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March 13, 2005
Politics 101: County is Not City Hall: Cook County Board President John Stroger's battle with commissioners over the budget stands in sharp contrast to the relative ease with which Daley gets his spending plan more...

January 23, 2005
Powerful Duff Clan Prospers From Connections: They are the Duffs, a big, boisterous Irish clan with as many connections as contradictions. They are at the nexus of power in Chicago, where politics, big business, labor and organized crime converge. more...

January 23, 2005
Chicago Tribune Editorial – The Silence of the Lambs: editorial: "Most of the time their bleating is too soft to be an annoyance. The 50 members of the Chicago City Council usually do just as the man on 5 tells them, the tinkling bells on their collars inaudible as they graze at City Hall." more...

January 20, 2005
Chicago Tribune Editorial – Why, Everybody's `Critical': "It's tough to figure what's most galling about news that Cook County Board President John Stroger has been routinely ignoring a hiring freeze he imposed about 18 months ago." more...

December 29, 2004
One-Third Moved Out of CHA Ghettos: Five years into the Chicago Housing Authority's 10-year plan to overhaul public housing, about half the 25,000 units the CHA promised to rehab or rebuild by 2010 are done. And the agency has increased funding to help families meet stiff new work requirements to qualify to live in mixed-income developments. more...

December 26, 2004
2004 Was a Daley Grind: This was the year that Daley was rocked by his biggest scandal (Hired Truck), cut his biggest deal ($1.82 billion Chicago Skyway privatization), rammed through his biggest tax and fee package ($85.7 million) and watched critics carve up his most ambitious program (Renaissance 2010). more...

December 17, 2004
Our Friend Rico Has a Busy Day in Federal Court: For decades, the hired trucks dumped the construction refuse they collected into the Stearns Quarry in the 11th Ward. Everybody in Bridgeport knew it. And John Daley sold the truckers the insurance. You might call it an 11th Ward thing. more...

December 17, 2004
U.S. Calls Water Department a Racket: A sweeping federal indictment charged Thursday that the city's water department operated as a racketeering enterprise and that its top leadership extorted at least $500,000 in cash, campaign contributions and gifts. more...

November 28, 2004
Daley, Unions See Ties Fraying: In a city where Democratic mayors generally have enjoyed the dependable backing of organized labor and, in return, have treated unions with deference, Mayor Richard Daley increasingly is challenging long-standing tradition and ruffling feathers. more...

November 27, 2004
What Would It Take To Shake Things Up? The $40 million hired trucks scandal ...the five hired trucks that delivered 380 tons of stolen city asphalt to private contracting jobs... the towed cars that the city sold for scrap... Where's the outrage? more...

March 18, 2004
Hynes' Loss Puts Machine in Doubt: "The once-vaunted 19th Ward organization barely carried its own son," scoffed a Democratic committeeman from the North Side. "You would think it would have gotten 75 or 80 percent" of the vote for Hynes. more...