| Dec 5, 2014
| 5:06 PM
Major U.S. industries have lined up heavy hitting lobbyists over influential Ald. Ed Burke's proposal to require scores of Chicago gas stations to offer fuel with higher levels of ethanol.
The battle has been brewing for months, pitting big...
| 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...
| 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 3, 2014
| 6:13 PM
Ever since Rahm Emanuel took control of City Hall, replacing a mayor who pushed the City Council to approve protected landmark status for Wrigley Field, the Cubs have pretty much had their way with plans for the venerable, now century-old, ballpark.
| 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...
| Nov 7, 2014
| 7:03 PM
Last week's unveiling of plans for a Lucas Museum of Narrative Art crystallized what until now had been a disagreement about a controversial location and a structure of unknown size. The first concern will fester until the museum is sited somewhere else....
| Nov 8, 2014
| 3:07 PM
The story of the cabdriver and the politician isn't an epic Chicago political saga.
It's only a paragraph or two. But it illustrates a huge problem facing Mayor Rahm Emanuel as he seeks re-election in Chicago.
A prominent old school Chicago...
| 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 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 17, 2014
| 2:13 PM
Scores of aldermen, election attorneys and campaign volunteers formed a long line that snaked through the basement of the Dunne Cook County Office Building on Monday morning as they waited to be among the first to file petition signatures to get on the...