| Aug 19, 2014
| 11:07 AM
A committee of Orland Park trustees Monday endorsed replacing a ban on the sale of commercially bred pets passed in Cook County earlier this year with a local ordinance focusing on disclosure requirements.
The village began considering the issue in...
| 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 11, 2014
In the past 30 years, 32 Chicago aldermen have gone to jail. Clearly there's a desperate need for oversight. When I agreed to police the City Council in 2011 as legislative inspector general I made it clear that I was not going to be a lap dog, despite...
| Jul 30, 2014
| 10:33 AM
The Chicago City Council today approved a 911 phone line fee increase without dissent.
The fee hike will hit nearly all Chicago residents in September and October just months before the February city elections. The idea is that the 911 fee hike will help...
| Jul 30, 2014
| 1:43 PM
The redevelopment of single-room-occupancy hotels and residential hotels within Chicago will largely come to a halt until early next year, now that the Chicago City Council has passed a six-month moratorium related to those projects.
| Mar 20, 2013
For 23 years, Chicago Tribune photographer Nancy Stone has chronicled the stories of people, presidents and continents. She answered three questions with Trib Nation.
What stories stick out?
There are so many amazing stories that I have covered over...
| Jun 17, 2013
| 9:07 PM
WASHINGTON — Lawyers for former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., who will be sentenced July 3 for looting his campaign treasury of about $750,000, said Monday that if both Jackson and his wife, Sandi Jackson, are sent to prison, he’d like to serve...
| Jun 21, 2013
| 7:06 AM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel has refused to ban soda from City Hall vending machines and has not joined the push to limit the size of sugary drinks people can buy, citing the importance of “personal responsibility.”
That philosophy apparently does not...
| Mar 7, 2013
The assassinated Chicago Mayor Anton Cermak, who died 80 years ago this week, is often portrayed by official histories as just an innocent victim of bad luck and bad aim.
But Chicagoans don't believe in coincidences, not even us chumbolones,...
| Aug 14, 2013
| 9:07 PM
WASHINGTON – The end of the Jackson family political dynasty arrived Wednesday as a Chicago power couple ready-made for the cameras learned the next few years of their lives will be spent taking turns in prison.
Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.,...
| Sep 11, 2013
| 4:42 PM
The embattled Metra board will lose yet another member after a severance scandal that engulfed the commuter rail agency this past summer, officials said Wednesday.
Board member William Widmer will leave the agency as soon as Cook County commissioners...