If Chicago were a company, it would be the classic big, successful incumbent that needs new management. Its finances are out of whack. Public education is awful; only 55% of ninth-graders graduate from high school. The homicide rate is much higher than in New York or Los Angeles. America's third-largest city, Chicago gained population in the '90s and then lost all those gains over the past decade. The city still thrives -- it's No. 7 in a recent PricewaterhouseCoopers ranking of world cities by competitiveness -- but the trends aren't great. Chicago got new management in May when Rahm Emanuel was inaugurated as mayor. He's the kind of insider-outsider who often succeeds in redirecting an enterprise. A Chicagoan born and raised who worked in the first campaign of his predecessor, Richard M. Daley, he knows the territory. But he owes nothing to Chicago's Democratic machine. Emanuel, 52, was an adviser in the Clinton White House, then represented a Chicago-area district in Congress for
A funeral is held for Maggie Daley, the wife of a former Chicago mayor, at Old St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Chicago.
Maggie Daley, the wife of a former Chicago mayor, died Thursday night after battling breast cancer.
The former White House Chief of Staff avoided an April runoff in the race to replace Richard M. Daley.
Rahm Emanuel, the former chief of staff to President Barack Obama, won the Chicago mayoral election over five other challengers Tuesday, topping the 50% threshold to avoid a runoff vote, CNN projects.
William Daley, a member of an influential political family, has been a fixture in Washington politics and in the business community.
William Daley was named the new White House Chief of Staff. Who is he? Dan Lothian reports.
A fire that killed two Chicago firefighters and injured 17 earlier this week grew from wood or trash burning in the "rear portion of the building," the fire department said Friday.
It's full steam ahead for Rahm Emanuel's Chicago mayoral bid.
All firefighters are accounted for but rescuers continue to dig through the rubble in search of civilians. WGN reports.
Two Chicago firefighters were killed Wednesday and at least 17 were injured, when a wall and roof collapsed without warning in an abandoned building on the city's south side, the city's fire department said.
The first black woman to win a seat in the U.S. Senate has thrown her political hat back into the ring, beating Monday's deadline for hopeful candidates to turn in the required signatures needed to be placed on the mayoral ballot here.
It's laughable to watch political prognosticators on the various TV shows weigh in on Rahm Emanuel's chances of becoming the next mayor of Chicago, Illinois. If you trust any of them, you swear President Barack Obama's outgoing chief of staff sees the position as a birthright that he is about to assume now that Richard M. Daley is stepping down.
Rahm Emanuel, President Obama's chief of staff, is known as a force of nature who efficiently navigates the back halls of Congress to get exactly what he wants.
Reports have surfaced that Rahm Emanuel will leave President Obama's staff to make a run for Chicago mayor.
Rahm Emanuel's experience dates back to fundraising for Chicago Mayor Richard Daley. CNN's Susan Roesgen reports.
A 22-year-old Lebanese citizen was arrested Sunday morning in an FBI sting operation after he placed a backpack he believed contained an explosive device near a trash can on a crowded street corner in Chicago, Illinois, according to the FBI.
Is the toughest guy in the White House about to leave town?
White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel may have gotten his get-out-of-jail card in just the nick of time.
The throaty, thumping churn of the military helicopter convoy is a sound like no other.
The Chicago, Illinois, City Council in a 45-0 vote approved a new gun ordinance Friday, four days after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the city's 28-year-old strict ban on handgun ownership was unconstitutional.
The Chicago City Council has voted to approve what city officials say is the strictest handgun ordinance in the U.S.
Chicago's longstanding ban on handguns, which the Supreme Court this week ruled as unconstitutional, was a complete failure.
Chicago Mayor Richard Daley is upset but not surprised at the Supreme Court's decision to strike down the handgun ban.
You sure it isn't 1961 in Chicago? Richard Daley's the mayor, right? The Cubs are winning 40 percent of their games. It is mid-April and the Blackhawks just might be the best team in the NHL playoffs.
I was saddened, but not surprised, by reports of the Chicago, Illinois, street fight that resulted in the death of 16-year-old Derrion Albert.
Attorney General Holder says a videotaped beating death of a Chicago teen is a 'call to action' to fight teen violence.
U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan met Wednesday with a group of teens who were schoolmates of a Chicago youth brutally beaten to death last month.
President Obama and Mrs. Obama make their final pitch in support of Chicago's Olympic bid. CNN's Ed Henry reports.
After flying through the night for seven hours aboard Air Force One, nobody would blame President Obama for being at least slightly groggy when he arrived in Copenhagen, Denmark, for a quick four hours to make the final pitch for Chicago to host the 2016 Olympics.
Like many a transplanted Chicagoan, I'm eager to show off my hometown after spending most of my adult life in New York City. I want my coast-centric acquaintances to know what real pizza looks like; that Chicago has a majestic skyline with the country's tallest building; that one of the world's two outdoor Picasso sculptures stands by City Hall; and that, no, you cannot skip a rock across Lake Michigan. (It's more than twice the size of New Jersey! And three times as clean!) I can't help but get a little tingly when I consider that the International Olympic Committee might award the 2016 Summer Games to Chicago on Oct. 2, when its members meet in Copenhagen to choose a site from a final four that also includes Madrid, Rio De Janeiro and Tokyo. And I'm not the only one. A slightly more famous ex-Chicago resident, President Barack Obama, will be in Copenhagen to schmooze IOC members.
Beer summits at the White House notwithstanding, not all controversies between the police and the citizens they serve are destined to turn into gauzy, orchestrated "teachable moments."
Authorities have captured the second of three inmates who escaped earlier this month from Indiana State Prison in Michigan City, Indiana, officials said Tuesday.
iReporter Wojtek Gil gives us his impression of the new Skydeck experience at the Sears Tower in Chicago.
Authorities have called off the active search for two of three inmates who escaped from an Indiana prison over the weekend, but they still are following leads to find them, the state Department of Correction said Tuesday.
One of three inmates who escaped from an Indiana maximum-security prison was captured Monday about eight miles away in southwestern Michigan, officials said.
The Rev. Michael Pfleger has ordered the American flag at St. Sabina Church hung upside-down -- a historic sign of distress -- to symbolize the growing death toll among the city's youngsters.
Chicago youth violence appears to be getting worse, not better. CNN's David Mattingly reports.
Hast thou been patterning thy parlance to evoke the vernacular of William Shakespeare?
Since moving to Chicago 4½ years ago from Texas, I've been amazed to watch the political machinations in this state, and see how easy it is for residents to dismiss the rampant corruption of some political officials as nothing more than the cost of doing business.
Fantasia Barrino sings the gospel song "Your Grace and Mercy" at the private service
Mayor Richard M. Daley has announced a plan to dramatically slash emissions of heat-trapping gases, part of an effort to fight global warming and become one of the greenest cities in the nation
Crime-ridden cities are increasingly turning to curfews to restore order. But foes say they violate constitutional rights
Thousands come out in Chicago to honor the late comedian
Jody Weis comes to his new job with a sterling record at the FBI. But taking over Chicago's troubled police force is proving to be a tough challenge
An Illinois woman claims she is a victim of police brutality after an altercation with a Chicago police officer. CNN's Randi Kaye reports.
Robin Petrovic, a college English teacher, was out dancing at a popular Chicago nightclub, the "Funky Buddha Lounge," when she got into an altercation with the bouncer and called police for help.
Obama's comparison of student deaths in one city and soldier deaths in another is bad math -- but maybe good politics
Some are starting to wonder whether Mayor Daley's ambitious pledge of four years ago was more politics than policy
Investing is not only about buying the right assets at the right time. It's also about having rules that keep you from doing dumb things at the wrong time.
1. Seventy-two-year-old James Hylton is trying to qualify for the Daytona 500. He'll be piloting the Metamucil Lincoln Town Car.
Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley on Monday vetoed a "living wage" ordinance that would force big-box retailers like Wal-Mart and Target to increase their hourly pay and other benefits.
The first televised debate between presidential candidates, which took place 45 years ago Monday, not only had a major effect on the 1960 election, it changed America politics for good.
A corruption scandal in Chicago raises the question about Mayor Richard Daley: Like father, like son?
U.S. mass transit systems were put on higher alert after Thursday's bombings in London, with officials in major cities urging Americans to go about their business but be on the lookout for anything suspicious.
Last week's long-range confrontation between Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley and Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin was much more than a personal tiff involving two formidable Illinois Democrats who obviously are not fond of each other.
When it comes to municipal penny pinching, the Second City is full of firsts.
Since the skyscrapers started to rise over the Manhattan skyline at the end of the 19th century, the title of "world's tallest building" has been the blue riband of commercial architecture.
As anthrax terrorized America in mid-October, Chicago Mayor Richard Daley met with his high command in the city's Emergency Communications Center, a technology-packed fortress two miles from the do...
Philadelphia mayor Edward Rendell has been huffing and puffing of late about suing gunmakers. He's looking, of course, at the billions the states are extracting in settlements from the tobacco indu...
Ronald Gault, 51, a managing director at First Boston, 20-year tennis buddy of New York City Mayor David Dinkins, and onetime adviser to Dinkins's predecessor Ed Koch, has put together a program in...
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