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  • Chicago City Council passes Obama library ordinance

    With President Barack Obama saying he wants to build his library in Chicago but that "some entanglements" might stand in the way, the City Council voted to do away with the only entanglement many said they knew about — voting to give the city control of two pieces of park land so it can be used for the library if the president wants it.
  • Welcome to Runoff City

    Welcome to Runoff City
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel and challenger Jesus "Chuy" Garcia will have plenty of company as they prep for an April 7 showdown. Roughly one-third of Chicago's wards are headed for City Council runoffs — more than the city saw in 2011. That magic number of...

    McCormick Place 'L' station needs help to make a neighborhood

    McCormick Place 'L' station needs help to make a neighborhood
    A good city is like a good omelet. While the fillings matter, what really counts are the eggs that hold everything together. I kept thinking of omelets last week as I walked the dull, nearly empty sidewalks around McCormick Place, the nation's largest...

    City Council endorsements, 1st - 8th Wards

    City Council endorsements, 1st - 8th Wards
    If you took a helicopter ride across Chicago, you would see leafy parks and tree-lined streets. You would marvel at a sparkling Lake Michigan. You would admire the striking downtown architecture. In certain neighborhoods on the West and South sides, you...

    Chicago's red light cameras a hot issue in mayoral, aldermanic campaigns

    Chicago's red light cameras a hot issue in mayoral, aldermanic campaigns
    Nearly 50 candidates for the Chicago City Council have signed a pledge to work for the removal of red light and speed cameras. On Tuesday, when the Tribune hosts the first mayoral debate of the 2015 campaign, Mayor Rahm Emanuel will be the only...