| 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...
| 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...
| 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...
| Jun 5, 2013
| 9:24 AM
Adults who toss litter out the window of vehicles in Chicago would face fines of $1,500 and the impoundment of their cars, SUVs or trucks under a proposal being introduced at today’s City Council meeting.
“I’ve been behind one too...
| 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...
| 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...
| 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 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...