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A new 53-story office building at 150 N. Riverside Plaza will include a 1.5-acre public park. (Credit: Goettsch Partners)

Work Begins On New Riverfront Office Tower

The start of construction on a new office building along the west bank of the Chicago River could change the riverfront landscape in more ways than one.

07/25/2014

A budtender handles marijuana at Perennial Holistic Wellness Center, a not-for-profit medical marijuana dispensary in operation since 2006, on September 7, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

Aldermen Want More Control Over Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Ald. Edward Burke (14th) and other members of the City Council have expressed concerns about limits on their oversight, claiming they’re prohibited from setting other restrictions on dispensaries and cultivation centers, beyond what is in state law.

01/23/2014

Chicago aldermen have backed an ordinance that would require bars and restaurants to post signs similar to this one, banning concealed firearms on the premises. (Credit: CBS)

Aldermen Back New Limit On State’s Concealed Carry Law

Aldermen voted Friday to circumvent a major provision of the state’s concealed carry law, by voting to require all city businesses that serve liquor to ban guns on their premises.

09/06/2013

Chicago Parking Meter (CBS)

City Council Holds First Hearing On Proposed Changes To Parking Meter Deal

At the Finance Committee hearing, City Corporation Counsel Steve Patton was asked whether the city could simply get out of the deal altogether.

CBS Chicago–05/24/2013

A digital billboard along the Kennedy Expressway in Chicago. (Credit: CBS)

City Council OKs Mayor’s Digital Billboard Plan

The Chicago City Council has approved a 20-year deal to place 34 digital billboards on city property along local expressways and tollways.

CBS Chicago–12/12/2012

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

Hot Food Truck

Aldermen OK Allowing Food Trucks To Cook On Board

The Chicago City Council has overwhelmingly approved an ordinance that expands the operations of food trucks on city streets.

CBS Chicago–07/25/2012

Magnificent Mile

Report: Alderman Proposes Allowing Electronic Signs On Mag Mile

Ald. Brendan Reilly (42nd) has proposed an ordinance that some say could make the already Manhattan-like Magnificent Mile look like Times Square.

CBS Chicago–07/10/2012

Tanning bed (CBS)

City Council Votes To Make Tanning Beds Off-Limits To Minors

Anyone under the age of 18 will soon be banned from getting into tanning beds at Chicago tanning salons.

CBS Chicago–06/06/2012

Library Generic (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)

Union: City Can Afford To Maintain Library Hours

The union representing frontline library employees is all but rejecting a letter from aldermen Edward Burke (14th) and Brendan Reilly (42nd) asking workers to make a sacrifice to preserve library hours.

CBS Chicago–01/12/2012

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Aldermen: Libraries Could Stay Open Mondays If Staff Passed Up Raises

Two Chicago aldermen have a proposal to end the dispute over the closing of the city’s public libraries on Mondays.

CBS Chicago–01/11/2012

Draft Beer

Business Owners, Alderman Oppose Proposed Alcohol Tax Hike

Stop picking on the liquor industry – that was the message Sunday afternoon at a popular Chicago watering hole.

CBS Chicago–11/13/2011

Mayor Emanuel addresses reporters Friday in Chicago. (CBS)

Mayor Emanuel’s Budget Plan Advances

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s 2012 budget has cleared a significant hurdle on its way to an expected full City Council approval next week.

CBS Chicago–11/08/2011

Chicago City Sticker (CBS)

Aldermen Turn Attention To Vehicle Sticker Fees At Budget Hearings

In a second day of city budget hearings at City Hall, aldermen turned their focus to the Emanuel administration’s proposal to increase fees for city vehicle stickers, as City Clerk Susana Mendoza urged them to go after sticker scofflaws instead.

CBS Chicago–10/20/2011

City Hall

Aldermen Express Concern About Higher Fees In Budget Plan

City budget hearings got underway Wednesday morning at City Hall, as aldermen questioned Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s budget team about the spending plan for 2012.

CBS Chicago–10/19/2011

City Hall

Emanuel Moves To Phase Out ‘Job Killer’ Head Tax

Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Wednesday that he’s going one step further in keeping his campaign promise to get rid of the $4-a-month employee head tax that is despised by Chicago businesses.

CBS Chicago–10/05/2011

Protected Bike Lane

Protected Bike Lane Dedicated On Kinzie Street

Chicago is boosting its bike-friendly reputation by giving riders more protection.

CBS Chicago–07/25/2011

Al Fresco Dining

Patios To Stay Open Until Midnight For Al Fresco Dining

If you like to enjoy a meal or a cocktail in the late summer night breeze, you’ll no longer be limited to your own backyard or rooftop.

CBS Chicago–07/07/2011

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Council Panel To Consider Rooftop Gardens In Chicago

The Chicago City Council’s Zoning Committee today could clear the way for restaurants and urban farmers to turn rooftop vegetables into a profitable enterprise.

CBS Chicago–05/26/2011

Michigan Avenue

Teen Shoplifting Mobs On The Rise On Michigan Avenue

Here in Chicago, shoplifting arrests of juveniles have jumped in the police district that includes the Magnificent Mile — even though retail-theft arrests as a whole have fallen slightly.

05/18/2011

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