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Top 10 Campaign Donors to Both Illinois Gubernatorial Candidates

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.16.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Illinois gubernatorial elections are less than four months away, and the candidates' campaigns are starting to heat up. But to be able to get their messages out to voters, they'll need money -- and boy do they have a lot of it.

Attack on Pedicabs Spreads to Chicago

Hilary Gowins | Posted 09.06.2014 | Chicago
Hilary Gowins

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has said that he wants his city to become the most bike-friendly hub in the country. But his stance toward pedicabs is incredibly unfriendly, to say the least.

Chicago City Council to Comcast: End the Delays and Support CAN TV

Barbara Popovic | Posted 08.12.2014 | Chicago
Barbara Popovic

Comcast, Chicago's largest cable provider, is seeking a 10-year renewal of its cable franchise in Chicago. Nationally, Comcast's wants to take over Time Warner, combining the nation's two largest cable companies. The merger is attracting attention a wide range of public interest groups.

Springfield's Gift to Chicago: Step One of Pension Reform, or an Election Year Headache?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 06.09.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Mayor Rahm Emanuel's pension bill finally got passed through the General Assembly after some property tax language was stripped from the bill.

Chicago Petcoke: Alderman's Shameful Switcheroo Undercuts His Neighbors, the Mayor and the Entire City

Henry Henderson | Posted 06.02.2014 | Chicago
Henry Henderson

Pope's move yesterday seems designed to revive the project that neighbors were loudly opposing. And by courting companies like Leucadia, this ordinance would be like setting out a welcome mat for more petcoke.

BYOB: Bring Your Own Bag Ordinance Is Moving...FINALLY

Joe Moreno | Posted 05.14.2014 | Chicago
Joe Moreno

It is finally time to rid Chicago of this costly-to-the-taxpayer and incredibly destructive product.

Chicago: A Test of Comcast Merger Promises

Barbara Popovic | Posted 04.23.2014 | Chicago
Barbara Popovic

The Chicago Committee on Finance will begin consideration of the 10-year renewal of Comcast's cable franchise in Chicago at its March 4, 2014 meeting ...

Ending Chicago Politics as Usual

Amisha Patel | Posted 01.25.2014 | Chicago
Amisha Patel

Though the return of this money will provide at least some relief for Chicago Public School students suffering from the school closures, teacher layoffs and budget cuts imposed by the administration earlier this year, the relief may be only temporary.

#ChiBudget 2014: The Calm Before the Pension Storm

Joe Moreno | Posted 01.23.2014 | Chicago
Joe Moreno

This budget seems a little like the calm before the pension storm. Unless the state acts, and acts soon, the "pension bomb" explodes next year.

Where was Quinn's veto pen when we needed it?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 10.01.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Reboot Illinois is all about reform in Illinois government and nothing is better for improving government than a large and active electorate. So the ...

Deb Mell Is a Qualified Candidate Chosen Through a Corrupted Process

Madeleine Doubek | Posted 07.25.2013 | Chicago
Madeleine Doubek

State Rep and soon-to-be Alderman Deb Mell is, by all accounts, qualified for the job she is about to assume. She seems to have done good work in Spri...

Income tax debate takes center stage

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.24.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

SPOTLIGHT ON INCOME TAX Jan. 1, 2015, is D-Day for Illinois' income tax. That's when most of the 2011 temporary income tax increase expires, dropping ...

Crime, debt, flight = Detroit? Not to a Chicago cartoonist

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.23.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

MOTOR (WINDY) CITY Chicago Tribune cartoonist Scott Stantis' view of crime-plagued, financially failing Detroit looks awfully familiar. He says a lot ...

Rahm Chooses Deb Mell To Replace Her Father On City Council

Posted 07.24.2013 | Chicago

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Wednesday that he has chosen state Rep. Deb Mell to replace her father Ald. Dick Mell (33rd) on the City Council....

Reformer Alderman Facing Multiple Ethics Probes

Posted 07.22.2013 | Chicago

A Chicago Alderman known for reform-minded politics and going against the grain of former Mayor Richard Daley's administration is facing "multiple" et...

Where to Begin on Metra Mess -- And Where Will It End?

Madeleine Doubek | Posted 09.21.2013 | Chicago
Madeleine Doubek

This Metra mess is wrong on so many different levels, it's hard to know where it will end or where to begin.

Why You Should Support the Plastic Bag Reduction Ordinance

Joe Moreno | Posted 08.14.2013 | Chicago
Joe Moreno

Passage of the Plastic Bag Reduction Ordinance will not only help move our people away from these disposable relics of the old economy, but it will help Chicago take its rightful place as a leader of the sustainable and fiscally responsible new economy.

Report: City Council Just As Compliant Under Rahm As Under Daleys

The Huffington Post | Joe Erbentraut | Posted 04.09.2013 | Chicago

The findings of a new report will come as a shock to exactly no one who follows politics in the Windy City: Under Rahm Emanuel, Chicago's City Council...

Chicago's 'Rebel' Alderman Talks His Caucus & His Cause

The Huffington Post | Joe Erbentraut | Posted 03.20.2013 | Chicago

Does Chicago's City Council have a rebel on its hands? Currently, the council of 50 -- between its historian alderman, its "hipster" alderman, its ...

Committee OKs Expansion Of Sex Offender-Like Gun Registry

Posted 03.08.2013 | Chicago

Much in the way sex offenders submit personal information to a registry when convicted of a crime, Chicago aldermen want to expand a "widely-ignored" ...

A New Look at Hinky Dink's Star

Robert Loerzel | Posted 05.05.2013 | Chicago
Robert Loerzel

One of Chicago's most famous City Council members, Michael "Hinky Dink" Kenna, got a quite a gift from his supporters in the First Ward on April 22, 1897: an "alderman's star." It looks like a police officer's badge -- except that it's made out of solid gold and studded with diamonds.

Still Ain't Ready for Reform

Dick Simpson | Posted 04.24.2013 | Chicago
Dick Simpson

Once again the Chicago City Council proved it's not ready for reform. Recently, the council voted unanimously to pass the second set of reforms proposed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel's Ethics Task Force, except as the reforms would apply to them.

Sandi Jackson's City Council Replacement Announced

Posted 02.11.2013 | Chicago

Updated story Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Monday named his pick for former Alderman Sandi Jackson's successor on Chicago's City Council. From an initi...

Guns Do Kill People

Joe Moreno | Posted 03.13.2013 | Chicago
Joe Moreno

We do have the right to bear arms, but like all rights, it must be balanced against our broader rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. After the beyond-comprehension horror in Sandy Hook, the time for action is now.

Patrick Svitek

Chicago Plan Tempts Other Mayors | Patrick Svitek | Posted 07.23.2012 | Politics

The country's largest organization of mayors last week endorsed an infrastructure investment plan that its most vocal advocate brands a defiance of th...