| 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...
| 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...
| 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...
| Feb 5, 2015
| 2:00 PM
I love Andrew Johnson's voice.
His soothing, Scottish voice, counting me down 10 ... 9 ... 8 ... into "a gentle state of relaxation."
Imagine Sean Connery calmly whispering into your ear.
That's Andrew Johnson.
My co-worker uses him to fall...
| Feb 4, 2015
Most Americans get the wrong idea about Chicago, but that's not Chicago's fault.
Instead, the fault belongs to the national Sunday TV talk shows, where pundits make a great fuss of smooching powerful political behinds.
And when Chicago Democratic...
| Dec 19, 2014
| 5:56 PM
When Mayor Rahm Emanuel last week pronounced the proposed Wanda Vista tower by architect Jeanne Gang “a great building,” he didn’t just misjudge a promising but problematic preliminary design for what would be one of Chicago’s...
| 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.