| Aug 13, 2014
| 3:13 PM
If our buildings reflect us as truly as a mirror, as the architect Louis Sullivan once said, the image emanating from Chicago's run-down James R. Thompson Center speaks with painful honesty about the sad state of the state of Illinois.
| Aug 6, 2014
| 9:25 AM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel's new point person for Chicago Public Schools is Arnie Rivera, a former district administrator and deputy chief of staff to two CPS chief executives.
Rivera, 34, takes over as deputy chief of staff for education from Beth Swanson, who...
| Aug 13, 2014
| 5:50 AM
A contingent of City Hall lawyers and officials appeared in a tiny hearing room to defend the city’s automated traffic ticket program during a three-hour hearing at which an administrative judge said he is throwing out tickets because yellow light...
| Jul 9, 2014
| 10:07 AM
Margaret Hicks has a simple message for visitors to Chicago and natives alike: Look up.
Better yet, look up and look closely at all the rich ornamentation adorning so many classic buildings in the Loop. Here, take these binoculars, take a moment —...
| Jun 29, 2014
Celebrity-starved Chicago is having so much fun with the museum that "Star Wars" creator George Lucas wants to build here that there is a danger of losing sight of some very basic issues: Will the museum enhance the city's lakefront or clutter it? Will...
| Jul 18, 2014
Republican governor candidate Bruce Rauner issued his most expansive plan yet to deal with Illinois' finances, proposing Thursday to phase out the state's 2011 income tax hike, broaden the state sales tax to include some services and freeze local property...
| Jun 26, 2014
| 1:02 PM
A Chicago alderman has put forward a proposal he says is the first step toward requiring the City Council to agree not to rehire city employees fired for misconduct.
Ald. Patrick O'Connor, 40th, introduced a resolution to the City Council this week...
| Jul 11, 2014
In covering the recent groundbreaking for a Whole Foods grocery store in Englewood , the Tribune described it as a "socio-economic experiment." If this were a stand-alone project, parachuted into the neighborhood, that description might be accurate. But...
| Jun 25, 2014
| 11:36 AM
Aldermen and community activists gathered at City Hall Wednesday morning before the City Council meeting to voice support for efforts to maintain housing for very low-income residents.
A proposed ordinance introduced Wednesday by the city and aldermen...
| Aug 2, 2014
| 7:01 AM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel's administration has nearly doubled to 16,000 the number of red light camera tickets now eligible for review after a Tribune investigation that found suspicious ticket spikes throughout Chicago, but city officials continue to sidestep...
| Aug 2, 2014
| 9:06 AM
The national view of Chicago Democratic politicians is that they're messianic reformers like the young Moses we sent to Washington, or they're colorful yet environmentally green rogues with short shanks and hot tempers.
Unfortunately, what came out of...