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December 19, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

A whole lot of nothing from the City Council

For a moment earlier this year, a brief moment, it appeared as if two key good government reforms might be embraced by the Chicago City Council. What fools we were for getting our hopes up. We'd like, then, to inform our fellow Chicagoans — voters who ...

December 19, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Tries To Exempt Financial Firms From Ethics Laws

The counterintuitive declaration came this week from the mayor-appointed ethics commission, responding to Chicago aldermen's request for an investigation of campaign contributions to Emanuel from the financial industry. The request followed disclosures ...

December 19, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Chicago Park District on path for hiring compliance

In the case of the city, taxpayers also got hit with $12 million in awards to people who alleged they were harmed by Shakman violations under former Mayor Richard M. Daley. The Shakman decree bars the county, city and other local agencies from taking ...

December 19, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

88-story skyscraper Wanda Vista to be Chicago's 3rd tallest building

Mayor Emanuel said former Mayor Richard M. Daley gets much of the credit for the city's strong relationship with China. "I want to personally take this moment to thank him for the many trips he made to China, to build the foundation for that gateway ...

December 19, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Rahm Emanuel defends record on ethics in first term

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Thursday sought to make the case for his first-term record on ethics and pledged to put more information online about bidding for City Hall contracts if he's re-elected. Not mentioned during the question-and-answer session with ...

December 19, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Mystery Signs on Morgan Street Question Bridgeport's Political Future

Fliers depicting 11th Ward aldermanic Patrick D. Thompson and his high-profile relatives — former Mayor Richard M. Daley and Richard J. Daley — have been attached to light posts on Morgan Street. The fliers contain the slogan "Community of the Future ...

December 19, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Quinn wants 2016 special election for comptroller

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan said Quinn has the right to appoint someone to fill Topinka's spot until Republican Bruce Rauner is sworn in as the next governor. Then, Rauner could appoint a four-year replacement, she said. But Quinn hasn't ...

December 19, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Quinn wants special election in 2016 on Topinka vacancy

Pat Quinn isn't leaving office without waging at least one more battle against Republican successor Bruce Rauner, ordering lawmakers on Thursday to return to Springfield Jan. 8 to decide whether voters should get to pick a new comptroller in 2016 ...

December 19, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

14 CPS Students Surprised With New Laptops

CHICAGO (CBS) – Former Bears lineman James “Big Cat” Williams surprised several Chicago Public Schools students with new laptop computers, after they won a program designed to help them with getting into college. The Get Schooled program, ...

December 19, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Southwest Airlines' battles at Midway Airport may not be over as 2014 ends

The year 2014 was an historic one for Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) at Chicago's Midway Airport. And not all of the history made was of the sort the low-fare behemoth — or the millions who fly the airline every year — are in any hurry to recollect.

December 19, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

EPA Announces 2014 Annual Environmental Enforcement Results

EPA is working closely with cities such as East Bay MUD (California), Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (Illinois) and Miami-Dade County (Florida) to cut discharges of raw sewage and contaminated stormwater through integrated planning, green ...

December 19, 2014 @ 6:00 AM

Montrose Green TOD Actually Fits Its Neighborhood Just Fine

Developer David Brown wants to bring a neighborhood restaurant to a site right outside the the Chicago Transit Authority's Montrose Brown Line station, along with 24 apartments, a small office space, and 10 car parking spaces. The city's zoning ...

December 18, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Another View: Keep chipping away at clemency requests

Unfortunately, former governor Rod Blagojevich didn't see it that way. Citizens seeking clemency under his administration desperately waited for responses from his office, but in hundreds of cases, responses never came. After Blagojevich was removed ...

December 18, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Emanuel urged to resolve stalemate stalling council budget office

Ald. Ameya Pawar (47th) said he is heartened by the fact that Emanuel is claiming credit for the reform on his campaign website — without mentioning that the independent budget office has yet to get off the ground because of a dispute over who will ...

December 18, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

City Workers Fight Chicago Pension Reforms

CHICAGO (CN) - Several labor unions sued the Municipal Employees' Annuity and Benefit Fund of Chicago and its board in Cook County on Tuesday, seeking a declaration that a law to change their retirement benefits violates the Illinois constitution.

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