Chicago

Mon, 01/16/2012
Lobbying by Illinois lawmakers would be barred under a bill proposed by the Legislature’s inspector general, who monitors ethical conduct by state representatives and senators. “Legislators should not be allowed to be paid to lobby on behalf of clients before any public body,” said the inspector general, Thomas J. Homer, who plans to introduce the...
Wed, 01/11/2012
Gov. Pat Quinn called for a “rendezvous with pension reality” and said the state must get its pension debt under control this year. At a news conference Tuesday, Quinn said pension reform would be one of his top priorities for the legislative session that starts January 31st. The state’s chronic inability to address its pension shortfall was a...
Wed, 01/11/2012
A dead dog, a cat in a coffin and a body floating in a submerged car. Those were just a few of the items police fished out of the Chicago River on a single day last week. Little surprise, then, that Chicagoans generally view the waterway much as New Yorkers see the East River: a toxic receptacle for human and industrial waste, unfit for the...
Tue, 01/10/2012
Four Cook County commissioners failed to take some or all of the required 10 days off without pay in the fiscal year that ended Nov. 30, 2011, according to a preliminary report by the county comptroller’s office. All 17 Cook County Commissioners approved last year’s budget, which called for most of the county’s 23,700 employees to take five...
Tue, 01/03/2012
Ald. Howard Brookins (21st Ward) is in danger of becoming the third incumbent ward boss to be removed from the March primary ballot. Brookins, who is running for re-election as the Democratic committeeman of the 21st Ward, may not have enough signatures to remain on the ballot after his nominating petitions were challenged and a preliminary review...