| Nov 6, 2013
| 5:15 AM
The top corporate official representing the publicly maligned Ventra fare-collection system traveled to Chicago on Tuesday to apologize for “unacceptable’’ technical and customer service problems that have cost CTA riders time and money....
| Nov 6, 2013
| 2:45 PM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday defended the switch to the CTA's new Ventra fare card system despite major problems with the program's rollout.
Difficulties have abounded, from riders having trouble obtaining Ventra cards to getting overcharged for...
| Feb 5, 2013
| 9:32 PM
I’d like to wish Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez a happy first anniversary on the announcement of her Conviction Integrity Unit, a task force created to re-examine controversial cases where plausible claims of wrongful conviction...
| Jul 31, 2012
The third Friday in August should be a good day to get a tee time in Illinois. Gov. Pat Quinn just called Illinois lawmakers off the golf course and back to work that day to save the state from a fiscal collapse.
The governor said Monday he has called...
| Jun 18, 2013
| 10:05 PM
In the wake of recent school closings and teacher layoffs, Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis took aim Tuesday at the two R’s of her education reform effort — racism and revenue.
Lewis, speaking to the City Club of Chicago, did not...
| Jan 7, 2013
| 3:03 PM
Crash fatalities declined slightly on Illinois roads in the second half of 2012 after the state began running a tally of the deaths on highway message boards, in response to an increase in deadly accidents in the previous months, the state's...
| May 21, 2013
| 4:15 AM
Gov. Pat Quinn on Monday put a finer point on a notion he's been pushing this spring: no gambling expansion will happen without comprehensive changes to fix a greatly underfunded government worker pension system.
The Democratic governor also insisted...
| Apr 22, 2013
| 1:54 PM
Republican Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, appearing today alongside Chicago Democratic Rep. Luis Gutierrez, said the terrorism events at the Boston Marathon last week have not and should not deter work on immigration reform.
After an appearance at the City...
| Oct 17, 2012
| 1:05 PM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel said today he still hasn't decided whether to endorse the demolition of the old Prentice Women's Hospital, even though the alderman who represents the area that includes the building said he's leaning toward supporting knocking it down....
| Mar 11, 2013
| 12:53 PM
Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford said Monday a decision on whether to run for the 2014 Republican nomination for governor is more a matter of when than if.
Speaking to reporters after appearing at the City Club of Chicago, the first-term treasurer said...
| Nov 7, 2011
| 4:32 PM
Today at the City Club of Chicago's Public Policy Luncheon featuring the 2012 election insights of my colleagues, Clarence Page, Rick Pearson and Bruce Dold, moderator Paul Green made an offhand reference to "beating the goddamn drum." Into the silence......
| Sep 13, 2010
| 4:32 PM
Posted by Hal Dardick at 6:10 p.m. Ald. Brendan Reilly sounded a bit like a mayoral candidate Monday, offering ways to cut city spending as Chicago faces a record budget deficit. But Reilly, whose 42nd Ward includes most of downtown,......