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  • Minimum wage: The fight over the Fight for $15

    Minimum wage: The fight over the Fight for $15
    Chicago aldermen have proposed gradually raising the city's minimum wage to $15 an hour and then later increasing it according to the cost of living. In November, Illinois voters may be asked in an advisory referendum whether they supper raising the state minimum wage to $10. Here are three takes on the issue: 
  • Aldermen want red light camera hearing at City Council

    Aldermen want red light camera hearing at City Council
    Nineteen Chicago aldermen supported a resolution today calling for a City Council hearing into the city’s troubled red-light camera program following a Chicago Tribune investigation that found thousands of drivers were ticketed for $100 fines they...

    A higher minimum wage will help Chicago's neighborhoods

    A higher minimum wage will help Chicago's neighborhoods
    The discussions about the fiscal future of Chicago have forgotten the neighborhoods and the people. I believe we need to address one simple fact: Most people who worked hard and played by the rules do not have enough money to live healthy, productive...

    After third year, some wins, but challenges ahead for Emanuel

    After third year, some wins, but challenges ahead for Emanuel
    There was something missing as Mayor Rahm Emanuel spoke on the Far Northwest Side in March to offer an explanation on what City Hall was doing about the roads after a winter that "left nothing but potholes and pockmarks throughout the city of Chicago."...

    Chatham residents stand up for community in wake of violence

    Chatham residents stand up for community in wake of violence
    When Jahmal Cole, 30, wanted to settle down with his wife six years ago, he was looking for an African-American community with brick bungalows and manicured lawns. His real estate agent suggested either Beverly or Chatham. The Coles chose Chatham, and in...