| 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...
| 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...
| Mar 12, 2013
| 2:29 PM
In the wake of the murder of 6-month-old Jonylah Watkins, the ward’s alderman announced Tuesday that he has contacted gang members to ask them not to harbor the killers of innocent victims.
Ald. Willie Cochran, 20th, a retired Chicago police...
| 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...
| 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...