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Ald. Edward Burke

Cell Phone Camera

Aldermen Move To Ban “Upskirt” Photos

Ald. Latasha Thomas (17th) said technology makes such invasions of privacy much easier.

04/03/2014

Ald. Ed Burke (14th)

Emanuel Pension Plan Clears First Hurdle In Springfield

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plan to reform two underfunded employee pension systems quickly took its first step toward approval in the Illinois General Assembly on Wednesday.

04/02/2014

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Horse-Drawn Carriage Owners ‘Circling Our Wagons’ To Fight Proposed Ban

Horse carriage companies in Chicago face possible extinction if an influential alderman has his way, but drivers have banded together and are trying to enlist public support to save their industry.

02/25/2014

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

Gary Dailey received an honorary police badge and a City Council resolution as a reward for chasing down a teen who had stolen a woman's cell phone on July 4th. (Credit: CBS)

Man Honored For Chasing Down Cell Phone Robber On July 4th

A 51-year-old real estate broker who chased down an 18-year-old high school athlete who had stolen a woman’s cell phone received a Chicago City Council award Wednesday at the scene of the crime.

08/28/2013

City Hall

Unions, Retirees Slam Mayor’s Plan To Cut Health Care Subsidy

Union leaders and retirees blasted Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday for saving $108.7 million by phasing out a city subsidy for retiree health care and using roughly the same amount of public money to build a new basketball arena near McCormick Place.

05/16/2013

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

Chicago City Council Chambers (CBS)

City Council Expands Chicago Gun Offender Registry

The city’s “gun offender registry” will be expanded in the coming weeks, after the City Council voted Wednesday to increase the number of crimes that would prompt a requirement to enlist in the registry.

CBS Chicago–03/13/2013

City Council

Spat May Be Brewing Between U.S. Attorney’s Office, City Council Finance Committee

A legal battle may be brewing between the U.S. Attorney’s office and the Chicago City Council Finance Committee.

CBS Chicago–08/15/2012

Photo Of Marijuana Plants. (AP Photo)

City Council Committee Endorses Mayor’s Pot Ticketing Plan

A City Council panel has given the first stage of approval to Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plan to allow police to issue tickets to people caught with small amounts of marijuana, rather than making arrests in all such cases.

CBS Chicago–06/21/2012

Photo Of Marijuana Plants. (AP Photo)

Burke Concerned About Mayor’s Marijuana Ticketing Plan

The city’s most influential alderman on Monday said he had serious concerns about Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plan to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana.

CBS Chicago–06/18/2012

City Council Chambers

City Council Praises NATO Summit, Honors Police

Chicago aldermen at a City Council meeting Wednesday added their voices to the chorus singing praises of the NATO Summit and everyone connected with it.

WBBM Newsradio–06/06/2012

Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Music Students

Students From Chicago, Kabul Exchange Music Ahead Of NATO Summit

As part of the activities leading up to the NATO Summit next month, some Chicago high school students traded performances and questions with music students from Afghanistan in a live, electronic hook-up.

WBBM Newsradio–04/27/2012

Maggie Daley discusses her breast cancer diagnosis in 2002. (Credit: CBS)

City Council Pays Tribute To Maggie Daley

Two months after her death, former Chicago First Lady Maggie Daley was honored by the City Council.

CBS Chicago–01/18/2012

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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

An incense product that some young people are inhaling can have serious effects, officials warn. (CBS)

City Ban On Synthetic Pot Starts Wednesday, Statewide Ban Starts Jan. 1

Starting Wednesday, it will be illegal to sell synthetic marijuana in Chicago. A statewide ban takes effect on Jan. 1, 2012.

CBS Chicago–12/13/2011

Chicago City Council Chambers (CBS)

Council Panel OKs Nearly $4M In Settlements Over Police Lawsuits

The City Council’s Finance Committee has approved millions of dollars in settlements of lawsuits stemming from deaths of people who were being held in police lockups and other alleged police misconduct.

CBS Chicago–12/12/2011

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

Ald. Ed Burke (14th)

Burke Seeks Cab Fare Surcharge To Boost Revenues

Powerful City Council Finance Committee Chairman Edward Burke (14th) is again suggesting a cab fare surcharge to help boost city revenues.

CBS Chicago–10/25/2011

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