Now that they've had some success destroying public education, the school reform privateers are setting their sights on something even more precious and fundamental to our nation -- our democracy.
Chicago's political establishment must shudder each time Jon Burge garners another headline. This past week was a bad one for politicians who would like to forget that Burge ever commanded an elite unit of police detectives.
Let us examine Obama by the standard of his cabinet members, advisers, and favored influences. His taste in associates at these extremes may tell us something about the moral and political personality in the middle.
We're going to hear again and again from Republicans about how President Obama is supposedly not strong on Israel. But President Obama has provided more security assistance to Israel than any president in history.
Rahm Emanuel, the new Mayor of Chicago, walks out of an NBC interview when asked when asked what school he intends to enroll his children in. He intones: "My children are not an instrument of me being mayor." But everyone else's children are.
Dear Mayor Emanuel: Yesterday's news that you plan to institute paid maternity leave for city employees moves our city firmly in the right direction.
Over the last two days, a group of businesses, non-profits, and public officials came together in Chicago at the Clinton Global Initiative to find ways putting Americans back to work in a way that contributes to everyone's bottom line.
I toured Team Rahm Digital's offices this week and caught a glimpse of the hustle and bustle as they start building a strategy that can maximize the tremendous opportunity to engage this amazing city.
While leadership is important at the highest echelons, we also need strong women at the community level. I'm encouraged by the programs here in Chicago that engage women as grassroots leaders.
I'm still scratching my head over the retrial of former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich now that it's over as we all await the jury's verdict on some 20 counts.
ABC-7 anchorman Ravi Baichwal called Collins Academy one of the city's "exceptional public schools." But having an anchorman declare it one of the city's "exceptional public schools" does not make it so.
Not only did new City Clerk Mendoza have a challenger candidate supported by the black community, she had the task of defending the importance of the position, as eliminating it became a talking point.
Garry McCarthy's tenure as superintendent of the Chicago Police Department is likely to be marked by continuation of the same problems that have plagued the department for decades.
Chicago has a major coal problem. Mr. Emanuel's first day in office is today, and it still isn't clear how he plans to deal with this problem.
This week, Chicago experiences a new political era as the Daley years have ended. Enter Rahm Emanuel, who takes over from a legend and inherits serious debt.
From a journalist's standpoint, the most refreshing news to emerge from Catalyst Chicago's recent interview with incoming Schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard was his promise to be transparent.