| Sep 10, 2014
| 3:00 AM
Aldermen allied with Mayor Rahm Emanuel are moving to swap one inspector general for another as Chicago politicians jockey for the mantle of ethics reform heading into next year’s city elections.
Details were being negotiated late Tuesday, but the...
| Sep 9, 2014
| 7:28 AM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel will announce a plan Tuesday to give Inspector General Joseph Ferguson oversight of the Public Building Commission, taking a step toward honoring a pledge he made during his 2011 election campaign to give the inspector general's...
| Sep 7, 2014
We've often wondered if Faisal Khan knew what he was getting into when he accepted the job as Chicago's first legislative watchdog. Now we know.
"I cannot believe the third biggest metropolis in this country has operated in terms of ethics the way...
| Sep 3, 2014
| 4:11 PM
Allegations of criminal misconduct by Chicago aldermen are being reviewed by county, state and federal prosecutors, the City Council’s internal watchdog said Wednesday.
“We have cases currently pending...that hopefully will result in...
| Jul 30, 2014
| 8:06 AM
Illinois' most high-profile Democrats have pushed in recent months to increase the minimum wage—but experts have offered mixed opinions on whether they will actually be successful, considering the looming election season.
“It depends on what...
| Jul 30, 2014
One of Chicago's best-known and most reprehensible aldermanic quotes is that "Chicago ain't ready for reform." Then-Ald. Mathias "Paddy" Bauler's (1935-1943 and 1947-1967) legendary resistance to cleaning up city government stamped the City Council as the...
| 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 10, 2014
| 9:31 AM
The Chicago Cubs' quest to offer free remote parking this season will face its toughest challenge later this month.
The team will bring its plan before the Chicago Zoning Board of Appeals on June 20, as it has formally requested a special-use permit...
| 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...
| 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...
| Jun 8, 2014
| 7:36 PM
On June 2, Seattle's city council raised its minimum wage to $15 an hour.
Exactly one week later, Mayor Emanuel's working group on the minimum wage will have its first public hearing to discuss a wage increase in Chicago.
Monday night's hearing is the...