| Jul 20, 2014
Rahm Emanuel, the beloved mayor of Chicago, has a problem.
He's beloved by the national media, by uber-wealthy Democrats on the coasts, by reporters he served with leaks and tips in New York and Washington, and by his loyal straight man Jimmy Fallon....
| May 29, 2014
The other day, I used sustainable transport to move myself along Wabash Avenue near the Trump Tower.
Yes, I walked. Amazingly, this walking business requires no new technology, no special clothes, no helmet, not even a Divvy bike, the wheeled, powder-...
| Jul 30, 2014
On the Chicago block where that 3-year-old boy was shot in the stomach, a victim of the city's murderous gang wars, there was a woman watering her flowers.
"Please don't put my name," she said, her thumb directing the spray. "Don't put my name."
| Jun 29, 2014
Celebrity-starved Chicago is having so much fun with the museum that "Star Wars" creator George Lucas wants to build here that there is a danger of losing sight of some very basic issues: Will the museum enhance the city's lakefront or clutter it? Will...
| Jun 20, 2014
Some people are tired of the debate over the Trump sign. Not me. It's a healthy discussion, at least if you discount Donald Trump's personal attacks. The debate raises important questions about the presence of commercial signs along the evolving civic gem...
| Jul 9, 2014
| 8:30 AM
Prominent Chicago Democrats have had an easy time with the national media for decades -- as easy as shaking a ring of keys to distract an anxious child in church.
Former Mayor Richard M. Daley rode a bicycle in photo ops and put a few plants on the...
| May 29, 2014
| 8:51 PM
The Cubs are the worst team in the majors and haven't scored a run in 20 innings but Wednesday's low point of the season had little to do with baseball.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel embarrassed the Cubs behind the microphone as badly as any pitcher has on the...
| Jun 23, 2013
| 4:20 PM
"I see people out front," observes the sad-eyed man at the Second City e.t.c., "just crying."
And the locale of this carefully observed locus of human misery? A closed Chicago school? A funeral home? City Hall?
Nope — Aldi.
Crying at what? The...
| Jan 20, 2013
| 5:00 AM
Since my knee replacement surgery less than two weeks ago, I've been popping narcotic painkillers that come with long lists of potential side effects.
Among them are vomiting, hallucinating and impaired thinking.
It is perhaps that third one that made...
| Jan 7, 2014
| 4:30 PM
Nice tan, Mr. Mayor!
You came back from steamy and tropical Indonesia to a city frozen in ice and snow, where the side streets and alleys hadn't been plowed and where schoolkids were almost sent into the worst of the cold.
But Rahm Emanuel wasn't...
| Oct 6, 2013
Just as I was thinking about getting a great, thick, juicy burger — but one without any condiments that mock the sacred Christian sacrament of Holy Communion — a truly weird thing happened:
A fried chicken sandwich came to mind.