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The mayor said he, his finance team, and cabinet members will attend the meetings on Monday, Aug. 31, Wednesday, Sept. 2, and Thursday, Sept. 3. Emanuel said he’ll spell out the choices the city must make in these challenging, pension debt-driven times; and he wants to hear residents’ thoughts on coping with the crises.
Two key aldermen proposed limits on the operations of drones in Chicago at Wednesday’s City Council meeting, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.
Some aldermen want the city of Chicago to ban the sale or possession of cell phone cases that look like handguns.
Facing a $1 billion shortfall in its operating budget, and a combined $20 billion pension deficit, the mayor said he’ll introduce his budget to the City Council in September, instead of October, so aldermen can give him their ideas for confronting the crisis.
Ahead of Wednesday’s City Council meeting, activists were celebrating the looming rise in the minimum wage in Chicago.
With the minimum wage in Chicago about to rise to $10 an hour next month, Mayor Rahm Emanuel was set to begin an effort to help educate workers on what’s in store.
A 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.
One month after receiving a $20,000 contribution from one of the world’s largest producers of ethanol, Chicago’s most powerful alderman on Wednesday breathed new life into his plan to require Chicago gas stations to offer motorists a higher ethanol blend of fuel known as E-15.
A coalition of working families, labor unions, and others gathered at City Hall on Tuesday to call on aldermen to approve a measure that would ensure workers get paid time off when they or a family member are sick.
Veteran members on the Chicago City Council said they welcome changes that 13 new aldermen might usher in as they begin their new terms in office this week.
Here’s the breakdown: 37 incumbents and 13 newcomers; 38 men and 12 women. They range in age from 26 up to 71. CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.
After taking his second oath of office, the mayor said he and aldermen have a lot of important work to do, but Emanuel shied away from discussing the city’s major financial problems – massive budget deficits and severely underfunded employee pension funds – and focused almost entirely about the plight of disadvantaged youth.
Former President Bill Clinton and a who’s who of Illinois politics were on hand Monday morning as Mayor Rahm Emanuel was sworn in for a second term.
Some big names were in Chicago Monday to celebrate Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s second term. Former President Bill Clinton will watch as Emanuel is sworn in, along with all 50 aldermen, the city clerk, and city treasurer. Lyric Opera soprano Renee Fleming and Englewood poet Harold Green also will perform at the ceremony.
City officials have begun taking applications from former criminal defendants seeking financial reparations for torture by police from the 1970s through the early 1990s, but advocates for torture victims said they doubt many additional credible cases will be found.
Minutes before Bruce Rauner became the first sitting governor in memory to address the Chicago City Council, aldermen unanimously passed a resolution rejecting his call to create so-called “right-to-work zones,” which would allow workers to choose if they want to join unions, or pay dues in jobs organized by labor unions.
Aldermen have approved a deal to provide $5.5 million in reparations to police torture victims, a step Mayor Rahm Emanuel said was an “essential step in righting a wrong.”
Chicago aldermen and labor leaders have answered a resounding no to Gov. Bruce Rauner’s plans to create so-called “right to work” zones in communities throughout the state.
Gov. Bruce Rauner has suggested creating so-called “right-to-work zones” across Illinois, but Mayor Rahm Emanuel and several aldermen have said that won’t happen in Chicago on their watch.
Survivors of torture under former Chicago Police Cmdr. Jon Burge and victims’ supporters have long called for repayment for the suffering, pain, and often wrongful imprisonment they have suffered.