| Nov 5, 2013
| 7:51 PM
Lawmakers approved gay marriage Tuesday in a historic vote that saw supporters overcome cultural, racial and geographic divides and put Illinois in line with a growing number of states that have extended the right to wed to same-sex couples.
| Nov 1, 2013
| 1:46 PM
Automatic federal funding cutbacks known as sequestration will end up costing the city of Chicago about $9 million this year, with the largest chunk of that coming out of early childhood education programs, a city official said Friday.
The losses were...
| Oct 29, 2013
| 2:54 PM
City Treasurer Stephanie Neely is one of several potential running mates under consideration by Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn.
On Tuesday, Neely confirmed she's spoken with the governor about the ballot spot that opened up when Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon opted...
| Nov 10, 2013
Can Paul Vallas possibly play second banana?
Though I know Vallas well, even I can't answer that one. And I doubt Gov. Pat Quinn knows either. When I interview both men this week, I'll ask them.
Whether Vallas can rein in his personality is a...
| Nov 12, 2013
The first round of Park Ridge's multi-year flood relief plan is 70 percent complete with seven of 10 projects done at a cost of $5.3 million. But those last three projects are the biggest, most complex and most expensive.
Aldermen and residents...
| Nov 9, 2013
Gov. Pat Quinn's decision to name Paul Vallas as his running mate Friday could provide his 2014 ticket with financial and educational gravitas needed to counter an anticipated push by Republicans who need to regain the Executive Mansion to rebuild their...
| Nov 13, 2013
The Rev. Francis X. Lawlor was a high school teacher in the late 1960s when he came to citywide attention for efforts some decried as racist to slow the movement of African-Americans into white neighborhoods on Chicago's Southwest Side.
| Nov 8, 2013
| 11:40 AM
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has named former Chicago Public Schools CEO Paul Vallas as his Democratic running mate for next year's election.
Vallas, an unsuccessful candidate for the Democratic nomination for governor in 2002 against Rod Blagojevich, fills...
| Oct 16, 2013
| 5:13 AM
Thousands of union workers, community activists and a smattering of politicians rallied Tuesday evening on the Near West Side to "take back Chicago" and send a message to Mayor Rahm Emanuel and what they dubbed his "corporate, greedy, elitist friends."...
| Sep 22, 2013
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, ruler of the murder capital of the United States, would often open his news conferences with a wisecrack:
"Do you have questions for my answers?"
But these days, with South and West siders afraid for their lives in the...
| Sep 18, 2013
| 6:16 AM
Democrat Bill Daley's decision to quit the governor's race provided a measure of clarity Tuesday for both political parties heading into the 2014 elections.
Democrats get a measure of unity, no longer having to worry about significant primary contests...