Chicago City Council

McCarthy Not Talking - Yet - About Black Aldermen's Call For His OusterA day after most black aldermen called on Mayor Rahm Emanuel to fire him, Police Supt. Garry McCarthy was putting off any verbal response before he faces aldermen at a budget hearing Tuesday afternoon.
Emanuel To Aldermen: Raise Property Taxes, Or Lay Off Cops And FirefightersMayor Rahm Emanuel told aldermen Tuesday the city must raise property taxes by $543 million to shore up police and firefighter pension funds, or face laying off thousands of firefighters and police officers.
City Council Panel OKs Food Cart OrdinanceAld. Roberto Maldonado (26th), the measure's chief sponsor, said he’s a regular customer of food carts in his neighborhood, even though they’ve been banned by the city for decades.
Aldermen Consider Sugary Drink Tax At Public HearingAt least one alderman has called it a sweet idea -- a penny-an-ounce tax on sugary drinks -- but it's left a bad taste in the mouths of Chicago restaurants and retailers. The issue was up for debate at City Hall on Wednesday.
Mayor To Hold Town Hall Meetings To Get Budget Ideas From The PublicThe 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.
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.
Aldermen Going After Gun-Shaped Smartphone CasesSome aldermen want the city of Chicago to ban the sale or possession of cell phone cases that look like handguns.
Emanuel To Send Aldermen His Budget Plan A Month EarlyFacing 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.
With Minimum Wage Soon Rising To $10 In Chicago, Activists Continue Push For $15 An HourAhead of Wednesday’s City Council meeting, activists were celebrating the looming rise in the minimum wage in Chicago.
City To Host Workshop On Upcoming Minimum Wage HikeWith 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.
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.
E15 Mandate Resurfaces A Month After $20,000 Contribution To AldermanOne 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.