| Jun 5, 2014
| 9:32 PM
The "Weeks in Review" feature is an open thread in which commenters can talk about any current events or cultural phenomena that have caught their attention, including but not limited to the topics brought up in our traditional roundup of......
| Jun 20, 2014
Some people are tired of the debate over the Trump sign. Not me. It's a healthy discussion, at least if you discount Donald Trump's personal attacks. The debate raises important questions about the presence of commercial signs along the evolving civic gem...
| Apr 28, 2014
| 1:41 PM
Former Chicago Ald. Dick Mell, one of the most gregarious political creatures ever to grace City Hall, is back in the game with a new lobbying firm he founded with the help of daughter Patti Blagojevich.
The longtime 33rd Ward alderman is doing some...
| May 16, 2014
| 3:31 PM
A more-introspective-than-usual Mayor Rahm Emanuel reflected on his third year in office Friday, saying the decision to shutter dozens of Chicago Public Schools was the hardest he’s had to make and acknowledging his hard-charge personality has...
| May 27, 2014
| 3:58 PM
Making music was Irene Alexander's inspiration as well as lifeline. It allowed her to forge ahead, say friends and family, through a string of misfortunes that would have felled an ordinary mortal.
In 2005, the Chicago pianist and piano teacher...
| May 29, 2014
The other day, I used sustainable transport to move myself along Wabash Avenue near the Trump Tower.
Yes, I walked. Amazingly, this walking business requires no new technology, no special clothes, no helmet, not even a Divvy bike, the wheeled, powder-...
| Jun 1, 2014
For the nearly two centuries since the founding of Chicago, the invaluable shore fronting Lake Michigan has achieved remarkable heights (despite its modest elevation, not 600 feet above sea level). The lakefront creates vast, open vistas for Chicagoans...
| Apr 3, 2014
| 4:28 PM
Gov. Pat Quinn finds himself in a bit of a political pickle: he’s running for re-election on a pledge to cut property taxes, but Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants to raise Chicago property taxes as part of a plan to shore up the city’s ailing...
| May 27, 2014
| 2:43 PM
SPRINGFIELD — Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle got a government worker pension overhaul through the first couple hurdles at the Capitol on Tuesday, but she’s still not saying how she’d come up with more money to pay for the...
| May 29, 2014
| 5:45 PM
SPRINGFIELD — Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plan to raise city 911 fees on nearly everyone who owns a phone in Chicago began working its way through the legislature Thursday, while Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle’s proposal to...
| Jun 13, 2014
| 4:56 AM
An unusual move by Illinois election officials has injected new controversy into a fight over who wields the crucial power of drawing Illinois' political maps, with supporters of a proposed constitutional amendment complaining that insiders are...