| Apr 27, 2014
Looking at how CNN blew its own toes off by foolishly playing with a loaded Rahm Emanuel in Chicago, I was reminded about what really drives me crazy about national TV news.
The "talent" — that's what TV calls its reporters — is driven...
| Apr 25, 2014
Karen Lewis, the feisty boss of the Chicago Teachers Union, has a special hope for Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
"Hopefully retired soon. I just think the mayor — I don't understand him. I just really don't," said Lewis.
Lewis made her remarks as a...
| May 1, 2014
Just as April's Moutza of the Month was about to be awarded, some readers began cracking under the pressure.
"Too many choices," complained Joe Montefinese. "Looks like another mass moutza."
It was almost a Facebook mutiny because, as I've said many...
| Apr 9, 2014
| 4:08 PM
The Chicago firefighters union leadership has reached a tentative agreement with City Hall on a new contract that will reportedly include an 11 percent raise over five years.
Chicago Firefighters Union Local 2 President Thomas Ryan said the pact will...
| Apr 16, 2014
| 3:41 PM
In what has practically become a harbinger of spring, state lawmakers who favor gambling expansion began their annual push Wednesday by debating the latest plan to bring a massive casino to Chicago.
But neither Gov. Pat Quinn nor Mayor Rahm Emanuel...
| Apr 30, 2014
| 10:36 AM
Large grocery stores in Chicago soon will be able to start selling liquor three hours earlier on Sundays, a move supporters say will help Chicago businesses compete with nearby suburbs.
The City Council today adopted without debate a plan to allow liquor...
| Feb 23, 2014
For a kid from Piqua, Ohio, Terri Hemmert was surprisingly unimpressed when she moved to the Chicago area to attend Elmhurst College in the late '60s. She saw Chicago as a bigger Dayton, Ohio.
"Then I discovered all that it had to offer: the music,...
| Apr 22, 2014
| 3:46 PM
Chicago, the home of President Barack Obama and one of the nation’s top Democratic mayors, is among 15 cities that have been asked to submit proposals to host the 2016 Democratic presidential nominating convention, party officials said Tuesday....
| Mar 11, 2014
| 5:19 AM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel has announced five different approaches in the past two months aimed at smoothing over the scourge of potholes that pock Chicago streets.
There's good reason the data-driven Emanuel has been fixated on crumbling pavement: City Hall...
| Feb 26, 2014
| 3:19 PM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday declined to place an upper limit on the amount of city money he would put into a high tech manufacturing lab slated for Goose Island, but said the public-private enterprise will soon pay for itself.
The city has committed...
| Mar 12, 2014
| 3:08 PM
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle told reporters Wednesday that she intends to serve her full four-year term if re-elected this year, but did not rule out switching gears and running against Mayor Rahm Emanuel in 2015.
Speaking to reporters...
| Mar 16, 2014
| 5:53 PM
The Republican candidates for governor spent the final Sunday before the primary election taking aim at Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn as they sought to bolster support from their supporters and returned to the themes that launched their campaigns.