The bet CPS made on auction-rate securities is likely to be a loser, to the tune of $100 million. The Tribune investigates, in a multi-part series.
With nothing left to lose, Obama could make a big move by reassigning his lightning-rod advisor. Politico makes the case.
Why Valerie Jarrett is most able to challenge Obama, and why she’s “uniquely unqualified” to do it. The New Republic explains her role.
From the side of the Hancock to the bottom of the Shedd Aquarium, a new perspective on the city from its pros. Chicago goes inside (and outside).
5. Burn or Fizzle? Public Art, Economic Renewal, and the Curious Case of the Great Chicago Fire Festival
What the “fiasco” says about Chicago’s public-art priorities. Belt revisits the debacle on the river.
Bruce Rauner left a lot of reporters wondering what his plans for the state are. Here are the big ones, from taxes to pot. The Reader asks again.
The late northwest suburbs politician replaced Donald Rumsfeld in Congress, remaining for 35 years as a Republican stalwart. In the Sun-Times, Lynn Sweet remembers him.
The mayor by the numbers—and in his own words. Crain’s takes his measure, and asks him to do the same.
It’s not the first time a Republican has won a Chicago ward, but the governor-elect succeeded in edging out Pat Quinn on the near north side. Chicago examines his victory.
A prominent local activist faces up to 10 years in prison for immigration fraud—lying about her involvement in a 1969 supermarket bombing in Israel. Al Jazeera America reports from Detroit on her case.