Aldermen Vote To Scale Back Airbnb RegulationsA City Council panel has given preliminary approval to changes in the regulations governing Airbnb and other vacation home-sharing websites, only eight months after aldermen passed the original ordinance.
City Gets Tough On Shoddy Contractors After Firefighter’s DeathBuilding contractors who do unauthorized or shoddy work would face progressive discipline — ranging from a freeze on permits to license suspension or revocation — under a mayoral crackdown to prevent a repeat of the tragedy that killed a 42-year-old Chicago firefighter.
4th Ward Incumbent Has Backing Of Obama, Emanuel, But Will It Help?Appointee Sophia King will find out, as voters encounter a crowded ballot later this month. CBS 2's Dorothy Tucker reports.
Emanuel, Aldermen Leery Of Trump's Threat To "Send In The Feds" To Fight CrimePresident Donald Trump did not specify what he meant when he threatened to “send in the feds” if Chicago doesn’t get violent crime under control, but city leaders and clergy said the last thing the city needs is National Guard troops on every street corner.
City Panel OK's $5 Million More In Payouts For Police MisconductThe lion's share, $4 million, goes to a man wrongly convicted during the Jon Burge torture era.
City Sells $1.16B In Bonds, But Pays A Heavy Price For CPS CrisisChicago sold $1.16 billion in general obligation bonds Thursday, but paid a heavy price for a school financial crisis made worse by Gov. Bruce Rauner’s veto of a bill promising $215 million in pension help.
Chicago Plastic Bag Ban Ends In 2017; New Bag Tax Delayed Until FebruaryIn 2017, the city will repeal its ban on plastic bags, but will push back a new shopping bag tax by a month.
City To Repeal Plastic Bag Ban, Delays 7-Cent Bag Tax To Feb. 1In a letter to businesses sent last week, the city said the delay in the new 7-cent-per-bag checkout tax is aimed at giving businesses more time to integrate the tax into their point of sales systems.
Judge Rules City Must Allow Public Comments At Council MeetingsCircuit Judge Diane J. Larsen ordered the council “to establish and record rules allowing public comments at full City Council meetings.”
Aldermen: Let People With Minor Criminal Convictions Become CopsSome Chicago aldermen have suggested allowing people with minor criminal convictions to become police officers, and Mayor Rahm Emanuel sounded open to the idea.
Aldermen Hold Off On Plan To Overhaul TIF RulesA City Council committee has delayed an effort to tighten the rules for the city’s often-criticized tax increment financing system.
Chicago Panel Drafts Resolution Condemning Discrimination Against MuslimsAld. Scott Waguespack (32nd Ward) says officials here and in cities across the nation are making sure they are on record standing with Muslim citizens.

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