May 24, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Long legislative summer forecasted

Pat Quinn and Rod Blagojevich, Chicago Democrats like Madigan, found themselves in summertime staring contests with the speaker that left state vendors, employees and people who use state services in limbo for weeks and months. Rauner made it clear ...

May 24, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

State may need power to impeach

Rod Blagojevich talks to the media outside of his home after arriving home from Springfield where the Illinois Senate voted to remove him from office. Now just days away from the deadline to indict the ousted governor, federal prosecutors in Chicago ...

May 24, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Mayor Rahm Emanuel kicks off 'Summer of Faith and Action'

CHICAGO – Mayor Rahm Emanuel joined residents, community, faith and business leaders to kick off the 'Summer of Faith and Action' on Friday night. “While we may be a city of different neighborhoods, when it comes to keeping our kids safe, we are one ...

May 24, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Author Q&A: Marja Mills

The novel also happened to be Mayor Richard M. Daley's favorite book. So it was in that context that my editor at the Chicago Tribune stopped at my desk one day in 2001 and asked, "Want to take a trip?" I wrote a letter to Alice Lee, Harper Lee's older ...

May 24, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Free trade deals nickel and dime Ohio workers: Thomas Suddes

For instance, William M. Daley is a son of Chicago's Democratic boss-mayor, the late Richard J. Daley, brother of another Chicago Democratic mayor, Richard M. Daley. William Daley served Clinton (as Commerce secretary) and Obama (as chief of staff).

May 24, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

THE WATCHDOGS: City Hall's $62 million blunder

That's when aides to former Mayor Richard M. Daley mistakenly approved a parking garage in the new Aqua building at 225 N. Columbus Dr. Under the 2006 privatization deal, the Daley administration received $563 million to lease the parking garages for ...

May 24, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

WILSON: Illinois, Missouri offer reverse mirror images of dysfunctional government

Missouri legislators wrapped up their spring session a little more than a week ago, and Illinois lawmakers are set to complete theirs in a week. Neither General Assembly has had a particularly good year -- for entirely different reasons. In Missouri a ...

May 24, 2015 @ 7:00 AM

Apartments for homeless open downtown

"It's a radical, radical idea: solving homelessness by giving people a home," said the project's owner, Cullen Davis, a Chicago-based developer of affordable housing. The sod hasn't been laid, the lawn irrigation system hasn't been installed and other ...

May 24, 2015 @ 7:00 AM

Greg Hinz on Politics Ideology, not money, holding up state budget deal

Agreements on a couple of other issues are needed to give this big, end-of-session deal lift-off velocity. Lawmakers need to pass Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle's pension reform plan, which pairs benefit cuts with more money from the ...

May 24, 2015 @ 7:00 AM

Denver's forgotten Real Estate corner heats up

The Denver Housing Authority is planning new affordable multifamily housing to preserve a place for low-income renters whose landlords are cashing in. Part of the message Lopez and community activists are trying to tell current residents is that they ...

May 23, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Education week-in-review: A deadbeat and a killer mural

Kenney, who served on the Philadelphia City Council for 23 years before he joined the mayoral race, was a favorite among the city's big labor unions, including the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers. The teachers union also backed Helen Gym, a ...

May 23, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

An evolving art: Calculating museums' economic impact

Data collected by Economic Modeling Specialists International, an Idaho-based labor-market statistical analysis company, and the Denver-based Western States Arts Federation, a nonprofit dedicated to advancing and preserving the arts, show a slice of ...

May 23, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Lake County E-911 dispatchers to vote next month on union representation

Local 21, affiliated with the Northwest Indiana Federation of Labor, represents 7,000 in Indiana and Illinois, including some Chicago police dispatchers, Bonham said. Copyright 2015 All rights reserved. This material may not be published, ...

May 23, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Three new aldermen join city council

People can't afford that right now,” he said. The new alderman told his supporters that he spoke to Mayor Rahm Emanuel at the inauguration ceremony. “I told him, sometimes I will vote with him, and sometimes against him. He didn't put me there. You did.”

May 23, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Harold Green, the Poet Who Performed for Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Shares Journey

ENGLEWOOD — Spoken word artist Harold Green said he doesn't sugarcoat anything in his work. “I'm not here to sugarcoat anything, or move no agendas, or make you feel any type of way so you can feel a certain way about me,” Green said. “If you connect ...

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