| Aug 5, 2014
| 2:08 PM
Ald. Robert Fioretti may not be running for mayor yet, but he’s searching for campaign staffers like a politician who’s thinking about it.
The 2nd Ward alderman, a frequent critic of Mayor Rahm Emanuel, confirmed Tuesday that he has hired a...
| Aug 5, 2014
| 2:41 PM
A state appellate court has shot down Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle's use tax on certain big ticket items purchased outside the county, upholding a lower court ruling last year that froze collections on one of her signature revenue raisers....
| Jul 16, 2014
| 5:22 AM
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle declared Tuesday that she won’t run for mayor, leaving union and community groups angry over Chicago’s violent crime, school closings and teetering finances searching for a credible candidate to...
| Jun 26, 2014
| 3:53 PM
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle squinted into the bright lights of the TV cameras lined up in front of her Thursday, searching for each reporter who volleyed her variations of the same question: Will you run for mayor?
She was at a River...
| Jul 15, 2014
| 10:05 PM
I spoke to Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis after she landed in Hawaii on Tuesday afternoon, just after Rahm Emanuel became the happiest mayor in Chicago.
The news that made the Rahmfather smile? Not Lewis being thousands of miles away in...
| Jul 30, 2014
| 3:00 AM
Metro Chicago lags behind many counterparts nationwide in the recovery of its manufacturing sector as well as the exports it fuels, a serious deficit as the city reaches for a bigger share of global economic activity.
While the 14-county tri-state...
| Jun 27, 2014
| 1:18 PM
The Cook County hospitals board ended a $100,000 nationwide search for a new CEO Friday by simply taking the “interim” tag off the title of the guy who has held that position since January.
The board voted unanimously to name Dr. John Jay...
| Jun 18, 2014
| 4:41 PM
In a bit of a legislative rebuke to Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, commissioners Wednesday voted for a new rule requiring that nearly all new ordinances or amendments get sent to committee for consideration before a full board vote.
| Jun 26, 2014
| 6:39 AM
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle will talk to the City Club of Chicago today about the county's budget, but she's sure to get asked about her political plans as she continues to leave the door open for a run against Mayor Rahm Emanuel....
| Jul 3, 2014
| 10:10 AM
Former Mayor Richard M. Daley's attorneys say it would be a medical hardship for him to testify in the city's lawsuit against operators of the Park Grill restaurant in Millennium Park.
His lawyers did not explain in their motion filed Wednesday why...
| Jul 4, 2014
"(W)e have concluded that the provision was aimed at protecting the right to receive the promised retirement benefits, not the adequacy of the funding to pay for them."
— Illinois Supreme Court, ruling that the Illinois Constitution says even a...
| Jul 9, 2014
| 11:28 AM
I just paid my Chicago property taxes, and I’m not happy. It’s not the total amount that I had to pay that bothers me the most. It’s the column on the right-hand side of the page labeled “Pension” that has me upset.