| Nov 15, 2013
| 12:33 PM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel has made an opening contract offer to Chicago police, the union says it’s an insult and the two sides continue to head down a path that could end with arbitration.
The Fraternal Order of Police said the mayor offered a total...
| Nov 13, 2013
| 5:14 PM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel proposed a measure Wednesday that would require city contractors to immediately report knowledge of corruption to Chicago's inspector general or risk losing their contract.
The mayor lauded the one-page ordinance as a "key reform"...
| Nov 17, 2013
"Sixty years ago, it was hard to find people who doubted that each generation would be larger than the last. ... (G)overnments and employers built optimistic growth projections into their pension programs. They assumed that revenue and the workforce would...
| Nov 20, 2013
The lawyer who organized a fundraising event at Blackbird restaurant for Mayor Rahm Emanuel might have been called a "bundler" had he collected the checks himself.
Doing so, however, could have violated a ban Emanuel has placed on such bundling of...
| Nov 19, 2013
| 4:46 PM
Work is underway on a Streeterville high-rise and hotel being developed by companies whose leadership recently made contributions to Mayor Rahm Emanuel's campaign fund. (Zbigniew Bzdak, Chicago Tribune)
On his first day in office, Mayor Rahm Emanuel...
| Nov 12, 2013
Mayor Rahm Emanuel's infrastructure trust wants to tap into fees customers pay on their electricity bills to help fund energy efficient building projects that the city is trying to bankroll privately.
The proposal, which the city insists will not...
| Nov 12, 2013
I have lived in Lincoln Park, near Charlie Trotter's restaurant, for more than 20 years. One day my son had a lemonade stand at 25 cents a glass. Trotter came by, bought a lemonade, complimented him on his customer service, and then handed...
| Nov 4, 2013
Where to focus
A lot of people are telling you what to do. This will tell you what not to do, which is just as important.
Your quest is admirable, but let's take off the rose-colored glasses. Government in Illinois is lost. Until we put an end to...
| 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...
| Nov 10, 2013
"Chicago is the drain into which the brains of the Middle West disappear. Moving there is not even an aspiration for ambitious Michiganders. It's the accepted endpoint of one's educational progression: grade school, middle school, high school, college,...
| Nov 9, 2013
Type "Paul Vallas" into the Tribune's story archive, and one of the first stories begins this way:
"A longtime state government fiscal expert was named Tuesday as the City of Chicago's new revenue director, and he was immediately warned by his...