Chicago City Council
Aldermen grilled Chicago Public Schools officials on Tuesday about declining minority enrollment at some of the most renowned selective-enrollment schools in the city.
Minimum wage workers and community activists came to City Hall on Wednesday to say Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plan to gradually raise the city’s minimum wage to $13 per hour by 2018 is too little, too late.
The panel recommended raising the current $8.25 per hour minimum wage in Chicago by $1.25 a year for each of the next three years, followed by a $1 increase in 2018, for a total of $13 an hour in four years.
Chicago lost its legal battle to keep gun stores out of the city, and now it must pick up the tab for nearly $1 million in legal fees that the winners spent on the case.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel said he has lined up enough City Council support to increase the monthly surcharge added to phone bills in Chicago, as part of the effort to address the city’s pension crisis.
For the first time since former Mayor Jane Byrne left office in 1983, the Chicago City Council on Wednesday took the first steps toward officially honoring the city’s first and only female mayor.
Facing a court order to allow gun sales in the city, the Chicago City Council voted unanimously on Wednesday to approve an ordinance allowing gun shops in the city limits, but with tight restrictions.
Several top Chicago chefs and an influential alderman have joined the call for Congress to ban the routine use of antibiotics for livestock, saying the practice can hasten the spread of so-called “superbugs.”
Ald. Edward Burke (14th), the longest-serving and most influential member of the Chicago City Council, confirmed Tuesday he is undergoing surgery for prostate cancer this week.
Ald. Tom Tunney (44th) has won approval from the Licensing Committee for an ordinance to force so-called “tobacco accessory stores” to disclose more information about what they sell, and how it’s displayed in their shops.
The man hired to police aldermen says a legal loophole is frustrating his ability to do his job. CBS 2′s Pam Zekman reports.
Ald. Robert Fioretti (2nd), a member of the council’s Progressive Caucus, wants a closer look at the numbers, and he and six members of the caucus have asked Ald. James Balcer (11th), who chairs the Public Safety Committee, to hold hearings into the city’s crime statistics.
Sponsors said large corporations would get two years to phase in the higher wage. Small and mid-sized businesses would have five years.
The City Council voted 36-10 to ban large chain stores from providing plastic bags to customers, starting next summer.
Earlier this year, the City Council voted to add e-cigarettes to the city’s indoor smoking ban, which prohibits smoking in bars, restaurants, and inside most other public buildings. Effective Tuesday, use of e-cigarettes has been added to that ban.
First Deputy Corporation Counsel Leslie Darling told the Finance Committee that 24-year-old Edwin Hill was severely injured while waiting for a bus on the South Side in November 2008.
The amended ordinance would exempt all restaurants from the ban, as well as small independent retailers – stores which have a size of less than 10,000 square feet, and which are not part of a chain of three or more stores.
Many aldermen still want to ban the ubiquitous plastic grocery bags they feel are clogging landfills, but some want to exempt small, independent retailers from the ordinance.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he’s working hard to get state lawmakers to approve the pension deal that seems to have stalled in Springfield last week.
A Wheeling company’s plan to build a heliport along the Chicago River in Bridgeport has cleared a major hurdle, and likely will be approved by the City Council on Wednesday, over the objections of some people who live nearby.