Wednesday, December 30, 2009

The sweeping changes in the city’s parking meter system have proved a mixed bag for Melody Fillier.

The new option of paying by credit card is a plus — no more bags of quarters to cart around. Having to walk back to the car and putContinue...



Wednesday, August 12, 2009

On a recent Wednesday evening, with hours of summer daylight left, dozens of people were out enjoying the Bloomingdale line, a dormant railroad right-of-way that runs 2.7 miles across the northwest side, 15 feet above its namesake street. They strolled, they jogged, they cycled, andContinue...



Thursday, July 2, 2009

Nearly three hours into the latest hearing on the parking meter lease agreement, 42nd Ward alderman Brendan Reilly got right to the point: “Certainly I think everyone would have liked to have had this dialogue, this open discussion, prior to the execution of this deal.”




Friday, February 20, 2009

His black cassock billowing in the breeze, candle bearer Anthony Kit steps lightly down the steps of St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral.

“Isn’t it beautiful?” he asks, pausing briefly in the sun.

Kit, 80, is one of several longtime area residents who lead tours of St. Nicholas,Continue...


Wednesday, February 13, 2008

One Chicago alderman is making a promise to taxpayers across the city: Whatever the political risk, he’s going to push for TIF reform.

And after attending a meeting of the Greater Lincoln Park chapter of Democracy for America, some Chicago residents appalled by what they viewContinue...



Thursday, November 1, 2007

If you want to know why taxes are going through the roof, check out the city’s latest propaganda about tax increment financing.

This two-page primer, recently posted on the city’s Web page, is billed as “The ABC’s of TIF: Benefitting all of Chicago.” Filled with mistakes,Continue...