City Council passed much-debated and controversial new ethics rules today by a unanimous vote. Even aldermen who were disappointed at the final, watered-down rules still voted yes. But the mayor said he didn’t agree with the final outcome.
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A committee of aldermen dealt a blow today to the mayor’s latest attempt at ethics reform aimed in part at strengthening oversight of City Council.
Mayor Emanuel Waters Down Ethics Plan in Face of Aldermanic Revolt
An ethics bill that would make it easier for the City Council’s watchdog to investigate aldermen has been watered down in the face of an aldermanic revolt.
A message to those interested and qualified in being appointed 7th ward alderman: the mayor will start accepting applications online next week.
Inside the “Heart” of the Nation’s Second Largest Transit System
How does the CTA keep its trains and buses operating on time? How prepared is it for a major incident like a terrorist attack? We get a rare look inside the transit system's high-tech nerve center.
The fiscal cliff is averted, but your tax bill will likely go up. We have more on what the deal means for Illinois taxpayers.
"Where's the beer?" Those were among the first words uttered by Republican U.S. Senator Mark Kirk after climbing 37 floors of the Willis Tower. It was Kirk's much-anticipated first appearance in front of the public and reporters since suffering a debilitating stroke on January 21st that left him partially physically impaired.
When City Council Members Don’t Show Up for the Job
Which Chicago City Council member has missed the most meetings and what does it mean? Paris Schutz has the story.
Out of the detention center and back into the community. We go inside Cook County’s new “tough love” approach to juvenile justice.
Call it ground zero for the resistance. It’s a small office space in the first floor of a nondescript building -- one block from the security perimeter of the Tampa Bay Times Forum. Inside, reporters were packed to the gills as Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin and others from the Democratic National Committee held court.
"Illinois Crucial for Republicans to Keep Control of Congress"
Relations between House Speaker John Boehner and former speaker Nancy Pelosi have never been warm. Speaking to the Illinois delegation this morning, Boehner indicated that the battle was back on.
If you tune to local convention coverage featuring dispatches from your favorite television political reporters (and your humble servant as well), you may notice something tonight: bloodshot eyes. You see, sleep was a bit hard to come by last night. Is it because we were out late into the night perusing the various after-hours fundraisers? Not exactly. Is it because we decided to jump off the grid, head to the famous Ybor City district and enjoy the fruits of Tampa's nightlife? Ahh, no.
As Republicans finished their official events this morning, word spread that Gov. Pat Quinn had vetoed the gambling bill outright. Some of the Republican lawmakers we spoke with this morning had supported the bill, others had opposed, but all seemed united in criticizing the way the governor handled the veto.
Members of the Illinois delegation wandered through the lobby of the Sheraton Sand Key Resort in steamy Tampa today, and were treated to a magnificent ice sculpture of the capitol - the site of many meltdowns.
Paris Schutz Heads to Republican National Convention
Chicago Tonight's Paris Schutz gears up to attend the Republican National Convention next week.
Powerful alderman ‘intends to cooperate fully’
Chicago City Council's watchdog says he will "immediately" investigate records controlled by Ald. Ed Burke.
City Council's recently appointed watchdog is looking at Chicago's most powerful alderman, and is investigating 20 more aldermen or aldermanic staff members for potential wrongdoing. We have the exclusive details.