Chicago City Council
An ordinance sponsored by Ald. Scott Waguespack (32nd) would have outlawed unauthorized strip clubs in residential neighborhoods, but allowed some nudity in clubs that serve booze.
A proposed ordinance backed by most of the City Council would require employers in the city to provide paid sick leave for most of their workers.
The City Council gave final approval Wednesday to an ordinance banning pet shops from buying their animals from so-called “puppy mills” and similar places.
A group of Chicago aldermen on Wednesday urged airlines and air cargo lines operating out of O’Hare International Airport to halt all flights to Russia, until it withdraws its troops from Ukraine.
The festivities at Taste of Chicago could get a bit more expensive this summer.
Horse carriage companies in Chicago face possible extinction if an influential alderman has his way, but drivers have banded together and are trying to enlist public support to save their industry.
There might not be much the City Council can do directly to help active-duty military personnel or veterans deal with post-traumatic stress, but aldermen held a hearing Wednesday to hear ideas on strategies to identify the causes of suicide among veterans.
Ald. Edward Burke (14th) and other members of the City Council have expressed concerns about limits on their oversight, claiming they’re prohibited from setting other restrictions on dispensaries and cultivation centers, beyond what is in state law.
The long-running dispute between the Cubs and rooftop club owners standing in the way of a $500 million plan to renovate Wrigley Field and develop the land around it will be resolved in the courts — not at the bargaining table.
Smokers who’ve switched to electronic cigarettes will have to take their new habit outside with traditional smokers, after aldermen approved new limits on e-cigarettes on Wednesday.
Despite calling a judge’s ruling against the city’s gun sales ban a “straitjacket” on efforts to keep illegal guns off the streets, Mayor Rahm Emanuel indicated he won’t appeal the decision to a higher court.
The City Council’s Housing Committee agreed to lease — for $1 through 2016 — two unused offices in the Martin Luther King Community Center to the foundation created to turn pain into purpose by providing mentoring, tutoring, computer and recreation programs for young people after school.
Early blasts of snow, ice and below-zero temperatures haven’t stopped a surprising number of Chicago cyclists from spinning through the slush this winter, thanks in part to a city so serious about accommodating them that it deploys mini-snow plows to clear bike lanes.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Ald. Tom Tunney (44th) said the Cubs need to get started on their project to renovate Wrigley Field, now that the City Council has approved several items on the owners’ wish list for the project.
If you’ve taken up use of electronic cigarettes in an effort to kick the habit – or simply get your nicotine fix without the smoke – you might soon have to find another option in most places in Chicago.
The Cubs would be allowed to sell beer and wine from kiosks at an open-air plaza adjacent to a renovated Wrigley Field — and fans would be allowed to bring drinks in plastic cups to the plaza — in the latest in a string of concessions to the team.
At 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.
The City Council Finance Committee has recommend approving a $560,000 settlement for some city employees who complained about the racist and sexist rantings of their boss, the nephew of former Congressman Frank Annunzio.
Though aldermen acknowledged they expect the city will be sued for it, the City Council on Wednesday approved a measure to circumvent part of the state’s concealed carry law, and effectively ban guns at any business that serves liquor.
The City Council Education Committee was taking a hard look at the Chicago Public Schools budget at a City Hall hearing on Friday, and aldermen were raising questions about spending cuts for neighborhood schools.