| Jan 26, 2012
| 2:52 PM
The City Council Latino Caucus is opening its tent to non-Latino aldermen who represent --- or soon might represent --- wards with sizable Hispanic populations.
The eight-member group will extend invitations to seven more aldermen who are not...
| May 17, 2011
| 7:44 PM
On his first full day in office, Mayor Rahm Emanuel proclaimed he's already figured out how to cut $75 million from his predecessor's final budget, just as he said he would.
"These figures are not based … on assumptions of what might or might not...
| Mar 30, 2012
SPRINGFIELD — A local government that gives an ex-lawmaker a fat paycheck would have to pick up the costs of any automatic increase in his state pension under a proposal the House passed overwhelmingly Thursday.
House Republican leader Tom Cross of...
| Dec 14, 2011
| 10:31 AM
The City Council today agreed to pay nearly $3.9 million to settle four lawsuits that alleged misconduct by Chicago police and civilian detention aides, but not before an influential alderman said the actions by cops in the cases left him with “a...
| Jun 18, 2012
| 12:52 PM
An influential Chicago alderman said today he's not yet ready to sign off on Mayor Rahm Emanuel's proposal to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana.
Although Ald. Edward Burke, 14th, didn’t rule out backing the mayor’s...
| May 4, 2011
| 6:40 PM
Chicago aldermen spent hours Wednesday offering homages to the departing Mayor Richard Daley, lauding his civic passion, political guts and even his my-way-or-the-highway tendencies.
The abundant praise from all but a few City Council members was...
| Jun 27, 2012
| 11:55 AM
The Chicago City Council overwhelmingly voted today to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana possession.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s proposal passed 44-3, allowing Chicago police to issue pot-possession tickets starting Aug. 4. The move makes...
| Oct 19, 2011
| 1:04 PM
One of the City Council’s most powerful members today questioned two key ways Mayor Rahm Emanuel has proposed to generate millions of dollars in revenue that would help close the city’s wide budget gap.
Ald. Edward Burke, 14th, said he wanted...
| Feb 15, 2012
| 7:15 PM
Some of the City Council’s most influential aldermen proposed a crackdown today on crowd participation at council meetings that would ban everything from signs and posters to clapping and booing in the public gallery.
“No demonstration of...
| Feb 16, 2012
| 3:52 PM
The same aldermen who proposed new rules to limit crowd participation at City Council meetings said today they're in no hurry to see the rules enacted.
“I don’t know if we are going to rush a hearing on it, actually,” said Ald....
| Dec 16, 2011
All it took for former state Rep. Robert Molaro to nearly double his public pension was spending one month as an aide to Ald. Ed Burke, the powerful chairman of the Chicago City Council's Finance Committee.
Among Molaro's duties: Write a 19-page white...