| Jul 17, 2013
Poor Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan.
She's apparently suffering from Logic Deficit Disorder, even as her father, Boss Madigan, is mired in the $700,000 Metra hush-money scandal that has been taken apart in the past few weeks by the Tribune.
| Dec 6, 2012
Many in Chicago were upset when they heard Mayor Rahm Emanuel was cutting a deal over the federal civil jury's decision involving the big cop who beat the tiny female bartender.
But perhaps no one is as upset as Dr. Joseph R. Lentino, 66, a retired...
| Oct 11, 2013
| 7:00 AM
The news that 72 Dominick's supermarkets are going out of business in the Chicago area is, to some, purely a business story. But this one is about more than spreadsheets and accounting programs.
I grew up in the grocery business. I've seen the promise...
| Jul 25, 2013
England has a new royal baby, Prince George.
But in Chicago, where English kings are frowned upon, we have plenty of royal babies of our own.
And they aren't mere figureheads. They're Democrats with real power, from great houses that grab public...
| Oct 19, 2012
American politicians are always on the lookout for "new sources of revenue," which sounds a lot nicer than "sinking their fangs into our necks." But however you describe it, they just can't stop sucking our blood with their unending tax increases on the...
| Apr 10, 2013
Jim Reynolds, who grew up in Englewood and is among this city's business elite, always has known that side of Chicago.
He also knows the jolt that comes when someone, especially someone who has grown up here, first has their eyes opened and the city's...
| Apr 7, 2012
In 1938, after voters recalled L.A.'s crooked mayor, Frank Shaw, it's said that someone planted a sign on the City Hall lawn: "Under new management." The new ownership of the Dodgers needs no sign. The purchase, by a Chicago financial service company at a...
| Aug 21, 2013
For a man who cultivates the aura of a guy who knows everything, Mayor Rahm Emanuel didn't know all that much in the matter of Amer Ahmad.
Or so he says.
Ahmad is one of his former golden boy financial whizzes, the onetime deputy treasurer of Ohio who...
| Aug 22, 2013
| 7:08 PM
There's nothing quite like inserting a can of beer into a chicken while you're contemplating how politicians treat us taxpayers.
A week before the big Labor Day barbecue weekend, our politicos are positively grill-tastic, preparing for the fall...
| Oct 24, 2013
| 1:11 PM
A Chicago alderman has come up with a great idea that every taxpayer — except the Little Bike People — will love:
A $25 city registration fee for adults riding bikes in Chicago.
It's a great idea, but it doesn't go far enough.
| Sep 5, 2013
| 7:12 PM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel has worked for years to be seen as the smartest guy in the room, the guy with the answers and the plans and the ruthless inside moves.
But he has a big problem now. That smartest-guy-in-the-room shtick has become his liability. And...