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  • A higher minimum wage will help Chicago's neighborhoods

    A higher minimum wage will help Chicago's neighborhoods
    The discussions about the fiscal future of Chicago have forgotten the neighborhoods and the people. I believe we need to address one simple fact: Most people who worked hard and played by the rules do not have enough money to live healthy, productive...
  • Minimum wage: The fight over the Fight for $15

    Minimum wage: The fight over the Fight for $15
    Chicago aldermen have proposed gradually raising the city's minimum wage to $15 an hour and then later increasing it according to the cost of living. In November, Illinois voters may be asked in an advisory referendum whether they supper raising the state...
  • Chatham residents stand up for community in wake of violence

    Chatham residents stand up for community in wake of violence
    When Jahmal Cole, 30, wanted to settle down with his wife six years ago, he was looking for an African-American community with brick bungalows and manicured lawns. His real estate agent suggested either Beverly or Chatham. The Coles chose Chatham, and in...
  • After third year, some wins, but challenges ahead for Emanuel

    After third year, some wins, but challenges ahead for Emanuel
    There was something missing as Mayor Rahm Emanuel spoke on the Far Northwest Side in March to offer an explanation on what City Hall was doing about the roads after a winter that "left nothing but potholes and pockmarks throughout the city of Chicago."...
  • Brown Sugar Bakery anchors Grand Crossing renaissance

    Brown Sugar Bakery anchors Grand Crossing renaissance
    Some neighborhoods have it all, and some neighborhoods have very little, but only one Chicago neighborhood, Greater Grand Crossing, has Stephanie Hart and her Brown Sugar Bakery. There, every day you can get cupcakes the size of small children's heads...
  • Aldermen seek to help Emanuel keep ethics campaign pledge

    Aldermen seek to help Emanuel keep ethics campaign pledge
    A group of self-styled reform aldermen said Thursday they want to help Mayor Rahm Emanuel live up to his campaign pledge to give the city’s top corruption buster unfettered access to city documents, though it’s unclear whether the push will...
  • Democratic bosses pick Beavers replacement despite state fine

    Democratic bosses pick Beavers replacement despite state fine
    Democratic ward and township bosses today chose Stanley Moore to succeed convicted former Cook County Commissioner William Beavers despite Moore's $3,000 fine for allegedly campaigning while on the taxpayer dime at his state job. The selection by party...
  • Authors R-Z

    Nathan Rabin Nathan Rabin is the head writer for The A.V. Club. His books include “The Big Rewind” and “My Year of Flops.” He also collaborated on “Weird Al: The Book.” He has written for the Wall Street Journal,...
  • Beavers county board successor could be picked Thursday

    Beavers county board successor could be picked Thursday
    Cook County Democratic leaders are scheduled to meet Thursday to pick a replacement for Commissioner William Beavers, who was convicted last month of federal tax evasion. Ald. Howard Brookins will lead the meeting at which Democratic committeemen will...
  • Chicago aldermen split on schools strike

    Chicago aldermen split on schools strike
    For a time Monday, visitors to aldermen's offices at City Hall office were greeted by a 7-year-old whose Mets cap was barely visible over the top of a desk. Chicago teachers were out on strike, so Roberto Maldonado II wasn’t at Drummond...
  • Speed camera plan advances

    Speed camera plan advances
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel made a slight tweak to his controversial speed-camera ticketing plan Wednesday, unveiling a version with a lower fine just before a City Council committee considered the measure and recommended approval. A ticket for driving six to...
  • African-American aldermen vow to help colleagues in runoffs

     
    Posted by John Byrne at 12:05 p.m. Several Chicago African-American aldermen who are safely re-elected today pledged to help to their colleagues who face runoffs. During a closed-door meeting at City Hall, members of the City Council black caucus said.......