Ald. Robert Fioretti

City Hall

City Council Progressive Caucus Wants Hearing On Crime Stats

Ald. 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.

06/06/2014

Parking Ticket

City Still Towing And Ticketing Cars After West Loop Parking Ban Lifted

Last 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.

06/06/2014

Joe Ferguson

Aldermen Urge Mayor To Reappoint Inspector General Ferguson

Members 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.

WBBM Newsradio–08/13/2013

Taxi

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.

07/23/2013

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 Hall

Aldermen Endorse Expanding Whistleblower Law

The 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.

WBBM Newsradio–10/02/2012

Mayor Rahm Emanuel talks about the Chicago teachers' strike at City Hall, following a City Council meeting on Sept. 12, 2012. (Credit: CBS)

Mayor Not Prepared To File Legal Challenge To Teachers’ Strike

Mayor 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.

CBS 2–09/12/2012

Chicago City Council Chambers (CBS)

Aldermen Hoping Teachers’ Strike Ends Quickly

As 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.

CBS Chicago–09/10/2012

(Credit: CBS)

City Adding More Crews To Deal With Growing Rat Problem

A serious rat crackdown begins on the streets of Chicago on Thursday.

CBS 2–08/22/2012

A double-decker Megabus crashed into a concrete pillar on Interstate 55 on Aug. 2, 2012. (Credit: KMOV)

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.

CBS 2–08/09/2012

Some Chicago aldermen are urging Chicago Public Schools to institute a new dress code that could stop students from wearing pants so saggy that their underwear shows. (Credit: CBS)

Aldermen Urging Schools To Ban Saggy Pants

Some 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.

05/30/2012

Ald. Robert Fioretti

Ald. Fioretti Suggests Licensing Dog Owners

Dog owners might find themselves applying for licenses, under a plan that the Chicago City Council is being asked to consider.

CBS Chicago–01/19/2012

Ald. Robert Fioretti

Owner Cited In Dog Attack; Alderman Suggests Pit Bull Ban

As a man fights for his life after being attacked by what were reported to be pit bulls, Ald. Robert Fioretti (2nd) says it is time for the City Council again to consider banning the breed.

CBS Chicago–01/03/2012

Chicago City Council Chambers (CBS)

Police Board Reforms Approved By City Council Committee

After years of being stalled in the City Council, a bill to change the way the Police Board operates has won preliminary approval.

WBBM Newsradio–09/07/2011

Ald. Robert Fioretti

Alderman Hopes To Turn Old ‘Motor Row’ Into ‘Music Row’

An area just south of downtown that was once thriving with auto showrooms, but was also once housed the storied Chess studios, could someday become an entertainment district celebrating blues and jazz.

CBS Chicago–09/02/2011

Scales Of Justice

Park To Be Renamed For Pioneering Woman Judge

A high-powered lady of a past generation gets her due with a park in her honor, which is set to be dedicated Tuesday afternoon on the city’s Near West Side.

WBBM Newsradio–08/23/2011

Chicago Public Schools

Some Express Doubts About Merit Pay For School Principals

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has unveiled $5 million fund to provide merit pay for Chicago Public School principals, but there are some expressing doubts and concerns.

CBS Chicago–08/16/2011

Workers hang a new sign for Felony Franks, a hot dog stand at 229 S. Western Ave. that goes out of its way to hire ex-convicts. The owner had fought for 2 1/2 years with the local alderman over whether the sign could be hung over the sidewalk outside the hot dog stand. (Credit: Bernie Tafoya, WBBM)

Felony Franks Hot Dog Stand Wins Overhead Sign

There’s no doubt about it – when you’re driving along Western Avenue near the Eisenhower Expressway, you won’t be able to miss a hot dog stand that goes out of its way to hire ex-convicts.

CBS Chicago–08/11/2011

Felony Franks

Felony Franks Hot Dog Stand Owner Fights For Sign

A City Council committee is wrestling with constitutional rights and community concerns, as they near a decision on a requested sign for the controversial hot dog stand known as Felony Franks.

CBS Chicago–04/12/2011

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