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CHICAGO (CBS) — It’s been a long and busy day for the Chicago City Council, including action on issues of gun control and ethics, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore from City Hall.


The aldermen have voted unanimously for stiff penalties for gun owners who don’t quickly report if their guns are lost or stolen or if they sell or give them to someone else.

And the city council approved a new ethics ordinance, but it is a compromise that doesn’t allow anonymous complaints against aldermen.

Mayor Emanuel said he appreciates the aldermen’s hard work but is disappointed.

“I think you get an unfair rap, but when we take an action like we just did, unfortunately I believe it reinforces a cynicism about you,” said Emanuel.

One of the Mayor’s few allies in this battle, was Alderman Joe Moore.

“We shouldn’t be held above the law. We shouldn’t be treated differently than ordinary citizens and ordinary city employees,” said Moore.

That was the first major vote for the new 7th Ward Alderman Natashia Holmes, who was just appointed to replace the resigned Sandi Jackson.