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Aldermen Propose Restrictions On Flying Drones In Chicago

Two key aldermen proposed limits on the operations of drones in Chicago at Wednesday’s City Council meeting, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

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Critics say cell phone cases like this one can be mistaken for real guns, and create potentially deadly situations. (Source rectatech.com)

Aldermen Going After Gun-Shaped Smartphone Cases

Some aldermen want the city of Chicago to ban the sale or possession of cell phone cases that look like handguns.

07/14/2015

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Emanuel To Send Aldermen His Budget Plan A Month Early

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.

06/18/2015

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With Minimum Wage Soon Rising To $10 In Chicago, Activists Continue Push For $15 An Hour

Ahead of Wednesday’s City Council meeting, activists were celebrating the looming rise in the minimum wage in Chicago.

06/17/2015

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City To Host Workshop On Upcoming Minimum Wage Hike

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.

06/10/2015

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Two Years Later, Aldermen Finally Pick Independent Budget Analyst

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.

05/21/2015

Ald. Ed Burke (14th)

E15 Mandate Resurfaces A Month After $20,000 Contribution To Alderman

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.

05/21/2015

Ald. Proco Joe Moreno (center) and a coalition of labor unions and working family groups call for passage of a paid sick leave requirement in Chicago. (Credit: Craig Dellimore/WBBM)

Activists Want City Council To Mandate Paid Sick Leave In Chicago

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.

05/19/2015

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City Council Veterans Eager To Get “Fresh Ideas” From Rookie Aldermen

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.

05/19/2015

The Chicago Theatre marquee reflects the inauguration activities there Monday. (CBS)

The Latest Chicago City Council: Some Newbies, Many Incumbents

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.

05/18/2015

Mayor Rahm Emanuel stands with his wife, Amy Rule, as he takes the oath of office for his second term as Chicago Mayor from Cook County Circuit Court Chief Judge Timothy C. Evans at the Chicago Theatre on May 18, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. Emanuel, after not gaining a majority of votes in the February non-partisan election, easily defeated his challenger, Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia, in the April run-off election.  (Photo by Brian Kersey/Getty Images)

Emanuel Calls For Citywide Focus On Disadvantaged Kids In Second Inaugural Speech

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.

05/18/2015

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel sits with his wife Amy Rule and former U.S. President Bill Clinton as he is introduced at the inauguration ceremony for his second term as Chicago Mayor at the Chicago Theatre on May 18, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. Emanuel, after not gaining a majority of votes in the February non-partisan election, easily defeated his challenger, Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia, in the April run-off election.  (Photo by Brian Kersey/Getty Images)

Mayor Emanuel, Aldermen Sworn In

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.

05/18/2015

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Emanuel, Aldermen To Be Sworn In Monday

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.

05/18/2015

Former Chicago Police Cmdr. Jon Burge (Credit: Charles Rex Arbogast/AP)

City Accepting Torture Reparation Applications Through Early August

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.

05/12/2015

Gov. Bruce Rauner speaks to the Chicago City Council about his agenda for addressing the state's budget woes, and helping the city with its own financial problems. (Credit: CBS)

Rauner Pitches Controversial Agenda To “Lions’ Den” At Chicago City Hall

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.

05/06/2015

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City Council Approves $5.5M Burge Torture Reparations Deal

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.”

05/06/2015

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City Council Panel Rejects Rauner’s “Right To Work Zones” Plan

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.

04/28/2015

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Emanuel To Rauner: “Chicago Will Not Be A Right-To-Work City”

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.

04/16/2015

Jon Burge

Emanuel Agrees To $5.5 Million Police Torture Reparations Fund

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.

04/14/2015

Metropolitan Water Reclamation District commissioner Patrick Daley Thompson is the grandson of former Mayor Richard J. Daley and the nephew of former Mayor Richard M. Daley. (Credit: Facebook)

Aldermanic Races: Daley Grandson Elected, Some Incumbents Sent Packing

Eighteen aldermanic races saw runoffs Tuesday following the February election. In many of this week’s contests, incumbents associated with Mayor Rahm Emanuel were forced to defend their seats.

04/07/2015

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