| Mar 7, 2013
The assassinated Chicago Mayor Anton Cermak, who died 80 years ago this week, is often portrayed by official histories as just an innocent victim of bad luck and bad aim.
But Chicagoans don't believe in coincidences, not even us chumbolones,...
| Mar 7, 2013
When the Illinois Supreme Court acted to fill a vacancy on the Cook County bench this year, it looked no further than the chambers of one of its own — Justice Charles Freeman.
There the high court found law clerk Jean Cocozza.
Cocozza got her...
| Mar 13, 2013
| 2:36 PM
The chairman of the City Council’s Finance Committee today called for hearings into allegations that Chicago’s red-light camera contract was likely built on a $2 million bribery scheme.
The company, Redflex Traffic Systems Inc., already is...
| 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...
| Sep 9, 2013
| 3:53 PM
A decades-old requirement for Chicago gun owners to register their firearms will soon be off the books after a panel of aldermen on Monday recommended repealing it.
If the full City Council agrees as expected on Wednesday, it will be the first time in...
| 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...
| Nov 27, 2013
| 9:14 AM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Ald. Edward Burke introduced a plan Tuesday to limit where medical marijuana dispensaries and growing operations can set up shop in the city after the drug becomes legal Jan. 1.
The proposal would require special use permits...
| Dec 9, 2013
| 12:13 PM
The City Council Finance Committee today recommended placing three citywide questions on the March primary ballot in a move that will block a long-sought attempt by foes of Mayor Rahm Emanuel to ask voters if they want an elected school board.
| Dec 9, 2013
| 3:16 PM
A measure to regulate increasingly popular electronic cigarettes in Chicago in the same way as tobacco products ran into City Council opposition and went nowhere Monday despite the support of Mayor Rahm Emanuel and a powerful alderman.
A mayoral plan to...
| Apr 19, 2013
| 1:32 PM
Saturday, April 20
Bass Buddies: Painting Like the Masters. Designed for children 4-6, art class allows participants to explore their creative side with painting, drawing or sculpting and may include a science experiment, museum...
| May 7, 2013
| 8:06 PM
Eighty years ago, Chicago Mayor Anton Cermak was assassinated, an anniversary that some, like Ald. Edward Burke, 14th, say does not receive enough attention.
But on Thursday, a school in Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, will remember Cermak by...