City Council Approves Record $588 Million Property Tax HikeThe City Council has approved the largest property tax hike in modern Chicago history, with the vast majority of the new revenue going to shore up police and fire pension funds.
Two Years Later, Aldermen Finally Pick Independent Budget AnalystA nearly two-year deadlock over who would run the Chicago City Council’s independent budget office has come to an end, as aldermen have reached a consensus choice to become their first-ever financial analyst.
Top Alderman Mocks Inspector General For Suing Council; 'He’s Just Full Of Molasses'Budget Committee Chairwoman Carrie Austin (34th) said she doesn’t understand how Khan can sue the city for more money in his budget, blaming him for running out of money to fund his investigations.
Emanuel Aide Defends Cost Of New Great Chicago Fire FestivalAt City Council budget hearings on Wednesday, a top city official defended the $1 million price tag for a highly-touted new city festival next year, four years after the city ended the popular, and much cheaper, Venetian Night festival.
Women Urge City To Keep Mammogram Program OpenA group of female Chicago aldermen, health care workers, and breast cancer survivors launched a campaign Thursday, to urge the Chicago Department of Public Health to halt plans to close the program that provides mammograms to thousands of women every year.
24 Aldermen Rush To Support Mayor's Proposed Parking Meter ChangesAfter facing vociferous backlash from residents over the hated parking meter lease, two dozen Chicago aldermen have rushed to support the Emanuel administration’s agreement with the parking meter firm to offer free Sunday parking, as part of a series of proposed changes to the 75-year deal.
City Demolishes 300th Abandoned Building Since Last JulyPolice said abandoned buildings serve as havens for drug and gang activity.
Key Democrat: If Jackson Jr. Seeking Plea Deal, He Deceived Party LeadersA key South Side Democrat is expressing anger in the wake of a published report that U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. might be seeking a plea deal with federal prosecutors probing his use of campaign funds.
Key Alderman Plans To Join Businessman's Protest Of Lack Of Black Construction JobsThe head of a powerful City Council committee was speaking out Tuesday, in support of Soft Sheen Products founder Edward Gardner, who has led a pair of protests over minority hiring for construction work.
City Urging High-Rise Owners To Make Fire Safety Upgrades NowAfter a 32-year-old woman was killed in a fire at a high-rise apartment building in Lakeview, city officials have been trying to figure out how much progress other high rises are making toward installing updated fire safety systems.
Report: Ald. Mell Gets Into Heated, Racially-Tinged Argument At City HallA published report is shedding light on a reported angry confrontation recently at City Hall.
Aldermen Concerned About Library Budget CutsAldermen at Friday's City Council budget hearings said they hope there's some way to prevent the big cuts in Public Library staffing and hours proposed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel.