The energy economy is essential to Chicago staying competitive -- it is central to business productivity.
There will be no shortage of references to green roofs and bike lanes that stretch to the moon as Daley's departure comes ever-nearer. But frankly, that shortchanges his legacy.
Issues as diverse as a daunting budget deficit and a stringent collective bargaining agreement might conspire to block serious-minded school reform.
No retailer in American history has ever had to divert so far from its corporate mission to do damage control on its image.
Although exact turnout by age group will take a few more days to process, Chicago's five most youth-dense precincts experienced a significant 14% increase in turnout.
I have lived in Chicago all my life. I love this city; I believe we are second to no other city in America. There is a certain way of being that comes...
Snowfall totals rank this week's blizzard as the third worst in history, but you can't begin to judge the storm's presumptive ferocity by a mere 1.8" ...
To understand how Chicago politics works one need only do a doctoral thesis on the Daley I mayoral years, the Daley II mayoral years or watch a West Wing-like television series that I may have to co-write, Man on Five.
Emanuel is banking on the elitism embedded in our politics to vault him to the top job in the Windy City -- the kind that says laws apply only when they help the rich and powerful.
Let's not wring our hands and weep at our lost jobs and blame China. The world has changed dramatically in the last 20 years and many Americans have been asleep or resting on their past laurels.
Both Daley and Emanuel run with the same crowd of hedge-funders, Civic Committee patrons and profiteers who sell off to the highest bidder of every city asset that's not nailed down.
Could Chicago in fact get out of the parking meter deal? Possibly, though it's a long shot. But it's imperative that the next mayor at least take a run at it.
What should a good education include? Interim schools CEO Mazany lays out a vision of high-quality learning that made no mention of high test scores, but does include teaching students to be critical thinkers.
So, Carol is broke. So what? So is most of America. So is most of everybody. How many small businesses went out of business last year?
What is to become of Mayor Daley's goal of making Chicago the greenest city in America, if not the world, after he steps down in May?