| 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...
| Jun 24, 2014
| 9:32 AM
Longtime Ald. Edward Burke announced today that he will undergo surgery for prostate cancer on Thursday.
The 70-year-old Southwest Side alderman addressed his health at an unrelated City Hall news conference.
"When I scheduled this, I did not believe...
| Jul 9, 2014
Prominent Chicago Democrats have had an easy time with the national media for decades — as easy as shaking a ring of keys to distract an anxious child in church.
Former Mayor Richard M. Daley rode a bicycle in photo ops and put a few plants on the...
| Jul 11, 2014
Now that gigantic signs have been approved for Wrigley Field — and the Cubs begin their inevitable march to World Series glory — there is but one question:
What words of wisdom should be plastered all over those humongous signs that will...
| Jul 15, 2014
| 10:05 PM
I spoke to Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis after she landed in Hawaii on Tuesday afternoon, just after Rahm Emanuel became the happiest mayor in Chicago.
The news that made the Rahmfather smile? Not Lewis being thousands of miles away in...
| Jul 20, 2014
Rahm Emanuel, the beloved mayor of Chicago, has a problem.
He's beloved by the national media, by uber-wealthy Democrats on the coasts, by reporters he served with leaks and tips in New York and Washington, and by his loyal straight man Jimmy Fallon....
| Jun 25, 2014
| 3:09 PM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel found himself in the unusual position Wednesday of talking up his idea to significantly increase the monthly telephone fees paid by Chicagoans.
The mayor usually goes to great lengths to point out how he has saved residents even small...
| Jul 30, 2014
On the Chicago block where that 3-year-old boy was shot in the stomach, a victim of the city's murderous gang wars, there was a woman watering her flowers.
"Please don't put my name," she said, her thumb directing the spray. "Don't put my name."
| Aug 1, 2014
| 5:08 AM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel and aldermen won't grapple this fall with the financial reckoning the city faces over its underfunded police and fire pension systems, budget officials acknowledged Thursday.
Instead, the Emanuel administration plans to take advantage...
| Jun 25, 2014
| 10:47 AM
Chicago Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts said Wednesday that he remains confident the team’s $575 million plan to renovate Wrigley Field and develop the surrounding area will receive the necessary approval from the city.
“Yeah, I think we’...
| Jul 24, 2014
A former employee of the company that launched Chicago's red light cameras testified Wednesday before a federal grand jury investigating bribery allegations, and he said he recounted a secret meeting atop the John Hancock Center and even answered...