| Dec 2, 2013
In more than three decades in Chicago, Keith Kelleher has helped transform the face of the local labor movement by organizing low-income workers who typically were ignored by traditional unions.
He did so by encouraging his organization to act like a...
| Nov 27, 2013
The City Council on Tuesday voted 45-5 to approve Mayor Rahm Emanuel's $7 billion budget plan, which will boost a host of taxes, fines and fees for 2014 but leaves the politically toxic property, sales and gas taxes at current levels.
It was the third...
| Nov 26, 2013
| 11:32 AM
The average Park Ridge homeowner will pay about $20 more in property taxes to the city and library next year if aldermen approve the 2013 property tax levy next month.
Aldermen on Monday night tentatively approved a total 2013 property tax levy of $20,...
| Nov 25, 2013
| 12:58 PM
A citywide ban on electronic message boards is being considered by the Park Ridge City Council as part of a massive overhaul of the community's sign ordinance.
The City Council opened debate on proposed ordinance changes at its Nov. 19 meeting. Of the...
| Nov 24, 2013
Seven Sundays ago, we launched this quest for a new Plan of Chicago with a sense of urgency and a question mark as tall as Tribune Tower: Would readers and organizations concur that intertwined challenges confront Chicago with the fourth great crisis of...
| Nov 22, 2013
| 5:20 AM
Drivers headed along Clark Street west of Wrigley Field soon could pass under a “branded” archway with advertising as part of an amended Wrigleyville overhaul plan that took a step closer to reality at City Hall on Thursday.
| Nov 22, 2013
Drivers headed along Clark Street west of Wrigley Field soon could pass under a "branded" archway with advertising as part of an amended Wrigleyville overhaul plan that took a step closer to reality at City Hall on Thursday.
The "gateway arch" would...
| Nov 20, 2013
The lawyer who organized a fundraising event at Blackbird restaurant for Mayor Rahm Emanuel might have been called a "bundler" had he collected the checks himself.
Doing so, however, could have violated a ban Emanuel has placed on such bundling of...
| Nov 19, 2013
| 4:46 PM
Work is underway on a Streeterville high-rise and hotel being developed by companies whose leadership recently made contributions to Mayor Rahm Emanuel's campaign fund. (Zbigniew Bzdak, Chicago Tribune)
On his first day in office, Mayor Rahm Emanuel...
| Nov 17, 2013
| 5:57 AM
Mike Pantelides can't go anywhere these days without being stopped.
Walking down Main Street to a meeting, he meets people offering ideas. At a post-workout stop at the drug store, someone wants to talk to him. In the Market House, a merchant offers a...
| Nov 17, 2013
"Sixty years ago, it was hard to find people who doubted that each generation would be larger than the last. ... (G)overnments and employers built optimistic growth projections into their pension programs. They assumed that revenue and the workforce would...