| 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 19, 2015
| 7:44 PM
Chicago is hemorrhaging cash, with impossible sums of money owed after the mayoral election, and little but smoke and sweet dreams on how to pay for it.
What's absolutely amazing is that the mayoral campaign at this stage isn't a referendum on Mayor...
| Jun 5, 2015
| 3:00 AM
Last week, Spike Lee was around town filming his movie about violence in Chicago, provisionally titled "Chiraq," or maybe "Chi-raq." And Chicago's politicians, opinion leaders and many citizens remain deeply conflicted about how to respond....
| Jun 7, 2015
How desperate is Mayor Rahm Emanuel for cash to feed a ravenous City Hall?
Let's have reader Charles V. Cerny, a retired suburban schools groundskeeper, answer this one.
Cerny wrote to me about a bizarre notice he received from the city of Chicago's...
| Mar 12, 2015
| 4:17 PM
When those baby dragons crawled upon the milky white skin of the future queen of the world — and began growling in the way of fire-breathing creatures — I just knew that "Game of Thrones" was a winner.
And now moving into its fifth season on...
| Mar 9, 2015
| 8:32 AM
Obama library officials likely will delay an announcement about the center's future home until after the April 7 mayoral runoff election, according to a source.
The Chicago City Council is expected to vote March 18 to allow a transfer of 20 acres of...
| Feb 25, 2015
Take a bow, Chumbolone Nation.
I knew you could do it. You've made Chicago a national political story simply by standing up for yourselves.
When I asked you over the weekend to consider the impossible and force a mayoral runoff, an amazing thing...
| May 31, 2015
| 5:25 PM
The CTA and the city of Chicago are surveying thousands of passengers who use O'Hare International Airport to learn more about their trips, focusing on how people commute to and from the airport.
The $280,000 survey that runs through June asks how...
| Feb 17, 2015
| 5:04 PM
In the days before Election Day in Chicago, I just love watching candidates working for votes in the neighborhoods, especially independent candidates fighting the power at City Hall.
And I love hearing old precinct captain stories, like the one about...
| Feb 17, 2015
| 5:29 PM
Out in the far western ranges of the city, on a stark street flanked by vacant lots and tired brick buildings, there are banners hanging on the lampposts to herald the mayor of Chicago.
You know his name.
Richard M. Daley.
The first time I saw the...
| Feb 6, 2015
| 9:57 PM
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel doesn't participate in the mayoral debates because he wants to.
He has to.
Mayor Rahmfather needs to win outright on Feb 24 to show those money guys in Washington, New York and Los Angeles that he can handle things here in...