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  • Emanuel hurt by flagging black support, low turnout

    Emanuel hurt by flagging black support, low turnout
    When President Barack Obama dropped into his hometown a few days before the city election to designate the historic Pullman district a national monument and heap praise on Rahm Emanuel, rivals decried the move as pure politics aimed at pumping up African-American support for the mayor.
  • Surprising details about Chicago mayoral and City Council candidates

    Surprising details about Chicago mayoral and City Council candidates
    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...

    Council workers cheat taxpayers with political work, embattled watchdog says

    Council workers cheat taxpayers with political work, embattled watchdog says
    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...

    Panel approves 6 more marijuana dispensaries, denies 1 for Wicker Park

    Panel approves 6 more marijuana dispensaries, denies 1 for Wicker Park
    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...

    Most aldermen accept 2015 raise

    Most aldermen accept 2015 raise
    While Chicago aldermen press to boost the wages of the city's lowest-paid workers as they enter campaign season, half of those seeking another term on the City Council also have seen fit to accept their own pay increase. In all, 28 of the city's 50...