| Sep 2, 2014
| 12:52 PM
Smokers may no longer be allowed to light up cigarettes as they watch bands play at Lollapalooza, Pitchfork, Riot Fest or North Coast music festivals in Chicago.
That’s if a push to ban smoking in the city’s nearly 600 city parks –...
| Sep 15, 2014
| 2:40 PM
A Chicago developer is moving forward to put a boutique hotel, data center and retail in the South Loop, the final piece of a massive redevelopment in the next few years.
James McHugh Construction officials are hoping the new plan will resolve a year-...
| 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...
| Jul 10, 2014
Louis Reinhart was born in 1914, the year Wrigley Field was built. This year, they turned 100 together.
You might have read about Reinhart, the retired Metamora farmer who was invited to deliver the game ball on Opening Day at the stadium to celebrate...
| Aug 1, 2014
You'd think licensed dispensaries for medical marijuana were all-ages opium dens from the wariness bordering on paranoia with which state and local officials are grudgingly preparing for them to open.
A year ago Friday, Gov. Pat Quinn signed into law...
| Aug 1, 2014
Just how dumb does the Chicago City Council believe its constituents to be?
Really, really dumb.
Aldermen on Wednesday approved an ordinance that weakens their own inspector general. They hope Chicago voters will believe the baloney that the City...
| Jul 23, 2014
A Chicago developer that has been among the most active firms behind the conversion of dilapidated, very-low-income housing into market-rate apartments is teaming with the city to offer more than four dozen subsidized units to Chicagoans who make no...
| Jul 21, 2014
| 7:18 PM
A group of aldermen said Monday they will ask City Hall's top watchdog to investigate Chicago's beleaguered red light camera program following a Tribune investigation that revealed a series of suspicious ticket spikes around the city that tagged thousands...
| Jul 3, 2014
| 11:41 PM
Ald. Deb Mell, 33rd, announced Thursday on Twitter that she and her wife, Christin Baker, are ending their marriage.
Mell, the first openly lesbian alderman in the Chicago City Council, was a voice in the fight for same-sex marriage in Illinois when she...
| Jul 8, 2014
| 5:20 AM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s task force recommended Monday that Chicago’s minimum wage be ramped up to $13 an hour by 2018, an idea that comes as City Hall faces pressure to act on the issue while Democrats nationally try to make income disparity a...
| Jun 23, 2014
| 2:03 PM
Chicago's proposal for "big data" collection boxes to observe our mobile devices as we move around the city is a really bad idea. There is no guarantee that someone somewhere won’t identify and track us individually in the future, either a...