| Jan 17, 2014
| 3:42 PM
Chicago Department of Transportation managers and employees improperly steered city business to six connected consultants in violation of competitive bidding rules and a ban on the hiring of employees for political reasons, according to a city inspector...
| Aug 25, 2013
| 4:32 PM
To combat a truancy crisis that reaches into the earliest grades, Gov. Pat Quinn on Sunday signed into law a measure that lowers Illinois' compulsory attendance age to 6 from 7 starting in the fall of 2014.
"Too many kids are missing school and...
| Sep 11, 2013
| 6:38 PM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday apologized for an era in the Chicago Police Department during which many African-American men were tortured into false confessions for murders and rapes on the South Side under the direction of disgraced ex-Cmdr. Jon Burge....
| Sep 20, 2013
| 10:07 PM
A gunman with a military-grade assault rifle opened fire on a pickup basketball game in the Back of the Yards neighborhood late Thursday, injuring 13 people and pulling the city back into the spotlight for its epidemic of gun violence.
The mass shooting...
| Oct 4, 2013
| 11:11 PM
A West Side alderman Friday gave a youth football team the money donated to her political fund by a liquor store linked to a drug dealer.
The Tribune reported Sunday that six months after the store donated $1,950 to Ald. Deborah Graham's Democratic...
| Aug 28, 2013
| 6:40 PM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel's administration should take more action to combat Chicago's food deserts and focus less on issuing news releases touting progress on the issue, aldermen said Wednesday.
That advice came in response to a Tribune story that showed...
| Oct 18, 2013
| 10:54 AM
Top Illinois Democrats on Thursday used the completion of two major transportation projects to contrast what they say is Chicago's progress against the partisan gridlock of Washington that left the federal government partially shut down for 16 days....
| Feb 11, 2014
| 5:44 AM
Winnetka venture capitalist Bruce Rauner has jumped out to a big lead in the Republican race for governor after spending millions of dollars on television ads to introduce himself to Illinois voters, a new Tribune/WGN-TV poll found.
The survey showed...
| Jan 24, 2014
After two major derailments and explosions in recent weeks, federal safety officials recommended new rules Thursday on how crude oil is transported — the same day Mayor Rahm Emanuel called for fees on rail cars carrying hazardous materials.
| Jan 28, 2014
| 5:40 PM
SPRINGFIELD — Illinois’ largest government employee unions sued Tuesday to overturn Illinois’ new pension law, ripping the long sought, landmark money-saving changes as outright “theft” from workers that won’t pass a...
| Sep 10, 2013
| 12:26 PM
Gov. Pat Quinn today said he has told his budget office not to release any more money for Capitol renovations after the $50 million project has come under criticism.
The announcement came a couple hours after Democratic challenger Bill Daley ripped...
| Sep 10, 2013
| 12:48 PM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel left himself some wiggle room on trying again to privatize Midway Airport to raise money, saying today he was giving up the idea for "the foreseeable future" after recently halting the process of accepting bids to lease it.