| Sep 10, 2014
| 5:28 PM
More than two-thirds of the Chicago City Council is on board with a plan to give the city’s top watchdog the power to investigate aldermen — with at least one string attached.
Inspector General Joseph Ferguson would get the same powers he...
| Sep 12, 2014
| 5:25 PM
Chicago area communities must act soon to demand the federal government tighten proposed regulations on railroad tank cars that carry crude oil and other hazardous materials, a coalition of suburbs says.
Federal regulators especially need to close a...
| Apr 29, 2014
| 3:22 PM
More small digital advertising signs are likely to start popping up around the city for the first time in many months, but they will have to be smaller, dimmer and less flashy than those that were previously allowed.
The LED signs also would have to...
| Apr 30, 2014
| 10:09 AM
The Chicago City Council today filled the November general election ballot with enough referendums to prevent any citizen questions from being placed on all ballots in the city.
Aldermen voted to place three questions on the Nov. 4 ballot — the...
| Apr 30, 2014
| 10:48 AM
The Chicago City Council today voted 36-10 to ban plastic bags in most stores next year, a change that backers say will improve the city's environment but opponents contend will harm the local economy.
The ban, proposed by Ald. Proco “Joe”...
| Apr 23, 2014
| 1:44 PM
The Chicago City Council is finally taking up one of my pet peeves: the city's absurd rules on Sunday liquor sales. Under the current laws, liquor can't be sold before 11 AM. Under Ald. Pat O'Connor's proposal, big grocery stores would be allowed to...
| Mar 31, 2014
| 4:25 PM
A key Chicago City Council committee today endorsed paying more than $6.6 million to settle two lawsuits, one for a man who spent more than three years behind bars after police allegedly fabricated his murder confession and another for a now-disabled...
| Mar 17, 2014
| 10:20 AM
Chicago Cubs fans going to night and weekend games will be able to park free this upcoming season in a new remote lot with nearly twice as many spaces as the old one at DeVry University, the team announced today.
Setting up a new remote lot with 1,000...
| Mar 4, 2014
| 10:00 PM
She ran her own special events company for 20 years, sold vintage jewelry, studied theater in college. But, Cari Meyers says, "This part of my life is far more exciting."
Meyers is the president of The Puppy Mill Project, a nonprofit she founded in 2009...
| Mar 9, 2014
Edna Pardo worked tirelessly to improve her community, focusing much of her effort on the inequities of Illinois school finance in her longtime role as a leader of the League of Women Voters of Chicago.
"Edna was a very optimistic lady, and she really...
| May 28, 2014
| 4:54 AM
The Chicago City Council meets today, the agenda topped by Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s introduction of a plan to regulate gun sales in the city by controlling where the stores can go and requiring videotaping of sales and strict record-keeping....