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Alderman Will Burns Stepping Down To Take Job At AirbnbBurns, 42, has been hired as Midwest policy director and senior advisor for Airbnb, the website which allows homeowners to rent out rooms or entire homes.
Alderman Wants Every Chicago Police Officer Armed With TaserThe Chicago Police Department would be required purchase a Taser for every one of its 12,500 sworn officers and train them on how to use it by Jan. 1, 2017, under one of several proposals made by African-American aldermen in response to the Laquan McDonald controversy, the Chicago Sun-Times is reporting.
Emanuel Wants To Raise Age To Buy Tobacco In Chicago To 21The mayor will introduce the proposal to the City Council on Wednesday. Emanuel said it’s all part of his effort to prevent young people from becoming addicted to potentially deadly tobacco products.
Aldermen Show Independent Streak, Delay Some Of Emanuel's Financial ProposalsIn what might be a new posture for the Chicago City Council, aldermen closely questioned just about every financial proposal the Emanuel administration brought before them at a Finance Committee meeting on Monday.
Aldermen Seek To Force Vote On City Council WatchdogA group of Chicago aldermen has announced plans to force a showdown over who will act as the official watchdog over the City Council.
Aldermen Hold Public Hearing On McDonald CaseAldermen were putting a spotlight on the Chicago Police Department on Tuesday, as they prepared to hold a public hearing to discuss the department’s policies and practices, which have been called into question following the fatal police shooting of Laquan McDonald.
Aldermen To Hold Public Hearing On Laquan McDonald CaseAldermen plan to take their own look at the problems swirling around the Chicago Police Department at a public hearing scheduled for next week.
Protesters Not Swayed By Emanuel's Apology; 'We’re Not Just Going To Go Away'Protesters who have been calling for Mayor Rahm Emanuel to resign ever since video of the fatal police shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald was made public were not moved by the mayor’s apology Wednesday in a speech to the City Council.
Emanuel: "I'm Sorry" For Laquan McDonald ShootingMayor Rahm Emanuel apologized Wednesday for the fatal police shooting of Laquan McDonald, which has become the focus of a police misconduct scandal that has proved to be the most serious crisis of his tenure, and has prompted a federal probe of the Chicago Police Department.
Emanuel To Discuss Police Misconduct In Speech To City CouncilIn a rare speech before the City Council on Wednesday, Mayor Rahm Emanuel was expected to go into more detail about his plans to rebuild public trust in a Police Department under intense scrutiny for its use of force and other alleged misconduct.
Alderman Wants To Open Chicago's Doors To Video Gambling, But Mayor Says NoAld. Raymond Lopez (15th) has introduced a measure that would open the doors for video gambling machines in Chicago, but would allow aldermen to ban the machines from specific areas, or entire wards.
City Council Panel OKs Drone RestrictionsThe Aviation Committee hearing at City Hall could include a drone flying over the heads of aldermen and staffers as they discuss possible restrictions on recreational and hobby drone users.

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