| Aug 28, 2014
| 2:45 PM
A political fund backing Mayor Rahm Emanuel has assembled a scorecard for would-be Chicago City Council candidates to gauge their views on key issues such as property taxes, public schools and the minimum wage.
The six-question form was sent via email...
| Aug 29, 2014
| 9:47 PM
When school begins Tuesday, it will be a much quieter start to the school year than what Chicago has come to expect.
For one, there are no mass school closings, with thousands of students walking unfamiliar routes to new schools.
There's no teachers...
| Aug 22, 2014
| 5:00 AM
Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis continued her public contemplation of a run against Mayor Rahm Emanuel Thursday night, using a community meeting in Little Village to rail against his policies.
But this time Lewis, who has called Emanuel a...
| Aug 26, 2014
| 4:26 PM
A coalition of community organizations fighting for a higher minimum wage and better schools said Tuesday it registered more than 25,000 new voters, mostly in African-American and Latino communities.
Although the group says the effort is focused on...
| Aug 20, 2014
| 4:52 AM
The gathering at the Beverly Woods Banquet Hall on Tuesday night had the feel of a campaign event: a jam-packed room, drinks flowing, soul music blaring and a raucous crowd cheering.
There was only one thing missing from the event, dubbed “A...
| Aug 20, 2014
| 6:39 PM
It's been a long time since readers had their writes. And this is a good time for it. So let's begin.
Re: Moutza. Is it pronounced "mootza" or "mowtza"? And what on earth does "blow right here" mean, anyway? George Paterson
Dear George — Mowtza?...
| Aug 13, 2014
| 10:04 PM
Chicago voters have grown sharply dissatisfied with Mayor Rahm Emanuel's job performance and have signaled a willingness to support his most prominent potential challenger, a new Chicago Tribune poll has found.
Facing concerns over crime, education...
| Aug 14, 2014
| 12:02 PM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel today suggested that the sharp dissatisfaction Chicago voters showed toward him in a new Chicago Tribune poll is tied to a sluggish economy, making no mention of his controversial decision to close dozens of schools or the city’...
| Aug 15, 2014
| 3:09 AM
After a teachers strike, school closings and widespread budget cuts, city voters are increasingly frustrated with Mayor Rahm Emanuel's stewardship of Chicago Public Schools, a new Chicago Tribune poll shows.
Nearly two-thirds of those surveyed...
| Aug 7, 2014
| 2:43 PM
Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis on Thursday refused to close the door on a run against Mayor Rahm Emanuel, but said it could be months before she decides.
Lewis, just back from vacation, said she expects to begin working toward collecting...
| Aug 7, 2014
| 8:27 AM
Apparently refreshed from her Hawaiian vacation, Karen Lewis, president of the Chicago Teachers Union, used the French Revolution as metaphor today in talking about Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
On my WLS-AM radio show, Lewis said she envisions a "tale of two...