| Feb 9, 2015
| 6:25 AM
If you took a helicopter ride across Chicago, you would see leafy parks and tree-lined streets. You would marvel at a sparkling Lake Michigan. You would admire the striking downtown architecture.
In certain neighborhoods on the West and South sides, you...
| Feb 7, 2015
| 12:59 PM
What was Mayor Rahm Emanuel thinking when he agreed to five debates with his challengers — three on broadcast television, two live-streamed on the Internet?
Conventional wisdom is that incumbents with huge financial advantages shouldn't give...
| Jan 29, 2015
| 1:57 PM
If you are charged with a felony in Chicago, chances are you'll find yourself in a scuffed-up, sunlit courtroom on the Southwest Side known as Central Bond Court.
Dozens of defendants shuffle through Courtroom 100 every day, where a judge hears a few...
| Jan 29, 2015
| 6:34 AM
Who I am
(Cook County Board President) Toni Preckwinkle. I grew up in St. Paul, Minn., and moved to Chicago in 1965 to attend the University of Chicago. I've lived here ever since.
One unique thing about me
I am compulsive about finishing books...
| Jan 14, 2015
| 2:31 PM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday laid out a second-term economic plan he said would focus on the city's struggling neighborhoods as he fights critics who say his policies so far have mainly benefited wealthier Chicagoans.
Emanuel went to the Far South...
| Jan 12, 2015
| 2:00 PM
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle on Monday said she will make government more efficient for businesses and improve regional cooperation to boost economic development in her second term, but she acknowledged it will be tough to cover the...
| Dec 12, 2014
| 3:16 AM
When Mayor Rahm Emanuel picked Kurt Summers Jr. as city treasurer, he catapulted the little-known, 35-year-old, Harvard-educated investment banker into a prominent city post that could set him on a trajectory to one day run for higher office.
| Dec 12, 2014
| 4:07 PM
Calling the automatic transfer of juveniles to adult court to face serious criminal charges "a deeply unfair practice that disproportionately impacts youth of color," Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle on Friday called for an end to the practice...
| Dec 22, 2014
| 5:18 PM
It was one of Chicago's most shocking homicides this year — a 14-year-old girl fatally shot Endia Martin, also 14, after the two argued over a boy, prosecutors say.
The April killing has since become a focal point in the debate over how the...
| Dec 31, 2014
| 12:24 PM
Here's a look at this year's planned events and commemorations of interest to Chicagoans, to be held here and elsewhere:
Jan. 1 — New Year's Day
Jan. 1 — Illinois' personal income tax rate drops from 5 percent to 3.75 percent.
Jan. 12 ...
| Dec 9, 2014
| 11:23 AM
In a recent editorial, you rightly described the importance of the Forest Preserves of Cook County and the role of forward-thinking visionaries in creating them. We’re grateful for your help in sharing this inspiring story.
But while your piece...