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  • City wants tighter rules on crude oil trains

    City wants tighter rules on crude oil trains
    Warning that the frequent railroad trains loaded with crude oil passing through the Chicago area are a “serious risk to public safety,” the City Council is calling for tighter restrictions on the shipments than federal officials proposed in...
  • A TIF could be just what Washington Park needs

    A TIF could be just what Washington Park needs
    TIF is not a four-letter word, but it might as well be. It's an acronym for a redevelopment tool — tax increment financing — that's been abused and overused in Chicago for decades, funneling public dollars to private projects that didn't...
  • CPS trying to unload dozens of closed schools

    CPS trying to unload dozens of closed schools
    More than a year after Chicago Public Schools closed nearly 50 schools for under-enrollment, there has been little progress on finding new uses for most of the now-empty buildings. Just three of the buildings have been opened for bidding to potential...
  • Washington Park special taxing district plan advances

    Washington Park special taxing district plan advances
    A key city panel on Tuesday signed off on a plan to create a special taxing district on the South Side despite fears of some Washington Park residents that the plan could force them out of their homes. The proposal would put a tax-increment financing...
  • Aldermen ban synthetic pot possession

    Aldermen ban synthetic pot possession
    A City Council committee on Wednesday took steps to close a loophole in the Chicago ordinance banning the sale of synthetic marijuana and stimulants. The amendment endorsed by the council License and Consumer Protection Committee would ban the...
  • City to shift money to resurface 15 more miles of streets this year

    City to shift money to resurface 15 more miles of streets this year
    An extra 15 miles of major Chicago streets could be resurfaced with unspent federal grant money previously targeted for other programs. The City Council Budget Committee today recommended spending $15 million in unused Community Development Block...
  • Quinn's office ignored red flags on nonprofit

    Quinn's office ignored red flags on nonprofit
    The Quinn administration handed out $800,000 in anti-violence money to a politically influential South Side community group even after the nonprofit filed documents with the state acknowledging it suffered from years of financial missteps, a Tribune...
  • Emanuel wrestling with pothole problem

    Emanuel wrestling with pothole problem
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel has announced five different approaches in the past two months aimed at smoothing over the scourge of potholes that pock Chicago streets.  There's good reason the data-driven Emanuel has been fixated on crumbling pavement: City Hall...
  • Ald. Sandi Jackson resigns from Chicago City Council

    Ald. Sandi Jackson resigns from Chicago City Council
    After weeks of rumors and equally strenuous denials, Sandi Jackson resigned as Chicago's 7th Ward alderman Friday, the latest chapter in the stunning, scandal-laced downfall of what had been one of the city's most prominent and powerful political duos....
  • Chicago alderman says he asked gang members not to harbor fugitives

    Chicago alderman says he asked gang members not to harbor fugitives
    In the wake of the murder of 6-month-old Jonylah Watkins, the ward’s alderman announced Tuesday that he has contacted gang members to ask them not to harbor the killers of innocent victims. Ald. Willie Cochran, 20th, a retired Chicago police...
  • 'It was like everybody was hit'

     'It was like everybody was hit'
    A gunman with a military-grade assault rifle opened fire on a pickup basketball game in the Back of the Yards neighborhood late Thursday, injuring 13 people and pulling the city back into the spotlight for its epidemic of gun violence. The mass shooting...