| Sep 8, 2011
| 10:55 AM
The Chicago City Council today voted to spend $1.3 million to settle a civil suit filed by the mother of a man who collapsed and died after swallowing drugs during his arrest last summer.
Although some aldermen expressed opposition, Ald. Edward Burke,...
| Oct 16, 2011
Ideas are bubbling that can help Chicago fix the dismaying lack of open space away from its park-rich lakefront.
New York is closing lightly trafficked local streets and turning them into temporary playgrounds. San Francisco is taking parking spaces...
| Dec 28, 2011
At one time, Florencia Cano was so depressed her younger sister would put food in her mouth to coax her to eat.
Eight years later, she is determined to stop the closing of the North Side mental health center where she received the counseling she...
| Jun 2, 2011
| 6:38 AM
In response to efforts to clean up the Chicago River, top officials at the taxpayer-funded agency that handles Cook County's sewage and stormwater have argued that the endeavor would waste money, cause global warming and lead to children drowning.
| Oct 8, 2012
| 8:10 PM
New York City barred convenience stores and restaurants from selling outsize sodas. Boston's mayor halted pop sales and soft-drink advertising in city buildings to fight obesity and rising health care costs.
In Chicago, Mayor Rahm Emanuel plans to take...
| Apr 30, 2012
| 12:31 PM
Health advocates and soda supporters will go head to head Tuesday in a City Council committee hearing on a sugary beverage tax.
The hearing was spurred by a resolution presented by Ald George Cardenas ((12th) earlier this year that asked the City Council...
| Sep 21, 2012
| 6:33 AM
A Chicago alderman thinks you should pay more for police protection.
Alderman George Cardenas is proposing that all homeowners, renters and businesses pay a new "safety and security fee" -- as much as $5 a month, tacked on to ComEd bills.
He says the...
| Feb 15, 2012
| 10:05 AM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel today gave an impassioned defense of the city’s effort to intercept millions in state income tax refunds from people across Illinois who owe City Hall money.
The speech came after the City Council approved the plan 41-8.
| Mar 5, 2013
| 3:24 PM
The perceived dangers to children posed by often-sugary, much-caffeinated energy drinks resulted in much talk but no action Tuesday during a City Council committee hearing.
Ald. Edward Burke, 14th, has proposed banning drinks with at least 180 milligrams...
| Jun 18, 2013
| 4:15 PM
Environmentalists came to City Hall on Tuesday to support a proposal to ban plastic bags at Chicago stores, a move retailers say will hurt businesses unless they charge shoppers up to 10 cents for each paper bag that's used instead.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel,...