- Ex-head of Chicago Public Schools expected to plead guilty Updated: Oct-13-15 1:35 am
CHICAGO - The former head of Chicago Public Schools is expected to plead guilty in what prosecutors say was a scheme to steer more than $23 million in no-bid contracts to education firms for $2.3 million in bribes and kickbacks.
- Emails on private devices, FOIA issue goes back to court Updated: Oct-11-15 2:19 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Illinois law says government officials' emails about taxpayer business are public records for all to see. But what if they're sent from private accounts or personal cellphones?
- Anti-violence programs shut down as Chicago shootings climb Updated: Oct-09-15 8:59 pm
CHICAGO - Captured in a documentary that brought national attention to Chicago's violence, CeaseFire deployed former gang members and felons to intervene in feuds that too often ended in fatal gunfire.
- The Latest: Chicago Public Schools mum on indictment Updated: Oct-08-15 4:58 pm
CHICAGO - The latest on the indictment of former Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett, following a federal investigation into a $20 million no-bid contract (all times local):
- Chicago gun laws not as strict as they once were Updated: Oct-07-15 1:09 am
CHICAGO - The mass shooting at an Oregon community college last week thrust the debate over the nation's gun laws to the center of the presidential race. At least some of the Republicans who are running have pointed to Chicago as proof that gun control does not work.
- Nonprofit continues fight against Lucas Museum in Chicago Updated: Oct-05-15 8:06 am
CHICAGO - A nonprofit group has filed an updated complaint in federal court as part of its efforts to keep filmmaker George Lucas from building a museum along Lake Michigan in Chicago.
- Fast and easy loans come at price for small businesses Updated: Oct-01-15 11:05 am
NEW YORK - It sounded like a sweet deal: A loan broker walked into Southern Girl Desserts offering the Los Angeles bakery a $40,000 loan that could be deposited in a bank account quickly. Already rejected for a loan from a bank, co-owner Catarah Hampshire took the offer and hired more workers to whip up peach cobblers and sweet potato cupcakes.
- Chicago Tribune sues over Mayor Emanuel's private email use Updated: Sep-24-15 5:00 pm
CHICAGO - The Chicago Tribune filed a lawsuit against Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Thursday over claims he violated open records laws by failing to disclose personal emails and text messages used to conduct official city business.
- Chicago's deputy mayor testifies on property tax exemption Updated: Sep-24-15 11:39 am
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - An aide to Mayor Rahm Emanuel is testifying before state lawmakers on a proposed property tax exemption as Chicago looks to increase property taxes to help pay pensions.
- Emanuel's budget speech draws applause and skepticism Updated: Sep-22-15 5:28 pm
CHICAGO - Mayor Rahm Emanuel's budget speech calling for a more than $543 million property tax increase drew applause from City Council members at times.
- Chicago mayor's budget includes massive property hike Updated: Sep-22-15 3:12 pm
CHICAGO - Mayor Rahm Emanuel pitched a massive property tax hike Tuesday as a "last resort" to correct Chicago's financial footing, suggesting the only alternative for the nation's third-largest city would include severe cuts to police and fire services, recycling programs, pothole repair and even rodent control.
- Chicago mayor prepares large property tax hike Updated: Sep-21-15 6:41 pm
CHICAGO - After watching for years as their city's financial troubles piled up, Chicago homeowners will be told this week that it's time for them to start paying the tab.
- Emanuel's budget to put 319 more police on the street Updated: Sep-20-15 9:38 pm
CHICAGO - With homicides climbing again after having fallen for two years, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's 2016 budget will include a plan to hire civilians to take more than 300 police desk jobs so the officers there now can hit the streets.
- Activists say hunger strike over Chicago school has ended Updated: Sep-20-15 1:15 pm
CHICAGO - Activists have announced the end of a 34-day hunger strike over the fate of a Chicago neighborhood school, an effort that garnered national headlines when supporters disrupted public budget hearings held by Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
- Lucas Museum team unveils new design with more park space Updated: Sep-18-15 9:35 am
CHICAGO - The team behind George Lucas' art and movie museum released revised renderings showing more green space at the Chicago site but no radical changes to the undulating, futuristic building stoking passions in a city that guards its Lake Michigan shoreline with religious-like devotion.
- Lucas Museum team unveils new design with more park space Updated: Sep-18-15 12:18 am
CHICAGO - The team behind George Lucas' art and movie museum released revised renderings Thursday showing more green space at the Chicago site but no radical changes to the undulating, futuristic building stoking passions in a city that guards its Lake Michigan shoreline with religious-like devotion.