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Mayor Emanuel Presides Over First City Council Meeting

NBC Chicago | Posted 07.18.2011 | Chicago

Post-Daley Chicago politics publicly began Wednesday as newly inaugurated Mayor Rahm Emanuel took the reins of his first City Council meeting. Eman...

Mayor Daley's Last City Council Meeting

The Huffington Post/AP | Posted 07.04.2011 | Chicago

Chicago aldermen gave retiring Mayor Richard Daley a standing ovation at his last City Council meeting. Aldermen presented a resolution honoring Da...

Black Aldermen On Rahm's Appointments: 'Nobody's Black At The Top'

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 07.02.2011 | Chicago

Black aldermen on Monday accused Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel of shortchanging African-American voters who put him in office after the mayor-elect chose w...

Will Guzzardi

Too Close To Call In 45th Ward? Depends On Who You Ask | Will Guzzardi | Posted 06.07.2011 | Chicago

As far as political close calls go, the aldermanic runoff in the 45th Ward is about as good as it gets. The unofficial tally currently pegs candida...

Ald. Stone Sued By Former Supporter For Calling Him A 'Terrorist'

Posted 06.04.2011 | Chicago

Alderman Berny Stone has been in the Chicago City Council for 37 years, long enough to have made his share of enemies in the 50th Ward. But on the eve...

Gold Coast Residents Angry About Urinating Horses

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 05.31.2011 | Chicago

Chicago's horse-drawn carriage owners are raising a stink -- and predicting a rash of Gold Coast accidents and worse-than-normal traffic jams -- over ...

The Hottest Runoff Races: Barrages Of Early Votes In Some Wards

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

After a hotly contested November general election, and an equally aggressive citywide election this February, Chicagoans could be forgiven for having ...

Aldermen Say Rahm Wants To Cut Chicago's City Council In Half, Emanuel Denies It

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel has repeatedly said that when he takes over, nothing is off limits when it comes to budget and ethics reform in Chicago. But ...

Alderman Says Challenger Took Money From 'A Terrorist'

The Huffington Post | Will Guzzardi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The two candidates in the race for the 50th Ward aldermanic seat appeared on WTTW's "Chicago Tonight" Tuesday, and the incumbent in the race made an a...

How Independent Will The New City Council Be?

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A new study by the political science department at the University of Illinois-Chicago explores the depths of rubber-stamping performed by the City Cou...

Early Voting Begins Today In Chicago Runoffs

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Just weeks after electing a new mayor, some Chicagoans will return to the polls Monday to decide runoff races for aldermen in 14 wards. The majority ...

Emanuel Still Has $2.1 Million To Influence Aldermanic Races

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Rahm Emanuel's fundraising machinery in the Chicago mayoral race was a force of nature. By the day before the election, the Illinois Campaign for Poli...

Round-Up Of Municipal Election Results

The Huffington Post | Will Guzzardi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The results from Tuesday's municipal elections in Chicago are in. Some of them are starkly clear; others won't be determined for another six weeks. ...

City Council Upheaval: Fourteen Aldermanic Races Headed For Runoffs

The Huffington Post | Will Guzzardi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The City Council was sure to see some serious upheaval this election cycle, and the competitiveness of the fights for alderman is showing in tonight...

Hip-Hop Grows Up: From The Music Of The Streets To The Halls Of Power?

The Huffington Post | Will Guzzardi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Chicago’s hip-hop scene has always had a social conscience. Rappers like Common, Kanye West and Lupe Fiasco emerged to national prominence in part o...

The World According To Will Burns

David Brent | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
David Brent

This Tuesday, for the first time in two decades, voters in the 4th ward will have to select a new face to represent their interests in the city council.

Chicago Power and Sweet Home: One Step Forward, One Step Back

Joe Moore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Joe Moore

Make no mistake about it: pollution from the ancient Fisk and Crawford coal-burning plants affects all of us in Chicago. Dirty air doesn't respect ward boundaries.

In The 35th, Challengers Hope To Out-Outsider The Outsider

The Huffington Post | Will Guzzardi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Eight years ago, Alderman Rey Colón of the Northwest Side's 35th Ward won that seat in a surprising coup. Running as an outside reformer, he took dow...

Not-So-Sweet Home Chicago: A Report from the City Council

Joe Moore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Joe Moore

Not every self-proclaimed affordable housing plan is reasonable or workable, but Sweet Home Chicago presents a way to make affordable housing a greater reality for the entire city of Chicago.

Daley's Final Budget Sails Through City Hall

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Mayor Daley's plan to postpone Chicago's financial day of reckoning -- by balancing his final budget with another raid on parking meter reserves and o...

Affordable Housing Ordinance Stalled By Political Maneuvering

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

An ordinance that would mandate city spending on affordable housing stumbled yesterday on a point of protocol designed to make government more transpa...

Daley Appoints Insiders To Three Aldermanic Vacancies

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

At the end of this past November, three of the fifty seats in Chicago's City Council stood empty. One of the aldermen, Ed Smith, retired; one, Thomas ...

Southwest Side Coal Plants: Clean Them Up or Shut Them Down

Miguel del Valle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Miguel del Valle

Along with our city's parking and politics, I will lead efforts to clean up the pollution responsible for thousands of asthma attacks, hundreds of ER visits, and dozens of deaths.

Black Officials Still Working To Find 'Consensus Candidate'

Austin Talks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A coalition of politicians and community leaders hopes to announce a consensus black candidate on Tuesday for the upcoming Chicago mayoral race, and t...

City Of Chicago, Cook County Now Hiring: Pols Hoping For Appointments

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

This election season, candidates went door to door drumming up support for their political ambitions. Now that the votes are in, many more politicos ...