| Apr 8, 2014
| 5:03 AM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel still wants to raise Chicago property taxes as part of a plan to shore up city pension systems, but he no longer is asking state lawmakers to do the dirty work.
Faced with blistering criticism from Gov. Pat Quinn and significant...
| Mar 10, 2014
| 5:09 PM
The undercover informant who secretly recorded meetings with Ald. Howard Brookins as part of an FBI sting testified Monday that he also wore a wire for authorities after his 2008 arrest in a federal mortgage-fraud investigation.
Mhde Askar, who...
| Mar 3, 2014
| 8:35 PM
Two undisclosed figures in the bribery charge filed last week against the chief of staff for Ald. Howard Brookins were caught on undercover FBI recordings talking about the ease with which they expected to win Brookins' approval for a liquor license in...
| Jan 22, 2014
| 6:54 PM
While Chicago’s Board of Education on Wednesday approved just seven of 17 proposals for new charter schools, the growth of privately run schools in the city remains on a pace sought by advocates.
Five of the seven schools that got the go-ahead are...
| Jan 6, 2014
| 5:07 PM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel stepped off the plane Monday morning from a family vacation in Indonesia into a city blanketed in a winter freeze and quickly addressed the optics of his absence from Chicago in the run-up to some of the nastiest weather the area has...
| Oct 16, 2013
| 6:19 PM
Two Chicago aldermen called Wednesday for the city to put up $20 million to help onetime crime suspects who were tortured by disgraced former police Cmdr. Jon Burge but have otherwise been unable to win compensation.
Alds. Howard Brookins, 21st, and...
| Sep 11, 2013
| 6:38 PM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday apologized for an era in the Chicago Police Department during which many African-American men were tortured into false confessions for murders and rapes on the South Side under the direction of disgraced ex-Cmdr. Jon Burge....
| Aug 28, 2013
| 6:40 PM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel's administration should take more action to combat Chicago's food deserts and focus less on issuing news releases touting progress on the issue, aldermen said Wednesday.
That advice came in response to a Tribune story that showed...
| Aug 23, 2013
State litter-law amendment was long overdue Friday's print column Photo by Antonio Perez, Chicago Tribune Whenever I start to feel sorry for cigarette smokers — addicted social pariahs who pay exorbitant taxes to feed their ruinous cravings —...
| Jun 24, 2013
| 9:09 AM
Aldermen talked Monday about the need to clean up the litter on Chicago streets but stopped short of voting on a proposal that would allow police to impound a vehicle and levy a $1,500 fine if an adult passenger in the car throws trash out the window....
| Jun 7, 2013
Friday's print column Since we are too civilized a people to horsewhip those who throw trash out the windows of their cars, I’m grudgingly satisfied with Chicago’s proposed metaphorical lash of a $1,500 fine and vehicle impoundment. Ald....