Chicago

Thu, 06/07/2012
 Whether you don't bike, have a dusty bike, or your bike gets you everywhere, here are few fresh two-wheeled suggestions for enjoying Chicago and the Midwest. Even the city's most expert bicyclist doesn't have the 2012 Chicago bicycle map. Request one here and they’ll be sent out after June 15. The online version of the map is decent and...
Fri, 02/24/2012
Lawmakers in the Illinois House earned an extra $661,000 last year for serving as committee officers, even though some committees met fewer than five times and a handful met once, a Chicago News Cooperative analysis found. The House paid members who serve as committee chairmen and spokesmen (Springfield’s term for ranking minority members) $10,326...
Thu, 02/23/2012
Following Republican criticism he didn’t announce budget cuts during his Feb. 1 State of the State address, Gov. Pat Quinn proposed chopping $420 million from agency budgets Wednesday through state facility closures and consolidations. Delivering his annual budget address to an attentive, quiet chamber of lawmakers that did not interrupt his...
Tue, 02/21/2012
Cook County Clerk of the Circuit Court Dorothy Brown, who is seeking her fourth term in office, often talks about how she has modernized the technology in her office, which maintains the records for one of the largest court systems in the country. But even as court systems elsewhere move ahead in the critical area of electronic filing–or allowing...
Mon, 02/20/2012
The sounds of chaos bounce off the dim yellow walls. Everywhere there are prisoners wearing orange, red and khaki jumpsuits. An officer barks out orders as a thin woman tries to sleep on a hard bench in a holding cell. This is a harsh scene of daily life inside what has become the state’s largest de facto mental institution: the Cook County Jail....