Ald. George Cardenas

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and several aldermen discuss the City Council's approval of an ordinance raising the city's minimum wage to $13 an hour by 2019.

Aldermen Approve Plan To Hike Minimum Wage

Aldermen have overwhelmingly approved a plan to gradually raise the city’s minimum wage to $13 an hour over the next five years.

12/02/2014

Ald. George Cardenas

Ex-Employee Suing Alderman Stands Accused Of Being Ghost Payroller

A former 12th Ward worker is suing the city and Ald. George Cardenas (12th), claiming she was unjustly terminated in May after she answered FBI questions about an investigation into allegations of illegal hiring. CBS 2 has learned that woman herself is accused of working a no-show job.

06/20/2014

LA County Passes Major Ban On Plastic Bags In Unincorporated Areas

Aldermen OK Ban On Plastic Bags, Delay Ride-Sharing Rules

The City Council voted 36-10 to ban large chain stores from providing plastic bags to customers, starting next summer.

04/30/2014

Plastic Bags

Ordinance To Exempt Restaurants, Small Stores From Plastic Bag Ban

The amended ordinance would exempt all restaurants from the ban, as well as small independent retailers – stores which have a size of less than 10,000 square feet, and which are not part of a chain of three or more stores.

04/23/2014

U.S. Army fatigues. (Photo credit: YURI CORTEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

Aldermen Seek More Attention On Veteran Suicides

There might not be much the City Council can do directly to help active-duty military personnel or veterans deal with post-traumatic stress, but aldermen held a hearing Wednesday to hear ideas on strategies to identify the causes of suicide among veterans.

02/19/2014

Carnival rides along 26th Street in Little Village. (Credit: CBS) --

Little Village Business Owners Upset About Festival Blocking Their Street

It’s meant to raise money for kids, but several business owners say a festival in Little Village is costing them big.

09/26/2013

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

Mayor Rahm Emanuel takes part in early voting in the 2012 presidential election at the McKinley Park fieldhouse on Oct. 30, 2012. (Credit: CBS)

Mayor Casts Early Ballot In McKinley Park

CHICAGO (CBS) – Mayor Rahm Emanuel cast his vote for president and in other races at a Chicago Park District fieldhouse on the Southwest Side on Tuesday, and made no secret whom he chose for […]

CBS Chicago–10/30/2012

Ald. George Cardenas

Alderman Wants Fee On Electric Bills To Fund Hiring Of New Police Officers

A Chicago alderman wants to add a fee to your electric bill so the city can hire more police officers.

CBS Chicago–09/21/2012

Police Generic

Crowd Swarms To Meeting On Violence Prevention In Brighton Park

A community meeting on violence prevention in the Southwest Side’s Brighton Park neighborhood drew more than 200 people Wednesday night to Kelly High School.

WBBM Newsradio–07/26/2012

Soft Drink Tax

Aldermen Discuss Proposal To Tax Sugary Soft Drinks

Experts on both sides of a proposal to impose an extra tax on soft drinks and other sugary beverages poured out their arguments for the City Council’s Health Committee on Tuesday.

CBS Chicago–05/01/2012

Soft Drink Tax

Alderman Calls For Higher Tax On Soft Drinks

The Chicago alderman behind the city’s 5-cent tax on bottled water is now setting his sights on soda drinkers.

CBS Chicago–02/17/2012