business

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...
Wed, 02/15/2012
Ahead of this spring’s NATO and G8 summits, four influential aldermen on Wednesday proposed prohibiting audience members from waving signs or engaging in any “demonstration of approval or disapproval” during City Council meetings. Under the proposal, the banned conduct in the council chambers would include — but would not be limited to — “cheering...
Sun, 02/05/2012
Remove the Heisman Trophy from the discussion and I don’t know if Phil Emery knows Robert Griffin III from Robert Goulet. I would assume he does; Emery has spent more than a decade traversing the country in search of N.F.L.-caliber players for three pro teams. But his eye for talent was hardly the focal point of a recent Halas Hall news conference...
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...
Mon, 10/24/2011
More than 1,000 county employees would be laid off, about 100,000 residents in the unincorporated areas of Cook County would begin paying for the first time to receive police protection and taxes on alcohol and titled property such as cars and boats would increase under the budget Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is set to unveil to...
Mon, 10/17/2011
Revenue from Chicago’s TIF Districts As TIF districts have spread throughout Chicago, and the city’s property values have risen, the property taxes they collect have grown dramatically, funneling over $4 billion to the city since 1986. How TIF Dollars Were Spent The bulk of the $1.69 billion in property taxes the city spent between...
Wed, 10/12/2011
As they had done so many times for Mayor Richard M. Daley, aldermen stood and applauded at the end of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s first budget speech since he was elected to succeed Daley. And the longest-serving City Council member, Ald. Edward Burke (14th Ward) predicted that a “clear majority” of aldermen would approve Emanuel’s 2012 budget proposal...
Thu, 09/29/2011
A handful of Chicago-area business owners with renewable-energy systems on their premises are inviting anyone curious enough to stop by on Saturday for a firsthand look at how they work.Fifteen businesses are participating in the Illinois Solar Tour, a daylong event of free, self-guided tours where individuals can get a close-up look at solar...
Sun, 09/25/2011
Mike Quigley knows about cheap shots on ice. Now he’s an expert on being blindsided on the internet and cable TV. Quigley, a Democratic Chicago congressman, had a relatively light Saturday recently. He played ice hockey in the morning, did a beach cleanup with the Sierra Club and hit four block parties in the 32nd, 43rd and 44th Wards. Along the...
Wed, 09/21/2011
While Mayor Rahm Emanuel prepares to unveil his 2012 city budget next month, Ald. Daniel Solis (25th Ward) will be bicycling in the Netherlands. But Solis won’t be on a European vacation: He will be peddling amid the canals of Amsterdam on a study trip paid for by a bicycling advocacy group. Solis revealed the trip on Twitter and said he will...