| 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 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 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 4, 2014
| 4:30 PM
Eighteen unfinished wooden boxes containing the remains of some of Cook County's unidentified dead sat single file along the eastern edge of Mount Olivet Catholic Cemetery in the Far Southwest Side neighborhood of Kennedy Park.
| Dec 4, 2014
| 9:35 PM
In the five times Cheyenne Murphy has been summoned for jury duty, she said she has never been selected to hear a trial.
Instead, the Rogers Park woman has lingered in what she said was a dreary room full of strangers for hours, passing the time...
| 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...
| Nov 19, 2014
| 7:42 AM
Cook County commissioners will consider a proposal Wednesday to cut a $41,640 check to finally settle up with the city of Chicago for years worth of unpaid parking and traffic tickets issued to people driving county vehicles.
The check would cover...
| Dec 1, 2014
| 3:41 PM
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle took the oath of office for a second term Monday, reflecting on her successes while looking ahead to four years in which county's financial problems could get tougher and she will have full ownership of...
| Nov 10, 2014
| 11:04 AM
A key City Council Committee on Monday endorsed Mayor Rahm Emanuel's selection of Kurt Summers Jr. as the new city treasurer, an appointment that will give Summers a leg up in February's municipal election.
Summers, a 35-year-old investment firm...
| Nov 12, 2014
| 4:19 PM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday offered a monologue about balancing the needs of work and family, after several aldermen warned incoming city treasurer Kurt Summers Jr. about the family sacrifices he would make as a public official.
Emanuel gave Summers...