| Feb 8, 2014
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......
| Nov 18, 2012
The death of Chicago's first black mayor was marked by tears of sorrow, words of praise — and down-and-dirty politicking.
A few days after Harold Washington had a fatal heart attack in his City Hall office, 25 years ago Nov. 25, a Tribune reporter...
| Mar 11, 2011
| 3:30 PM
Writer Theodore Dreiser lived in Glendale twice. During his first sojourn here, around 1920, he started on a book but became frustrated and departed for New York to do more research. The result, “An American Tragedy” was published to great...
| Apr 15, 2011
| 9:20 PM
The letters from Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan are short and to the point.
"Dear Judge," begins one, written on Madigan's General Assembly stationery. "I believe that these people would be excellent members of the judiciary."
Tucked into the...
| Apr 30, 2011
You don't think of Mayor Richard Daley as a City Council greenhorn. But on April 26, 1989, that's what he was.
His first City Council meeting brought out an audience; people waited in line for seats.
They saw a quiet show. A police officer was honored...
| 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...
| 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...
| 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...
| Jun 7, 2011
| 11:11 AM
Powerful Ald. Edward Burke today called for a hearing on a proposal by the Adler Planetarium to raise admission fees.Speaking at a meeting of the council Committee on Special Events, Cultural Affairs and Recreation, Burke said the Chicago Park District...
| Dec 12, 2011
| 3:18 PM
A City Council committee today approved paying more than $3 million to settle two cases of alleged misconduct that, according to one key alderman, indicated “a troubling pattern” in Chicago Police Department lockups.
Police and civilian...
| Dec 13, 2011
| 12:08 PM
Starting tomorrow, the sale of synthetic marijuana becomes illegal in Chicago, Ald. Edward Burke, 14th, and Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced today.
"The Chicago ordinance will close the legal loophole that's permitted these dangerous products...