- Obama library foundation raised $5.4 million in 2014 Updated: May-18-15 8:31 pm
WASHINGTON - The nonprofit foundation raising money for President Barack Obama's future library in Chicago took in more than $5.4 million in 2014, according to the organization's tax returns.
- Emanuel wants focus on youth for 2nd term as Chicago mayor Updated: May-18-15 5:32 pm
CHICAGO - Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel focused on the need to help disadvantaged and troubled youth Monday, during an inaugural speech for his second term that touched only briefly on the major fiscal woes facing the nation's third-largest city.
- Another Daley heads to City Hall in Chicago Updated: May-18-15 1:29 pm
CHICAGO - Another member of Chicago's most famous political family is taking his place on the City Council that his grandfather and uncle presided over - and dominated - for decades.
- Chicago mayor raises stakes in hockey bet with Anaheim mayor Updated: May-17-15 2:54 pm
CHICAGO - Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has upped his friendly bet with his counterpart in Anaheim, California, on the outcome of the NHL's Western Conference finals.
- Chicago Urban League CEO to make 2016 US Senate run Updated: May-15-15 5:53 pm
CHICAGO - Chicago Urban League President Andrea Zopp says she intends to run for Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk's seat. The move potentially sets up a 2016 primary battle for Democratic Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth.
- Renee Fleming extends Chicago Lyric Opera contract 2 years Updated: May-15-15 12:26 pm
CHICAGO - Famed soprano Renee Fleming will spend another two years working with the Lyric Opera of Chicago.
- Spike Lee defends 'Chiraq' title for movie about Chicago Updated: May-14-15 4:04 pm
CHICAGO - Flanked by parents holding photographs of the children they've lost to gun violence in Chicago, filmmaker Spike Lee on Thursday defended his choice to make a movie about the city with the Iraq-inspired title "Chiraq."
- It's official: Obama library will be on Chicago's South Side Updated: May-12-15 7:43 am
CHICAGO - President Barack Obama has decided to build his presidential library on the South Side of Chicago, where his political career began.
- Obamas highlight their Chicago history with library choice Updated: May-12-15 7:35 am
- Tourism experts testify on potential Chicago casino Updated: May-11-15 3:43 pm
CHICAGO - A future Chicago casino could generate much-needed revenue and draw crowds to city hotels and restaurants, tourism experts testified Monday during a gambling expansion hearing that comes as state legislators stare down a budget deadline and fresh concerns about finding new funding sources.
- Obama Library organizers to reveal site decision in Chicago Updated: May-11-15 11:22 am
CHICAGO - The Barack Obama Foundation will hold a news conference in Chicago to announce where the president's library will be built - the strongest confirmation yet that the city won the sweepstakes to erect the library.
- DC airports official named Chicago aviation commissioner Updated: May-10-15 3:40 pm
CHICAGO - A woman who oversaw airport construction projects in Washington, D.C., has been named Chicago's new aviation commissioner.
- Struggles persist as Illinois horse tracks push for slots Updated: May-10-15 10:14 am
COLLINSVILLE, Illinois - The promotions meant to drum up interest in horse racing at 90-year-old Fairmount Park among customers more comfortable staring at an iPhone than a tip sheet are creative and constant.
- Hundreds line up to be extras in Spike Lee's 'Chiraq' Updated: May-10-15 5:13 am
CHICAGO - Several hundred people lined up in Chicago over the weekend for a chance to be cast as extras in Spike Lee's film about violence in the city.
- Lawmakers working on bill to create Chicago-owned casino Updated: May-07-15 7:20 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Illinois lawmakers are trying to negotiate a deal to open a Chicago-owned casino and expand gambling elsewhere in the state, and they believe there's a clearer path for the proposal to become law than there's been in years.
- Gov. Bruce Rauner: Illinois can't bail out Chicago Updated: May-06-15 1:25 pm
CHICAGO - Gov. Bruce Rauner says the state of Illinois can't afford to bail Chicago out of its financial problems.
- Chicago City Council honors late Cardinal Francis George Updated: May-06-15 11:46 am
- Emanuel chooses 30-year transit veteran to head CTA Updated: May-05-15 11:40 am
CHICAGO - Mayor Rahm Emanuel has chosen a veteran public transportation executive to head the Chicago Transit Authority.
- Correction: Closer Look-Privatizing DCEO story Updated: May-04-15 6:54 pm
CHAMPAIGN, Illinois - In a story May 3 about legislation to privatize much of the work of the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, The Associated Press misattributed a quote criticizing the plan. The quote should have been attributed to Ralph Martire, executive director of the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability, not to Ron Baiman, who is no longer with the organization.
- NFL increasing support of youth football with flag program Updated: Apr-29-15 2:17 am
The NFL is enhancing its commitment to upgrading equipment for youth football organizations, and along with USA Football and GENYOUth will distribute 1 million flag football kits to 2,500 schools nationwide.
- Goodell: Emanuel delivered in bringing NFL draft to Chicago Updated: Apr-26-15 5:34 pm
- Chicago mayor taps CTA director to be chief of staff Updated: Apr-24-15 7:34 am
CHICAGO - Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has named the head of Chicago Transit Authority to be his new chief of staff.
- Illinois lawmakers fast-track OKs for Obama, Lucas museums Updated: Apr-23-15 7:27 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - With fast-track votes, Illinois lawmakers pushed through legislation Thursday to ensure that Chicago can use public park land as a potential site for President Barack Obama's presidential library, while also paving the way for Star Wars creator George Lucas' proposed museum on the city's lakefront.
- Catholics say final farewell to Chicago's Cardinal George Updated: Apr-23-15 5:19 pm
CHICAGO - Cardinal Francis George was remembered Thursday as a man of deep faith, intellect and compassion as Catholics said their final goodbyes to the man who led the nation's third-largest archdiocese and was known as a vigorous defender of Roman Catholic orthodoxy.
- Group blasts state over Obama library, Lucas museum bill Updated: Apr-23-15 4:40 pm
CHICAGO - A group opposed to building Barack Obama's presidential library on park land and the Lucas Museum near Lake Michigan says a bill by state lawmakers that bolsters both efforts does not change the fact that what the city is pushing for is illegal.