| Aug 16, 2014
| 3:47 AM
Violent crime in Chicago has been on the decline for two decades, yet as Mayor Rahm Emanuel looks to re-election next year, the scourge of shootings and gang murders still defines the conversation in many neighborhoods across the South and West sides....
| Jun 3, 2014
Lucille "Jackie" Gallagher was an aide to Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan for a decade before working for 12 years as a spokeswoman for the Chicago Teachers Union.
At the CTU from 1991 to 2003, she worked under union chiefs Jacqueline Vaughn, Tom...
| Jul 10, 2014
| 9:44 AM
Former Chicago Public Schools board President Gery Chico on Wednesday placed his three-bedroom, 2,400-square-foot condominium unit in the Metropolitan Tower on South Michigan Ave. on the market for $2.65 million.
A practicing lawyer who was then-Mayor...
| Apr 2, 2014
| 10:29 AM
Gov. Pat Quinn on Wednesday trotted out his running mate Paul Vallas to hammer Republican challenger Bruce Rauner’s position that the state income tax rate should rolled back, saying doing so would result in huge cuts to education and spikes in...
| Mar 12, 2014
| 6:23 PM
A disturbing number of Illinois school districts are in poor to dire financial shape, with 121 getting low or dismal ratings in the state’s annual financial report card for schools.
That’s more than double the number of districts in the...
| Nov 12, 2013
| 5:11 PM
When he was Chicago Public Schools CEO, Paul Vallas developed a reputation as a control freak who thought he was the smartest guy in the room while he sometimes upstaged his boss, then-Mayor Richard M. Daley.
On Tuesday, the new Democratic lieutenant...
| Aug 29, 2013
| 11:19 AM
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has, when you think about it, been a remarkably good sport when it comes to "The Book of Mormon."
As that money-spinning, massively irreverent musical lampooning the Mormon religion and many of its...
| Apr 12, 2013
| 3:25 PM
SPRINGFIELD — The chairman of the Illinois State Board of Education today called on lawmakers to increase funding school funding by $874 million at a time when the state treasury is so short on cash that Gov. Pat Quinn has proposed cuts.
| Mar 19, 2013
| 9:21 AM
WASHINGTON – Rep. Luis Gutierrez of Chicago, a key player in the bipartisan push for comprehensive immigration reform, said today he is hopeful that Congress will act on the issue in early April after the Easter recess.
| Jun 22, 2011
| 10:10 AM
SPRINGFIELD --- The Illinois Senate won’t vote today on a measure pushed by Gov. Pat Quinn to limit collective bargaining rights for thousands of state workers.
The Democratic governor had hoped for a vote while legislators were in Springfield this...
| Feb 16, 2012
Chicago has long had rules to punish taxi companies that allow dangerous cabbies to drive their vehicles, but those rules have rarely been enforced.
A Tribune investigation found that in only two cases since 2008 did city regulators try to impose fines...
| Feb 16, 2011
Less than a week remains before Chicago elects a new mayor (maybe), which means we'll probably only be treated to the candidates' colorful quips for a handful of days. Sigh.
Today, we look at five of our favorite words or phrases from the mayoral...