| May 18, 2011
| 4:01 PM
South Side Ald. Howard Brookins Jr. was elected chairman of the Chicago City Council's Black Caucus today.
The 21st Ward alderman defeated Ald. Latasha Thomas, 17th, in a vote among African-American aldermen after the council meeting. Thomas declined...
| Aug 31, 2011
| 12:09 PM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel is looking for ways to slash tens of millions of dollars from the Chicago Police Department and already is running into heavy criticism from police union leaders who question whether it's all "a stunt."
Making those kind of major...
| Aug 31, 2011
| 12:35 PM
Latino and African American aldermen today prodded Gov. Pat Quinn to sign legislation that would allow Chicago to get a casino.
The City Council members said a casino would help create badly needed jobs for the city’s minorities because it would...
| Sep 8, 2011
| 5:52 PM
Leaders of the City Council’s Latino Caucus today said they expect more majority-Hispanic wards to emerge from the ward remap process that is just getting underway.
The group put forth its argument as new census data showed large drops in the...
| Sep 8, 2011
| 11:11 AM
The City Council today backed Mayor Rahm Emanuel's push to get Gov. Pat Quinn to sign off on a major gambling expansion that would bring a casino to Chicago.
One after another stood up to say a casino would bring new jobs and generate $20 million a month...
| Jan 16, 2012
| 4:43 PM
Chicago voters might not have to weigh in on a new City Council ward map this year after a national expert on Monday blessed a compromise plan put forth by dueling groups of aldermen.
But council members plan to press forward with more public hearings...
| Sep 19, 2011
| 2:36 PM
A unified group of African-American aldermen made their opening offer Monday in Chicago’s redistricting debate: one less majority black ward and two more majority Latino wards.
The deal was politically easy for the City Council’s Black Caucus...
| Oct 6, 2011
| 3:49 PM
Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez won the expected endorsement of Democratic slatemakers Thursday despite complaints from some African-American ward leaders about what they said was her failure to reach out to the black community.
| Nov 10, 2011
| 11:01 AM
The leader of the Chicago City Council’s Latino Caucus said today that four more wards should have Latino supermajorities, an announcement that came as the council nears a deadline for redrawing the city’s wards.
The city should have 14...
| Dec 11, 2012
| 1:32 PM
The state of Illinois would have to allow ordinary citizens to carry weapons under a federal appeals court ruling issued today, but the judges also gave lawmakers 180 days to put their own version of the law in place.
In a 2-1 decision that is a major...
| Dec 12, 2012
| 12:51 PM
A majority of Chicago aldermen have signed on to a proposal to once again provide free city water to many nonprofit organizations across the city.
The proposal, sponsored by Ald. Robert Fioretti, 2nd, and Ald. Howard Brookins, 21st, would restore free...