| Feb 5, 2015
| 7:49 PM
Rahm Emanuel's fundraising prowess became the focus of the fourth forum of Chicago's mayoral campaign Thursday night as his challengers accused him of using pay-to-play politics to amass more than $30 million during his city political career.
| Feb 5, 2015
| 2:00 PM
I love Andrew Johnson's voice.
His soothing, Scottish voice, counting me down 10 ... 9 ... 8 ... into "a gentle state of relaxation."
Imagine Sean Connery calmly whispering into your ear.
That's Andrew Johnson.
My co-worker uses him to fall...
| Feb 5, 2015
| 6:16 AM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel and three challengers met for the first televised forum of the campaign Wednesday, but it was a controversy involving a debate set for Thursday that dominated the day's news.
ABC-Ch. 7, the League of Women Voters and Univision,...
| Feb 4, 2015
Most Americans get the wrong idea about Chicago, but that's not Chicago's fault.
Instead, the fault belongs to the national Sunday TV talk shows, where pundits make a great fuss of smooching powerful political behinds.
And when Chicago Democratic...
| Feb 3, 2015
| 5:15 AM
Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis pilloried Gov. Bruce Rauner on Monday and promised the CTU would not back down from Springfield or City Hall as it prepares demands for a new contract.
"Bruce Rauner ran on a platform about nothing," Lewis...
| Feb 2, 2015
| 3:40 AM
When three Chicago financial trading firms traveled to Washington, D.C., for a crucial meeting with federal regulators, they didn't go alone. They brought a man schooled in the ways of the capital who had recently received $182,000 in political...
| Jan 26, 2015
| 2:33 PM
President Barack Obama endorsed Mayor Rahm Emanuel for re-election in a radio ad that began airing Monday in Chicago, laughing off Emanuel's "hardheaded" demeanor as proof of his passion and speaking in favor of the mayor's school policies that have...
| Jan 29, 2015
| 11:51 AM
Karen Lewis strode a few paces from her Merchandise Mart office to a conference room with downtown views, clad in a royal blue skirt and head wrap that contrasted with a pair of Chicago Teachers Union red high-tops.
She was ready to talk about her...
| 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 22, 2015
| 1:35 PM
A Republican state lawmaker filed legislation to outlaw traffic enforcement cameras statewide in the wake of a Tribune investigation into Chicago's controversial red light program, but it faces an uncertain future in a legislature controlled by Mayor Rahm...
| Jan 27, 2015
| 8:18 PM
It didn't take Mayor Rahm Emanuel long on Tuesday to let Chicago know who he's worried about in the campaign for mayor:
Jesus "Chuy" Garcia, the Cook County commissioner and former alderman.
How do I know? Rahm didn't tell me. But the mayor's campaign...