Uber, Lyft Face Aldermen As Committee Considers Tougher RulesA job killer, or an attempt to level an uneven playing field? That’s the way two sides describe a proposed ordinance that would force Uber and Lyft drivers to get the same licenses as taxi drivers.
Aldermen Trying To Shelve Emanuel Plan To Privatize 311 CenterMost aldermen seemed to worry if the city workers who man the 311 city services call center are replaced by people unfamiliar with the city, requests for neighborhood services could be mishandled, and aldermen would be blamed.
African-American Aldermen Question Potential Garbage Collection Fee6th Ward Alderman Roderick Sawyer says he is neither for nor against imposing a fee on home garbage collections, he wants to hear more about it.
Emanuel Supports Countdown Clocks At Red Light Camera IntersectionsMayor Rahm Emanuel has backed the idea of installing countdown signals at every intersection in Chicago that has a red light camera, so drivers don’t have to slam on the brakes to avoid a ticket.
Aldermen Approve Crackdown On Scofflaw LandlordsAmong other things, the Chicago City Council on Wednesday is expected to approve an ordinance aimed at protecting the tenants of apartment buildings whose landlords chronically fail to address serious building code violations.
Aldermen Seek To Require Gas Stations To Sell E15Finance Committee Chairman Ed Burke (14th) and Ald. Anthony Beale (9th) have called for a requirement that all Chicago self-serve gas stations carry E15, which they said could reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and might be less expensive than regular gasoline.
Aldermen Demand Answers From CTA Bosses On Ventra ProblemsMany CTA riders are still experiencing big problems with their transition to the new Ventra card, and two aldermen want to hold City Council hearings to get answers from CTA officials.
Switch To Grid-Based Trash Collection Nearly Complete, But At Lower SavingsComing Monday, the city will begin the final phase of collecting garbage on a more efficient grid-based system, rather than ward-by-ward.
School Closings Plan Prompts Rancor At City Council, Board Of Ed HearingsAldermen grilled Chicago Public Schools officials and Chicago Teachers Union members Wednesday, over the plan to close 53 schools at the end of the school year, while the head of the school district answered critics at a Board of Education meeting.
22 Candidates Enter Race For Jackson's Empty Seat In CongressAs expected, there is a very crowded field of candidates vying to replace Jesse Jackson Jr. in Congress. Seventeen Democrats and five Republicans met Monday evening’s deadline to file nominating petitions to run for the 2nd Congressional District seat in the upcoming special election.
Candidates Begin Filing Petitions To Run For Jackson Jr.'s SeatMore than half a dozen Democrats turned in candidacy petitions Thursday to the Illinois Board of Elections.
Trotter Still Wants Party Support In Bid For Jackson's Seat, Despite ArrestState Sen. Donne Trotter (D-Chicago) said Wednesday he still wants Democratic Party bosses to back him in his bid to replace former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr., despite his arrest for having a gun in his luggage at O’Hare International Airport.