| Nov 14, 2014
| 9:56 PM
Margaret Jane Burke, a debutante from a well-to-do Irish family, was the only pre-med student at Barat College, a proper school for young Catholic women on Chicago’s North Shore. Around the coffee machine, Janie Burke regaled classmates with caustic...
| Nov 17, 2014
| 5:33 AM
The wake and funeral for former Chicago Mayor Jane Byrne's will begin at 9 a.m. Monday at a Near North Side church.
According to an announcement by Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office, those services will be Monday at St. Vincent de Paul Church, 1010 W....
| Nov 17, 2014
| 11:15 AM
Prominent Chicagoans and family members paid tribute to former Mayor Jane Byrne at her funeral Monday morning, remembering her as a feisty woman who blazed a trail — with panache.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel spoke at the funeral Mass, which was...
| Nov 20, 2014
| 3:04 PM
The Illinois Supreme Court dismissed a challenge to Chicago’s red light camera program Thursday after two judges recused themselves for unspecified reasons and the rest of the court declared it was divided.
The unusual circumstances made it...
| Nov 20, 2014
| 5:01 PM
Nearly 50 people gathered at Chicago City Hall on Thursday calling for city and school officials to try to recoup money spent on costly school borrowing deals. Some demonstrators were eventually removed by police.
The Chicago Teachers Union and other...
| Nov 21, 2014
| 8:03 PM
A city zoning panel Friday gave a thumbs-up to six more medical marijuana dispensaries in Chicago while denying one proposal and putting off decisions on six others.
Prospective medical marijuana dealers made their pitches to the Zoning Board of Appeals...
| Nov 25, 2014
| 9:29 PM
Hundreds of protesters marched Tuesday night through downtown, chanting and making speeches over a loudspeaker about Ferguson, Mo., and Michael Brown, after spending much of the day hunkered down outside Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office.
The march, much of...
| Nov 26, 2014
| 11:50 AM
A group of activists who worked to shut down two Southwest Side coal-burning power plants charged Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday with overstating his involvement in the closings in a re-election campaign ad they called on him to stop airing....
| Nov 28, 2014
| 5:46 AM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel has received $400,000 in political donations that he was able to keep only because the state's campaign contribution limits were eliminated through the actions of an obscure candidate who threatened to run, but didn't.
| Dec 2, 2014
| 4:30 AM
Illinois this week could be headed toward two minimum wages — one for Chicago and another for the rest of the state — amid a high-stakes political battle at City Hall and the Capitol.
The City Council is scheduled to vote Tuesday at a...
| Dec 1, 2014
| 3:00 PM
During a special Chicago City Council meeting Tuesday to press for a hike in the minimum wage, the aldermen will expound about fairness. About poverty. About justice. The argument for raising the minimum wage will be rooted in populist politics, not in...