| Apr 9, 2015
| 4:40 PM
Less than two hours after the polls closed on Tuesday, it was clear that Rahm Emanuel had won Chicago's first mayoral runoff election. Quick, now: Who won the City Council?
A cursory nose count shows a lopsided majority comprised of aldermen who have...
| Feb 24, 2015
| 9:18 PM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel and challenger Jesus "Chuy" Garcia will have plenty of company as they prep for an April 7 showdown. Roughly one-third of Chicago's wards are headed for City Council runoffs — more than the city saw in 2011. That magic number of...
| Feb 4, 2015
| 6:19 PM
As the city Department of Streets and Sanitation started moving snow piles to vacant lots and city property on Wednesday, some Chicago residents were still wondering when they would see the pavement of their streets.
Streets and Sanitation spokeswoman...
| Nov 10, 2014
| 9:47 AM
After years of contentious budget hearings about proposed service cuts, increases in the prices of unlimited ride passes and the rocky transition to the Ventra fare payment system, the looming public hearing for the CTA’s 2015 budget should be...
| Nov 19, 2014
| 4:36 PM
The Chicago City Council on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s 2015 budget, a $7.3 billion spending plan that includes some tax increases but puts off dealing with the city’s most vexing financial woes until after next...
| Nov 29, 2014
| 5:07 AM
While Chicago aldermen press to boost the wages of the city's lowest-paid workers as they enter campaign season, half of those seeking another term on the City Council also have seen fit to accept their own pay increase.
In all, 28 of the city's 50...
| Nov 12, 2014
| 2:15 PM
Owners of single-room-occupancy hotels in Chicago will not be able to so easily evict residents and convert their properties to market-rate apartments, under an ordinance approved Wednesday by the Chicago City Council.
By a vote of 47-2, aldermen...
| Oct 8, 2014
| 9:37 PM
Five aldermen well-versed in Chicago's transportation issues on Wednesday called for yet another study to examine the feasibility and cost of launching high-quality airport express train service for O'Hare International Airport, Union Station and...
| May 28, 2014
They're called single-room-occupancy hotels or residential hotels, and the frequently dilapidated structures are often the housing of last resort for those down on their luck, a step away from homelessness or a shelter.
The buildings also are a slowly...
| Jul 16, 2014
| 12:07 PM
CTA president Forrest Claypool said Wednesday the agency has no plans to restore a controversial 2012 cut of Lincoln Avenue bus service despite a North Side alderman's push to have service reinstated.
"We have no plans to change our previous crowding...
| Jun 20, 2014
| 5:12 PM
The Chicago Cubs on Friday won city permission to keep operating a remote parking lot in the increasingly upscale North Center neighborhood, despite opposition from the local aldermen and residents about its impact on their area.
But the Zoning Board of...