Rahm Emanuel

Chicago cop faces sentencing for firing 16 shots at car filled with teens, wounding two

A veteran Chicago police officer faces sentencing Monday for his excessive force conviction for firing 16 times into a moving vehicle filled with teens.<p>Marco Proano, 42, was the first Chicago cop in memory to be convicted in federal court of criminal charges stemming from an on-duty shooting.<p>His …

Policing

Emanuel's 2018 budget surrounded by red flags

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is certain to take a bow this week when the City Council signs off on his 2018 budget, balanced with higher taxes on telephone …

Democrats

Rahm Emanuel's 2018 budget by the numbers

The City Council is poised this week to pass Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s $8.6 billion budget.<p>Here are some of the places that money is coming from:<p>A $1.4 …

Democrats

MIHALOPOULOS: Will pop-tax anger unseat Preckwinkle, or fizzle out?

After this month, Cook County won’t get another cent from its penny-an-ounce tax on sweetened beverages.<p>But could the bitter aftertaste from the …

Elections

Morning Spin: Rauner challenger Ives reveals who's bankrolling her bid

<i>Welcome</i> <i>to Clout Street: Morning Spin, our weekday feature to catch you up with what's going on in government and politics from Chicago to Springfield. Subscribe here.</i><p><b>Topspin</b><p>State Rep. Jeanne Ives, who's looking to challenge Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner in the March primary, has issued a detailed …

Chicago

Rain Dampens Millenium Park Tree-Lighting

<b>(CBS) —</b> It was not ideal — it was, in fact, raining — but the city of Chicago officially lit the giant Christmas tree at Millennium Park Friday night …

Democrats

Men Allegedly Framed By Corrupt Cop, Get Justice Through Exoneration

A judge in Chicago on Thursday overturned the convictions of 15 people, who alleged they were wrongfully indicted on drug charges by a corrupt police …

Justice

Emanuel allies trying to fill March ballot with advisory questions

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s City Council allies are trying to get three questions on Chicago ballots in the March primary election in an annual bid to prevent questions with potentially embarrassing results for the mayor from making it before voters.<p>Ald. Pat O’Connor, the mayor’s council floor leader, …

Chicago

Judge Tosses 15 Convictions, Suspects Police Misconduct

A Chicago judge reportedly tossed out the convictions of 15 men on Thursday (Nov. 16), in what many legal officials are calling the “first mass …

Policing

Across the USA, governments have a gender hypocrisy gap

When it comes to the “war on women,” many politicians are hypocrites. They allege gender bias in the private-sector workplace to score political points while simultaneously leading government payrolls with massive gender gaps among top-paid positions.<p>Whether it's House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, …

Opinion

Prosecutors drop charges against 15 men allegedly framed by dirty cop, and other Chicago news

Welcome to the <i>Reader</i>'s morning briefing for Friday, November 17, 2017. Have a great weekend!…

Crime

Alderman questions CPD's slow discipline of Watts cohorts

The chairman of the City Council’s Black Caucus on Friday demanded to know why it took the mass exoneration of 15 defendants to convince the Chicago …

Corruption

How the Labor Movement Can Win Under National Right to Work

National right to work is coming. The forthcoming Supreme Court decision in Janus v AFSCME could deal a devastating blow to public sector unions by …

Liberal View

When hackathons won’t cut it: Nonprofits forge longer-term partnerships with tech experts

Software firm the Nerdery has been holding hackathons for charities since 2008, challenging staff and other volunteers to create websites for nonprofits that can’t afford them. But over time, leaders realized that organizations need more than one day of support to tackle their tech challenges.<p>“The …

Innovation

Aldermen delay vote on former deputy mayor for Police Board

A City Council panel didn’t vote on Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s nomination of former deputy mayor Andrea Zopp to the Chicago Police Board on Friday amid criticism that people need more time to comment on an appointment to the body that decides the most serious police disciplinary matters.<p>Not enough …

Chicago

Any CTA fare hike could hurt ridership, advocates say

It looks likely that the CTA will include a fare hike in its proposed budget next week to make up for a loss in state funding.<p>It’s unknown what an increase might look like — if it would be for all types of rides, or rail only, or for regular fares but not passes. But any rate hike carries the risk …

Chicago

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in the Loop

Friday marked the return of three holiday favorites downtown: the Maggie Daley Park ice ribbon, the Millennium Park ice rink and Christkindlmarket in …

Christmas

EDITORIAL: Speak up, Mayor Emanuel, about this good government reform

Four years ago, the City Council hired a full-time financial analyst. The idea was to have somebody around, independent of the mayor’s office, who …

Democrats

5 buzzworthy topics people will be talking about this weekend

Quick! Think of something interesting to say at dinner Friday night. If nothing’s coming to you, here are your conversation starters for the weekend.<p><b>Citizen Chance</b><p>Chance the Rapper’s involvement in the community is nothing new, but his most recent venture in improving life in Chicago brought him to …

Danica Roem

WASHINGTON: Black aldermen working together — what a concept

The Chicago Aldermanic Black Caucus had a party the other night. You might think that’s no big deal.<p>This news hound knows better. I had to be …

Democratic Party

Politics shouldn’t override decency in cases of Roy Moore, Bill Clinton

CLOSE<p>An attorney for Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore is attempting to discredit a woman who claims she was sexually assaulted by Moore in 1977. …

Des Moines

A bad cop's stain on Chicago must be wiped clean by real reforms

In the annals of bad Chicago cops, crooked Sgt. Ronald Watts is one for the ages. His record of alleged shakedowns and setups stretched for years. He and a crew worked South Side housing projects, demanding protection money from residents and drug dealers, framing those who wouldn’t cooperate on …

Justice

The winding road of federal tax reform and what it means for Illinois

WASHINGTON – With Congress working on overhauling the federal income tax system – the House passed its version on Thursday with a Senate vote still …

U.S. Congress

Could dockless bike share disrupt Chicago?

The latest development in the shared-mobility boom may soon arrive in Chicago, sparking concerns about street clutter, equity, and Divvy disruption. …

Cycling

Supt. Johnson tries to minimize damage done by mass exoneration

The mass exoneration of 15 defendants who claimed they were framed by disgraced Chicago Police Sgt. Ronald Watts has “hurt” the drive to restore …

Justice

Jonathan Toews on Blackhawks' new practice facility: 'Christmas came early'

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/hockey/blackhawks/95222590-132.html<p>Artem Anisimov glided alone along the brand-new ice at the Blackhawks’ brand-new practice facility late Thursday morning.<p>The center, who scored three goals during a 6-3 victory against the Rangers on Wednesday flicked a few …

Jonathan Toews

Exonerations spread cloud over efforts at police reform in Chicago

Police Supt. Eddie Johnson took the stage for a City Club speech Thursday, set to tout good-news crime statistics and highlight the efforts to …

Policing

Supt. Johnson bemoans Trump's Chicago bashing

President Donald Trump’s Chicago bashing is working – to the point where people across the country believe the city is “on fire,” Police Supt. Eddie …

Donald Trump

Chicago installs its 60th construction crane of 2017

The city had just 12 operating cranes in 2010<p>With the foot of downtown Chicago’s high-rise boom still firmly planted on the gas, the Windy City reached a notable milestone today with the installation of its 60th construction crane of the year. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel was on hand to dedicate …

Construction

WINGS earns innovation award

WINGS, a non-profit organization serving individuals and families impacted by domestic violence, has been recognized with a 2017 Chicago Innovation …

Democrats