| May 20, 2015
| 5:15 AM
Despite the talk of a newly assertive Chicago City Council, aldermen on Wednesday are expected to overwhelmingly approve a new committee structure that rewards loyalists to Mayor Rahm Emanuel with coveted chairmanships.
The plum assignments come with...
| May 18, 2015
| 5:37 PM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel took the oath of office to begin his second term Monday and took the unusual step of focusing his inaugural address on a single issue: The lack of opportunity facing Chicago's disadvantaged youths.
The mayor's decision to home in on...
| May 17, 2015
| 2:25 PM
After last month's city elections, Mayor Rahm Emanuel's foes on the City Council heralded a new era in Chicago government, one in which aldermen would drive more of the city's agenda.
Thirteen new aldermen were elected, and most were backed by unions...
| May 6, 2015
| 3:40 PM
In a dramatic moment Wednesday, the Chicago City Council rose to acknowledge victims of torture at the hands of former police Cmdr. Jon Burge before approving a $5.5 million reparations package that Mayor Rahm Emanuel said shows Chicago is willing to deal...
| May 5, 2015
| 4:57 PM
The proximity of police doesn't seem to deter gunmen, who have left six wounded and one dead near the central precinct police station within the span of a month. The most recent shooting was Monday, when three people were injured near an apartment...
| Apr 16, 2015
| 7:59 AM
Chicago's City Council is jumping into the fray over a state plan to cut in half the number of free days each year at the city's museums, with aldermen set to register their opposition to the idea even as lawmakers amended it and the proposal was sent...
| Dec 6, 2014
| 4:31 PM
Often criticized for perpetuating a city of haves and have-nots, Mayor Rahm Emanuel fired back Saturday with his own tale of two cities — the old Chicago and new Chicago — as he kicked off his campaign for a second term.
Though he stuck with...
| Dec 22, 2014
| 5:44 PM
During nearly four decades representing the Far North Side 50th Ward, Bernard Stone was known for memorably outspoken performances at City Council meetings, for his part in the tumult of Council Wars and for building a steel barrier along Howard Street...
| Dec 18, 2014
| 2:58 PM
The request to put up a pair of familiar brown street signs on North Clark Street in Rogers Park sailed through the Chicago City Council, joining the 1,500 other honorary roadways aldermen have approved for 50 years.
This one, however, didn't end up a...
| Dec 3, 2014
| 3:05 PM
As he fights to keep his job amid accusations of incompetence leveled by the Chicago aldermen he investigates, the City Council's internal watchdog on Wednesday issued a report that concluded many council employees were doing political work on the...
| Nov 19, 2014
| 4:36 PM
The Chicago City Council on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s 2015 budget, a $7.3 billion spending plan that includes some tax increases but puts off dealing with the city’s most vexing financial woes until after next...