| Sep 11, 2012
| 4:15 AM
Chicago aldermen have recommended that the city pay out $950,000 to an 80-year-old man who said he confessed to a 1951 rape after police tortured him.
Oscar Walden Jr., an African American, spent 50 years professing his innocence in the brutal rape and...
| Jun 5, 2012
| 11:21 AM
Ald. Edward Burke stirred a conflict today with Native Americans, even as he sought reconciliation with descendants of the Potawatomi tribe members who fought the U.S. military and early area settlers in the Battle of Fort Dearborn.
| Jun 6, 2012
| 10:13 AM
Chicago aldermen were busy handing out recognition on Wednesday for the successful NATO summit.
Councilman praised Mayor Emanuel, Police Supt. Garry McCarthy, Fire Commissioner Jose Santiago, and other officials for their handling of the summit.
| 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...
| Jun 18, 2012
| 1:50 PM
Ald. Ed Burke is not too keen on the mayor's proposal to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana, partly because because he is "very concerned with anything that gives kids the idea that this is not a bad thing to do." But Mayor Emanuel and...
| Jun 20, 2012
| 10:02 AM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel today threw his support behind a plan to ask voters if the city should try to negotiate cheaper electric rates for residents and small retailers.
The question seems likely to appear on the November ballot.
Two of the City Council&...
| Jun 22, 2012
| 1:02 PM
A plan to ask voters if they want the city to negotiate lower electricity rates on behalf of homeowners was endorsed Friday by the City Council Finance Committee, setting the stage for final approval Wednesday.
The referendum question would go on the...
| Jun 27, 2012
| 2:05 PM
Chicago voters will get to decide this fall whether they want the city to negotiate lower electricity rates on their behalf.
The City Council today voted to put a referendum on the issue on the Nov. 6 ballot.
If approved by voters, Mayor Rahm Emanuel&...
| 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...
| Jul 8, 2012
For decades, state lawmakers have drawn criticism when they leave the Legislature and take another government gig with a fat salary that greatly boosts their public pensions, but soon the state might be on the hook for less of those retirement costs for a...
| Jul 25, 2012
| 4:13 PM
Federal grand jurors have sought records of legislative scholarships handed out by Democratic state Rep. Dan Burke of Chicago, a sign that authorities kept up a probe of the tuition waiver program even as legislators were moving to end it this spring.