| Jun 6, 2014
| 11:02 AM
A group of medical professionals, grassroots criminal justice activists and public officials will gather in Navy Pier this weekend to discuss and debate issues surrounding the use of medical marijuana, officials said.
The Chicago Cannabis Conference...
| Jul 31, 2014
Friday's print column 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....
| 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 25, 2014
| 1:56 PM
The Chicago City Council unanimously approved an ordinance Tuesday that would place strict limits on gun stores, forcing them to video-record sales and restrict gun buyers to one purchase a month in a city plagued with violence.
Pat Corcoran, a...
| 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...
| Jun 25, 2014
| 3:45 PM
An indoor sports center, bigger than two football fields and partially funded with federal disaster relief tied to Hurricane Ike, could be headed to Chicago’s Pullman neighborhood under a proposal unveiled Wednesday in Chicago City Council....