| Nov 7, 2013
For years, and much to the anger of Obamaites and media Hopium smokers, I've engaged in a corrosive and cynical exercise:
Comparing and contrasting Chicago politicians and Chicago gangsters, the Chicago Way.
But today I'd like to publicly apologize...
| Nov 7, 2013
Illinois rolled out its new, information-chocked school report card recently and provided an easy-to-understand figure of how many Illinois high school graduates are ready to go to college.
Brace yourself: It's only 46 percent.
That, the state says,...
| Oct 24, 2013
Chicago Public Schools should embrace social-emotional learning as a key priority. It is apparent that many parents and guardians are not teaching the necessary life skills to students at home. We cannot expect individuals to be fully functioning adults...
| Nov 5, 2013
| 3:57 PM
The city's top medical official Tuesday defended Mayor Rahm Emanuel's effort to boost the city cigarette tax by describing the proposal as a public health initiative rather than a way to raise new revenue.
The city's top medical official Tuesday...
| Oct 23, 2013
| 1:46 PM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel today unveiled a nearly $7 billion budget for 2014, but also focused on a year from now and warned what will happen if the city doesn't fix its pension system by then.
“Should Springfield fail to pass pension reform for...
| Nov 4, 2013
Where to focus
A lot of people are telling you what to do. This will tell you what not to do, which is just as important.
Your quest is admirable, but let's take off the rose-colored glasses. Government in Illinois is lost. Until we put an end to...
| Oct 23, 2013
| 11:43 AM
The Chicago school board Wednesday agreed to restore the name of track star Jesse Owens to a South Side elementary school.
The name was removed when the district closed 47 elementary schools this summer. While Jesse Owens Community Academy in the West...
| Nov 1, 2013
| 3:24 PM
Looking back on the storm of controversy that erupted when the book “Persepolis” was banned from Chicago public schools and libraries earlier this year, Lane Tech senior Levi Todd said it was a “blessing in disguise.”
| Oct 22, 2013
| 6:44 AM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel hopes to pump $13 million more into city coffers next year by raising amusement taxes on cable TV services and boosting zoning permit fees for large construction projects, City Hall officials say.
The increases are part of a series of...
| Oct 13, 2013
In 1909, when Daniel Burnham issued his Plan of Chicago, city schools bustled with 300,000 children. Before the first day of school that year, the Tribune declared: "The children of all the world … the child of the tenements and the child of...
| Oct 8, 2013
Thank you for your fine Oct. 6 editorial identifying the need for a new Plan of Chicago. This is not a fancy proposal but some concrete ideas I think could work. I love the city and its greater metropolitan area, and want to see us all thrive.