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Races For Chicago Alderman: 19 Headed For Runoff Vote In April

Of the 43 contested races for city council, 19 of them will be headed to the runoff round in April.


I don't know how that axe came to live in Logan Square, but we've since become good friends. (Photo Credit: Mason Johnson)

RANT: My Chicago Neighborhood Sucks, Where Should I Move?

What should they put in Logan Square next? A new, fancy shopping center, or a Medieval Times surrounded by a moat filled with killer sharks? I choose sharks.


11 Ward Ald. James Balcer (City of Chicago)

Ald. Balcer To Retire; Daley Relative In Line For Council Seat?

James Balcer tells CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine that he’s stepping down to pursue treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder stemming from his military service in Vietnam.


An orange cone marks a deep pothole in Chicago's 32nd Ward. (CBS)

Alderman Asks: Who’s Stealing Orange Cones Marking The Worst Potholes?

Ald. Scott Waguespack wanted to warn motorists to be careful up ahead. Somebody had other ideas. CBS 2’s Chris Martinez reports.


Blue Island Ald. Michael Janko (Credit: City of Blue Island)

Suburban Alderman’s Body Pulled From Lake

The body of a Blue Island alderman was pulled from Lake Michigan overnight, after he went missing while boating with friends in northwest Indiana.


State Rep. Deb Mell (Source: Facebook)

Lawmaker Deb Mell Frontrunner To Succeed Her Father As Alderman

CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine says it’s no surprise that Deb Mell is the frontrunner of 12 candidates.


Former Alderman Sharon Dixon. (Credit: Chicago Police)

Ex-Alderman Sharon Dixon Unfit For Gun Trial

A Cook County judge Friday ruled Former Ald. Sharon Dixon (24th) unfit to stand trial on charges alleging she approached Chicago Police officers outside the 10th district with a loaded gun last spring.


Chicago City Council Chambers (CBS)

City Council Resolution Urges Sports Commissioners To Support LGBT Athletes

The Council’s Human Relations Committee wants to encourage athletes to be comfortable acknowledging their sexual orientation, as the NBA’s Jason Collins has.


Parking Garage

Parking Tax Changes Approved By City Council

The Chicago City Council has approved higher taxes for most people who park in downtown lots, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.


Richard Amadio (Photo courtesy:

Chicago Heights Alderman Charged With Battery

A Chicago Heights alderman is facing battery charges after allegedly breaking a co-worker’s thumb in February during an argument at a Chicago Heights School District 170 warehouse, police said.


Wallace Davis

Judge Orders Former Chicago Alderman To Pay $143K In Child Support

Former alderman and convicted felon Wallace Davis Jr. was sentenced to 30 months probation Friday and ordered to pay over $100,000 in child support after he admitted he was deadbeat dad to his two young daughters.


Highwood Alderman Resigning Over Citizenship

Highwood Ald. Harvey Knapp is from Britain. He was appointed to the city council five months ago to fill a vacancy. At the time, neither he nor Highwood’s mayor realized state law requires municipal officials to be citizens.

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Chicago City Council Chambers (CBS)

City Council Takes Action On Guns, Ethics

It’s been a long and busy day for the Chicago City Council, including action on issues of gun control and ethics, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore from City Hall.


New 7th Ward Ald. Natashia Holmes. (CBS)

IDOT Worker Picked To Replace Jackson As 7th Ward Alderman

A onetime Illinois Department of Transportation employee has been chosen by Mayor Rahm Emanuel to replace Ald. Sandi Jackson (7th).


Ald. Sandi Jackson. (CBS)

53 Applicants Will Be Considered For 7th Ward Vacancy

Mayor Emanuel is appointing a commission with people from the South Shore community to submit a list of three finalists for him to consider.


The drink 5-Hour Energy is viewed for sale at a grocery store on November 15, 2012 in New York City. The federal government and the New York Attorney General's office have announced that they are investigating the popular energy drink after the Food and Drug Administration received claims that 5-Hour Energy has over the past four years led to 13 deaths and 33 hospitalizations. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Proposed Chicago Ordinance Would Outlaw Energy Drinks

Chicago Ald. Ed Burke has proposed a citywide ban of energy drinks, citing potential health risks with the highly caffeinated beverages.


Chicago pigeons (CBS)

Chicago Pigeons Deported To Indiana

Hoosiers can’t say the city of Chicago never gave them anything. CBS 2’s Brad Edwards reports.


Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, at left, and his father-in-law, Ald. Dick Mell (33rd), at Blagojevich's 2003 inauguration. (CBS File Photo)

Ald. Mell Denies Report He Is Stepping Down

Longtime alderman Dick Mell is planning to retire and wants his daughter to succeed him, according to a published report.


Ald. Sandi Jackson discusses her husband U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.'s treatment for depression and gastrointestinal issues. (Credit: CBS)

Constituents Weigh In On Sandi Jackson’s Absentee Record

The Alderman has the highest absentee rate in the council and has recently missed the all important annual budget meeting.


Grates found at the Kilpatrick site. (Photo courtesy Ald. Scott Waguespack)

Missing City Grates Found In Scrap Metal Yard

Police followed two would-be tree grate thieves to a recycling center on the West Side, where they found hundreds of city-owned tree and sewer grates, worth thousands of dollars.