| Jan 21, 2011
A monitor at George Washington High School on the Southeast Side shows that air in the neighborhood has the distinction of containing the state's highest levels of toxic heavy metals, chromium and cadmium, as well as sulfates, which can trigger asthma...
| Feb 24, 2011
As Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel waved to an excited crowd at his election night victory party, another future Chicago leader stood with him. Amy Merritt Rule, Chicago's first lady in waiting, joined her husband on the stage, the first time she has done so...
| May 12, 2011
| 1:28 PM
The Tribune’s scoop about the Obama administration’s order to clean up the Chicago River came after years of reporting about the urban waterway. Taking multiple trips on the river, reading scores of dry-but-important documents and conducting...
| May 16, 2011
| 10:26 AM
Rahm Emanuel took the oath of office as Chicago's 46th mayor.
The city's new mayor then laid out the challenges ahead: Improving schools, ending gun violence and downsizing a city government taxpayers can no longer afford. And he asked Chicagoans, the...
| May 18, 2011
| 8:08 PM
Thieves made off with more than $50,000 in supplies from a Pilsen neighborhood plumbing fixture company, Chicago police said today.
The thefts were discovered today at the Hico Flex Brass company in the 900 block of West 19th Street, though police said...
| May 25, 2011
| 6:34 AM
Amid heavy rain, eight Greenpeace anti-pollution protesters this morning came down from the smokestack of a Pilsen coal-fired plant and were promptly arrested by Chicago police.
"It's a combination of bad weather and feeling we've got the message out,"...
| May 25, 2011
| 10:40 PM
The eight Greenpeace anti-pollution protesters who were arrested Wednesday after climbing down from the smokestack of a Pilsen coal-fired plant were charged this morning with felony criminal damage to property.
The three women and five men were also...
| May 26, 2011
It would be easy to overlook Fogon, an 8-week-old Mexican restaurant in River West, especially as the space has been home to two or three forgettable restaurants in the last few years.
The restaurant's pedigree suggests that would be an error. Fogon is...
| May 26, 2011
| 11:35 AM
One of eight protesters facing felony charges for climbing the smokestack of a Pilsen coal-fired plant on Tuesday was convicted four years ago of scaling the Chicago Board of Trade building to protest the destruction of the world’s rain forests,...
| May 29, 2011
| 3:02 AM
Two men were wounded in a drive-by shooting in the East Pilsen neighborhood early this morning.
About 12:30 a.m., two men -- both 20 years old -- were in the 1900 block of South Union Street when they were shot in a drive-by, according to police News...
| Jun 15, 2011
| 5:34 PM
Federal environmental regulators on Wednesday declared that Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood violates tough new limits on brain-damaging lead in the air, part of a crackdown on polluters in the predominantly Latino, low-income enclave.
After monitoring lead...