John Byrne,

John Byrne

Elgin Township, IL, United States

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Recent articles by John:

While DNC coming to Chicago might provide good vibes, experts say economic boost might be overhyped

Boosters predict a $150 million economic return for Chicago hosting the 2024 Democratic National Convention. Similar estimates have been overblown. → Read More

Mayor Brandon Johnson to new City Council: Congrats, now let’s collaborate

The tone was notably friendlier than the one set four years ago by Mayor Lori Lightfoot, who blasted aldermanic corruption. → Read More

Mayor-elect Brandon Johnson pushes his own plan to reshape City Council

Johnson’s Unity Plan to switch up council committee leadership is an early key test of the new mayor’s strength and savvy. → Read More

FBI searched Ald. Jim Gardiner’s text messages amid probe into alleged $5,000 cash payment from developer, court records show

There is no indication in the unsealed documents that Gardiner will be charged in connection with the alleged conduct. → Read More

Brandon Johnson’s win as mayor furthers Democratic leftward tilt as party examines big tent philosophy

This year's election laid bare fundamental splits within the state’s Democratic Party that go deeper than just Chicago’s most recent mayoral contest. → Read More

Democrats place big bet on Mayor-elect Brandon Johnson by tapping Chicago for ’24 convention

Democrats are placing a bet on Mayor-elect Brandon Johnson by selecting Chicago as the site of the party's 2024 national convention, hoping his progressive, labor-friendly policies will allow the city and the party to shine. → Read More

Brandon Johnson has spent four years on the Cook County Board. Does his record there stand up to the achievements he touts?

Brandon Johnson leans heavily on his experience on the Cook County Board, but his record there is complicated. → Read More

What will happen to Soldier Field without the Chicago Bears?

The divorce is far from a foregone conclusion, but what might the area around the historic lakefront stadium look like if the Bears go? → Read More

Facing indictment, Ald. Ed Burke will end his run as the longest-serving City Council member ever, won’t seek reelection

Burke has been on the Chicago City Council more than 50 years but faces trial for wide-ranging allegations of corruption. → Read More

Progressives looking to expand amid Chicago City Council departures

Openings aplenty with at least 11 aldermen not running for reelection, plus others are looking to target incumbents. → Read More

With new map drawn to favor them, Democrats win 14 of Illinois’ 17 seats in Congress

Three downstate Republican incumbents won reelection in districts drawn in GOP-majority areas. → Read More

Rep. Sean Casten declares victory against GOP challenger Keith Pekau as Democrats sweep Chicago congressional districts

Democratic U.S. Rep. Sean Casten declared victory late Tuesday after fending off Republican challenger Keith Pekau to win a third term in a Chicago-area contest that drew high-profile national attention and money as it tightened up in recent weeks. → Read More

In campaign that has raised social issues, US Rep. Sean Casten looks to cement power against Keith Pekau

The suburban 6th District had a long history of GOP representation until Casten's victory against Republican U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam in 2018. → Read More

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi stumps for US Rep. Sean Casten, with focus on reproductive rights

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was in Chicago's western suburbs Friday to support U.S. Rep. Sean Casten in his race against Republican Keith Pekau. → Read More

Challengers vie for seats in U.S. House with no incumbent on the ballot

Three congressional districts are connected by a lack of incumbents but still offer a study in contrasts. → Read More

US Rep. Sean Casten says his daughter died of sudden cardiac arrhythmia

DuPage County Coroner's office confirms Gwen Casten died due to natural causes. → Read More

In the fight for the US House, one of the most important battles is in northwest Illinois

Democrat Eric Sorensen and Republican Esther Joy King trying to drum up support for 17th District seat. → Read More

Mayor Lori Lightfoot will forgo election-year property tax increase that’s tied to inflation

The mayor announced she won't try to pass the unpopular, $42.7 million tax hike after earlier saying she'd only ask for half of the inflation-tied levy increase. → Read More

Chicago property taxes and aldermanic pay hikes are tied to inflation. Now both issues are coming to a head.

Issue taking focus as aldermen on Friday will be forced to decide whether to accept a nearly 10% salary bump for themselves. → Read More

Chicago aldermen stand to get raises of nearly 10%, unless they turn down the inflation-tied pay hikes by next week

The highest-paid aldermen currently earn about $130,250 and will see that increase to about $142,780 if they don't turn down the raise. → Read More