Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he told film director Spike Lee that he's not happy the working title of Lee's upcoming motion picture is "Chiraq."


A Chicago City Council committee has approved paying $250,000 to settle a lawsuit accusing police and prosecutors of covering up the death of a man after he fought with a nephew of then-Mayor Richard M. Daley.

Prosecutors have dropped charges against a Chicago driver who was accused of sexually assaulting an Uber passenger in November.

Chicago and Cook County officials are opposing Gov. Bruce Rauner's plan to let local governments and voters decide whether workers should be required to join a union.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has asked Indiana businesses to consider moving to Chicago after Indiana's governor signed legislation that's been criticized over concerns it could foster discrimination against gays and lesbians.

Three state employees want to join Gov. Bruce Rauner's lawsuit against Illinois labor unions, saying they shouldn't be forced to pay dues because they aren't union members. 

Gov. Bruce Rauner's motorcade was involved in a two-vehicle crash that injured a State Police trooper as snow fell in the Chicago area.

'Cops in Kilts' celebrate 40th anniversary

Mar 16, 2015
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This year is the 40th anniversary of the Emerald Society of Illinois. For 33 years a band of mostly Chicago Police officers has frequently been the somber face of that group…but it’s far from somber this month. Illinois Public Radio’s Brian O’Keefe went to catch up with the group that refers to itself as “Cops in Kilts”:

A Chicago federal judge says a civil suit seeking to block George Lucas' museum from being built along Lake Michigan can proceed.

Chicago's Adler Planetarium eliminated 15 full-time workers, including two astronomers.

Longtime civil rights activist the Rev. Willie Barrow has died in Chicago.

The plan to give the city control over two pieces of park land on Chicago's South Side so that Barack Obama can choose one as the site for his presidential library has taken a big step forward. 

Politicians talk about Chicago mayoral race

Mar 2, 2015

Politicians of all stripes gathered Monday on Chicago’s northwest side to celebrate Casimir Pulaski Day.  And a lot of them had the city’s race for mayor on their mind.  

Rauner talks about Chicago mayoral candidate

Feb 27, 2015

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner says he’s not getting involved in the run-off election for Chicago mayor.  But he says he does speak with one of the candidates almost every day. Bruce Rauner wouldn’t say if he has a horse in the run-off race between incumbent mayor Rahm Emanuel - or Cook County Commissioner Chuy Garcia.

The foundation developing Barack Obama's future presidential library has commissioned polling in Chicago to determine whether residents support building it on the South Side.

Chicago Mayor criticized for Rauner’s budget plan

Feb 19, 2015

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is being criticized for Governor Bruce Rauner’s priorities. That’s as Emanuel faces re-election next week.

The Jump Trading Simulation & Education Center is mentoring entrepreneurs and innovators at a new medical incubator in Chicago.  

Pullman clock tower to become national monument

Feb 10, 2015

The historic Pullman clock tower is going to be a national monument. President Barack Obama will be in Chicago next week to make the designation official.

Why doesn't Chicago have a blues museum?

Feb 9, 2015

Chicago’s most famous living blues musician is being honored with a lifetime achievement award. Buddy Guy received the award last night at the Grammys. Guy and other artists say their music should be just as celebrated locally. And they wonder...if Chicago is the home of the blues, then why doesn’t it have a permanent home in Chicago? 

Back in the 1950s Buddy Guy was a young guitarist living in Louisiana. Like many others he eventually traveled north to Chicago, where the blues scene was thriving.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has joined those who have come to downtown's Daley Plaza to pay their respects to Cubs legend Ernie Banks.

A state representative from Chicago is trying again to ban conversion therapy for minors in Illinois. The practice uses counseling to sway youth away from same-sex attraction.  

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has introduced an ordinance that would allow the transfer of park district land to the city for use by an Obama presidential library.

Attorney General Lisa Madigan is arguing that a landmark Illinois pension overhaul should be upheld because the state has "police powers" that allow it to change a contract in extraordinary circumstances.

Chicago bears on search for new coach, GM

Dec 30, 2014

The Chicago Bears are looking for a new coach and general manager.  Owner George McCaskey announced the firing of head coach Marc Trestman and GM Phil Emery this week:  “In the end, we didn’t win enough games and Ted and I came to the conclusion that continuing on our present course would not result in our ultimate goal to win championships. All of our decisions  revolve around that goal.”  McCaskey and Bears President Ted Phillips will have the final say in picking the new coach and G-M. 

Federal prosecutors are leading small group discussions about relations between police and communities.  U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder visited Chicago for one of those meetings.

Obama, amid demonstrators, touts immigration

Nov 26, 2014

President Barack Obama came home to Chicago on Tuesday continuing to sell his executive action on immigration. 

Red light cameras will continue issuing tickets in Chicago and other parts of Illinois. The Illinois Supreme Court had been considering a constitutional challenge to the cameras, but Thursday the court dismissed the case.

Chicago says goodbye to its first and only female mayor

Nov 18, 2014
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Chicago is said goodbye Monday to its first and only female mayor. Jane Byrne died Friday at the age of 81. Family, friends, politicians and regular Chicagoans attended her funeral at St. Vincent de Paul Church in Lincoln Park.

The morning began with a traditional visitation at 9 am sharp. 

Chicago’s only female mayor dies

Nov 14, 2014

Chicago’s only female mayor has died at the age of 80.

Governor Pat Quinn stopped by the University of Illinois Board of Trustees meeting in Chicago Thursday morning, his last as an ex-officio member.