| May 21, 2014
| 7:13 PM
To get ahead of seven years of relatively small expected deficits, the City Council set itself on a path to approve a second round of retirement incentives at the second-to-last budget meeting for the year Tuesday night.
How many employees may take...
| May 22, 2014
| 12:31 PM
Would the Obama administration please pick its poison?
The Times' Noam Levey reported Wednesday that the administration has quietly solidified Obamacare's guarantee against excessive health insurer losses, drawing a new round of complaints from...
| May 15, 2014
| 10:02 PM
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."...
| Apr 13, 2014
Row upon row of brand-new squad cars sit in a parking lot not far from the state fairgrounds in Springfield, waiting to be driven out onto state highways. Waiting. And waiting.
The cars, 85 model year 2013 Chevrolet Caprices that were delivered last...
| Jun 12, 2014
| 6:08 PM
Pensions and public safety took center stage as the Laguna Beach City Council weighed in last week on how the city should spend its money in the next fiscal year.
The council directed the city to set aside $1 million in the next fiscal year to start...
| May 22, 2014
| 5:10 PM
The Baltimore County Council formally approved a fiscal 2015 operating budget Thursday that sends more than half of the overall $2.9 billion allocation to the county's school system.
County schools will receive $1.5 billion in the budget, as well as...
| Jun 11, 2014
| 4:40 PM
With only a few days left before the deadline, Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders are negotiating a budget that would expand preschool opportunities for poor children and tap an environmental fund to help pay for the state's beleaguered bullet train...
| May 22, 2014
| 7:46 PM
Amid concerns over a projected budget deficit in Los Angeles County's growing bus and rail system, officials Thursday voted to raise Metro fares in September, but opted to postpone a decision on further increases in 2017 and 2020.
After a lengthy...
| Apr 18, 2014
| 8:05 PM
With the recent end of an unusually snowy winter, the Oak Park Public Works Department is looking for a milder season next year to keep its budget in check.
The department cleared snow from the streets 38 times during the winter of 2013-14, when 82...
| May 25, 2014
James Comey became FBI director last year, at a time when Osama bin Laden was dead, terrorism at home was on the decline and the United States was shrinking its inflammatory presence in the Muslim world. So naturally, he says the danger is way worse...
| May 24, 2014
| 10:00 AM
We had a cinematic vibe to the Great Reads this week, with stories about ultra-low-budget-filmmaking and French film buffs hustling for tickets at Cannes.
For the Cannes story, I chose a soundtrack by a band that even has a movie-themed name: Cinerama...