| 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...
| 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....
| 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 —...
| 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...