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City Hall

Aldermen Poised To Boost Chicago Minimum Wage To $13-An-Hour

Aldermen have set the stage to hike the city’s minimum wage to $13 an hour over the next four-and-a-half years, under a measure the City Council is expected to approve Tuesday.

12/02/2014

Chicago Public Schools

Groups Vow One-Day Boycott Of Chicago Schools

Upset with school closings and budget cuts, some grassroots community groups are calling for a one-day boycott of the Chicago Public Schools.

08/22/2013

Abandoned Houses

Neighbors: City Doesn’t Care About Abandoned Buildings On West Side

Neighbors say the city is indifferent to a plague of abandoned buildings on the city’s West Side, including one where a woman’s body was found several days ago.

CBS Chicago–04/19/2012

Englewood residents and community activists stage a rally and candlelight vigil a week after a 13-year-old girl was raped on her way to school. (Credit: CBS)

Activists Rally To Support 13-Year-Old Rape Victim In Englewood

The Englewood community came together Tuesday night to support a 13-year-old girl who was sexually assaulted on the way to school.

CBS Chicago–02/28/2012

Golden Toilet

Activists Bring Golden Toilet To City Hall, Protest Grant To CME

Protesters gathered outside the Mayor’s Office with a golden toilet Wednesday, demanding that Mayor Rahm Emanuel create jobs with $33 million in taxpayer funds that had gone in part to the CME Group so the company could renovate its restrooms.

CBS Chicago–02/08/2012

Community activists want vacant buildings like this one, which are owned by banks after foreclosures, to be boarded up, cleaned up and secured before the first day of classes for the Chicago Public Schools. (Credit: CBS)

Protesters: Chase Should Secure Vacant Buildings Before School Starts

Big banks in Chicago are being urged to be more careful with vacant buildings they take back in foreclosure suits. As Chicago Public Schools get ready to open next week, a local group called Action Now wants to make sure vacant homes near schools are cleaned up and safe.

CBS 2–08/30/2011

A new city ordinance will obligate banks to secure and maintain abandoned properties they seize in foreclosures. (CBS)

New City Law: Banks Must Secure, Maintain Properties They Seize

A new Chicago law is supposed to force banks to secure and maintain buildings the day foreclosure papers are filed. A Chicago organization is focusing on a major financial institution, CBS 2’s Dana Kozlov reports.

08/11/2011