| Nov 12, 2013
| 6:00 AM
While TV critic David Zurawik's article accurately reported that the number of viewers is diminishing for the PBS NewsHour program, as well as for other news programs, there may an alternative view of why this is happening ("'PBS NewsHour' — on...
| Jul 30, 2014
| 2:53 PM
Nineteen Chicago aldermen supported a resolution today calling for a City Council hearing into the city’s troubled red-light camera program following a Chicago Tribune investigation that found thousands of drivers were ticketed for $100 fines they...
| May 30, 2013
| 3:54 PM
The City Council Health Committee on Thursday endorsed a proposal that would allow the city to fine landlords up to $2,000 a day for failing to take steps to eradicate bed bug infestations.
The Chicago Association of Realtors opposed an earlier version,...
| Jan 29, 2013
| 1:46 PM
Chicago landlords, tenant advocates and aldermen agreed Tuesday that the city needs to take on a proliferating bedbug population but failed to agree on the approach.
The bedbug issue surfaced during a three-hour hearing held by two City Council...
| Sep 8, 2011
| 11:11 AM
The City Council today backed Mayor Rahm Emanuel's push to get Gov. Pat Quinn to sign off on a major gambling expansion that would bring a casino to Chicago.
One after another stood up to say a casino would bring new jobs and generate $20 million a month...
| Sep 8, 2011
| 5:52 PM
Leaders of the City Council’s Latino Caucus today said they expect more majority-Hispanic wards to emerge from the ward remap process that is just getting underway.
The group put forth its argument as new census data showed large drops in the...
| Oct 19, 2011
| 1:04 PM
One of the City Council’s most powerful members today questioned two key ways Mayor Rahm Emanuel has proposed to generate millions of dollars in revenue that would help close the city’s wide budget gap.
Ald. Edward Burke, 14th, said he wanted...
| Jan 26, 2012
| 10:54 AM
Tired of seeing satellite dishes bolted all over the fronts of residences in his Northwest Side ward, an alderman is advancing a plan he hopes would push satellite television providers to install them on the sides or rear of buildings in most cases....
| Feb 15, 2012
| 7:15 PM
Some of the City Council’s most influential aldermen proposed a crackdown today on crowd participation at council meetings that would ban everything from signs and posters to clapping and booing in the public gallery.
“No demonstration of...
| Apr 18, 2012
| 1:05 PM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s controversial speed-camera ordinance that would ding violators with tickets of up to $100 won Chicago City Council approval today.
The 33-14 vote came after the mayor made changes to the camera plan in an effort to build...
| Feb 16, 2012
| 3:52 PM
The same aldermen who proposed new rules to limit crowd participation at City Council meetings said today they're in no hurry to see the rules enacted.
“I don’t know if we are going to rush a hearing on it, actually,” said Ald....
| Oct 19, 2011
| 4:32 PM
Friday's print column, below, is a revised and extended version of a blog posting yesterday Ald. Ed Burke, 14th, made a splash, so to speak, Wednesday when he called for allowing religious schools and houses of worship to continue getting......