| Apr 1, 2015
| 2:29 PM
The same unions and left-leaning organizations backing Jesus "Chuy" Garcia in his effort to unseat Mayor Rahm Emanuel in next week's runoff election also have joined forces to shape a City Council more to their liking.
The aim is to grow the thin...
| Mar 20, 2015
| 12:05 PM
The mayor's race isn't all that's at stake on April 7. Voters in 18 wards will choose an alderman because no candidate in the Feb. 24 round received at least 50 percent of the vote. Though Chicago has held runoffs for alderman for many years, this...
| Mar 19, 2015
| 3:12 PM
Nearly a third of next month's 18 Chicago City Council runoff elections feature freshmen aldermen trying to win new terms in the face of a vexing confluence of political factors.
Among the obstacles to navigate is the mayor's race between Rahm Emanuel...
| Feb 25, 2015
| 3:16 PM
Voters sent a warning to more than 1 in 4 sitting aldermen this week, forcing them into one-on-one contests April 7 against challengers who are trying to create a wave of discontent with the status quo on the City Council.
A record 19 ward races will be...
| Feb 27, 2015
| 2:23 PM
Just as deep-pocketed business leaders are contributing cash to help Mayor Rahm Emanuel maintain a City Council that backs his agenda, major unions are doling out dollars to try to reshape a council more to their liking.
Unions funded by rank-and-file...
| Feb 21, 2015
| 4:24 PM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel has spent nearly $7 million on TV ads, including a final one featuring an endorsement from President Barack Obama, while a pro-Emanuel group is running another $450,000 worth of spots attacking rival Jesus "Chuy" Garcia.
| Feb 2, 2015
| 8:42 AM
Residents in two wards with hard-fought aldermanic races will begin getting mailers Monday from an education group that favors charter school expansion in Chicago and opposes many of the Chicago Teachers Union's positions.
Democrats for Education...
| Jan 29, 2015
| 12:40 PM
Please tell us something about yourself that would surprise us.
That question has become something of a tradition here when the Editorial Board seeks out the views of candidates in each election cycle. We ask them what they think about the hot issues of...
| Sep 25, 2014
| 9:02 PM
Cassandra Francis' goal is to convince anyone who will listen that the proposed site of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art is not a done deal.
The group Francis leads, Friends of the Parks, is organizing a petition drive and letter-writing campaign...
| Dec 17, 2014
| 6:33 PM
A Norwood Park elementary school for students with special needs doesn't have a full-time nurse on staff, raising concerns about the district's ability to adequately tend to the health needs of its students, an alderman told the Chicago Board of Education...
| Nov 21, 2014
| 8:03 PM
A city zoning panel Friday gave a thumbs-up to six more medical marijuana dispensaries in Chicago while denying one proposal and putting off decisions on six others.
Prospective medical marijuana dealers made their pitches to the Zoning Board of Appeals...