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How the Sharing Economy is Reshaping the Business Services Sector

Reboot Illinois | Posted 08.19.2016 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Lyft created an express pay program that lets its drivers get paid daily if they wish. Airbnb has at least one host in each of Chicago's 50 wards and,...

County Officials Call For End To Felony Prostitution Arrests

Posted 03.23.2013 | Chicago

Story by Emily Morris, courtesy Chicago: CHICAGO — As Cook County Jail fills with inmates waiting to be charged, tried or sent to pri...

Our Mayor's Race Is a Tale of Two Cities

Rebecca Sive | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Rebecca Sive

In a way, it's an embarrassment of riches, this mayoral candidate vetting contest. But how does it bode for the person who is most likely to be our next mayor?

How a Woman Wins the Race to Replace Mayor Daley

Rebecca Sive | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Rebecca Sive

As I've mulled over the prospect, I've concluded that there's just no reason to think that a woman can't replace Mayor Daley. A woman could. Here is my take on how it could happen.

Political Newcomer, Water District Candidate Todd Connor Is on a Roll

David Ormsby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
David Ormsby

Connor is likely the hottest candidate who has stormed onto the 2010 Cook County political stage.

Candidate, Former SEC Chairman Bash Water Deal that Flushed $68 Million Down the Sewer

David Ormsby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
David Ormsby

The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District got a pasting last Thursday over a botched bond deal that cost Cook County area taxpayers $68 million.

Dan Hynes' Tax Plan Would Shield Illinois Legislature, Governor From Tax Hike and Other Campaign News

David Ormsby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
David Ormsby

If Hynes ultimately were to become governor and enact his plan, the entire Illinois governing class would be exempt from an Illinois income tax increase. Oops.

County Gaming Ban Smacks of Insider Politics, Not Concern for the Public

Ray Hanania | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Ray Hanania

We have 10 casinos in Illinois, the lottery and churches rely on bingo for most of their free cash. That kind of gambling is OK, but a bill that would compete for casino revenues is not?

Shining Light On County Lobbyists

Huffington Post | Tim Taliaferro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

UPDATE: The Lobbyist Sunshine Initiative passed the finance committee unanimously on Thursday. It goes to a full vote at the Board's Oct. 6 meeting. ...

Shedding Sunshine on Cook County Lobbyists

David Orr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
David Orr

There is no reason why we cannot bring our lobbyist records into the 21st Century. We can and should do more to connect the dots between million dollar contracts and lobbyists who stand to profit from their approval.

Sunlight Proposed For County Lobbyists And Politicians

Chicago Tribune | Hal Dardick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Cook County lobbyists would have to disclose new clients within two days of landing them under new ethics rules proposed Monday by county Clerk David ...

Replacing Quigley on Cook County Board a Lesson in Democracy, Sort of

James Warren | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
James Warren

When a committee gathered Saturday to fill the Cook County Board vacancy created by spirited reformer Mike Quigley's ascension to the U.S. Congress, it was no surprise that talk of a fix was rampant.

Bridget Gainer, Former Daley Aide And AON Lobbyist, Chosen To Replace Quigley On County Board

Chicago Tribune | Hal Dardick and Ray Gibson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

North Side political power brokers today picked a 40-year-old former Daley administration official to replace Congressman-elect Mike Quigley on the Co...

Candidates Vie To Replace Quigley On The Cook County Board

Progress Illinois | Josh Kalven | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

On Saturday afternoon, about 80 Northsiders gathered at Chicago's Truman College to hear from five individuals interested in succeeding Mike Quigley o...