Ald. John Arena

City Hall

City Council To Vote On Hiking Chicago’s Minimum Wage

The City Council Committee on Workforce Development on Monday backed the mayor’s plan to raise the minimum wage in Chicago to $13 an hour by 2019, and sent the measure to the full City Council for a vote on Tuesday.

12/01/2014

City Hall

Aldermen Push For $15-An-Hour Minimum Wage

Sponsors said large corporations would get two years to phase in the higher wage. Small and mid-sized businesses would have five years.

05/28/2014

The Portage Theater's movie-revival operation would cease if a North Side church buys the property. (CBS)

Portage Theater Closed For Now

The 93-year-old landmark theater at 4050 N. Milwaukee Ave. was shut down on Friday after Ald. John Arena (45th) blocked Carranza’s application for a liquor license, according to Carranza.

05/25/2013

City Hall

Aldermen Form Caucus To Push For Reform Agenda

Several members of the Chicago City Council said Tuesday they’ll be speaking out and pushing hard to reform City Hall, which could put them at odds with Mayor Rahm Emanuel and some of their colleagues.

WBBM Newsradio–03/12/2013

Chicago City Council Chambers (CBS)

City Council ‘Progressive Caucus’ To Host 3 Public Hearings On Budget

Members of the Chicago City Council’s self-described “progressive caucus” said the mayor’s office isn’t giving residents enough of a chance to discuss the city budget, so they’ll hold more budget hearings of their own.

WBBM Newsradio–10/12/2012

City of Chicago garbage truck (Credit: CBS)

Northwest Side Residents Complain Garbage Crews Missed Them

The city’s new strategy for collecting garbage seems to be working well overall, unless you live on a block that gets missed on garbage collection day.

CBS Chicago–08/10/2012

Hot Food Truck

Aldermen OK Allowing Food Trucks To Cook On Board

The Chicago City Council has overwhelmingly approved an ordinance that expands the operations of food trucks on city streets.

CBS Chicago–07/25/2012

The Portage Theater's movie-revival operation would cease if a North Side church buys the property. (CBS)

Church Calls Off Plan To Buy Portage Theater

A local megachurch has withdrawn its move to buy the historic Portage Theater on Milwaukee Avenue and turn it into space for its congregation.

CBS Chicago–07/20/2012

The Portage Theater's movie-revival operation would cease if a North Side church buys the property. (CBS)

Supporters Rally To Save Portage Theater

Supporters rallied Monday to save the Portage Theater, one of the city’s oldest movie houses.

CBS Chicago–03/27/2012