| Feb 2, 2013
| 10:13 PM
The Chicago Police Department hopes to free up the equivalent of 44 officers a day by no longer dispatching cops for certain crimes, like burglaries and car thefts in which the offender is no longer at the scene and no one is in immediate danger....
| Dec 13, 2012
| 1:15 PM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Thursday that restoring free water service to churches and non-profit agencies as some aldermen suggest would reverse a campaign promise he’s fulfilled.
“I pledged in the campaign that we were not going to give away...
| Apr 30, 2013
| 9:35 AM
More than 100 religious leaders and a handful of aldermen today called for a repeal of the water fee imposed on non-profits by the city last year.
"The lake is a gift from God," said Cardinal Francis George said.
"We feel sometimes we should charge...
| Apr 11, 2013
| 12:18 PM
Democratic ward and township bosses today chose Stanley Moore to succeed convicted former Cook County Commissioner William Beavers despite Moore's $3,000 fine for allegedly campaigning while on the taxpayer dime at his state job. The selection by party...
| Mar 12, 2012
| 12:44 PM
Aldermen today asked Mayor Rahm Emanuel for information to back up his contention that speed cameras near schools and parks are about saving lives, rather than swelling city coffers.
The demand for data came as Transportation Commissioner Gabe Klein...
| Mar 27, 2012
| 6:35 PM
A City Council hearing on Mayor Rahm Emanuel's speed-camera plan has been postponed as aldermen try to figure out how constituents will react to them supporting the controversial proposal.
Ald. Margaret Laurino, 39th, called off the Monday meeting of the...
| Sep 10, 2012
| 5:10 AM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel says the teachers strike is "not necessary" because the two sides were close.
"I believe this is avoidable because this is a strike of choice," Emanuel said at a hastily called news conference at the Harold Washington Library Sunday...
| Jun 27, 2012
| 11:55 AM
The Chicago City Council overwhelmingly voted today to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana possession.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s proposal passed 44-3, allowing Chicago police to issue pot-possession tickets starting Aug. 4. The move makes...
| 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...
| 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...