| Nov 19, 2014
| 2:04 PM
The City Council on Wednesday held off on voting on a measure to toughen security standards at Chicago marijuana dispensaries after aldermen raised questions about whether the rules would be legal.
The council deferred the proposal to require Chicago...
| Oct 24, 2014
| 2:43 PM
Aldermen on Friday pressed the head of Chicago's Business Affairs office to make sure the ride-share companies that compete with taxi cabs honor new city regulations, but questioned whether there are enough inspectors on the payroll to keep sufficient...
| Oct 28, 2014
| 1:14 PM
There’s a tree trimming backlog of about two years in Chicago, a top aide to Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Tuesday.
Charles Williams, commissioner of the Department of Streets and Sanitation, offered that estimate during a break in City Council...
| Oct 30, 2014
| 9:12 PM
The ranks of the Chicago Police Department are well below full strength, even as the rate of hiring has increased in recent years, according to testimony Thursday before the City Council.
The department now has 587 vacancies, with plans to hire only...
| Nov 3, 2014
| 5:23 PM
A proposed expansion of a CPS preschool program drew praise from aldermen Monday for its aims but also was criticized because the city could end up paying investors in the program roughly double its $17 million cost.
Chief Financial Officer Lois Scott...
| Oct 15, 2014
| 7:29 PM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday unveiled an election-year budget that he declared will tackle the city's financial problems "head on" by "not deferring them, not delaying them."
Shortly after the mayor finished his speech to the City Council, critics...
| Oct 13, 2014
| 8:08 PM
Dissent is the ugliest word in politics, if you're the mayor of Chicago.
Mayors don't want independent thinkers.
Chicago mayors want meat puppets, the kind that take direction and do tricks for biscuits.
And that's why the news Monday that Chicago...
| Aug 1, 2014
| 6:26 PM
Chicago police Superintendent Garry McCarthy, clearly agitated Friday by the line of questioning from two aldermen at a City Council committee meeting, sought to defend the department from criticism about how it tallies its crime statistics.
| Jul 20, 2014
Rahm Emanuel, the beloved mayor of Chicago, has a problem.
He's beloved by the national media, by uber-wealthy Democrats on the coasts, by reporters he served with leaks and tips in New York and Washington, and by his loyal straight man Jimmy Fallon....
| Jul 21, 2014
| 7:18 PM
A group of aldermen said Monday they will ask City Hall's top watchdog to investigate Chicago's beleaguered red light camera program following a Tribune investigation that revealed a series of suspicious ticket spikes around the city that tagged thousands...
| Sep 9, 2014
| 7:28 AM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel will announce a plan Tuesday to give Inspector General Joseph Ferguson oversight of the Public Building Commission, taking a step toward honoring a pledge he made during his 2011 election campaign to give the inspector general's...