| Aug 22, 2013
| 7:08 PM
There's nothing quite like inserting a can of beer into a chicken while you're contemplating how politicians treat us taxpayers.
A week before the big Labor Day barbecue weekend, our politicos are positively grill-tastic, preparing for the fall...
| Aug 21, 2013
| 10:54 PM
City taxpayers shelled out more than $8,000 to former Chicago Comptroller Amer Ahmad for unused vacation days after he resigned just weeks before he was indicted in an alleged kickback scheme related to his previous government job in Ohio.
The city of...
| Aug 21, 2013
For a man who cultivates the aura of a guy who knows everything, Mayor Rahm Emanuel didn't know all that much in the matter of Amer Ahmad.
Or so he says.
Ahmad is one of his former golden boy financial whizzes, the onetime deputy treasurer of Ohio who...
| Aug 13, 2013
| 10:05 PM
A traffic camera company that lost its Baltimore contract earlier this year after acknowledging that its faulty equipment resulted in thousands of erroneous speeding tickets was named Tuesday as the preferred bidder to take over Chicago's scandal-ridden...
| Aug 16, 2013
| 5:47 PM
Former Chicago Comptroller Amer Ahmad kept working for Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration for more than 10 months after a meeting in which FBI officials said he lied to them to try to cover up a kickback scheme during his time as Ohio’s...
| Aug 15, 2013
| 8:06 PM
When Amer Ahmad abruptly resigned as city comptroller about three weeks ago, Mayor Rahm Emanuel heaped praise on his hand-picked aide for helping him "reform government" in Chicago.
On Thursday, Ahmad was indicted in Ohio on federal corruption charges...
| Aug 12, 2013
| 4:09 AM
As Mayor Rahm Emanuel rolls out his long-delayed speed camera plan, new numbers his office released suggest that drivers who speed in Chicago could rack up way more in fines than a cash-starved City Hall initially projected.
The mayor had hoped to bring...
| Jun 15, 2013
| 12:09 AM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel's no-bid deal for new expressway billboards guarantees the city far less than half the $700 million the private vendor expects to make and essentially requires Chicago to repay all the upfront cash the mayor touted as a key selling...
| Aug 9, 2013
| 3:48 PM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s new speed cameras will begin issuing their first warning tickets to Chicago motorists this month near four city parks, with at least eight more locations set to go operational in September, the mayor’s office announced...
| Jul 31, 2013
| 5:14 PM
The day of financial reckoning for Chicago is not far off, with the city budget shortfall expected to near a record $1 billion in 2015 if major changes are not made to the government worker pension systems, city officials said Wednesday.
| Jul 24, 2013
| 4:32 PM
Deb Mell to succeed dad as 33rd Ward alderman Others will say what they will, but while it would not be fair to appoint Deb just because her name is Mell, it would have been equally unfair to her constituents......