| May 2, 2012
| 6:03 PM
An Illinois Senate committee on Wednesday rejected a measure that would force local government to pick up the tab when it gives an ex-lawmaker a big paycheck to fatten his pension.
The bill passed the House on a 110-0 vote in March. The legislation...
| 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...
| Jun 22, 2011
| 11:07 AM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel said today he's not focusing on the size of Ald. Edward Burke's bodyguard detail, which he suggested during the mayoral campaign would need to be cut in the spirit of shared sacrifice.
Emanuel said he's concentrating on getting large...
| Sep 13, 2011
| 9:46 AM
Former Mayor Richard Daley's security detail has been reduced to three police officers, two of whom will be on call to transport former first lady Maggie Daley to and from doctor appointments and the hospital, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said today.
| Oct 12, 2011
| 1:59 PM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel today called for raising water fees to repair an aging system, hiring new police and putting in place a congestion tax on downtown parking.
The new mayor delivered his first budget address to theChicago City Council and said change...
| 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...
| Nov 16, 2011
| 11:19 AM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel's budget passed the Chicago City Council unanimously today, handing the mayor a major victory in his first year on the job.
The 50-0 vote sets the city down a path next year of fee increases, layoffs of city workers and other belt-...
| Oct 24, 2011
| 1:56 PM
A Chicago cab fare hike could be in store after an influential aldermen on Monday floated the idea and city officials said they are reviewing the taxi fare structure.
Ald. Edward Burke said a $1-a-ride fare hike could pump tens of millions of dollars...
| Jul 5, 2011
| 2:19 PM
A powerful alderman has dropped his opposition to a bump in entrance fees at the Adler Planetarium in light of the museum’s decision to exempt Chicago children from the increase.
Ald. Edward Burke, 14th, said there is no longer a need to fight...
| Jul 5, 2011
| 2:38 PM
The recent controversy over Ald. Edward Burke’s bodyguard detail has focused attention on Chicago’s politically rancorous Council Wars era, and Burke himself nodded toward that time during discussions today about the city’s upcoming...
| 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....