Chicago strike means day off for some, emergency for others
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago parents leaned on family, friends and community groups as 25,000 teachers in the nation's third-largest school district went on strike this past week, canceling classes for...
Chicago’s mayor says top cop drinking before incident in car
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago's mayor said Friday that the city's top police officer told her he'd had "a couple of drinks with dinner" before he fell asleep at a stop sign while driving home, an...
Lightfoot: Taxes will be hiked if Springfield doesn’t act
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot says the city's property taxes will be increased if her agenda isn't addressed during the Illinois General Assembly's fall veto session.
The Latest: Mayor: Chief drank before falling ill in car
CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the incident in which Chicago's police superintendent felt lightheaded and then fell asleep after pulling his vehicle over (all times local):
New Chicago mayor faces familiar problems as teachers strike
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot swept into office this spring declaring it "a new day" for the nation's third-largest city. She pledged to change the way City Hall operated under Rahm...
The Latest: Chicago teacher strike to continue into Friday
CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on a teachers strike in Chicago Public Schools, the nation's third-largest school district (all times local):
Chicago teachers to strike in nation’s 3rd largest district
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago parents and community groups are scrambling to prepare for a massive teachers' strike set to begin Thursday, prompting the city to preemptively cancel classes in the...
Lightfoot proposes 2 options for Chicago casino to lawmakers
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot is pushing two options for a Chicago casino. One calls for a casino owned by both the city and the state, the other calls for a privately-owned...
Chicago teachers rally, march ahead of strike deadline
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago teachers are calling for district leaders to meet their demands on class sizes just days before a threatened strike that would affect thousands of students in the country's...
Chicago mulls hiking fares for ride-hailing solo downtown
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago officials are considering an increase in ride-hailing fees for solo riders traveling downtown, in a move aimed at reducing traffic congestion and pushing more drivers to...
Chicago releases watchdog probe of Laquan McDonald shooting
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago's law department on Wednesday released for the first time the city watchdog's full investigative reports into the 2014 fatal shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald by a...
Chicago Fire make move back to Soldier Field official
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Fire are returning to Soldier Field.
The Major League Soccer team made the expected move from SeatGeek Stadium in suburban Bridgeview official Tuesday at a news...
Chicago wants public to weigh in on legal marijuana sales
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago officials are holding public meetings for residents to weigh in on the sale of recreational marijuana in the city.
A new state law will allow recreational marijuana to...
Chicago to spend $2.7 million for 2020 census
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago will spend $2.7 million to make sure more residents are included in the 2020 census.
It's an effort that Mayor Lori Lightfoot says is driven in large part to combat...
Chicago mayor moves to eradicate overdue library fees
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago is about to become the largest U.S. city to eliminate overdue fees for library books and other items in an effort to remove barriers that deter youth and low-income...
Chicago mayor says 5 detained by ICE at city pizzeria
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot says five people have been detained by federal immigration authorities at a South Side pizzeria near the Indiana state line.
Chicago mayor: What delayed police shooting video release?
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot wants to know why the city's police oversight agency that's required to release police shooting videos within 60 days took more than a year to make...
Chicago agrees on 5-year, 10.5% raise for police supervisors
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and the unions representing police supervisors have agreed on a 10.5% raise over five years for sergeants, lieutenants and captains.
Chicago mayor proposes zoning rule limiting pot dispensaries
CHICAGO (AP) — When the recreational use of marijuana becomes legal, Chicago's mayor wants its sale banned in the central business district, near schools and in residential areas.
Chicago mayor calls for ban of flavored e-cigarettes
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has added her voice to the call for the banning of flavored electronic cigarettes in the city.
Lightfoot on Monday called flavored e-cigarettes a...
Chicago installs lakefront barriers to shield against damage
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago officials say crews will install hundreds of yards of barriers along Lake Michigan to guard against flood damage from storms in the fall and winter.
Study: Obama Center making neighborhoods too expensive
CHICAGO (AP) — The yet-to-be constructed Obama Presidential Center in Chicago is already having an effect on property values and the rent being charged nearby residents.
Chicago Teachers Union set date for strike vote
CHICAGO (AP) — One day after the start of a new school year for about 350,000 students, the Chicago Teachers Union set a date for a strike authorization vote.
NFL’s latest Huddle for 100 cleans up Douglas Park
CHICAGO (AP) — The NFL staged its third national NFL Huddle for 100 event Wednesday at Douglas Park, with beautifying areas of the park the main goal.
Chicago’s mayor faces sobering reality _ huge budget deficit
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, who swept into office five months ago on a promise of wholesale reform, presented a sobering reality Thursday — the city faces a massive budget...
Chicago teachers move 1 step closer toward strike
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago public school teachers have moved closer to going out on strike with the rejection of an independent fact-finder's recommendation for a new contract.
New online tool to track Chicago gun suspects draws fire
CHICAGO (AP) — After a recent bloody weekend in Chicago, the city's top police officer reiterated something he's said many times in recent months: People accused of gun-related offenses are too...
Chicago mayor institutes hiring free ahead of budget address
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot is calling for a hiring freeze across all city departments ahead of a planned speech on the city's budget deficit.
Mourners at Chicago funeral remember soldier slain overseas
CHICAGO (AP) — Hundreds of mourners attended the funeral for a 24-year-old soldier from Chicago who was killed in Afghanistan just weeks into his first overseas tour.
Tiger Woods in BMW tourney, backing redesigned golf course
CHICAGO (AP) — While competing in the BMW Championship outside Chicago this week, Tiger Woods also is backing a redesign of a golf course in the city.
Writer Toni Morrison remembered, celebrated in Chicago
CHICAGO (AP) — Nobel laureate Toni Morrison is being remembered in Chicago as a "transcendent voice" who captured the imagination of readers around the globe.
Chicago mayor blames Trump rhetoric for mass shootings
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot is joining the chorus of people contending rhetoric used by President Donald Trump in battling opponents are contributing factors in the weekend's mass...
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago officials are planning a youth technology event to coincide with Lollapalooza.
It is called ThinkChicago. The idea is to introduce 200 students from dozens of schools...
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot is promising a "robust security plan" to protect patrons at this weekend's Lollapalooza music festival.
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot marked the 100th anniversary of the 1919 race riots by vowing the city will chart a more equitable future.
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago is making it easier for people with who can't see very well or are blind to walk around the city.
The Chicago Sun-Times reports that as many as 100 accessible...
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has apologized after a live microphone captured her calling a Fraternal Order of Police officer an "FOP clown" during a City Council meeting.
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago's City Council has approved a package of reforms proposed by its new mayor that includes increasing the power of the city's inspector general.
CHICAGO (AP) — The University of Illinois at Chicago has opened a new $43 million engineering facility.
The university held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Monday at the 57,500-square-foot...
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police for years compiled profiles on everyone who spoke at public meetings of the city's police disciplinary panel.
CHICAGO (AP) — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport have released three detained children who are U.S. citizens and traveling with an adult deemed...
5 sites in Chicago be studied for casino feasibility
CHICAGO (AP) — Five sites in Chicago will be reviewed as possible locations for a casino.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot made the announcement Wednesday, saying a consultant will study the economic...
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago's inspector general says probes by the city's newly formed police oversight agency were compromised by an investigator who had relatives and friends, all police officers,...
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Gaming Board has selected a consulting firm to conduct a feasibility study for a casino in Chicago.
The Gaming Board announced last week that it had...
CHICAGO (AP) — The city of Chicago has temporarily halted the installation of water meters after tests showed elevated lead levels after work was done.
Chicago boosts police presence to tamp down July 4 violence
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago's police department is following a familiar playbook for the July 4 holiday by flooding the street with officers and arresting dozens of people on drugs and weapons charges...
Excerpts from recent editorials in newspapers in Illinois
July 1, 2019
CHICAGO (AP) — Charges were pending Tuesday against seven people suspected of spray-painting graffiti on two downtown Chicago landmarks including the popular giant metallic sculpture known as "The...