| 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...
| Apr 30, 2015
| 5:00 PM
I've got some bad news for Mayor Rahm Emanuel from NFL "Draft Town."
There were little kids running on the grass in the park on Thursday, just before the great reality TV show began.
And the kids were not only running on the grass but kicking it,...
| 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...
| Jan 27, 2015
| 8:18 PM
It didn't take Mayor Rahm Emanuel long on Tuesday to let Chicago know who he's worried about in the campaign for mayor:
Jesus "Chuy" Garcia, the Cook County commissioner and former alderman.
How do I know? Rahm didn't tell me. But the mayor's campaign...
| Apr 24, 2015
| 12:12 PM
A public service announcement: If you live in a Chicago apartment or condo building that DOES NOT offer recycling, please go to MyBuildingDoesntRecycle.com.
You will not be alone.
Since Claire Micklin launched the site in late January, more than 1,700...
| Apr 23, 2015
| 4:21 PM
Any day now, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel should be receiving a mysterious package wrapped in brown paper.
Don't worry, Rahm. It's not that dead fish you sent your political enemies in the days before you became Nice and Cuddly Rahm.
There are no dead...
| Jan 16, 2015
| 3:36 PM
President Barack Obama wants his library built in a Chicago park.
Why else would Mayor Rahm Emanuel organize two public hearings — with more than 1,000 people in the audience and two of his opponents at the microphone six weeks before an...
| 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...