| Jan 27, 2014
| 2:52 PM
Politicians have a way of losing their grip on reality when it comes to marijuana. That's the problem in Chicago, where Mayor Emanuel and powerful alderman Ed Burke want to slap absurdly strict limits on medical marijuana dispensaries.
Under the new...
| Nov 26, 2013
| 12:44 PM
Betty Brewer is a petite woman with a warm smile, but last summer the grandmother stood tall against a man who allegedly tried to abduct a 12-year-old girl from a grocery in Rogers Park.
“Oh, you’re trying to take the little girl home are...
| Sep 6, 2013
| 10:26 AM
In something of an end run around the new state concealed carry gun law, Ald. Ed Burke, 14th, is pushing a city ordinance that would require all city businesses serving alcohol to prohibit firearms in their establishments.
State law prohibits the...
| Feb 13, 2013
| 1:51 PM
The Chicago City Council today voted to pay more than $5.4 million to settle three legal cases, including two involving alleged police misconduct.
In the most high-profile case, $4.1 million will be paid to the family of Flint Farmer, an unarmed man who...
| Mar 5, 2013
| 3:24 PM
The perceived dangers to children posed by often-sugary, much-caffeinated energy drinks resulted in much talk but no action Tuesday during a City Council committee hearing.
Ald. Edward Burke, 14th, has proposed banning drinks with at least 180 milligrams...
| Dec 10, 2012
| 11:51 AM
A key City Council committee today endorsed paying $6.25 million to a man who suffered brain damage and permanent disability after a drunken city worker plowed his pickup into a crowd on a Gold Coast sidewalk.
If the full council approves the payment as...
| Dec 12, 2012
| 12:44 PM
The City Council today voted to pay $6.25 million to a man who suffered brain damage and permanent disability when he was hit by a drunken city worker who plowed his pickup truck into a crowd on a Gold Coast sidewalk.
The tab for the city following the...
| Jan 15, 2013
| 10:47 AM
The City Council Finance Committee today endorsed spending $32.7 million to settle two police misconduct cases, including what may be the single largest payment of its kind in city history.
The larger settlement, now set for a Thursday vote of the...
| Nov 7, 2012
| 9:13 PM
As he looks ahead to President Barack Obama's second term, Mayor Rahm Emanuel expects funding for roads and mass transit and a push for education reform to be high on the White House's to-do list.
Not surprisingly, those agenda items also are close to...
| Dec 23, 2012
The Illinois Supreme Court in the past year kept seven politically connected judges on the Cook County bench after they were rejected by voters, a common practice the high court had pledged to curtail.
One had given more than $20,000 to the Cook County...
| Feb 7, 2013
| 2:49 PM
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s super political action committee has spent at least $660,000 for 12 days of TV ads blasting Democratic congressional candidate Debbie Halvorson’s past support from the National Rifle Association, records...