| 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.
| 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 7, 2014
| 2:43 PM
Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis on Thursday refused to close the door on a run against Mayor Rahm Emanuel, but said it could be months before she decides.
Lewis, just back from vacation, said she expects to begin working toward collecting...
| Aug 9, 2014
| 9:07 AM
"Polls are a snapshot in time," said Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis on Thursday during an interview on WTTW-Ch. 11.
It was the kind of thing political candidates like to say when various public opinion surveys offer conflicting assessments...
| Aug 3, 2014
| 9:03 PM
About 1 out of every 10 people in Cook County, roughly 438,500 residents, live in "transit deserts'' that are cut off from fast, frequent train and bus service, according to a new analysis that for the first time identifies dozens of Chicago-area mass...
| Aug 5, 2014
| 2:08 PM
Ald. Robert Fioretti may not be running for mayor yet, but he’s searching for campaign staffers like a politician who’s thinking about it.
The 2nd Ward alderman, a frequent critic of Mayor Rahm Emanuel, confirmed Tuesday that he has hired a...
| 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 29, 2014
| 8:05 PM
Chef Matthias Merges said he hesitated at first when the University of Chicago asked him several years ago to open a restaurant in Hyde Park. The owner of acclaimed Yusho and Billy Sunday in hipster haven Logan Square loved the diverse and tightknit South...
| Jul 14, 2014
CountyCare — that's Cook County's attempt to leverage federal dollars through a Medicaid managed care program — is in a heap of trouble. Expenses outstripped revenues by $21 million in the first six months of the county's fiscal year,...
| Jul 16, 2014
| 5:22 AM
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle declared Tuesday that she won’t run for mayor, leaving union and community groups angry over Chicago’s violent crime, school closings and teetering finances searching for a credible candidate to...
| Jul 16, 2014
| 6:31 AM
“You campaign in poetry. You govern in prose.”
—Mario Cuomo, Democratic Party elder and former governor of New York.
The 2014 race for governor of Illinois is set, and the 2015 race for mayor of Chicago is fast coming into focus....