| Jun 6, 2014
There's a huge problem with that bizarre new TV reality show "Swab Stories" being shot in New York and Chicago.
It's reportedly about volunteers getting their DNA tested. But what's so compelling about strangers having the inside of their mouths...
| May 7, 2014
| 11:29 AM
Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis said today that the union would be “very active” in next year’s mayoral election, but offered little insight into efforts to recruit a challenger to Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
Underscoring her long...
| May 9, 2014
Is it possible to make Mayor Rahm Emanuel even the teeniest bit likable?
I desperately want to help him, and I know you do too, because one look at the guy and you know he needs help, but he's too full of pride and arrogance and fear of showing even the...
| May 16, 2014
On his third anniversary as king of Chicago, who would Mayor Rahm Emanuel choose as his opponent in the upcoming mayoral election?
He'd want someone easy, some punchy Democratic regular white-ethnic, a guy with baggage, who wouldn't push too hard and...
| Mar 6, 2014
| 5:00 AM
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The City of the Big Shoulders — stormy, husky, brawling, wrecking, planning, building, breaking, rebuilding, to use only words Carl Sandburg chose to describe Chicago — is the...
| Apr 15, 2014
| 10:19 AM
Ald. Robert Fioretti on Monday sounded every bit the candidate for Chicago’s top office with his public dissection of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s tenure, but he stopped short of saying he would take on the incumbent in next year’s election....
| Mar 12, 2014
| 1:25 PM
"It's playoff time again in this sports-loving city," says narrator/co-writer Mark Konkol at the beginning of episode two of the eight-part CNN series "Chicagoland."
And though you will see all sorts of whooping-hollering-shot-drinking euphoria during...
| Mar 5, 2014
| 1:35 PM
And so it begins, with the voice of our mayor — "You want to see America you come to the heartland, and what is the capital of the heartland?" — and images of our city, the first of eight — that's right, eight — episodes of a...
| Apr 25, 2014
Karen Lewis, the feisty boss of the Chicago Teachers Union, has a special hope for Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
"Hopefully retired soon. I just think the mayor — I don't understand him. I just really don't," said Lewis.
Lewis made her remarks as a...
| Jan 30, 2014
| 7:54 PM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel recently met with the four leaders of the Illinois General Assembly to discuss major shortfalls in the city's employee pension funds that could blow a huge hole in next year's city and Chicago Public Schools budgets.
A spokeswoman for...
| Jan 31, 2014
| 8:04 AM
Much has changed inside and outside the Chicago Symphony Orchestra since Deborah Rutter — then Deborah Card — moved from running the Seattle Symphony to becoming CSO Association president in 2003.
She inherited an organization that was...