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Committee Backs Mayor's Budget Plan After Tweak To Garbage Collection FeeMayor Rahm Emanuel’s $7.8 billion budget passed its first major test on Monday, as the City Council’s Budget Committee endorsed the spending plan after the mayor made a slight change to satisfy aldermen who fear his proposed garbage collection fee would be used to pay for other things.
Some Aldermen Doubting McCarthy's Effectiveness As Top CopAs Police Supt. Garry McCarthy begins his fifth year running the Chicago Police Department, some aldermen – old and new – appeared to be losing confidence in his ability to reduce gun violence as summer approaches.
With Minimum Wage Soon Rising To $10 In Chicago, Activists Continue Push For $15 An HourAhead of Wednesday’s City Council meeting, activists were celebrating the looming rise in the minimum wage in Chicago.
Council's Progressive Caucus Wants More Transparency For Privatization DealsMembers of the Chicago City Council’s so-called “Progressive Caucus” were trying to pressure the Emanuel administration to help move an ordinance that would provide more information about efforts to privatize city assets or services.
City Council To Vote On Hiking Chicago's Minimum WageThe 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.
Aldermen Push For $15-An-Hour Minimum WageSponsors said large corporations would get two years to phase in the higher wage. Small and mid-sized businesses would have five years.
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.
Aldermen Form Caucus To Push For Reform AgendaSeveral 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.
City Council 'Progressive Caucus' To Host 3 Public Hearings On BudgetMembers 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.
Northwest Side Residents Complain Garbage Crews Missed ThemThe 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.
Aldermen OK Allowing Food Trucks To Cook On BoardThe Chicago City Council has overwhelmingly approved an ordinance that expands the operations of food trucks on city streets.
Church Calls Off Plan To Buy Portage TheaterA local megachurch has withdrawn its move to buy the historic Portage Theater on Milwaukee Avenue and turn it into space for its congregation.
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