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Northside College Prep High School was named the top school in Illinois and the #36 college in the nation by U.S. News & World Report in 2014. (Credit: Facebook)

CPS Officials Defend Diversity Of Selective-Enrollment High Schools

Aldermen grilled Chicago Public Schools officials on Tuesday about declining minority enrollment at some of the most renowned selective-enrollment schools in the city.

07/15/2014

Activist Adeline Bracey and other minimum wage workers say the mayor's plan to raise the  Chicago minimum wage to $13 an hour by 2018 isn't enough. (Credit: Craig Dellimore/CBS)

Workers, Activists Say Mayor’s Minimum Wage Plan Not Good Enough

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.

07/09/2014

Ald. Will Burns (at podium) and Mayor Rahm Emanuel (left) discuss a task force's recommendation to raise Chicago's minimum wage to $13 per hour by 2018. (Credit: Craig Dellimore/WBBM)

Mayoral Task Force Recommends $13-An-Hour Minimum Wage By 2018

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.

07/08/2014

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Chicago Must Pay Legal Fees In Gun Store Lawsuit

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.

07/04/2014

City Hall

Aldermen Back Mayor’s Plan To Hike Phone Tax To Fund Pensions

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.

06/26/2014

Jane Byrne

Aldermen To Weigh Potential Honors For Former Mayor Byrne

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.

06/25/2014

Chicago City Council Chambers (CBS)

City Council Approves Plan To Allow Gun Shops In Chicago

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.

06/25/2014

City Hall

Aldermen, Chefs Call For Ban On Non-Therapeutic Use Of Antibiotics

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.”

06/24/2014

Ald. Ed Burke at the Chicago City Council meeting on July 6, 2011. (Rich Hein/ Sun-Times)

Ald. Edward Burke To Have Surgery For Prostate Cancer

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.

06/24/2014

Chicago City Council Chambers (CBS)

Tunney Pushing Tighter Rules For Head Shops

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.

06/18/2014

City Hall

2 Investigators: Does The City Council’s Inspector General Lack Real Power?

The man hired to police aldermen says a legal loophole is frustrating his ability to do his job. CBS 2′s Pam Zekman reports.

06/16/2014

City Hall

City Council Progressive Caucus Wants Hearing On Crime Stats

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.

06/06/2014

City Hall

Aldermen Push For $15-An-Hour Minimum Wage

Sponsors said large corporations would get two years to phase in the higher wage. Small and mid-sized businesses would have five years.

05/28/2014

LA County Passes Major Ban On Plastic Bags In Unincorporated Areas

Aldermen OK Ban On Plastic Bags, Delay Ride-Sharing Rules

The City Council voted 36-10 to ban large chain stores from providing plastic bags to customers, starting next summer.

04/30/2014

Julia Boyle enjoys an electronic cigarette as she waits for customers at the Vapor Shark store on April 24, 2014 in Miami, Florida. Brandon Leidel, CEO, Director of Operations Vapor Shark, said he welcomes the annoucement by the Food and Drug Administration that they are proposing the first federal regulations on electronic cigarettes, which would ban sales of the popular devices to anyone under 18 and require makers to gain FDA approval for their products. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Ban On Indoor Use Of E-Cigarettes Begins In Chicago

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.

04/29/2014

Chicago City Council Chambers (CBS)

City Council Panel OKs $5M Settlement In Severed Leg Case

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.

04/28/2014

Plastic Bags

Ordinance To Exempt Restaurants, Small Stores From Plastic Bag Ban

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.

04/23/2014

Plastic Bag (Credit: CBS)

Aldermen Delay Vote On Plastic Bag Ban

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.

04/15/2014

Mayor Emanuel talks education, pensions and other topics. (Credit: Craig Dellimore)

Emanuel Makes Changes To Pension Bill

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.

04/07/2014

Computer-generated rendering of a heliport planned for the Bridgeport neighborhood. (Credit: Chicago Helicopter Express)

Zoning Committee OKs Bridgeport Heliport Plan

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.

04/02/2014

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