| Mar 7, 2014
| 5:10 AM
The University of Chicago has been working behind the scenes to get competing factions to collaborate on a unified bid to build the Obama presidential library in Chicago, but U. of C. officials said Thursday that they won't select a neighborhood for the...
| Feb 28, 2014
A 14-year-old boy was shot and killed in Woodlawn this month as he walked near his home. A few days prior, a 17-year-old high school student was fatally shot as he shoveled snow near his Near West Side home.
Though Chicago lags behind other major cities...
| Feb 26, 2014
— A state audit released Tuesday criticized the spending and management practices of a $55 million, taxpayer-funded anti-violence program for Chicago and Cook County that Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn launched in 2010 as he was engaged in a tough...
| Feb 1, 2014
As the effort to preserve the legacy of President Barack Obama through a presidential library officially gets underway, the University of Chicago announced an aggressive push for an off-campus site on the South Side.
U. of C. President Robert Zimmer...
| Feb 11, 2014
| 10:18 PM
Chicago real estate mogul George Michael was lunching with several reputed mobsters at a popular Near West Side restaurant in 2012 when he was introduced to a tall, well-dressed man who took an immediate liking to him, offering to help with the...
| Jan 25, 2014
As President Barack Obama prepares to launch a foundation to oversee plans for his presidential library and museum, Mayor Rahm Emanuel is making it clear that he will play a key role in determining where the project is built if Chicago is chosen as the...
| Jan 27, 2014
| 4:48 PM
Chicago police have issued a community alert after three hold ups were reported on the Near West Side.
The incidents apparently happened at the hands of the same suspect, police said. In each case the man approached a victim, displayed a handgun and...
| Feb 3, 2014
| 8:16 AM
A man was seriously injured after he jumped from a window when fire broke out in the top floor of a single occupancy hotel on the Near West Side this morning, officials said.
The fire broke out shortly after 8 a.m. on the fourth floor of the Royalton...
| Feb 6, 2014
It comes as no surprise that House Speaker Michael Madigan is helping state Rep. Derrick Smith win another term representing Chicago's Near West Side. This is Illinois.
More precisely, this is Madigan's Illinois. A brief history tour:
With the clout...
| Jan 7, 2014
| 11:51 AM
The CTA will begin work next year to reconstruct the main station house at the Blue Line's Illinois Medical District station and add an elevator and rebuild ramps to the platforms.
The CTA board on Tuesday approved an agreement with the Emanuel...
| Nov 24, 2013
| 6:41 PM
The University of Illinois at Chicago announced Sunday that it wants to house President Barack Obama's future library and museum, joining a growing list of contenders.
UIC is exploring at least five sites on its Near West Side campus, said university...
| Oct 16, 2013
| 5:13 AM
Thousands of union workers, community activists and a smattering of politicians rallied Tuesday evening on the Near West Side to "take back Chicago" and send a message to Mayor Rahm Emanuel and what they dubbed his "corporate, greedy, elitist friends."...