| Jul 9, 2013
From "Scrappy alderman looks back with pride," the Tribune's interview with retiring Ald. Dick Mell (33rd) when asked about the patronage jobs he'd controlled: The jobs that I really thought were great ones were the bridge tender jobs. At one......
| May 26, 2011
| 3:04 PM
Before the trial wrapped up for the day, Rod Blagojevich began testifying about charges he tried to force a campaign donation from a horseracing executive by holding off on signing a bill that diverted casino funds to the struggling horse tracks in...
| Apr 18, 2012
| 1:05 PM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s controversial speed-camera ordinance that would ding violators with tickets of up to $100 won Chicago City Council approval today.
The 33-14 vote came after the mayor made changes to the camera plan in an effort to build...
| Jan 16, 2012
| 4:43 PM
Chicago voters might not have to weigh in on a new City Council ward map this year after a national expert on Monday blessed a compromise plan put forth by dueling groups of aldermen.
But council members plan to press forward with more public hearings...
| Jan 17, 2012
| 4:57 PM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel has called a special City Council meeting Thursday to consider a new map of the city’s 50 wards, but the aldermen leading the effort to reach a political compromise said the final vote may not come until early next week.
| Jan 18, 2012
| 9:35 AM
The Chicago City Council today remembered Maggie Daley, the city's much-adored first lady for more than 20 years.
Daughter Nora Daley Conroy at times smiled and laughed, and at others dabbed away tears, as aldermen and Mayor Rahm Emanuel honored her late...
| Jan 19, 2012
| 11:56 AM
Less than two hours after putting the finishing touches on a new map of the city's 50 wards, the Chicago City Council approved it over the vehement objections of some aldermen whose political futures are imperiled by the redrawn boundaries.
The vote was...
| Dec 7, 2011
| 10:01 PM
In sentencing the second consecutive Illinois governor to prison on political corruption charges on Wednesday, federal Judge James Zagel prodded the people of this corrupt state to reclaim their birthright.
He spoke of public trust and public cynicism,...
| Dec 14, 2011
| 4:24 PM
Members of the City Council's Latino Caucus today say they will submit their own plan to redraw Chicago's wards Thursday if last-ditch negotiations fail to achieve a compromise agreeable to them and groups of white and African-American aldermen.
| Jan 26, 2012
| 2:52 PM
The City Council Latino Caucus is opening its tent to non-Latino aldermen who represent --- or soon might represent --- wards with sizable Hispanic populations.
The eight-member group will extend invitations to seven more aldermen who are not...
| Feb 15, 2012
| 7:15 PM
Some of the City Council’s most influential aldermen proposed a crackdown today on crowd participation at council meetings that would ban everything from signs and posters to clapping and booing in the public gallery.
“No demonstration of...