Illinois

August 2, 2006, 11am PDT
In an effort to compete with discount chains that appeal to a more urbane demographic, Wal-Mart may change its store format for a new Chicago area store.
The Chicago Tribune
July 31, 2006, 1pm PDT
Chicago's City Council passed a landmark ordinance yesterday that requires big-box stores to pay a minimum wage of $10 per hour by 2010 plus $3 an hour worth of benefits.
The New York Times
Feature
July 27, 2006, 7am PDT
Can cities get back in touch with nature? Planners, developers, architects, and policy makers convened in Los Angeles June 7 to face the challenge and develop a plan of action to help bring life onto the rooftops of L.A.'s downtown.
Nate Berg
July 20, 2006, 1pm PDT
The state will provide financial incentives to businesses who locate near transit and affordable housing.
The New Standard
July 19, 2006, 1pm PDT
Life in a community of freed slaves is mapped and documented by young descendents.
The Chicago Tribune
July 18, 2006, 12pm PDT
Chicago area communities restore brick streets for aesthetics and traffic-calming.
The Chicago Tribune
July 14, 2006, 6am PDT
Filling empty Chicago rooftops with plants seemed a little strange six years ago when Mayor Richard Daley installed a garden on the roof of city hall. But now more than 200 buildings in Chicago boast rooftop gardens, and the trend is spreading.
The Christian Science Monitor
July 10, 2006, 12pm PDT
The new website provides information and a forum for residents to give feedback on transportation funding.
The Chicago Tribune
July 4, 2006, 11am PDT
As large McMansions move into suburban areas, many of the smaller older houses are being pushed out of the neighborhood by higher taxes, or by demolition to make room for larger homes.
The Chicago Tribune
June 12, 2006, 8am PDT
Inspired by European biking models, the "Bike 2015 Plan" envisions a city flooded with bicycle commuters using a well-developed infrastructure within 10 years.
The Chicago Tribune
June 7, 2006, 5am PDT
Urban planner Kyle Ezell has developed a course to teach suburbanites the "skills" required for downtown living. It promotes the "ruppie", or "retired urban people" lifestyle.
The Chicago Tribune
June 6, 2006, 11am PDT
Modernist park design inspires modernist residential buildings, increasing real estate values in Chicago's East Loop.
The New York Times
June 3, 2006, 5am PDT
Formed with the help of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and legions of African Americans discriminated against during the Civil Rights era, the agency that helped pass the federal Fair Housing Act will close.
Chicago Sun Times
June 2, 2006, 11am PDT
Wal-Mart, Home Depot, and other big box stores could pay Chicago employees a "living wage" as early as next month.
The New York Times
June 2, 2006, 10am PDT
Chicago Sun-Times columnist Ralph Martire says that the project warrants careful analysis before the state decides to sell-off a profit-making asset to reduce deficit.
Chicago Sun-Times
May 24, 2006, 7am PDT
The Int. Journal of Health Geographics publishes a study on how "GIS and cluster analysis makes it possible to objectively characterize urban neighborhoods and to select comparable and/or contrasting neighborhoods for community-based health studies."
International Journal of Health Geographics
May 19, 2006, 8am PDT
A new development at the confluence of the River Nile has brought an Illinois planner back to her native country of Sudan.
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May 18, 2006, 9am PDT
The "City in a Garden" lives up to its motto, using tons of versatile mulch to promote sustainability and improve quality of life.
The New York Times
May 17, 2006, 2pm PDT
Proposed 20-story tower could be first new high-rise in three decades for Chicago's South Side area.
Chicago Sun-Times
April 22, 2006, 7am PDT
Despite their undying love of cars, Chicago commuters are grudgingly hopping on the train to avoid congestion from the "Dan Ryan Dig," a $600 million project to improve the "busiest road in Illinois."
The Wall Street Journal