| Dec 29, 2014
| 3:34 PM
Mayoral challenger Jesus "Chuy" Garcia promised to show "unprecedented levels of violence in Chicago" during a Monday news conference attacking Mayor Rahm Emanuel's record on crime, but instead used a narrow set of statistics that dates back only four...
| Dec 22, 2014
| 3:00 AM
Nearly half of the Chicago red light cameras included in a new Tribune study did nothing to make drivers safer and may have caused an increase in injury-related crashes.
Researchers hired by the Tribune to analyze the effects of the city's cameras...
| Dec 19, 2014
| 7:38 PM
After examining the Tribune's study of crash rates at red light camera intersections, the Emanuel administration has conceded that there was a key flaw in its own claim in October that right-angle crashes at such intersections were down 47 percent.
| Dec 30, 2014
| 10:38 AM
From a wintry deep freeze to the opening of a new pool, 2014 was another year of ups, downs and contrasts in Park Ridge.
While the city continued its financial struggles as a result of a failed Uptown development, philanthropy remained ever-present,...
| Jan 1, 2015
| 7:06 AM
As 2014 comes to an end, the Lake Forester looks back at the biggest stories we reported on this year.
Proposal to make Metra station safer stalls without funding
A city report specifying exactly how much money would be required to upgrade the West Lake...
| Dec 12, 2014
| 3:16 AM
When Mayor Rahm Emanuel picked Kurt Summers Jr. as city treasurer, he catapulted the little-known, 35-year-old, Harvard-educated investment banker into a prominent city post that could set him on a trajectory to one day run for higher office.
| Dec 2, 2014
| 2:55 PM
First Ward Alderman Tina Bohman is sponsoring an open house Wednesday for First Ward residents to learn more about the proposed waste hauling program for Aurora residents.
The open house will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Marywood Community Center,...
| Nov 13, 2014
| 2:54 PM
An Ethiopian restaurant, a condo property management firm and a vegan catering company in Chicago have one thing in common: Their owners are thankful they got loans to start or expand their businesses when other options failed.
The small loans came...
| Nov 8, 2014
| 3:07 PM
The story of the cabdriver and the politician isn't an epic Chicago political saga.
It's only a paragraph or two. But it illustrates a huge problem facing Mayor Rahm Emanuel as he seeks re-election in Chicago.
A prominent old school Chicago...
| Nov 14, 2014
| 12:19 PM
Jane Byrne, whose blizzard-stoked victory in Chicago's 1979 mayoral election made her the city's first female mayor and who broke the grip of former Mayor Richard J. Daley's Democratic patronage machine, has died. She was 81.
Byrne died Friday at a...
| Nov 14, 2014
| 9:56 PM
Margaret Jane Burke, a debutante from a well-to-do Irish family, was the only pre-med student at Barat College, a proper school for young Catholic women on Chicago’s North Shore. Around the coffee machine, Janie Burke regaled classmates with caustic...