| Jun 18, 2014
| 4:21 PM
The illegal drug trade in Ald. Jason Ervin's 28th Ward isn't all about the hard stuff.
The black market for cigarettes, he said, can be just as pervasive—and, in some ways, safer for dealers.
"It's similar to the sale of narcotics, where...
| May 19, 2014
| 5:09 PM
Two years after marijuana possession became a ticketable offense, arresting people with a few grams of the drug remains a bad habit for law enforcement, drug policy researchers said Monday at a Roosevelt University symposium.
Cook County has the highest...
| Mar 3, 2014
Are you proud of the state of this state? Happy with the third-highest unemployment rate in the nation?
If the status quo meets your needs and wants — for yourself but also for the young people in your life who'll inherit the public debts and...
| Nov 25, 2013
| 3:59 PM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel has agreed to reduce the size of his proposed cigarette tax increase, but Chicago is still poised to have the highest per-pack tax in the nation.
At a City Council Finance Committee meeting Monday, a day before the full council vote...
| Dec 10, 2013
| 11:10 AM
The Chicago Cubs today won preliminary backing from aldermen to push back the exterior outfield walls at Wrigley Field as part of the team’s planned $300 million renovation of the iconic-but-aging ballpark.
The right field wall would be moved back...
| Dec 11, 2013
| 12:14 PM
The Chicago City Council today approved measures to give the Cubs more flexibility on scheduling night games, an advertising archway over Clark Street and permission to push back the exterior outfield walls at Wrigley Field as part of the team’s...
| Aug 16, 2013
| 12:57 PM
Cook County’s top Democrats overwhelmingly endorsed incumbent Gov. Pat Quinn for re-election Friday in a repudiation of the primary challenge offered by an absent Bill Daley, the son and brother of two former mayors.
Party leaders in the state&...
| Jun 5, 2013
| 11:32 AM
The Chicago City Council today approved Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s controversial plan to change the terms of the city’s parking meter lease despite questions about the deal’s financial impact and fear of giving Chicago Parking Meters LLC...
| Feb 2, 2013
| 5:07 PM
At a West Side town hall meeting Saturday, a panel of elected officials and community activists decried Chicago’s crisis in elementary grade truancy and absenteeism, and vowed to work on reforms that could save countless children from failure in...
| Apr 9, 2013
| 5:07 AM
Many folks who park in a Chicago garage or lot would pay more come July under a proposal the City Council Finance Committee endorsed Monday despite objections from the hotel industry.
Anyone who pays a parking fee of more than $25 for a weekday, $125...
| Sep 10, 2012
| 2:19 PM
For a time Monday, visitors to aldermen's offices at City Hall office were greeted by a 7-year-old whose Mets cap was barely visible over the top of a desk.
Chicago teachers were out on strike, so Roberto Maldonado II wasn’t at Drummond...
| Apr 12, 2012
Mayor Rahm Emanuel made a slight tweak to his controversial speed-camera ticketing plan Wednesday, unveiling a version with a lower fine just before a City Council committee considered the measure and recommended approval.
A ticket for driving six to...