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Wednesday, Dec 12, 2018 at 2:37 PM

Cook County Board Repeals Tax Break for Popular Parking Apps

What was meant to be a tax break for people who park downtown could have been a windfall for parking app companies like SpotHero and ParkWhiz in Chicago. But that's no longer the case. Read »

Wednesday, Dec 12, 2018 at 1:02 PM

Photos: 10 Candidates for Chicago Mayor Take Part in Forum

Ten of the 21 candidates running for mayor of Chicago participated in a forum Tuesday night, hosted by the 38th Ward Democratic Organization, among other organizations.View gallery »

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6 hours ago

Enyia's Spokeswoman Departs, Citing 'Troubling Factors'

Enyia's Spokeswoman Departs, Citing 'Troubling Factors'

Citing "several unknown and troubling factors," the communications director for Chicago mayoral candidate Amara Enyia announced Wednesday she has stepped down from her role within the campaign. Read »

5 hours ago

Emanuel Backs Legal Weed, Chicago Casino to Fund Pensions

Mayor Rahm Emanuel called on state lawmakers to legalize marijuana, allow for a casino in Chicago and approve an amendment to the state constitution in order to address the city's pension crisis Wednesday. Read »

Wednesday, Dec 12, 2018 at 10:24 AM

Emanuel: Hike Gas Tax to Pay for Transportation Fix

Emanuel: Hike Gas Tax to Pay for Transportation Fix

Outgoing Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says the state's motor-fuel tax should be increased to fund highway and bridge improvements. Read »

Wednesday, Dec 12, 2018 at 6:53 AM

Pritzker Begins Planning for Inaugural Weekend, Swearing-In

Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker is starting to plan his inaugural festivities. Read »

Tuesday, Dec 11, 2018 at 10:04 AM

Aldermanic Candidate Backtracks on Comments About Shooting

An aldermanic candidate in for Chicago's 15th Ward is backtracking further from remarks he made Monday, suggesting that incumbent Ald. Raymond Lopez might have been responsible for the weekend shooting of... Read »

Monday, Dec 10, 2018 at 8:58 PM

Efforts to Boot 19-Year-Old From Ballot 'Overkill': Lawyer

The first day for city candidates to respond to petition challenges arrived Monday and there's one race for alderman that's getting a lot of attention. Read »

Monday, Dec 10, 2018 at 7:21 PM

All Eyes on Burke Amidst Ongoing Investigation

Ald. Ed Burke is trying to conduct business as usual, despite an ongoing investigation. Read »

Tuesday, Dec 11, 2018 at 4:22 PM

Firm Suggested Hiring Out-of-Towners to Preckwinkle Campaign

Firm Suggested Hiring Out-of-Towners to Preckwinkle Campaign

As the crowded race for Chicago mayor heats up – and with 21 candidates who hope to be on the ballot – those campaigns are hiring field staff for the work ahead. A political consultant firm working with... Read »

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