| Dec 24, 2013
| 6:14 AM
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Tuesday announced the members of a grocery store task force that will work to find new owners for stores left vacant after Safeway closes all Dominick's stores in the Chicago-area Dec. 28.
The task force will work with...
| Dec 26, 2013
| 9:15 AM
For any real Bears fan, the thought of donning green and gold and yelling "Go Packers!" on a crowded corner is downright revolting. But when you're on the losing end of a bet, anything is possible.
Boston mayor Thomas Menino paid up on a Stanley Cup...
| Jan 7, 2014
Nice tan, Mr. Mayor!
You came back from steamy and tropical Indonesia to a city frozen in ice and snow, where the side streets and alleys hadn't been plowed and where schoolkids were almost sent into the worst of the cold.
But Rahm Emanuel wasn't...
| Jan 6, 2014
| 9:44 PM
CHICAGO— A federal judge Monday stripped away a key element of Chicago's gun ordinance, ruling that it was unconstitutional to prohibit licensed gun stores from operating in the city.
U.S. District Judge Edmond Chang said Chicago had failed to...
| Jan 5, 2014
When House Speaker Michael Madigan accidentally triggered a patronage scandal at the Metra commuter rail agency, it was the result of two extraordinary events.
First his request to boost the Metra salary of a longtime political worker was refused....
| Jan 4, 2014
Readers and I are dancing together on that fine line between educated guesses and gut feelings, offering up hunches in bunches about the year ahead in Change of Subject's annual predict-the-news survey.
Who will win and who will lose in 2014? What...
| Jan 5, 2014
A trial starting this week is expected to raise questions about how Cook County prosecutors are using Illinois' anti-terrorism law and whether Chicago police crossed any lines when they infiltrated protest groups before the 2012 NATO summit.
| Dec 23, 2013
| 10:16 AM
A slew of tax and fee increases are set to hit Chicagoans in 2014 on everything from water, cigarettes and cable TV to property taxes and parking violations.
There's a small measure of good news, however: For the first time since 2009, parking meter...
| Jan 1, 2014
Chicago, this may not be the easiest thing to read on New Year's Day. And God knows, you probably don't want to hear this coming from a former Rhode Islander. But today, our day of new beginnings, this time when we pause, reassess and vow to do better...
| Jan 15, 2014
| 5:41 PM
Following a series of fits and starts, Mayor Rahm Emanuel won approval Wednesday for his first Chicago Infrastructure Trust project, but only after the work was scaled back again due to lack of interest from investors.
The trust’s initial...
| Jan 14, 2014
| 5:06 AM
Electronic cigarette smokers are a step closer to having to stand next to regular cigarette smokers outside Chicago restaurants, bars and other buildings.
City Council members on Monday advanced a plan backed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel to treat so-called e-...
| Jan 14, 2014
| 10:50 AM
A federal judge today granted the City of Chicago a six-month delay in allowing gun stores to open in the city so that Mayor Rahm Emanuel's administration can set up rules and regulations to restrict where the new firearms sellers can hang their shingles....