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Ald. Edward Burke

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

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

Ald. Ed Burke (14th)

Burke’s Daughter Appointed To $117,000 State Post

The daughter of Ald. Edward Burke (14th) and Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne Burke has been appointed to a state post.

CBS Chicago–07/28/2011

Mayor Rahm Emanuel

Emanuel: Daley’s Security Detail To Stay For Now

Mayor Rahm Emanuel acknowledged Tuesday that former Mayor Richard M. Daley’s security detail is not being reduced for now, but he indicated it would be soon.

CBS Chicago–07/12/2011

Ald. Ed Burke (14th)

Security Details For Burke, Other City Officials To Be Reduced Or Eliminated

Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy on Friday announced plans to reduce or eliminate city-funded security for city officials, including powerful Ald. Ed Burke, the Sun-Times is reporting.


Rahm Emanuel. (CBS)

Emanuel To Deal With Burke Police Detail Later

Mayor Emanuel says he’ll deal with Ald. Edward Burke’s police detail–when it’s time.

CBS Chicago–07/06/2011

Adler Planetarium

Admission Fees To Go Up At Adler Planetarium

Admission fees at the Adler Planetarium are set to go up, now that powerful Ald. Edward Burke (14th) has dropped his opposition to an increase.

CBS Chicago–07/06/2011

Burke Security Detail

Review Underway For Public Officials’ Police Security Details

Facing a huge budget crunch, can Chicago still afford $3 million a year for politicians’ bodyguards?

CBS Chicago–06/29/2011

Emanuel Security Detail

Police Security Details Costing Taxpayers $3 Million A Year

Chicago has been hit with mob attacks in the downtown area, daily gun violence and a shortage of uniformed police officers to deal with it all, but some officers are protecting politicians rather than the public.

CBS 2–06/23/2011

Chicago Police Officers (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Police Security Details Make For Sticky Situation In Redeployment Effort

The search continues for able-bodied Chicago police officers to redeploy from desk jobs and other special duty to beat patrols, but some officers may prove to be more difficult to redeploy than others.

WBBM Newsradio–06/22/2011

Casino Gambling

Burke Wants Chicago Casino ‘Sooner Rather Than Later’

The Chicago City Council’s powerful Finance Committee chairman is watching the debate in Springfield over expansions of casino gambling with great interest.

WBBM Newsradio–05/29/2011

Ald. Patrick O'Connor

Ald. Pat O’Connor’s Star Rising In City Council

Ald. Patrick O’Connor (40th), who is close to new Mayor Rahm Emanuel, will be a key player as the City Council reorganization moves forward.

CBS Chicago–05/19/2011

Rahm Emanuel (Photo by Timothy Hiatt/Getty Images)

Emanuel Announces City Council Reorganization Plan

Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel has formally announced his agreement with the planned reorganization of the Chicago City Council.

CBS Chicago–05/11/2011

Garry McCarthy

Aldermen: McCarthy Should Be Easy Confirmation As Police Supt.

Some Chicago aldermen say Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel’s choice for police superintendent, should have a relatively easy confirmation.

CBS Chicago–05/03/2011

Mayor Richard Daley on his farewell tour Friday; right, Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel (CBS)

Emanuel, Daley Regularly Discussing Transition

Mayor Richard M. Daley revealed on Wednesday that he and Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel have had a lot more contact recently that many of us have been led to believe. The two, he said, have been meeting regularly to talk about transition.


Timothy Hercog

Man Apologizes For Threatening Alderman Burke

A Southwest Side man charged with threatening Chicago Ald. Edward Burke (14th) apologized on Wednesday, saying he’d had too much to drink when he left Burke threatening phone messages.

CBS Chicago–03/02/2011

Timothy Hercog

Man Charged With Threatening Ald. Burke

A Southwest Side man is scheduled for a bond hearing today, on charges that he threatened to kill Chicago Ald. Edward Burke (14th.)

CBS Chicago–02/25/2011