Workers have completed installation of 4G data coverage inside an initial section of Chicago's subway system.

Operation CeaseFire deploys former gang members and felons to intervene in feuds that too often end in fatal gunfire.

Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has overtaken Hillary Clinton in the polls in states with early primaries, like New Hampshire. Today he took his campaign to Illinois. 


On Thursday, the City Council voted to lift a decades-old ban on food carts with an ordinance that allows vendors to get a license and sell legally the 50,000 meals a day they're now selling in violation of the ban. To operate legally, vendors must pay $350 for a license and pay sales taxes on what they sell.

Funeral services will be next week for late state Rep. Esther Golar. Chicago funeral home A.A Rayner & Sons says visitation is Monday. The wake and funeral are Tuesday at Trinity United Church of Christ where Golar was a member. She died this week at age 71.

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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s proposal to increase property taxes by $600 million dollars could cost aldermen precious political capital. Illinois Public Radio’s Lauren Chooljian reports.

Emanuel says a vote for his budget will put aldermen in the history books for pulling Chicago from the financial brink

ARENA: It’s great rhetoric for him

That’s Alderman John Arena.

After watching for years as their city's financial troubles piled up, Chicago homeowners will be told that it's time for them to start paying the tab. Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office says he'll propose a phased-in $543 million property tax Tuesday to help eliminate police and fire pension debt.

Singing State Legislator dies

Sep 21, 2015

A Chicago lawmaker known for her musical spin on Springfield issues died this morning.  Esther Golar was a state representative from the city’s south side.

Attorneys for the City of Chicago say city employees will be worse off if Supreme Court justices strike down their pension plan.  A Cook County judge sided with unions in ruling against changes Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants to make to city employees’ retirement benefits.

President Barack Obama's foundation says 140 architecture firms have applied to design his presidential library and museum.

Attorney General Lisa Madigan says a Chicago company that handles petroleum coke will pay a $35,000 fine to settle a lawsuit over alleged pollution violations.

A judge has refused to reduce the $100,000 bond of a retired Chicago police officer accused of warning investigators of an Illinois officer's fatal shooting that he would hurt them unless they declared the death a suicide. 

A Cook County prosecutor has been fired for allegedly lying in a case involving the wounding of a Chicago police officer.

Seven people are injured after a car crashes into a bus shelter on Chicago's South Side.

Second City says the improv comedy troupe will reopen a few days earlier than anticipated after a fire destroyed its offices in Chicago.

Authorities charged the boyfriend of an Atlanta woman with murder after her dismembered remains were discovered in a Chicago-area river.

New plans for filmmaker George Lucas' proposed museum on Chicago's lakefront include a scaled-back design and more green space.

The coroner's office in Chicago says authorities have found the head of a dismembered toddler in the city park lagoon where other body parts were found earlier.

What was once an airport on Chicago's lakefront is now a park featuring nature trails, rolling hills, migratory birds and native plantings.  

Chicago school officials say they'll open a new arts-focused school in a neighborhood school once slated for closure. The move comes after protesters disrupted Mayor Rahm Emanuel's budget meetings this week.

United Auto Workers vote on strike

Sep 1, 2015

Workers at the Ford Plant on Chicago’s Southeast side started voting this morning on whether to go on strike. The United Auto Workers Local 551 represents some 4300 workers who make the Explorer and Lincoln MKS.

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Testing by the Cook County agency handling sewage and storm water shows high levels of bacteria from human waste at more than a dozen spots along the Chicago River.

Relatives and civil rights activists gathered at the grave site of Emmett Till to remember the black Chicago teenager 60 years after he was killed for whistling at a white woman in Mississippi.

The Chicago Police Department is investigating an incident in which a white officer tells a man shooting a video that Michael Brown "deserved" to be shot last year in Ferguson, Missouri.

Two firefighters and one other person have been injured in a fire in a building that houses the offices of Chicago's famed Second City theater company. 

Mayor Rahm Emanuel says design plans of a museum proposed on Chicago's lakefront by movie producer George Lucas are being updated. 

A high-profile Chicago lawyer has denied at his own trial that he systematically coached witnesses and purported drug-dealer clients to lie.  

Documents submitted to the Internal Revenue Service show that Chicago's Jackie Robinson West baseball team accepted over $300,000 in donations before Little League International stripped the team of its 2014 title.

A federal jury at a civil trial in Chicago has begun deliberating on the question: What's the market value of Michael Jordan's name? 

Jury to decide on Michael Jordan VS Dominick’s case

Aug 21, 2015

A jury could decide today how much a defunct Chicago grocery chain owes retired Bulls legend Michael Jordan.