Chicago City Council

Voters work on their ballots at their polling place in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Brian Kersey/Getty Images)

Polls Open For Chicago’s First Mayoral Runoff

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is facing off against challenger Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, while 18 seats on the City Council are at stake, including in the 2nd Ward, where two candidates are vying to replace Ald. Bob Fioretti, who gave up his seat on the City Council to run for mayor, but came in 4th place in February.

04/07/2015

Map of the two proposed sites for the Obama Presidential Library presented by the University of Chicago. (Credit: University of Chicago)

Aldermen Approve Park Land Transfer For Obama Library

The City Council has cleared the way for the city to take control of Park District land on the South Side for the Barack Obama Presidential Library and Museum, if the University of Chicago’s bid for the facility is selected.

03/18/2015

Map of the two proposed sites for the Obama Presidential Library presented by the University of Chicago. (Credit: University of Chicago)

Aldermen Overwhelmingly Support Transferring Park Land For Obama Library

At a joint meeting Wednesday, three City Council panels voted heavily in favor of the Emanuel administration’s plan to transfer about 20 acres of land in either Washington Park or Jackson Park to the city if the Barack Obama Foundation picks the University of Chicago’s bid for the future Obama presidential library.

03/11/2015

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Aldermen To Vote On Plan To Transfer Park Land To City For Obama Library Bid

Aldermen were expected to give preliminary approval on Wednesday to the Emanuel administration’s plan to allow the city to take control of Park District land to be used for the Barack Obama Presidential Library, if the president and first lady choose the University of Chicago’s bid for the facility.

03/11/2015

Mayor Rahm Emanuel, William "Dock" Walls, Willie Wilson, Bob Fioretti, Jesus "Chuy" Garcia

Election Day Is Here; Will Emanuel Avoid A Runoff?

The campaigning is over, it’s decision day, and the polls are open. Voters now have a chance to choose whether they want Mayor Rahm Emanuel to stay in office, and who they want to represent their ward on the City Council.

02/24/2015

Chicago City Council Chambers (CBS)

City Council To Have At Least Eight New Aldermen After Tuesday’s Election

At least 8 of the 50 aldermen will be new due to vacancies, deaths or remaps.

02/23/2015

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Aldermen Approve Crackdown On Scofflaw Landlords

Among other things, the Chicago City Council on Wednesday is expected to approve an ordinance aimed at protecting the tenants of apartment buildings whose landlords chronically fail to address serious building code violations.

01/21/2015

Ald. Proco Joe Moreno (1st) calls on the City Council Housing Committee to hold hearings on a proposed ordinance to give the council direct oversight of the Chicago Housing Authority. (Credit: Craig Dellimore/WBBM)

Moreno, Housing Activists Seek To Move CHA Overhaul Plan

Several Aldermen and housing advocates were pushing for action on a proposed ordinance that would give the City Council direct oversight over the Chicago Housing Authority.

01/21/2015

Ald. Roderick Sawyer (6th) discusses a proposed ordinance to increase transparency involving efforts to privatize city services or assets. (Credit: Craig Dellimore/WBBM)

Council’s Progressive Caucus Wants More Transparency For Privatization Deals

Members of the Chicago City Council’s so-called “Progressive Caucus” were trying to pressure the Emanuel administration to help move an ordinance that would provide more information about efforts to privatize city assets or services.

01/20/2015

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Aldermen Back Plan To Expand Police Profiling Restrictions

The city’s racial profiling restrictions already do more than prohibit police stops based the driver’s race, they also ban religion, sexual orientation, or disability from being used as probable cause for a stop. Proposal would also ban stops based on national origin or gender identity.

01/16/2015

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Activists, Police Torture Victims Renew Call For Reparations

Justice advocates have marked Rev. Martin Luther King’s birthday by raising their voices for reparations for victims of police torture under former Chicago Police Cmdr. Jon Burge.

01/15/2015

Gasoline pump. (Credit: Miguel Gutierrez/Getty Images)

City Council Delays Vote On E15 Gas Station Ordinance

Aldermen have delayed action on a proposed ordinance that would require many gas stations to offer fuel that contains a higher blend of ethanol, in an issue that has Mayor Rahm Emanuel and powerful Ald. Ed Burke (14th) at odds.

12/10/2014

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Study: City Council A Bigger Rubber Stamp For Emanuel Than For The Daleys

The City Council has bristled under criticisms that it is little more than a rubber stamp for Chicago’s mayors, but a new study has revealed that label is more accurate now than ever.

12/09/2014

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City Council Panel Backs $13M In Settlements

Aldermen have recommended settling three lawsuits against the city’s police and fire departments, for a combined $13 million.

12/08/2014

A McDonald's employee who walked off the job Thursday speaks to reporters at a rally where hundreds of minimum wage workers called on state lawmakers to approve a $15-an-hour minimum wage in Illinois. (Credit: CBS)

Minimum Wage Workers Keep Up The Fight For $15-An-Hour

Fast food and home healthcare workers were rallying in the River North neighborhood early Thursday, hoping to keep the pressure on state lawmakers to raise the minimum wage.

12/04/2014

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and several aldermen discuss the City Council's approval of an ordinance raising the city's minimum wage to $13 an hour by 2019.

Aldermen Approve Plan To Hike Minimum Wage

Aldermen have overwhelmingly approved a plan to gradually raise the city’s minimum wage to $13 an hour over the next five years.

12/02/2014

City Hall

Aldermen Poised To Boost Chicago Minimum Wage To $13-An-Hour

Aldermen have set the stage to hike the city’s minimum wage to $13 an hour over the next four-and-a-half years, under a measure the City Council is expected to approve Tuesday.

12/02/2014

City Hall

City Council To Vote On Hiking Chicago’s Minimum Wage

The City Council Committee on Workforce Development on Monday backed the mayor’s plan to raise the minimum wage in Chicago to $13 an hour by 2019, and sent the measure to the full City Council for a vote on Tuesday.

12/01/2014

This artist rendering shows the future Lucas Museum of Narrative Art. (Lucas Museum)

Judge Orders City To Leave Proposed Lucas Museum Site Unaltered

A federal judge on Tuesday ordered the city not to physically alter the proposed site of The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art until further order of the court during the opening legal battle between the city and opponents of the museum.

11/25/2014

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Doctors Urge CPS To Help Students Adopt Better Sleep Habits

Pediatricians have recommended the Chicago Public Schools start classes for high school and middle school students later in the day, so students can get more sleep, but with Mayor Rahm Emanuel rebuffing such efforts, some doctors have offered other ideas for improving student performance.

11/21/2014

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