The latest round in the soccer wars is about turf—in more ways than one.
Three Million Lawsuits Oughta Do It
A downstate court ruling empowers Chicago taxpayers to sue the city for TIF abuse.
The latest round in the battle for Rogers Park is over who gets to run a Park District community center.
The mayor’s new Olympic Village plan would bet taxpayer dollars on risky real estate speculation.
Seize the Moment
South-side community leaders have a narrow window for negotiating with the mayor over his Olympics plans.
The Dead Zone
The mayor’s biggest power play yet—the acquisition of a swath of Bensenville—may soon be a fait accompli.
The Road to 2016
Is paved with rubber-stamp votes like the City Council’s decision on the Children’s Museum.
Is Obama a Chicago Politician?
Guess it depends on your definition—or redefinition—of the term.
“Consensus Governing” in Action
Hey kids! Want to be a City Hall reporter? Here’s a handy template. It’s based on a real recent meeting where the buildings committee considered an ordinance designed to crack down on the owners of abandoned properties, but it could just as well have been almost any committee reviewing any one of the dozens of […]
The TIF That Keeps On Taking
The city has found a way to extend the life of its oldest, fattest tax increment financing district.
The Mystery of the Construction Obstructionist
Why is Alderman Ray Suarez blocking a new school that could ease overcrowding in his ward?
Bye-Bye Big Dan
Dan Rostenkowski kept the villages under his thumb even after he’d gone off to Congress—and jail. Has his era finally come to an end?
Worse Than We Thought
A lawsuit brings new dirt to light on the Park District’s sweetheart deal with Latin School.
A City Off Track
Amid the Olympic fervor, local athletes are still getting shortchanged.
It’s All About the Olympics
Why is the Park District clamping down on its volunteer advisers?