Dibs isn’t dead in Chicago, but it’s about to take a break after one last weekend. On Monday, the Department of Streets and Sanitation will start carting away the lawn chairs, beat-up couches and discarded toys that have helped Chicagoans stake claim to cherished parking spaces they have cleared of snow.
Chicago is a “world-class city” that should allow “realistic kinds of adult entertainment venues” — including strips clubs that sell liquor — so long as they don’t “create a problem in the neighborhood,” the City Council’s most powerful alderman declared Thursday. With that comment by Ald. Edward Burke (14th), the City Council’s Zoning Committee did something Chicago has refused to do for decades: authorized adult entertainment clubs to sell liquor and offer seminude dancing at the same place, instead of forcing those establishments to choose between the two.
Standard & Poor’s has reaffirmed Chicago’s A-plus general obligation bond rating with a “negative outlook,” citing the city’s looming pension crisis, its “political unwillingness to raise property taxes” and its “limited capacity to cut spending” because 63 percent of it is tied to public safety.
Competition between ride-sharing companies and taxicabs is the legislative equivalent of a heavyweight title fight.
Installing motion sensing thermostats and replacing inefficient lighting in the city’s largest buildings are just two ways Chicago is hoping to win a competitive environmental challenge that could save millions.
A University of Chicago think tank whose anti-violence research is being embraced by President Barack Obama and Mayor Rahm Emanuel will receive a $1 million grant from the MacArthur Foundation, officials announced Wednesday.
The union representing 1,088 Chicago Police sergeants asked a judge Wednesday to order Mayor Rahm Emanuel to pay $5 million in retroactive pay raises with 5 percent interest dating back to November — mandated by an arbitrator’s ruling ratified by the City Council.
SPRINGFIELD — Chicago Teachers Union chief Karen Lewis came to Springfield Wednesday to rally against possible pension cuts to city teachers but left town being urged to run against Mayor Rahm Emanuel. By her own and other union members. Chants of “Run for Mayor!” filled the Capitol rotunda, where unionized city workers gathered to hear her speak. Afterwards, Lewis seemed to suggest she’s staying put in 2015, when Emanuel faces re-election, but she also didn’t close any doors.
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan will announce legislation Wednesday that will require petcoke loading facilities across the state to fully enclose materials if located within 5,000 feet of a neighborhood.
The bill, created by Madigan’s office and Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie (D-Chicago), is in response …
A former officer in the Chicago Police Department’s news office has filed a lawsuit alleging she was unjustly transferred out of the department after she reported that another officer yelled and swore at her during a workplace confrontation.
Laura Kubiak, now a patrol officer who …
A coalition of government unions on Monday trotted out seven everyday city employees and retirees to make their case against pension reforms that would sharply reduce the retirement income of employees who are not eligible for Social Security. During a news conference in Chicago, a police officer, a firefighter, a parking enforcement aide, a teacher, a pair of nurses and an audio-visual technician all carried the same message to Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his Springfield allies.
Marijuana sellers should be able to open a medical dispensary in the center of Chicago, state officials said in recently unveiled documents. Proposed rules by the state would allow up to 13 dispensaries to open all around the city to be sure patients throughout could easily fill their marijuana prescriptions.
Prohibiting petcoke facilities from opening in Chicago will cost jobs and affect the city’s revenue, the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association said Wednesday. The group was responding to Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s announcement that he’ll propose an ordinance at next month’s City Council meeting to prohibit new petcoke facilities from opening anywhere in Chicago and stop existing facilities from expanding.
Chicago has already plowed through $25 million in snow removal spending — $4.5 million over a budget that was supposed to cover this winter and the start of next — exacerbating the city’s financial crisis.
Ousted Fraternal Order of Police President Mike Shields has been thwarted in his attempt to stop the union election for the same reason he cost his members their automatic right to a retroactive pay raise: He was late.
It was supposed to be a “peer jury” of her Wells High School classmates confidentially determining what to do about freshman Monifah Russell’s behavioral and academic struggles in two classes. Instead, it turned into a media circus, with Russell’s failing grades, verbal and physical outbursts — culminating in her decision to throw a textbook at a student who threw a pen at her — on display as television cameras recorded the moment.