| Feb 25, 2015
| 3:29 PM
The lens has narrowed. Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia has emerged from an Election Day rumble, intact and intriguing, in a runoff with Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
The five-way race for mayor blurred the policy positions of all of the candidates....
| Feb 25, 2015
| 2:18 PM
Dear Mayor Emanuel,
Yes, you did finish first. There's that. So the cynics eager to write your political obituary can't apply the usual verdicts in these near-death experiences: shellacking, spanking, thumpin' and whuppin'.
But from now on ignore...
| Feb 24, 2015
| 8:15 PM
Re-election battles typically are referendums on the incumbent, one reason Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia framed his Chicago mayoral candidacy as a reaction to perceived shortcomings in the style and performance of Rahm Emanuel.
| Feb 24, 2015
| 12:52 PM
Four of 11 Chicago and Cook County employee pension funds have signed on to a plan pushed by City Treasurer Kurt Summers to jointly bargain money manager fees.
Summers cites an example, first reported in Crain's, where an investment company owned by a...
| Feb 23, 2015
| 6:43 PM
The fair housing controversy in Glenview neared resolve Feb. 17, when trustees voted 5-1 to move toward amending a village ordinance that does not require landlords to accept housing vouchers.
The issue started in 2013, when Cook County approved an...
| Feb 22, 2015
| 5:14 PM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel had just finished eating at a Bronzeville hot dog joint and was ducking into a barbershop when a man stopped the mayor on the sidewalk to say he was voting for him because "you put your money where your mouth is."
"Well, I have a...
| Feb 20, 2015
| 9:28 AM
If money talks, it will have a lot to say in the new 2nd Ward come Election Day.
More than $1 million has poured into the campaign coffers of the six candidates who want to represent the ward, which cuts across 13 North Side neighborhoods stretching from...
| Feb 19, 2015
| 5:34 PM
President Barack Obama delivered a pre-election bouquet to Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Thursday, backing his friend's bid for a second term as he announced national monument status for the Pullman historic district, a key site in America's labor and civil...
| Feb 11, 2015
| 5:36 AM
In a sign of demographic and political shifts that have swept Chicago, Jesus "Chuy" Garcia brought his mayoral campaign the other day to a steel plant in Bridgeport, the ancestral home of the Daley clan and once ground zero for the clout of white ethnics....
| 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...