| Sep 10, 2014
| 3:00 AM
The Chicago City Council meets today, with aldermen expected to introduce a proposal to change regulations of single-room occupancy hotels and vote on measures creating a special taxing district in Washington Park and urging the federal government to...
| Sep 4, 2014
| 9:38 AM
A company that wants to convert the former Sun-Times printing plant into a large-scale data center would get an $11.4 million property tax break under a deal a Chicago City Council committee endorsed Thursday. QTS plans to spend up to $500 million over...
| 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 –...
| Aug 26, 2014
| 3:01 PM
Minimum wage, as I know it, is not intended to be a figure that will support families. It is supposed to be a fair wage for some entry-level positions, being paid to someone who does not as yet have advanced clerical or technical skills.
It is hoped,...
| 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 25, 2014
| 2:11 PM
Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn on Monday vetoed legislation that would have established statewide regulations on ride-sharing services that compete with taxis, saying he didn’t want to put in place a “one-size-fits-all approach” on an...
| Aug 26, 2014
| 6:34 PM
Four years after Mayor Richard M. Daley announced he wouldn't seek another term, the door has opened for his nephew to try for a Chicago City Council seat from the family's ancestral home in Bridgeport.
Patrick Daley Thompson made it known Tuesday that...
| 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...
| Aug 14, 2014
| 3:19 AM
Almost 11 months after an ordinance took effect to protect tenants in foreclosed, repossessed rental buildings within Chicago, no enforcement tickets have been issued or fines assessed against building owners.
One reason is that some of the banks taking...
| Aug 17, 2014
The Chicago City Council last month put a temporary moratorium on tearing down single-room-occupancy hotels or converting them to other uses. Some aldermen plan to propose a law that would preserve the supply of very-low-rent housing. Here is one of two...
| Aug 6, 2014
| 10:00 PM
She was a fourth-grader who stopped showing up at her South Side school in 2010. She lived with relatives in a dirty, unkempt house. She became pregnant. In fourth grade.
The Tribune uncovered her horrific story while researching truancy rates at...