Getting Around: CTA set to put all fares under Ventra
Agency plans to phase out Chicago Cards, other payment optionsTake heed, CTA and Pace riders. An announcement is coming by the end of March on plans to make Ventra those transit agencies' sole fare-payment system, a move that has been delayed for months by numerous technical glitches and bumpy customer service.
Boystown wedding expo caters to same-sex couples
New marriage law inspires more resources for planning big dayStarting this year, the longest day of the year will have a new meaning for Chicago residents Mark Rush and Luis Soria: It will be the day they celebrate what Soria calls the "longest journey of our lives."
Fired North Chicago cop draws disability pension
Family of man who was fatally beaten decries the deal, which the city also is challengingA North Chicago police officer involved in the beating of a suspect who later died has been awarded a disability pension — despite being fired from the department twice.
Backlog of transit needs confronts task force
Shortfall prevents expansion of CTA, Metra, Pace, officials sayWhen a task force appointed by Gov. Pat Quinn issues its long-awaited report on mass transit reform later this month, it is expected to recommend ways to tackle what officials say is a multibillion-dollar shortfall in funding.
Wheaton lawyer got angry enough to enter politics
Sanguinetti says slip-and-fall injury led to her career as lawmakerEvelyn Sanguinetti's path to becoming Bruce Rauner's running mate in the Republican primary for governor in some ways started on an actual path — a sidewalk near a Metra platform in Wheaton where she slipped and suffered a neck injury.
Rauner sells his brand to Republican voters
Businessman has launched a political career from scratch and is the front-runner in the March 18 GOP primary electionMade wealthy by decades in the cutthroat trenches of venture capital, Bruce Rauner has never been shy about opening up his checkbook to push causes he considers dear to his heart.
An iPhone is tossed in laundry — it's a washout
Ask not what clunks in the washer ...I heard the sound within minutes of starting the wash.
Man recalls rescue, loss on Chicago River
Emergency responders answer more calls than average this winter on lakefront, riverViet Hoang and his friends, Lauren Li and Ken Hoang, huddled near each other, clinging to life in the frigid Chicago River on that January night, assuring one another they would not die this way.
26 died from cold this year
Figure not as bad as health professionals fearedChicago's third-coldest winter has contributed to the deaths of 26 people so far, nearly 50 percent more fatalities than the entire season's average in recent years, according to numbers provided by the Cook County medical examiner's office.
Edna Pardo, 1921-2014
Longtime League of Women Voters leader campaign against inequities of school financeEdna Pardo worked tirelessly to improve her community, focusing much of her effort on the inequities of Illinois school finance in her longtime role as a leader of the League of Women Voters of Chicago.
Treasurer's race under the radar
'Undecided' tied for lead in GOP primaryThe Republican state treasurer contest is so far under the radar for most primary voters that if the words "undecided" or "never heard of" actually appeared on the ballot, they could be vying for the lead, a new Tribune/WGN-TV poll found.
Oberweis keeps big lead in GOP Senate primary
Lack of name recognition hurting Truax, poll showsRepublican U.S. Senate candidate Jim Oberweis has maintained an overwhelming lead in his primary contest against a little-known rival, a Tribune/WGN-TV poll shows.
Soldier Field expansion raises questions about feasibility
Experts not optimistic about Emanuel's plan to add 5,000 seats Oh no! Another Soldier Field fight. I thought we were done with those. But there's no way to ignore Mayor Rahm Emanuel's push to add at least 5,000 seats to our architecturally polarizing pigskin palace.
Man recalls rescue, loss on Chicago River
Emergency responders answered more calls than average this winter on lakefront, riverViet Hoang and his friends, Lauren Li and Ken Hoang, huddled near each other, clinging to life in the frigid Chicago River on that January night, assuring one another they would not die this way.
Divers face risks in ice water rescues
Brutal Chicago winter provided plenty of chances for trainingWhen the Chicago Fire Department scuba team arrived on the south side of the Chicago River at Michigan Avenue just before 5 a.m. Dec. 17, fresh snow blanketed the ground, covering any footprints where a woman had slipped into the frigid water.
Cancer back, but cardinal says, 'I feel OK'
George has no plan to retire as he begins chemotherapyAn upbeat Cardinal Francis George said Saturday that undergoing chemotherapy may at times interrupt his public schedule but that he expects to continue making appearances and leading services during his cancer treatment.
GOP governor race tightening
Rauner's support drops to 36%; Dillard's doubles to 23%The Illinois Republican governor's race is tightening, with Bruce Rauner leading and Kirk Dillard surging as the candidates head into the final days of the campaign trying to peel away support from rivals and recruit undecided voters into their camp.
Airport arrests highlight baggage claim risks
For a convicted thief like Anthony Hargrove, baggage carousels at Chicago's airports have apparently been an attractive target.
Emanuel to have campaign fundraiser at SXSW
Mayor Rahm Emanuel's trip to Austin, Texas, on Monday to woo tech-savvy entrepreneurs at the South By Southwest festival isn't all city business: He will also be picking up campaign donations at a fundraiser thrown for him by the promoters who hold the 10-year contract to put on the Lollapalooza music festival in Grant Park.
Cardinal's cancer sparks retirement speculation
Talk of succession arises as George begins treatmentAn aggressive round of chemotherapy is planned for Cardinal Francis George after doctors discovered new cancer cells in his right kidney, a setback that church observers said could hasten the process to select a successor to lead the Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago.
Cold weather rebels wear shorts in winter
Some teens defiantly sport summer attire. Parents, experts learn to shrug it off.No matter how long cold weather drags on this winter, or how much snow continues to fall, 12-year-old Matt Reedy knows what he'll be wearing to school next week.
Voters to weigh in on cab fares, guns in restaurants
Referendum on an elected school board fails to make citywide ballotChicago voters will get a chance to weigh in on raising taxicab rates, banning guns in restaurants and bars, and limiting the size of ammunition magazines, but it's the question residents won't see on the March 18 primary ballot that's gotten a lot of attention at City Hall.
On O'Hare noise, a few complainers speak volumes
Monthly high number follows changes in flight patterns from additional runwayMore than half of the 3,405 noise complaints filed in January by Chicago residents near O'Hare International Airport came from just five households.
Chicago State president's salary reduced
University trustees cite new state pension law while extending Watson's contractChicago State University trustees extended President Wayne Watson's contract Friday and also reduced his salary to comply with a new state law that lowers the amount public university employees can earn if they are drawing a pension from a prior state university job.
Yik Yak app disabled in Chicago amid principals' worries
Local high school educators concerned about cyberbullyingIn the years since learning that her daughter had been bullied on the Internet, Sandy Reeves has made a point of following social media trends and tracking new apps where teens can hurl insults at one another.
City Information – Chicago
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