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  • Tribune endorsements in runoff races for the City Council

    Tribune endorsements in runoff races for the City Council
    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 election is uncharted territory. It's difficult to predict how an intensifying campaign for mayor will affect who comes out to vote.
  • Freshmen Chicago aldermen face myriad challenges to second term

    Freshmen Chicago aldermen face myriad challenges to second term
    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...

    Rehabilitation counselors: Helping the disabled function, succeed in life is rewarding

    Rehabilitation counselors: Helping the disabled function, succeed in life is rewarding
    As program director of the master's degree program in rehabilitation counseling at Chicago's Adler University, Mary O'Connor Drout realizes most people are not familiar with the field. Which is a shame, since rehab experts do such life-changing work....

    Illinois, Chicago could be on track for separate minimum wages

     Illinois, Chicago could be on track for separate minimum wages
    Illinois this week could be headed toward two minimum wages — one for Chicago and another for the rest of the state — amid a high-stakes political battle at City Hall and the Capitol. The City Council is scheduled to vote Tuesday at a...

    Aviation chief: O'Hare noise problems won't go away

    Aviation chief: O'Hare noise problems won't go away
    Aldermen pressing for a firm commitment from the city to reduce noise from jets at O'Hare International Airport were told Friday by the outgoing aviation commissioner that "airplanes do create noise." Regarding the record number of O'Hare noise...