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Ald. Anthony Beale

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Aldermen Seek To Require Gas Stations To Sell E15

Finance Committee Chairman Ed Burke (14th) and Ald. Anthony Beale (9th) have called for a requirement that all Chicago self-serve gas stations carry E15, which they said could reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and might be less expensive than regular gasoline.

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Ventra reader (CBS)

Aldermen Demand Answers From CTA Bosses On Ventra Problems

Many CTA riders are still experiencing big problems with their transition to the new Ventra card, and two aldermen want to hold City Council hearings to get answers from CTA officials.

11/05/2013

City of Chicago garbage truck (Credit: CBS)

Switch To Grid-Based Trash Collection Nearly Complete, But At Lower Savings

Coming Monday, the city will begin the final phase of collecting garbage on a more efficient grid-based system, rather than ward-by-ward.

CBS Chicago–04/12/2013

Opponents of plans to close 53 public schools at the end of the school year protest outside Chicago Public Schools headquarters on April 3, 2013, during a Board of Education meeting to discuss the plans. (Credit: CBS)

School Closings Plan Prompts Rancor At City Council, Board Of Ed Hearings

Aldermen grilled Chicago Public Schools officials and Chicago Teachers Union members Wednesday, over the plan to close 53 schools at the end of the school year, while the head of the school district answered critics at a Board of Education meeting.

CBS Chicago–04/03/2013

Former U.S. Rep Jesse Jackson Jr. (Credit: Getty Images)

22 Candidates Enter Race For Jackson’s Empty Seat In Congress

As expected, there is a very crowded field of candidates vying to replace Jesse Jackson Jr. in Congress. Seventeen Democrats and five Republicans met Monday evening’s deadline to file nominating petitions to run for the 2nd Congressional District seat in the upcoming special election.

01/07/2013

U.S. Capitol Dome

Candidates Begin Filing Petitions To Run For Jackson Jr.’s Seat

More than half a dozen Democrats turned in candidacy petitions Thursday to the Illinois Board of Elections.

01/03/2013

State Sen. Donne Trotter leaves the Leighton Criminal Courthouse after being released on $25,000 bond on Dec. 6, 2012, on a charge of trying to bring a gun onto a plane at O'Hare International Airport the day before. (Credit: CBS)

Trotter Still Wants Party Support In Bid For Jackson’s Seat, Despite Arrest

State Sen. Donne Trotter (D-Chicago) said Wednesday he still wants Democratic Party bosses to back him in his bid to replace former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr., despite his arrest for having a gun in his luggage at O’Hare International Airport.

CBS Chicago–12/12/2012

Jesse Jackson Jr. (Credit: John Gress/Getty Images)

Race To Replace Jackson Could Be ‘Wild, Wild West’

A crowded field could line up to replace Jesse Jackson Jr. in Congress, once a special election is set up to fill his seat following his resignation on Wednesday.

CBS 2–11/21/2012

Chicago City Council Chambers (CBS)

Chicago Aldermen Hold First Hearing On $8.3 Budget Plan

The City Council’s Budget Committee held its first hearing Tuesday on Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s $8.3 billion budget plan for next year.

CBS Chicago–10/16/2012

West Woodlawn Shooting

Report: Neighbors Frustrated As Crime Spikes In Wards Near Dangerous Areas

Violence has become not just a problem for Chicago’s most dangerous areas, but the adjoining neighborhoods as well.

CBS Chicago–07/09/2012

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Alderman Seeks To Lift Landfill Moratorium Because Of One Operation

A South Side alderman says he is working to protect residents despite how it looks as he tries to lift Chicago’s moratorium on landfills.

WBBM Newsradio–05/02/2012

Red Light Cameras

Alderman Questions Plan To Use Cameras To Catch Speeders

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plan to use cameras to catch speeders near schools and parks might have run into a minor roadblock.

CBS Chicago–02/16/2012

Taxi

Taxi Industry Paper: Did Fundraiser Change Alderman’s Mind?

Questions are being raised about the timing of a fundraiser held for an influential Chicago alderman.

CBS Chicago–02/07/2012

Taxi

City To Hold Hearing On Taxi Fare Hike Request — In 6 Or 7 Months

Chicago cabbies seeking a 22 percent fare hike will get a City Council hearing on their request, but not for six to seven months.

CBS Chicago–02/02/2012

Illinois State Capitol

BGA Launches Petition To End Legislative Scholarships

The Better Government Association has set up an online petition to eliminate the state’s legislative scholarship program, with state Rep. Robert Rita (D-Blue Island) now accused of granting a scholarship to a political ally’s daughter.

CBS Chicago–01/24/2012

Emanuel Taxis

Mayor Emanuel Calls For New, Tighter Regulations On Taxis

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Monday announced plans for a set of reforms to the taxi industry that will improve vehicles and regulate cab drivers.

CBS Chicago–12/12/2011

South Side businessman Edmund Scott said water has been leaking into his basement since a neighboring building was torn down, damaging the foundation of his business. He said he believes the  city has been intentionally stalling on his complaints to try to drive him out to make way for new development. (Credit: CBS)

South Side Businessman Thinks City Trying To Flood Him Out

A South Side businessman has accused the city of playing dirty tricks to try and pressure him to sell his land to make way for new development. He says he’s got the mold, mildew and grimy mess in his basement to prove it.

CBS Chicago–10/18/2011