be out of business.
As of Saturday, it's illegal for pedicab drivers to use busy downtown stretches of Michigan Avenue and State...
| May 5, 2014
Pressure is growing on the city of Chicago to jettison its resistance to finding ways to reduce noise levels in residential areas caused by planes serving O'Hare International Airport.
Two Chicago aldermen who have been put in a virtual holding...
| Apr 28, 2014
| 7:05 PM
A federal jury on Monday convicted a River Forest man of sending more than two dozen threatening letters and packages, some containing powder or shotgun shells, to city officials and others because he was obsessed over taxes and oil prices.
| May 13, 2014
| 10:58 AM
Park Ridge's flood control program continues inching forward, aldermen were told as Monday's rainy weather made its presence felt.
The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago last month agreed to negotiate an inter-governmental...
| May 29, 2014
| 5:45 PM
SPRINGFIELD — Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plan to raise city 911 fees on nearly everyone who owns a phone in Chicago began working its way through the legislature Thursday, while Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle’s proposal to...
| May 22, 2014
| 6:01 AM
Chicago Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts is offering a new pitch to long-suffering fans as he struggles to get a Wrigley Field renovation underway: If the rooftop owners are going to sue us anyway over blocked views into the stadium, we might as well get more...
| May 29, 2014
The other day, I used sustainable transport to move myself along Wabash Avenue near the Trump Tower.
Yes, I walked. Amazingly, this walking business requires no new technology, no special clothes, no helmet, not even a Divvy bike, the wheeled, powder-...
| May 16, 2014
| 10:58 PM
John Bills fits right in to the world of colorful characters who do the heavy lifting for Chicago politicians every election — raising donations, knocking on doors and delivering all of the vote.
But in Bills' case, the colors have often been a...
| May 27, 2014
| 4:32 PM
Mhde Askar was barely out of high school but had hundreds of thousands of dollars stashed in his bedroom when he was arrested in 2008 in a massive mortgage fraud scheme.
Over the next six years, Askar, only in his 20s, worked undercover for the feds...
| Jun 1, 2014
For the nearly two centuries since the founding of Chicago, the invaluable shore fronting Lake Michigan has achieved remarkable heights (despite its modest elevation, not 600 feet above sea level). The lakefront creates vast, open vistas for Chicagoans...
| Jun 9, 2014
| 5:40 PM
Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn on Monday signed into law a measure that would cut pension benefits and raise retirement ages for some City Hall workers, granting Mayor Rahm Emanuel a victory but opening himself up to attacks from Republicans who contend the...