| Sep 12, 2014
I used to think that Chicago aldermen stayed up late into the night scheming on how to waste the taxpayers' money:
Like making a quick buck with phony contracts to sell dead rats on coat hangers as earmuffs to homeless blind men.
But it turns out I...
| Sep 11, 2014
| 6:48 AM
A longtime alderman is calling for hearings on sleep deprivation in teenagers and the possibility of changing the start times of Chicago public schools to help students get more rest.
Northwest Side Ald. Margaret Laurino, 39th, introduced her...
| Jul 21, 2014
| 10:05 PM
The Emanuel administration is willing to meet at least one demand of sleepless residents affected by changes in jet noise patterns at O'Hare International Airport by installing more noise monitors in Chicago and several suburbs, officials are expected...
| May 19, 2014
| 5:27 AM
A group representing city and suburban homeowners seeking relief from increasing airplane noise called today for Chicago Aviation Commissioner Rosemarie Andolino to resign or for Mayor Rahm Emanuel to fire her.
Leaders of the Fair Allocation in Runways ...
| Apr 30, 2014
| 10:09 AM
The Chicago City Council today filled the November general election ballot with enough referendums to prevent any citizen questions from being placed on all ballots in the city.
Aldermen voted to place three questions on the Nov. 4 ballot — the...
| Jan 22, 2014
| 6:00 AM
A high-ranking Cook County official from a prominent Democratic family retired late last year after the county's chief internal watchdog recommended he be fired for coercing government workers into donating to the campaign of then-County Board President...
| Feb 18, 2014
| 10:07 AM
A Cook County commissioner plans to propose a resolution Wednesday calling for a mandatory “fly-quiet” program during overnight hours at O’Hare International Airport to address increasing jet noise from a new runway layout.
| Jan 16, 2014
| 7:55 PM
Two Chicago aldermen whose wards are awash in jet noise are calling for hearings on the new air-traffic patterns at O'Hare International Airport.
Alds. Mary O’Connor, 41st, and Margaret Laurino, 39th Ward, introduced a resolution at Wednesday's...
| Jul 5, 2013
| 4:32 PM
By America's pre-eminent unsolicited advice columnist, for the Sunday paper Dear Mayor Rahm Emanuel: Do not appoint Democratic State Rep. Deb Mell of Chicago to the City Council vacancy created by the retirement of her father, Ald. Dick Mell (33rd).......
| Oct 3, 2011
| 12:18 PM
Chicago cops could ticket bicyclists who text while riding on city streets under a proposal endorsed today by a panel of aldermen.
The proposal, recommended by the Pedestrian and Traffic Safety Committee, also would make it illegal to talk on a cell...
| Oct 5, 2011
| 10:34 AM
Bicyclists soon will face the same restrictions against texting while riding in Chicago as motorists do while behind the wheel.
The City Council today passed an ordinance prohibiting bicyclists from texting while moving. They also cannot make cell...
| Oct 26, 2011
| 7:22 PM
The Illinois Senate today voted in favor of Mayor Rahm Emanuel's measure that would allow Chicago to start using cameras to ticket speeders in so-called safety zones.
“This is clearly a request of the city, a request of the mayor, something that...