| Jul 28, 2011
| 3:05 PM
The company that owns two pollution-spewing coal-fired power plants targeted by environmental activists could be forced to talk clean-up with Mayor Rahm Emanuel after an ordinance was unveiled today that could halt their operations.
Although a nearly...
| Jul 25, 2011
| 10:59 AM
A City Council committee today endorsed an ordinance that could push three industrial operations to speed up their compliance with federal standards for the release of harmful lead into the atmosphere.
Under the proposal, the city could order plants that...
| Mar 31, 2011
| 10:15 PM
Residents in Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood complained for years about metallic-tasting smoke rolling down their narrow streets but had little evidence it was harmful.
Now they have proof. New monitoring data obtained by the Tribune reveal that high...
| Feb 25, 2011
| 4:32 PM
A roundup of state and local news-review and weekly political chat shows. Descriptions provided by the broadcast outlets in most cases: "Chicago Live!" election round-up panel (mp3) Thursday evening at the Chicago Theater, I moderated this discussion...
| Apr 6, 2011
| 4:32 AM
Then -- from Emanuel, Burke, big labor pour money into runoffs (April 1) Now -- from Stone, Lyle lose as Chicago City Council gets makeover (current) Then: Ald. Freddrenna Lyle, who has represented the South Side's 6th Ward for 13......
| Apr 27, 2011
| 4:22 PM
Here's hope for the boring, empty Midwest Bank building right at the North/Damen/Milwaukee intersection....
| Jun 8, 2011
| 7:14 PM
Ald. Daniel Solis, an ally of Mayor Rahm Emanuel, was selected today to be chairman of the City Council's Hispanic Caucus.
Solis, 25th, who also is chairman of the council's powerful Zoning Committee, succeeds Ald. Ricardo Munoz, 22nd, in leading...
| Jul 1, 2011
| 9:00 PM
Chicago Police Officer Brian T. Strouse was shot and killed during the early-morning hours of June 30, 2001 as he hid behind a parked van during surveillance for gang and drug activity in the Pilsen neighborhood.
On Friday, 10 years after his death,...
| Jul 5, 2011
| 7:41 PM
Just around the corner from the Perez Elementary School in Pilsen sits a century-old coal-fire plant.
Fifty-three year old Pilsen resident Leila Mendez comments, “I remember one time walking, and I couldn’t breathe, and it was just like a...
| Jun 15, 2012
| 4:47 PM
Some changes could be coming to Chicago's marijuana laws.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he will support a new ordinance to reduce the penalty for possession of small amounts of marijuana.
The proposal is expected to be introduced by Ald. Danny Solis (25th)....
| Jun 21, 2012
| 11:25 AM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plan to issue tickets rather than make arrests for possession of small amounts of marijuana was advanced by a panel of aldermen today following a buzz saw of skepticism, setting the stage for final approval at next week’...
| Jun 28, 2012
| 2:14 PM
Former Cook County Commissioner Joseph Mario Moreno and ex-Chicago Ald. Ambrosio Medrano have been charged with bribery, federal officials said today.
Moreno, who was first elected to the County Board in 1994 but lost re-election in 2010, was charged...