| Jul 15, 2014
We had a conversation at work yesterday in which we batted around the question, "If the Chicago mayoral election were held today, would Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle beat incumbent Mayor Rahm Emanuel?" Opinions were divided, but my answer.....
| Jul 15, 2014
| 10:05 PM
I spoke to Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis after she landed in Hawaii on Tuesday afternoon, just after Rahm Emanuel became the happiest mayor in Chicago.
The news that made the Rahmfather smile? Not Lewis being thousands of miles away in...
| Jul 16, 2014
| 7:59 AM
An alderman considering a run against Mayor Rahm Emanuel has raised a little over 10 percent of the money he estimates it would take to mount a challenge to the incumbent in 2015.
Ald. Robert Fioretti, 2nd, has $326,000 in his campaign fund, according to...
| Jul 3, 2014
| 10:10 AM
Former Mayor Richard M. Daley's attorneys say it would be a medical hardship for him to testify in the city's lawsuit against operators of the Park Grill restaurant in Millennium Park.
His lawyers did not explain in their motion filed Wednesday why...
| Jul 30, 2014
| 3:00 AM
Metro Chicago lags behind many counterparts nationwide in the recovery of its manufacturing sector as well as the exports it fuels, a serious deficit as the city reaches for a bigger share of global economic activity.
While the 14-county tri-state...
| Aug 5, 2014
| 2:41 PM
A state appellate court has shot down Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle's use tax on certain big ticket items purchased outside the county, upholding a lower court ruling last year that froze collections on one of her signature revenue raisers....
| Aug 13, 2014
| 10:04 PM
Chicago voters have grown sharply dissatisfied with Mayor Rahm Emanuel's job performance and have signaled a willingness to support his most prominent potential challenger, a new Chicago Tribune poll has found.
Facing concerns over crime, education...
| Aug 16, 2014
| 4:00 PM
A key Cook County panel on Friday endorsed a plan to increase public health care spending to $1.54 billion, but the amount local taxpayers will be asked to contribute is expected to decrease under the plan as federal funding fills the gap.
| Aug 14, 2013
Former Bellwood administrator Roy McCampbell once compared red-light cameras to a lottery or casino — a "guaranteed amount of money."
But as the cameras reduce the number of drivers who roll through red lights, the number of $100 fines is also...
| Mar 14, 2013
| 4:54 AM
Parking in a Chicago garage or lot will be more costly for drivers who pay premium rates, but those who find deals would pay less under a measure Mayor Rahm Emanuel proposed Wednesday.
The idea is to switch city parking taxes from a complicated...
| Jun 19, 2013
| 4:14 PM
Cook County commissioners voted Wednesday to lower the tax on certain big-ticket items bought outside the county, but the move won't end lawsuits challenging its legality.
The use tax targets companies based in Cook County that go elsewhere to save...