Illinois

November 26, 2007, 1pm PST
<p>The city of Chicago has announced plans to green its 2,000 miles of alleyways by installing permeable ground coverings that will allow rainwater to seep back into the ground and replenish groundwater supplies.</p>
The New York Times
November 11, 2007, 11am PST
<p>Chicago struggles to overcome its battle with "food deserts" -- areas in the city with little or now access to groceries.</p>
Chicago Sun-Times
October 17, 2007, 5am PDT
<p>At a time when funding is a major concern, a congressional hearing later this month will look at the transportation needs of Chicago as it tries to win hosting duties for the 2016 Olympics.</p>
The Chicago Tribune
October 8, 2007, 9am PDT
<p>The new program allows motorist to add time to their parking meter by dialing a toll free number.</p>
Chicago Sun Times
September 22, 2007, 9am PDT
<p>Congestion problems are becoming more acute in Chicago, and local planners and policymakers are urging the city to get creative in the way they address the issues.</p>
The Chicago Tribune
September 17, 2007, 8am PDT
<p>The report couldn't have come at a worse time, as Chicago prepares for fare hikes and transit cuts to make up for budget shortfalls.</p>
The Chicago Tribune
September 8, 2007, 7am PDT
<p>A high-profile advertising campaign/contest is looking to bank on the coolness of historic preservation by inviting Chicago residents to vote for their favorite crumbling landmarks. The winner of the contest will receive $1 million in rehab funds.</p>
The Chicago Tribune
August 25, 2007, 11am PDT
<p>Leaders of suburban cities and villages in northeastern Illinois are coming together to promote transit oriented development around commuter rail lines leading into Chicago.</p>
PioneerLocal (Sun-Times News Group)
August 8, 2007, 2pm PDT
<p>Facing the prospect of not receiving crucial state funding, the Chicago Transit Authority has released a "doomsday" plan to guide the system's reaction to the budget shortfall. Some services would have to be cut, but not as many as expected earlier.</p>
The Chicago Tribune
July 31, 2007, 9am PDT
<p>Though officials proposed several promising schemes, a lack of quickly executable plans knocked the region from contention for federal funds.</p>
The Chicago Tribune
July 29, 2007, 7am PDT
<p>Chicago has plans to replace more than 50 high-rise public housing buildings, a renovation project that is expected to cost more than $1 billion. The plan has elicited criticism from housing advocates who argue that many residents will be displaced.</p>
NPR
July 28, 2007, 9am PDT
<p>With expansion of nearby O'Hare Airport planned and moving forward, the suburban Chicago community of Bensenville is being slowly drained of residents and buildings to make way for the project. But some residents aren't going without a fight.</p>
The Chicago Tribune
July 7, 2007, 11am PDT
<p>The city of Chicago has leased four parking garages to generate more than $122 million for improvements to the city's parks.</p>
The Chicago Tribune
July 3, 2007, 8am PDT
<p>As transit agencies in Chicago and other metro areas deal with major budget deficits, a recent report evaluates other possible revenue sources to fund public transportation.</p>
Illinois PIRG
June 28, 2007, 2pm PDT
<p>By creating market incentives for wetlands restoration, the Wetlands Initiative project aims to clean water, increase wildlife habitat, and reduce greenhouse gases.</p>
The Washington Post
June 27, 2007, 6am PDT
<p>Several communities have used ordinances to favor masonry over vinyl siding, but the practice is being challenged by a lawsuit arguing that the added cost prices out low-income minorities.</p>
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
June 19, 2007, 10am PDT
<p>Despite big plans to make the city a national example for environmental friendliness, some say Chicago Mayor Richard Daley's measures have failed to produce the intended results.</p>
The Chicago Tribune
June 19, 2007, 8am PDT
<p>Margaret Wente lists Chicago's strengths and criticizes Toronto's mayor for the city's problems.</p>
The Globe and Mail
June 17, 2007, 5am PDT
<p>Despite efforts to limit big box retailers in the city, Chicago is riding a new wave of retail spending at the likes of Target and Wal-Mart -- though smaller local retailers are also sharing in the boom.</p>
The Chicago Tribune
June 12, 2007, 10am PDT
<p>In the depressed Chicago suburb of Robbins, developers have joined forces to provide 800 affordably-priced houses over the next 5 years.</p>
The Chicago Tribune