| Apr 29, 2014
| 5:05 AM
Starting today, Chicagoans will have to do their vaping outside as a ban on electronic cigarettes in indoor public places takes effect.
The new rule, which the City Council passed in January at Mayor Rahm Emanuel's urging, prohibits people from using e-...
| Jun 3, 2014
| 12:23 PM
A federal judge in Ohio has ordered that $107,000 be seized from the bank accounts of former Chicago city comptroller Amer Ahmad, who was arrested in Pakistan last month after fleeing the country.
The money, held in two bank accounts controlled by Ahmad,...
| Apr 24, 2014
Everyday Chicagoans came armed with plenty of ideas Wednesday night about where to locate a home for George Lucas' collection of art and movie memorabilia.
But members of the Galactic Empire seemed to be otherwise engaged, as no one arrived in a "Star...
| May 15, 2014
| 12:40 PM
Pitching her new book during an appearance in Chicago today, Lynne Cheney and former Vice President Dick Cheney touched upon a controversial issue during his tenure that also involved a self-admitted stunt by then-U.S. Rep. Rahm Emanuel.
| Apr 3, 2014
| 5:26 AM
The recent brutal winter weather continues to take a chunk out of the city’s pocketbook, as claims for vehicles damaged when they hit potholes more than doubled for the year.
More than 1,000 claims were filed with the City Council at its Wednesday...
| May 15, 2014
| 6:01 PM
The attorney whose anti-patronage campaign has led to four decades of federal court oversight of hiring at City Hall declared Thursday that the city has made significant reforms and outside supervision is no longer needed.
In a legal motion, Michael...
| Jun 16, 2014
| 2:55 PM
Chicago, which helped define the nature and power of political machines, was released from constraints on its hiring practices because it had cleaned up its act and had put into place rules to eliminate illegal patronage, a federal judge decided Monday....
| Jun 12, 2014
| 4:30 AM
Gov. Pat Quinn on Wednesday labeled his Republican opponent Bruce Rauner a “saboteur” who worked to block overhauls of state and city government worker pension systems but failed to present his own solutions.
The Democratic governor’...
| Jun 18, 2014
"Cultural change is hard. Elements of patronage undoubtedly remain in city government. We have never expected that this litigation would produce a perfect non-political employment system."
— Attorney Michael Shakman testifying Monday, some 45...
| Jun 13, 2014
| 11:38 AM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel today called for a multifaceted response to gun violence in Chicago as part of the kick-off of a new organization run by the parents of a young girl whose shooting became a national symbol for the city's struggle with violent crime....
| Jun 18, 2014
| 4:38 PM
Chicago aldermen on Wednesday took a step closer to allowing gun stores in the city, giving preliminary approval to Mayor Rahm Emanuel's proposal to heavily regulate firearms retailers.
Emanuel introduced the gun store regulations in response to a...
| Jun 19, 2014
| 4:45 AM
Chicago firefighters have approved a new five-year contract with the city that includes 11 percent raises, the firefighters' union president said today.
Chicago Firefighters Union Local 2 President Thomas Ryan said about 91 percent of the members who...