| 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...
| 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...
| Sep 20, 2013
| 10:07 PM
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...
| Sep 21, 2013
| 7:27 PM
Just a few weeks ago, Chicago police brass, prosecutors and federal authorities summoned gang members to Gage Park to deliver a message: If the violence continued, law enforcement would be targeting the gang responsible.
The meeting on the Southwest...
| Mar 10, 2011
| 10:45 AM
South Side Ald. Willie Cochran announced endorsements from labor and business organizations today as he tries to win re-election in the 20th Ward over rapper Che "Rhymefest" Smith.
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| Apr 5, 2011
| 5:08 PM
Voter turnout for Chicago's aldermanic runoffs appeared to come in at less than 25 percent, though some wards on the North and Northwest Sides saw heavier turnout, officials say.
Complaints were also low, though a candidate in the 16th Ward was charged...
| 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.
| Jul 9, 2012
| 11:32 AM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel today acknowledged complaints from some aldermen about shootings being up in their wards while Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy once again defended his switch to a system centered on beat cops instead of strike forces.