| Feb 4, 2014
| 1:33 PM
The Chicago City Council on Wednesday is expected to pass an ordinance requiring city contractors to self-report corruption, a proposal Mayor Rahm Emanuel has lauded as a “key reform.”
Under the measure, which the City Council’s budget...
| Feb 5, 2014
| 5:21 PM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel convinced all but a handful of aldermen Wednesday to allow him to borrow $900 million with no debate and without saying how much of the money would be spent.
The 43-4 vote gives the Emanuel administration the power to issue $900...
| Jan 31, 2014
| 3:20 PM
The Chicago City Council next week is expected to approve a $4.5 million payout to settle a lawsuit filed after police fatally shot an aspiring West Side rapper known as “The Saint."
Freddie “Latee” Wilson, 34, was shot 18 times by...
| Jul 28, 2013
The "Weeks in Review" feature is an open thread in which commenters can talk about any current events or cultural phenomena that have caught their attention, including but not limited to the topics brought up in our traditional roundup of......
| Feb 26, 2014
Wednesday's print column As if we’re not closely enough identified with political corruption, the Chicago area is poised to make forehead-smacking headlines around the nation the morning after the March 18 primary election. Democratic state Rep....
| Nov 11, 2012
They called him Captain Santa.
For 25 years, he sailed fresh-cut trees from the northern tip of Lake Michigan to the southwest corner of the Clark Street bridge.
For Chicagoans, his arrival meant one thing: Christmas was just around the corner.
| Dec 2, 2012
Half a century ago, the unthinkable became all too thinkable as the Soviet Union and the United States engaged in a game of chicken, played with nuclear bombs.
On Oct. 22, 1962, President John F. Kennedy went on television to announce that the Soviet...
| May 16, 2011
| 10:26 AM
Rahm Emanuel took the oath of office as Chicago's 46th mayor.
The city's new mayor then laid out the challenges ahead: Improving schools, ending gun violence and downsizing a city government taxpayers can no longer afford. And he asked Chicagoans, the...
| May 18, 2011
| 2:40 PM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel presided over his first Chicago City Council meeting today, a two hour session heavy on ceremony and new faces getting to know each other.
The rookie mayor gaveled the meeting to order on time at 10 a.m. New City Clerk Susana Mendoza...
| May 18, 2011
| 4:01 PM
South Side Ald. Howard Brookins Jr. was elected chairman of the Chicago City Council's Black Caucus today.
The 21st Ward alderman defeated Ald. Latasha Thomas, 17th, in a vote among African-American aldermen after the council meeting. Thomas declined...
| Jun 2, 2011
| 6:38 AM
In response to efforts to clean up the Chicago River, top officials at the taxpayer-funded agency that handles Cook County's sewage and stormwater have argued that the endeavor would waste money, cause global warming and lead to children drowning.