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Aldermen Back Mayor’s Plan To Hike Phone Tax To Fund Pensions

Mayor Rahm Emanuel said he has lined up enough City Council support to increase the monthly surcharge added to phone bills in Chicago, as part of the effort to address the city’s pension crisis.

06/26/2014

Ald. Jason Ervin (28th) speaks at a City Council hearing. (Credit: CBS)

Alderman Defends Bachelor Party With Strippers As ‘Private Event’

Ald. Jason Ervin (28th) has been getting some unwanted attention, after someone posted a video on YouTube, showing strippers performing at his bachelor party two years ago.

02/25/2014

Chicago Offering Rewards For Reporting Fly Dumpers

You can snap photos or video of the dumping going on and send it to the 911 call center.

09/05/2013

A plastic bag ends up as litter in this Chicago street scene. (CBS)

No Vote Yet On Alderman’s Plan To Impound Cars For Littering

Aldermen have heard testimony on the pros and cons of – but have yet to vote on – a proposed ordinance that would allow the city to impound your vehicle if you’re caught tossing litter out the window.

WBBM Newsradio–06/24/2013

A woman lights up. (file/AFP Getty Images)

Alderman Wants To Cut Cigarette Taxes To Reduce Black Market

A Chicago alderman is calling for a rollback on city and county cigarette taxes as a way to cut crime.

CBS Chicago–03/13/2013

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Officials Warn Seniors Of Potential Scams

The Illinois Attorney General’s office and a West Side alderman teamed up Wednesday to warn seniors about consumer fraud.

CBS Chicago–04/25/2012

Illinois State Rep. Derrick Smith (D-Chicago) leaves the Dirksen Building federal courthouse on March 13, 2012, after he was released on bond, following his arrest for allegedly taking a $7,000 bribe. (Credit: CBS)

Attorney: Smith Won’t Resign, Despite Bribery Indictment

An attorney for indicted State Rep. Derrick Smith said he won’t step down, despite calls for his resignation from many top Illinois Democrats.

CBS Chicago–04/10/2012

Casino Gambling

Black, Hispanic Aldermen Urge Quinn To Support Gambling Plan

A coalition of black and Hispanic alderman urged Governor Pat Quinn on Wednesday to immediately sign legislation that would bring a casino to Chicago, but the governor made it clear he won’t do that, repeating his concerns about protections against mob influence.

WBBM Newsradio–08/31/2011

A woman mails a package as the Christmas deadline looms. (CBS)

West Siders Upset About Threat To Close 5 Post Offices

Some West Side elected officials and residents are upset the U.S. Postal Service is thinking about closing five post offices on the West Side as part of a cost-cutting move.

CBS Chicago–08/22/2011