| Apr 19, 2015
| 8:23 PM
Moviemaking in this town is usually a welcomed event. City Hall is more than happy to showcase the beauty and vitality of Chicago. You know, City of Big Shoulders, Second City, Chi-town.
But Mayor Rahm Emanuel, members of the City Council and some South...
| Apr 16, 2015
| 9:38 PM
The Chicago Teachers Union said Thursday that Mayor Rahm Emanuel had "ultimate authority" over his school board's decision to award a $20.5 million no-bid contract that is now the subject of a federal investigation.
Authorities are looking into both the...
| Apr 17, 2015
| 10:44 AM
If you were Spike Lee making a movie called "Chiraq" — about the slaughter of black kids on the South Side of Chicago — where would you place your camera?
What would be your first scene?
Yes, I know Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who met Lee the...
| Apr 15, 2015
| 12:17 PM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel said he met with Spike Lee on Wednesday and expressed his displeasure with the director's decision to call a movie he's planning to film "Chiraq," which Emanuel said Lee told him would be about black-on-black violence in Chicago's...
| Apr 14, 2015
| 3:20 PM
In 2004, two days after he squeaked to re-election by 2.4 percentage points, President George W. Bush did a verbal end-zone dance at a news conference.
"I earned capital in the campaign, political capital, and now I intend to spend it," he said. "It...
| Apr 14, 2015
| 5:54 PM
The city of Chicago on Tuesday sought to put to rest one of its most persistent scandals, proposing a $5.5 million reparations fund for dozens of torture victims connected to former Chicago police Cmdr. Jon Burge and his so-called midnight crew of rogue...
| Apr 12, 2015
| 4:03 AM
Just as a victorious Rahm Emanuel was about to step on stage to accept re-election accolades from a raucous crowd at a Near West Side plumbers union hall, he got a call. Bruce Rauner, his friend and Illinois' new governor, was on the line.
"We had a...
| Apr 21, 2015
| 7:20 AM
PARMA, MO. The drugstore is long gone. So, too, are the bank and the barbershop, the opry house and the hardware store.
All that is left of downtown are collapsed awnings, caved-in ceilings and broken windowpanes of century-old buildings.
And now that...
| Mar 25, 2015
"The people feared the mayor of Chicago and flinched when he became angry. Later, after proper conditioning, they were told to love him. And this is how we lived through the Festivus of Rahm Love."
That's how I imagine the inscription will read when...
| Mar 23, 2015
| 8:57 AM
Evanston officials have made headway on a design plan for Evanston's Fountain Square, the city's "Town Center," located at the intersection of Davis Street and Orrington and Sherman avenues.
They now hope community members will provide feedback on the...
| Mar 23, 2015
| 2:40 PM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Monday sought to deflect criticism about his $20 million campaign fund stocked with six-figure contributions from wealthy Republican donors by highlighting the support he's received from several unions.
The mayor joined members...