| Oct 13, 2013
Responding to an ongoing Tribune investigation into City Hall development efforts, several prominent ministers are vowing to press the city for more planning programs and initiatives on the proud but battered West Side.
"The city has a plan for every...
| Oct 11, 2013
| 7:00 AM
The news that 72 Dominick's supermarkets are going out of business in the Chicago area is, to some, purely a business story. But this one is about more than spreadsheets and accounting programs.
I grew up in the grocery business. I've seen the promise...
| Oct 10, 2013
Rewriting the Plan of Chicago is a good idea, but you missed me by about 13 months.
When thousands of “roving mischievous youths” are knocking people off their bicycles on the bike path, and then it’s reported to the taxpaying...
| 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 4, 2013
| 11:11 PM
A West Side alderman Friday gave a youth football team the money donated to her political fund by a liquor store linked to a drug dealer.
The Tribune reported Sunday that six months after the store donated $1,950 to Ald. Deborah Graham's Democratic...
| Oct 3, 2013
| 5:31 AM
Chicago motorists and some residents looking out their front windows soon can expect to see the towering digital billboards favored by Mayor Rahm Emanuel going up on city-owned property near area expressways.
The Illinois Department of Transportation...
| Jul 17, 2013
Poor Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan.
She's apparently suffering from Logic Deficit Disorder, even as her father, Boss Madigan, is mired in the $700,000 Metra hush-money scandal that has been taken apart in the past few weeks by the Tribune.
| Jun 27, 2013
| 6:03 PM
The Cubs earned a partial early victory for their ambitious Wrigley Field construction plan Thursday, getting a preliminary signoff to move back the outfield walls and make other changes to the aging ballpark.
But consideration of the most controversial...
| Jun 25, 2013
Environmentalists, with typical elan, are pushing the City Council to forbid Chicago stores from packing shoppers' groceries or other purchases in plastic bags.
The ban's sponsor, Ald. Proco "Joe" Moreno, 1st, says he might have enough votes to pass the...
| 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...
| Jul 24, 2013
| 4:32 PM
Deb Mell to succeed dad as 33rd Ward alderman Others will say what they will, but while it would not be fair to appoint Deb just because her name is Mell, it would have been equally unfair to her constituents......
| Jul 25, 2013
England has a new royal baby, Prince George.
But in Chicago, where English kings are frowned upon, we have plenty of royal babies of our own.
And they aren't mere figureheads. They're Democrats with real power, from great houses that grab public...