There's a battle royale raging in Chicago. It pits hedge funds, the Chicago financial exchanges, real estate interests and Mayor Rahm Emanuel on the one side, against public employee unions and community groups on the other.
The moves the mayor is making can get people thinking about a term called disaster capitalism. Disaster capitalism occurs when profits are generated based on the occurrence of a disaster.
Not allowing e-cigarettes to be used indoors is a smart move for cities and towns that want to preserve the health of their community. Adding e-cigarettes to smoke-free laws is also practical. People who want to smoke e-cigarettes can continue to do so in the same places where regular cigarettes are smoked, while everyone else can continue to breathe clean air wherever they work, learn and play.
Following the success of Chicagoland, CNN has announced it will produce a new reality series titled Rahm Emanuel: A Towering God Among Men. "We haven'...
Mayor Rahm Emanuel's pension bill finally got passed through the General Assembly after some property tax language was stripped from the bill.
roponents of the drastic Chicago pension cuts sought by the city have threatened a range of doomsday scenarios if their proposal is not enacted. Rather than the thoughtful, informed discussion this matter deserves, this is the equivalent of shouting "Fire!" in a crowded theater.
In 1970, Chicago had a booming middle class. In the 40+ years since then, the middle class has disappeared from the city, squeezed out by growing lower and upper classes. It has left the city with two different economies.
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.
Three days after spilling crude oil into Lake Michigan, BP has doubled its spill estimate to between 470 and 1228 gallons. The leak happened at its refinery in Whiting, Ind. Although some of the oil has been cleaned up, it's unclear how much is left in the lake, a drinking water source for about seven million Chicagoans.
The financial nightmare that's been facing Chicago seems to be getting worse. Moody's Investor Services downgraded the city's credit rating on $8.3 b...
I believe the real Barack Obama is the one who sat cross-legged with students at Washington DC's Powell Elementary School. As the Washington Post's Em...
When I learned Tuesday that teachers at a school in Chicago's Little Village neighborhood had voted unanimously to refuse to administer the ISAT to their students, I was surprised. I was surprised that the members of the Saucedo faculty were courageous enough to put their jobs on the line.
Despite all the strong words from officials, none of the policies offered up in response to the sorry situation have actually threatened to wipe the petcoke piles away.
Burge has been said to have friends in high places. In an era where the Illinois Supreme Court and the legislature are potentially scaling back the hard-earned pensions of law-abiding public workers and their families, it will be telling to see, once again, just how high Burge's clout reaches in this scandal-within-a-scandal.
Despite demonstrable success in job creation and business growth, there are indications the president may sidestep the importance of trade in this year's State of the Union address. That would be a mistake.
2013 was an exciting, awkward, frustrating, and confusing year in Illinois. Join us as we take a look back at some of the most memorable highlights fr...