Claudia Vargas is a reporter covering City Hall.

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After three-plus terms, Philly Councilman Bill Greenlee will not seek reelection

When the 65-year-old councilman leaves his seat at the end of the year, he will have served 40 years on Council — 26 as a staffer and 14 as a councilman himself. His departure puts a second at-large seat in play.

Sources in ‘Johnny Doc’ case: PPA board chair Ashdale bribed councilman to squash agency audit

Henon got windows for his chief of staff's house. In exchange, authorities allege, Ashdale got the councilman's help in defeating a proposed audit of the parking authority.

Philly Councilman Bobby Henon returns to work after indictment, won’t step down as majority leader

Philly Councilman Bobby Henon returns to work, says he's not going anywhere.

City officials resolve case of ‘missing’ $33 million

According to the consultants' report released Friday, almost all the money in question has been accounted for and the half-million remainder is expected to be resolved by the city Treasurer’s Office and a Reconciliation Task Force created to oversee the process.

Grants slashed after Mayor’s Fund hit with loan payments tied to corruption scandal

In December, the fund awarded program grants totaling $200,000 to 18 organizations and two city departments, down from the usual $300,000 available.

Mayor Kenney once derided city trade missions. Now he’s a believer.

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney says "I was wrong" about utility of mayoral overseas trade missions.

Muslim youth clean up Independence Mall amid government shutdown

A Muslim youth group in Philadelphia joined a national effort to clean up U.S. parks shuttered by the government shutdown.

Bob Brady, Philadelphia congressman and Capitol Hill’s ‘mayor,’ retires after two decades

In Philadelphia, Brady is known as the affable and long-standing Democratic City Committee chairman who runs to the rescue in labor disputes or any threat to the Mummers Parade. But in Washington, he didn’t seek the limelight or high-profile committee appointments.


Northeast Philly Dem feud escalates with salacious allegation, defamation lawsuit | Philly Clout

In a defamation lawsuit, State Sen. John Sabatina Jr. compares State Rep. Kevin Boyle to Machiavelli and accuses him of “recklessly and knowingly perpetuating a false and malicious lie” and "endeavoring to undermine” Sabatina’s political career.