| Aug 17, 2014
| 2:53 PM
More than a year after Chicago Public Schools closed nearly 50 schools for under-enrollment, there has been little progress on finding new uses for most of the now-empty buildings.
Just three of the buildings have been opened for bidding to potential...
| Aug 1, 2014
| 6:26 PM
Chicago police Superintendent Garry McCarthy, clearly agitated Friday by the line of questioning from two aldermen at a City Council committee meeting, sought to defend the department from criticism about how it tallies its crime statistics.
| 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...
| Jul 18, 2014
| 12:25 PM
The future of Oprah's studio. The arrival of Google in the West Loop. And the potential to transform the old Main Post Office, a ruin so monumental it straddles an expressway.
Each turnaround could improve a neighborhood. Combined, they could remake a...
| Jun 10, 2014
| 2:35 PM
A city panel gave the go-ahead today to earmarking $10 million in local public funds to help pay for turning a former window factory on Goose Island into a high tech manufacturing hub that Mayor Rahm Emanuel hopes will help increase private investment...
| Jun 18, 2014
Jimmy Dremonas says people have told him that he's nuts.
It's nuts, here in the culinarily arid neighborhood of Madison Street and Western Avenue, to build a 55,000-square-foot supermarket that offers a fancy cheese bar, fresh produce so shiny it...
| Jun 11, 2014
The saga of Derrick Smith has been one long exercise in mixed messages. This one's unequivocal: guilty.
A federal jury took only four hours to convict the lame-duck state representative of bribery and attempted extortion for pocketing $7,000 in exchange...
| Jun 25, 2014
| 11:36 AM
Aldermen and community activists gathered at City Hall Wednesday morning before the City Council meeting to voice support for efforts to maintain housing for very low-income residents.
A proposed ordinance introduced Wednesday by the city and aldermen...
| Jun 23, 2014
The city plans to allocate more than $42 million to improve parts of the West Loop included in its proposed Fulton Market Innovation District, a plan being pushed by the mayor as a way to encourage yet corral the neighborhood's explosive growth.
| May 28, 2014
They're called single-room-occupancy hotels or residential hotels, and the frequently dilapidated structures are often the housing of last resort for those down on their luck, a step away from homelessness or a shelter.
The buildings also are a slowly...
| Oct 2, 2013
| 5:22 AM
Less than two years after getting out of federal prison where he served time for a public corruption conviction, former West Side alderman Isaac "Ike" Carothers is attempting a political comeback.
While state law bars Carothers from trying to win back a...
| Nov 6, 2013
| 5:57 PM
Departing Transportation Commissioner Gabe Klein told aldermen Wednesday that drivers who get speed camera tickets are either distracted by their phones or have been drinking.
The comments came as Klein testified at a City Council budget hearing where...