City Council Progressive Caucus Wants Hearing On Crime StatsAld. Robert Fioretti (2nd), a member of the council’s Progressive Caucus, wants a closer look at the numbers, and he and six members of the caucus have asked Ald. James Balcer (11th), who chairs the Public Safety Committee, to hold hearings into the city’s crime statistics.
City Still Towing And Ticketing Cars After West Loop Parking Ban LiftedLast July, announcing a two-hour parking ban on some West Loop streets, aimed at preventing people who work or visit downtown from taking up the free spots all day long. The ban ended in December, but signs enforcing the parking restrictions did not come down.
Aldermen Urge Mayor To Reappoint Inspector General FergusonMembers of a City Council reform coalition were banding together to pressure Mayor Rahm Emanuel to reappoint Inspector General Joseph Ferguson to his job, despite his sometimes critical reports on the Emanuel administration.
Alderman Proposes Opening Up Little-Used Access Road To Taxis For A Charge A plan to charge for a taxi along Chicago's stealth highway is picking up some City Council support, reports WBBM’s John Cody.
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.
Aldermen Endorse Expanding Whistleblower LawThe City Council's Rules and Ethics Committee has recommended approval of an expansion of the city’s Whistleblower Ordinance, to protect people and businesses who report government corruption.
Mayor Not Prepared To File Legal Challenge To Teachers' StrikeMayor Rahm Emanuel was standing firm Wednesday on the two biggest roadblocks in the Chicago teachers’ strike--teacher evaluations and principals’ discretion over teacher hiring--but said he’s not willing to use a possible legal hammer to force an end to the strike, at least not yet.
Aldermen Hoping Teachers' Strike Ends QuicklyAs contract talks resumed between striking Chicago Public School teachers and the Chicago Public Schools, disappointed aldermen were hoping the teachers’ strike would be a brief one.
City Adding More Crews To Deal With Growing Rat ProblemA serious rat crackdown begins on the streets of Chicago on Thursday.
A Look At Recent Megabus Problems: Coincidence Or Pattern?It’s been a rough week for Megabus, as the discount intercity bus line has been involved in two fatal accidents in Illinois, and agreed to pay $5 million to settle a lawsuit filed by the family of a man struck and killed by a Megabus two years ago.
Aldermen Urging Schools To Ban Saggy PantsSome Chicago aldermen want the Chicago Public Schools to consider mandating uniforms for students, as a way to eliminate the problem of teenage boys who wear their pants hanging low.