| Feb 9, 2014
We wish we hadn't lent our trusty Accusplit Pro to a sports writer now bivouacked in darkest Sochi. With stopwatch in hand, we could have measured to the teeny-weeny fraction the number of seconds it took Chicago aldermen Wednesday to authorize huge new...
| Feb 6, 2014
Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday proposed what would be one of the nation's first laws to license commercial ride-sharing services, a move criticized by both supporters and foes of the industry and one that leaves open some of the thorniest consumer...
| Feb 5, 2014
| 5:21 PM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel convinced all but a handful of aldermen Wednesday to allow him to borrow $900 million with no debate and without saying how much of the money would be spent.
The 43-4 vote gives the Emanuel administration the power to issue $900...
| Jan 31, 2014
| 3:20 PM
The Chicago City Council next week is expected to approve a $4.5 million payout to settle a lawsuit filed after police fatally shot an aspiring West Side rapper known as “The Saint."
Freddie “Latee” Wilson, 34, was shot 18 times by...
| Feb 1, 2014
| 4:26 PM
Former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley remained hospitalized in an intensive care unit Saturday, his law firm said.
Feeling ill, the 71-year-old Daley walked straight from a plane into an ambulance after returning to Chicago on Friday evening from a...
| Feb 2, 2014
Chicago's heart-stopping lakefront, thrumming Loop and brawny riverfront did not happen by accident or sheer luck.
This city rose from swamp to global elite because people — including famed architect Daniel Burnham and a legion of politicians,...
| Feb 4, 2014
| 1:33 PM
The Chicago City Council on Wednesday is expected to pass an ordinance requiring city contractors to self-report corruption, a proposal Mayor Rahm Emanuel has lauded as a “key reform.”
Under the measure, which the City Council’s budget...
| Feb 5, 2014
Chicago's debt debacle is so egregious that, come 2039, taxpayers still will be paying off Chicago bonds from 1993 — including money spent on public housing torn down more than a decade ago. Were you shocked that, one day before Detroit filed for...
| Jan 30, 2014
Letters to the editor from Grayslake, Deerfield and Tower Lakes.
Despite heavy snow and slippery roads, many people continue to drive as though the pavement is dry. As recent news broadcasts indicate, the result is an increase in...
| Jan 28, 2014
In a part of the West Side long marginalized by City Hall planners, officials have seized on a grand proposal for an "innovation park" that would train and employ impoverished Chicagoans in high-tech factories.
Spearheaded by labor activist Dan Swinney,...
| Jan 27, 2014
| 12:40 PM
It's just too damn cold to be outside.
That's why many Chicagoans use the pedway system downtown during the workweek. They'll walk through a maze of underground tunnels and overhead bridges to shield themselves from the subzero temps.