Noah Isackson profiles Garry McCarthy as the police superintendent deals with rising homicides, low manpower, and an intractable gang problem; meanwhile, Mick Dumke and Ben Joravsky show how all that resulted in the marijuana-decriminalization ordinance.
About 78 years ago, Chicago went through not just the Depression, but the hottest day ever recorded in the city. On one stagnant day, the city baked… but the Tribune Tower was pleasantly refreshing.
May 31, 2012–The Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust held its annual Chairman’s Reception benefit at The Rookery, with its spectacular Frank Lloyd Wright-designed light court and home to the Preservation Trust’s downtown offices. Patricia and T. Kendall Hunt, CEO, VASCO Data Security International Inc., co-chaired the reception, which attracted more than 200 guests. This festive celebration launched the 38th Annual Wright Plus on Saturday, June 2, a weekend-long event featuring the world-renowned architecture of Wright and his contemporaries in Oak Park, Illinois.
May 12, 2012–The 25th annual Alzheimer’s Association Chicago Rita Hayworth Gala raised more than $1 million for Alzheimer’s Association care, support, and research programs on May 12 at the Hilton Chicago. More than 600 guests attended the Mother’s Day weekend tradition and paid homage to the style and glamour of the silver-screen legend.
A look at the economic geography of Chicago, following the most recent census—from the extremely depressed community areas of Fuller Park and Riverdale to the Near North, which has by far the highest incomes in the city, over ten times that of Fuller Park.
Plus: Art Shay and the greatest racquetball photo ever taken; the growing disparity between breast cancer mortality among black and white women in Chicago; and more
One reason for increasing pensions? Decreasing government. The 2002 Early Retirement Initiative got a lot of people off the government payroll… and onto the pension rolls.
Unloved and unwanted pension-reform negotiations slip between the deadline. It was probably inevitable, given the general assembly’s problems keeping its own pension fund in order—the worst in the state. On the other hand, it’s probably for the best to keep the bill in the air for awhile.
A downstate representative from Murphysboro gets mad, and his rant on teacher-pension funding goes viral, thanks to some paper-throwing and barnyard epithets. What’s bothering him: Michael Madigan, or something more?
NATO wanted to have the summit here for geopolitical messaging. The city wanted it as an “open for business” sign to the international community. Does that make up for the as-yet-unknown tab?