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Chicago Carriage Horses vs. City Hall

Hilary Gowins | Posted 08.24.2014 | Politics
Hilary Gowins

In Chicago, horse-drawn carriages are a familiar and romantic staple along the city's Magnificent Mile and lakefront. But one city alderman is trying ...

Who's Connected to Whom and How in the Lawmaker Pay Lawsuit?

Madeleine Doubek | Posted 10.14.2013 | Chicago
Madeleine Doubek

Sometimes you need a flowchart to understand all the connections between public figures in Illinois. That certainly could be useful in the case of the suit filed by Senate President John Cullerton and House Speaker Michael Madigan against Gov. Pat Quinn.

Ed Burke and Forrest Gump's Surprising Connection

Jeff Kelly Lowenstein | Posted 06.25.2013 | Chicago
Jeff Kelly Lowenstein

Ed Burke is like Forest Gump in that he has been witness to, and part of shaping, many of the city's key events since the late '60s.

Burke OKed Tax Breaks For Company That Became Client

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 10.01.2012 | Chicago
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Ten years ago, Chicago’s most powerful alderman, Edward M. Burke, and the rest of the City Council signed off on a deal that promised $16 million in...

City Committee Advances Rahm's Marijuana Ticketing Plan

Posted 06.21.2012 | Chicago

Updated story A City Council committee on Thursday advanced a proposal from Mayor Rahm Emanuel to partially decriminalize the possession of small a...

Aldermen Not Yet Sold On Rahm's Marijuana Ticketing Plan

Posted 06.19.2012 | Chicago

After Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel threw his support behind a plan to partially decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana last week, se...

Vote On Rahm's Infrastructure Plan Delayed Amid Scrutiny

Posted 04.19.2012 | Chicago

A City Council vote on Mayor Rahm Emanuel's much-publicized Chicago Infrastructure Trust was, in what was somewhat of a surprise twist, deferred Wedne...

Influential Aldermen Aim To Squelch City Council Protests

Posted 02.16.2012 | Chicago

Four of Chicago's most influential aldermen on Wednesday introduced a resolution that, if approved, could dramatically impact the ability of the publi...

Should Chicago Library Workers Skip Raises To Keep Branches Open On Mondays?

Posted 01.12.2012 | Chicago

The labor union representing city librarians balked at a suggestion made by two powerful Chicago aldermen this week that they should forego their cont...

Reforming Chicago's City Government

Keith Koeneman | Posted 03.12.2012 | Chicago
Keith Koeneman

The Chicago City Council has tended to suffer from a rather poor reputation. With that in mind, it seems appropriate for Chicagoans to put forth a modest proposal for reforming our city government.

UPDATED - Coming Soon: A New 1st (And All the Others) Ward

Joe Moreno | Posted 02.05.2012 | Chicago
Joe Moreno

Every decade Chicago's 50 aldermen redraw the fifty wards that make up our city. For the last two weeks, this remap process has been extremely time-consuming, divisive and painful for a few of my colleagues.

Teachers Union Sues School Board, Says Rahm Declared 'War'

Posted 11.09.2011 | Chicago

The Chicago Teachers Union on Friday filed a unfair labor lawsuit against Mayor Rahm Emanuel's Board of Education, claiming that the board has coerced...

Yearly Tab For Ald. Burke's Bodyguards Nearly $600,000

Better Government Association | Posted 10.04.2011 | Chicago

The tab to Chicago taxpayers for providing a Chicago Police Department bodyguard detail to Ald. Edward M. Burke (14th)? Almost $600,000 per year. T...

Quinn Appoints Burkes' Daughter To Six-Figure Post

Posted 09.27.2011 | Chicago

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn on Wednesday appointed attorney Jennifer Burke, daughter of influential 14th Ward Alderman Ed Burke and state Supreme Cour...

WATCH: Nanny Run Over By Drunk City Worker Speaks Out

Posted 09.19.2011 | Chicago

A 25-year-old nanny who was critically injured when a city Department of Streets and Sanitation pickup truck operated by a reportedly drunk driver str...

Burke, Neely, Others Get Security Details Cut

Posted 09.10.2011 | Chicago

Just weeks after police superintendent Garry McCarthy said that he couldn't touch Alderman Ed Burke's city-financed security detail, his office announ...

Ed Burke Offers Up Ideas For Chicago's 175th Birthday Party Next Year

Posted 09.05.2011 | Chicago

With only about nine months to go until Chicago's 175th birthday — March 4, 2012 — the City Council has begun conversations of how the city should...

Ald. Burke Might Have To Give Up Bodyguards

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 09.01.2011 | Chicago

The bodyguard saga of Ald. Edward M. Burke (14th) appears to be coming to an end -- one way or another. Either Mayor Rahm Emanuel will follow throu...

CHA Drops Plan To Drug Test All Public Housing Residents

Posted 08.22.2011 | Chicago

Following several weeks of protests, criticisms and a separate mini-scandal of their own, the Chicago Housing Authority announced Tuesday afternoon th...

While Police Are Scrounging For Cops, Alderman Keeps His Security Detail

Posted 08.22.2011 | Chicago

As the Chicago Police Department struggles to meet Mayor Rahm Emanuel's promise of 1,000 new police on the beat, there's one group of cops they won't ...

Aldermen Want Random Drug Tests For City Employees

Posted 08.09.2011 | Chicago

In the midst of Wednesday's City Council meeting, two members, powerful 14th Ward Alderman Edward Burke and 40th Ward Ald. Patrick O'Connor, introduce...

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 ...

Man Accused Of Threatening To Kill Powerful Alderman

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A powerful Chicago alderman known for his ample police protection reportedly received voicemails threatening his life this week. Alderman Ed Burke, ...

Del Valle Camp Claims Intimidation By Chico Workers

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The uglier side of Chicago politics appears to be rearing its head, as the mayoral campaign of candidate Miguel del Valle is reporting that its volunt...

Judges Who Ruled Against Rahm Have Ties To His Opponent

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The ruling that (at least temporarily) kicked Rahm Emanuel off the Chicago mayoral ballot was decided by two judges on an Illinois appellate court ben...