Alderman considers city cameras to patrol dog owners

In Chicago, city government already watches you as you drive through intersections. Now it wants to watch your dog … poop. Alderman Danny Solis is considering installing cameras around Mary Bartelme Park, DNAinfo reported. Neighborhood residents posting to South Poop regularly dish on their displeasure with the level of animal excrement left behind by rude... Read more »

Medallion system a heavy weight for cab drivers

Medallion system a heavy weight for cab drivers
Due to higher demand for ridesharing services such as Uber and Lyft, taxi drivers are losing out on a market they used to dominate. That’s not the fault of the ridesharing phenomenon – it’s because the city won’t remove the shackles it places on drivers. Chicago City Council passed an ordinance late last year that... Read more »

Five things you can’t do in Chicago

Five things you can’t do in Chicago
There are a lot of great things to do in Chicago – hit the Chicago River for an architectural boat tour, gain five pounds sampling the city’s famous deep-dish pizza or take in a Bulls game at the United Center. But there are many things you can’t do in the Windy City because of certain... Read more »
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Ordinance could force Chicago business owners into policing property

Chicago doesn’t need another law that makes it harder to start a business. And business owners don’t need rules that add “policing” to their laundry list of responsibilities. But if you own a tobacco shop, a filling station or a convenience store, the line between proprietor and neighborhood watchman may get a lot blurrier if... Read more »

Quinn clings to big-business handouts in final weeks

Gov. Pat Quinn may not have much time left in office, but he’s making the most of it. In a banner October leading up to the November gubernatorial election, Quinn signed off on more than $37 million in government handouts to big business. He just followed that up by giving a private company $17.5 million... Read more »

Chicago avoids property-tax hikes … for now

Fewer than four months out from the 2015 mayoral election, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel managed to pass a budget that avoids dreaded property-tax hikes. But the mayor’s budget does jack up the price of parking downtown. The city is hoping to bring in $10 million by raising the transportation tax collected for garage parking –... Read more »
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State politicians move to override veto of jobs-killing rideshare legislation

  Jim Evans, 73, is a longtime Chicagoan who served in the military. He’s also a rideshare driver. To supplement his modest Social Security income, Jim started working as an UberX driver a little over a year ago. He works when he wants to, and makes about $2,000 a month to help support himself and... Read more »

Why Metra can’t have nice things

Why Metra can’t have nice things
Metra riders are used to not getting what they pay for. In the past, commuters have been served fare hikes with the promise of perks such as free Wi-Fi and better seats. The assurance of “upgrades” is nothing new. But Metra’s at it again, with a proposed 2015 budget that includes a 10.8 percent fare... Read more »

How to (try to) buy an election

Some people use private dollars to fund their election campaigns. On the other hand, some incumbents combine private fundraising with tax dollars. A week before the election, Pat Quinn decided to shell out $35 million to convince a private company – Cronus Fertilizers – to build a manure plant in Tuscola, a town of fewer... Read more »
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Chicago alderman offers prizes to voters

You can’t buy votes. That bit of the Illinois state election code is sort of a big deal. Scratch that … it’s illegal, corrupt and wrong. (So much so that anyone caught violating this rule is guilty of a class 4 felony.) So what does a violation of this law look like? Sort of like... Read more »