My hair is neatly combed these days, no longer the “rat’s nest” my mom affectionately called it when I was a child. But, as I enter Harold Washington Library on a recent autumn day, I still feel an affinity for the creature multiple mayors have identified as Chicago’s top public enemy. I’m here to look […]
It was just unofficially Harold Washington week in Chicago as the city celebrated the 100th anniversary of his birth. That’s right—had Harold lived, he’d have been 100 years old on April 15. Everywhere I look I see articles proclaiming Harold’s greatness. Oh, if only he had so much support when he was mayor. Look, I […]
“We weren’t only honoring Professor Dorsey—this was a major event introduced by the first Black mayor of the city, and it needed to be outstanding.”
The scariest thing about our city is how our political system works.
How three gay bars—La Mere Vipere, O’Banion’s, and Oz—became the cradle of the city’s punk scene
Police unions were born of resistance to discipline for brutality. Do they belong in the labor movement?
The vast majority of Chicago voters sit out another mayoral election.
A look at how exactly the city manages to clear the major streets so efficiently after a major snow event.
Martin Kennelly was mayor the last time both clubs won their first pair in the same season, 65 years ago.
Garcia continues Chicago’s political tradition of blaming the city’s crime rate on the incumbent.
If the city’s white unemployment rate were nearly triple the black rate, would the Tribune say fiscal policy was the only issue that mattered?
Having embarrassed Rahm in yesterday’s election, Chicago’s voters can expect the mayor to go negative and nasty against Chuy Garcia in the coming campaign.
Our mayors’ experience with CPS has rarely been firsthand.
A 1980 article makes us wonder: “What was that all about?”
As a young, mop-topped lad of 22, the Reader political columnist was on WTTW . . .