| Sep 10, 2014
| 11:10 AM
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...
| Aug 23, 2014
| 8:44 PM
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...
| Aug 17, 2014
| 2:53 PM
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...
| Aug 12, 2014
| 4:09 PM
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...
| Apr 29, 2014
| 12:04 PM
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...
| Mar 11, 2014
| 5:19 AM
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...
| Jun 14, 2014
| 1:50 PM
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...
| Feb 15, 2012
| 10:05 AM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel today gave an impassioned defense of the city’s effort to intercept millions in state income tax refunds from people across Illinois who owe City Hall money.
The speech came after the City Council approved the plan 41-8.
| Oct 31, 2011
| 12:14 PM
Homeless people seeking overnight help in finding shelter are on their own when it comes to transportation, after Chicago cut the 10 p.m. to 8 a.m. outreach crews that once hit the streets during those hours, a top city official said today.
| Mar 12, 2013
| 2:29 PM
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...
| Mar 19, 2013
| 7:04 PM
Mary Young looked out at the hundreds of people who had packed into New Beginnings Church of Chicago to say goodbye to 6-month-old shooting victim Jonylah Watkins.
Young, a mother of eight, was about to bury her granddaughter. But first, she had a...