Craig Dellimore

Cook County Jail (Credit: CBS)

Dart: Jail Population Will Increase If Rauner Cuts Mental Health Treatment

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart has criticized Gov. Bruce Rauner’s budget cuts, saying the governor’s fiscal plan will end up costing the state a lot more money in the long run, and needlessly send more people to jail.

03/27/2015

Mayoral hopeful Jesus "Chuy" Garcia and Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis have lunch Thursday in Bronzeville, with less than two weeks until the runoff election against Mayor Rahm Emanuel (Credit: Twitter/@garcia4chicago)

Garcia And Lewis Talk Campaign Strategy Over Lunch

Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis joined mayoral candidate Jesus “Chuy” Garcia for a strategy session Thursday afternoon in Bronzeville, their first joint appearance in several weeks.

03/26/2015

Ald. Emma Mitts (left) is facing challenger Tara Stamps (right) in a runoff election in the 37th Ward on the West Side of Chicago. (Credit: CBS)

Alderman Mitts Apologizes For Anti-Gay Comments

Ald. Emma Mitts (37th) – who chairs the Budget Committee and, according to a University of Illinois at Chicago study, votes with Mayor Rahm Emanuel 97 percent of the time – apologized for anti-gay comments she made at a candidates’ forum last weekend, after video of her remarks surfaced this week.

03/26/2015

Debra Michaud (left) and other activists with Tar Sands Free Midwest call on Mayor Rahm Emanuel to press oil company BP harder for a full accounting of a 2014 oil spill into Lake Michigan.

Activists Want Emanuel To Press BP For Answers On Oil Spill

Local environmental activists have said they’re not getting the answers they want from City Hall about an oil spill that occurred in northwest Indiana a year ago this week.

03/26/2015

Gavel File Photo (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

IG Concerned By Potential Conflict Of Interest On Cook County Board Of Review

Cook County’s Inspector General is raising concerns about potential conflicts of interest involving the panel that reviews property tax appeals, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

03/25/2015

Mayor Rahm Emanuel (CBS)

Emanuel Touts Expansion Of Small Business Program

Two weeks before the election, Mayor Rahm Emanuel has announced $5 million in new funding has become available to help small businesses in Chicago.

03/25/2015

Mayor Rahm Emanuel at a senior center in the West Pullman neighborhood. (Credit: Craig Dellimore)

Anti-Rahm Community Activists Demonstrate In Loop

Community activists, parents elected officials and others gathered in the Loop to voice a litany of complaints about Mayor Emanuel, and lay out their agenda for changing the city’s direction, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

03/24/2015

Mayoral candidate Jesus 'Chuy' Garcia (left) gives a thumbs up sign after voting on election day. Mayor Rahm Emanuel (right) greets supporters at an election day rally. Garcia forced a runoff election with Emanuel, to be held in April. (Credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Mayor Emanuel Turns To Ministers To Marshal African-American Support

With just two weeks to go until the runoff election, Mayor Emanuel is pushing hard to marshal African-American clergy to turn out a big vote for him, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

03/24/2015

Mayoral candidate Jesus 'Chuy' Garcia (left) gives a thumbs up sign after voting on election day. Mayor Rahm Emanuel (right) greets supporters at an election day rally. Garcia forced a runoff election with Emanuel, to be held in April. (Credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Emanuel Allies Slam Garcia As ‘Novice,’ While Chuy Seeks To Emulate Harold Washington

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and challenger Jesus “Chuy” Garcia both pulled in more endorsements Friday, as the mayor tried to solidify his lead in the polls, and Garcia sought to build a Harold Washington-like coalition.

03/20/2015

Aldermen Brendan Reilly, Ameya Pawar, and Michele Smith (left to right) roll out two stacks of budget documents and audits as they criticize mayoral candidate Jesus "Chuy" Garcia for not providing specifics for his budget plan. (Credit: Craig Dellimore/WBBM)

Emanuel Allies: Garcia Budget Plan As Real As ‘Leprechauns And Unicorns’

At a City Hall press conference, City Clerk Susana Mendoza and three aldermen who back the mayor rolled out a couple of hand trucks of budget books and audits they claim mayoral challenger Jesus “Chuy” Garcia could use to craft his budget plans.

03/19/2015

A city of Chicago red light camera (Credit: CBS)

Effort To Phase Out Red Light Cams Fizzles Out At City Council Meeting

An effort to begin phasing out Chicago’s Red Light Camera system was derailed at Wednesday’s City Council Meeting, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

03/18/2015

Map of the two proposed sites for the Obama Presidential Library presented by the University of Chicago. (Credit: University of Chicago)

Aldermen Approve Park Land Transfer For Obama Library

The City Council has cleared the way for the city to take control of Park District land on the South Side for the Barack Obama Presidential Library and Museum, if the University of Chicago’s bid for the facility is selected.

03/18/2015

Taxis navigate the city streets on September 8, 2011 in Chicago. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

City Watchdog Finds Shortcomings In Taxi Inspections

Chicago’s inspector general has raised questions about inspections of taxi cabs by the city that regulates the taxi industry, and a top administration official has blamed faulty equipment for some of the problems.

03/17/2015

Mayor Rahm Emanuel (left) and challengerr Jesus "Chuy" Garcia (right) are running first and second in the latest polls in the five-man race for mayor. (Credit: CBS)

Mayoral Candidates Tangle Over City Finances, Red-Light Cameras At First Debate

In a rapid-fire hour of questions and answers, Emanuel sounded definitive about the city’s budget problems and how to solve them, while Garcia, a Cook County commissioner, sought to cast doubt on the incumbent’s plans.

03/16/2015

Mayor Rahm Emanuel (left) and challengerr Jesus "Chuy" Garcia (right) are running first and second in the latest polls in the five-man race for mayor. (Credit: CBS)

Mayoral Opponents Downplay Poll Showing Emanuel Pulling Ahead Of Garcia

The latest Chicago Tribune poll shows Rahm Emanuel favored by 51 percent of voters surveyed – a clear majority – versus 37 percent for Jesus “Chuy” Garcia. Eleven percent of voters said they were undecided.

03/13/2015

Mayoral candidate Jesus "Chuy" Garcia outlines part of his budget plan for the city, with less than a month until the runoff election against Mayor Rahm Emanuel. (Credit: CBS)

Garcia Gives Some Details On Budget Plan, Still Mum On Revenue

Saying the city is teetering on a financial cliff, mayoral candidate Jesus “Chuy” Garcia on Friday outlined the first specifics of his budget plans, though he remained vague on key details.

03/13/2015

Mayor Rahm Emanuel with Andrew Wells, Sr. Managerof the Chicago Urban League, talking about  economic development in depressed areas in Back of the Yards neighborhood. (Credit: Craig Dellimore)

Emanuel Proposes ‘Right To Thrive’ Zones, Wilson Endorses Garcia

Challenger Commissioner Chuy Garcia is reacting cooly to Mayor Emanuel’s proposals for so-called “Right to Thrive” zones in some poorer neighborhoods, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

03/11/2015

Map of the two proposed sites for the Obama Presidential Library presented by the University of Chicago. (Credit: University of Chicago)

Aldermen Overwhelmingly Support Transferring Park Land For Obama Library

At a joint meeting Wednesday, three City Council panels voted heavily in favor of the Emanuel administration’s plan to transfer about 20 acres of land in either Washington Park or Jackson Park to the city if the Barack Obama Foundation picks the University of Chicago’s bid for the future Obama presidential library.

03/11/2015

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Aldermen To Vote On Plan To Transfer Park Land To City For Obama Library Bid

Aldermen were expected to give preliminary approval on Wednesday to the Emanuel administration’s plan to allow the city to take control of Park District land to be used for the Barack Obama Presidential Library, if the president and first lady choose the University of Chicago’s bid for the facility.

03/11/2015

Ald. JoAnn Thompson (Credit: aldermanthompson.com)

City Council Remembers Alderman JoAnn Thompson At Special Meeting

The Chicago City Council said a formal, and sad, “goodbye” to one of its own Tuesday at a specially called meeting, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

03/10/2015

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