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.
Food Truck Owners Lose Battle With City Over 2012 RegulationsA baker who sued the city over its rules governing food trucks said she plans to appeal a judge’s decision upholding restrictions on where the mobile businesses can operate, and requiring them to be equipped with city-monitored GPS devices.
City Council Approves New Transit TIF For Red & Purple Line ProjectsChicago aldermen have approved the creation of a new TIF district to help secure $1.1 billion in federal funding for projects to modernize the Red and Purple Lines on the North Side.
Chicago Extends Deadline To Apply For Property Tax RebateCity officials have extended the deadline for Chicago homeowners to apply for a property tax rebate designed take the edge off a record tax hike approved by the mayor and the City Council last year.
City Council Unanimously Approves $8.2 Billion 2017 BudgetThere were not only no votes against the mayor’s spending plan, but no debate on the City Council floor.
Alderman Seeks To Ban Sex Offenders From Children's Sections At LibrariesA City Council panel has backed a proposed ordinance aimed at keeping convicted sex offenders away from children using public libraries.
Lawsuit Seeks To Overturn Chicago’s Home-Sharing Ordinance“What this case is about is the sanctity of the home. The government’s ability to regulate stops at your front door. Chicagoans should not have to ask the government for permission to have sleepovers in their own homes,” said Shorge Kenneth Sato, an attorney representing Keep Chicago Livable.

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