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Artist's rendering of the Great Chicago Fire Festival, planned for October 2014 along the Chicago River.

Emanuel Aide Defends Cost Of New Great Chicago Fire Festival

At City Council budget hearings on Wednesday, a top city official defended the $1 million price tag for a highly-touted new city festival next year, four years after the city ended the popular, and much cheaper, Venetian Night festival.

WBBM Newsradio–10/30/2013

Photo Of Mammography Room (Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)

Women Urge City To Keep Mammogram Program Open

A group of female Chicago aldermen, health care workers, and breast cancer survivors launched a campaign Thursday, to urge the Chicago Department of Public Health to halt plans to close the program that provides mammograms to thousands of women every year.

10/10/2013

Chicago Parking Meter (CBS)

24 Aldermen Rush To Support Mayor’s Proposed Parking Meter Changes

After facing vociferous backlash from residents over the hated parking meter lease, two dozen Chicago aldermen have rushed to support the Emanuel administration’s agreement with the parking meter firm to offer free Sunday parking, as part of a series of proposed changes to the 75-year deal.

CBS Chicago–05/10/2013

A Roseland neighborhood building that had been gutted by fire was torn down on Feb. 27, 2013, making it the 300th abandoned structure demolished by the city of Chicago since July 2012. (Credit: Mike Krauser/WBBM Newsradio)

City Demolishes 300th Abandoned Building Since Last July

Police said abandoned buildings serve as havens for drug and gang activity.

02/27/2013

Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr smokes a cigar while leaving his house on Oct. 15, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by ABACAUSA.COM)

Key Democrat: If Jackson Jr. Seeking Plea Deal, He Deceived Party Leaders

A key South Side Democrat is expressing anger in the wake of a published report that U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. might be seeking a plea deal with federal prosecutors probing his use of campaign funds.

11/08/2012

About 1,000 protesters marched on Western Avenue and 95th Street, along the border between Chicago and Evergreen Park, to protest the lack of black workers on local construction crews, including two recent projects near that location. (Credit: CBS)

Key Alderman Plans To Join Businessman’s Protest Of Lack Of Black Construction Jobs

The head of a powerful City Council committee was speaking out Tuesday, in support of Soft Sheen Products founder Edward Gardner, who has led a pair of protests over minority hiring for construction work.

WBBM Newsradio–10/02/2012

Lake Shore Drive Fire

City Urging High-Rise Owners To Make Fire Safety Upgrades Now

After a 32-year-old woman was killed in a fire at a high-rise apartment building in Lakeview, city officials have been trying to figure out how much progress other high rises are making toward installing updated fire safety systems.

CBS 2–01/10/2012

Chicago City Council Chambers (CBS)

Report: Ald. Mell Gets Into Heated, Racially-Tinged Argument At City Hall

A published report is shedding light on a reported angry confrontation recently at City Hall.

CBS Chicago–12/06/2011

Library Generic (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)

Aldermen Concerned About Library Budget Cuts

Aldermen at Friday’s City Council budget hearings said they hope there’s some way to prevent the big cuts in Public Library staffing and hours proposed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

CBS Chicago–10/21/2011

Chicago Fire Department

Aldermen Experience The Tough Job Of Firefighting

Some Chicago aldermen got a chance to walk a mile in the shoes of firefighters Thursday.

CBS Chicago–08/12/2011

Interim Chicago Police Supt. Terry Hillard

Hillard Hits The Streets Again As Top Cop

Interim Chicago Police Supt. Terry Hillard was back on the street for the first time in years on Friday.

CBS Chicago–03/04/2011