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Council Hiking Chicago Phone Fees To Fund Pension Systems

Aldermen have approved a plan to hike the city’s monthly 911 surcharge on phone bills by 56 percent to help shore up the city’s pension funds, and avoid a property tax hike before next year’s elections.

07/30/2014

Mayor Rahm Emanuel. (Credit: Craig Dellimore/WBBM Newsradio)

Mayor Introduces Minimum Wage Increase To City Council

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has introduced a plan to the City Council to gradually increase the minimum wage in Chicago to $13 an hour.

07/30/2014

Former Chicago Mayor Jane Byrne (Credit: CBS)

Aldermen Vote To Name Water Tower Plaza After Jane Byrne

Aldermen have recommended the plaza next to the Old Chicago Water Tower be named in honor of former Mayor Jane Byrne, the first such honor the city would give to its first and only female mayor more than 30 years after she left office.

07/29/2014

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Proposed E15 Mandate Runs Out Of Gas After Marathon Hearing

A measure to require many gas stations in Chicago to sell gasoline with a higher mix of ethanol stalled in the City Council on Monday, after a marathon Finance Committee hearing.

07/29/2014

Chicago City Council Chambers (CBS)

Settlement Expected For Family Of High Schooler Shot By Police

Chicago taxpayers will spend $1.2 million to compensate the family of a high school sports star with good grades who was shot in the back by an off-duty police officer.

07/29/2014

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Aldermen Seek To Require Gas Stations To Sell E15

Finance Committee Chairman Ed Burke (14th) and Ald. Anthony Beale (9th) have called for a requirement that all Chicago self-serve gas stations carry E15, which they said could reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and might be less expensive than regular gasoline.

07/28/2014

A city worker removes graffiti.  (Credit: Vince Gerasole)

Aldermen Back Tougher Fines For Graffiti

The Committee on Public Safety on Thursday recommended the full City Council approve increased fines for those convicted of graffiti offenses from $750 to a range of $1,500 to $2,500.

07/24/2014

City Hall

Aldermen Back Temporary Halt To SRO Hotel Conversions, Demolitions

The City Council Committee on Housing and Real Estate has recommended passage of an ordinance that would prohibit owners from tearing down single-room occupancy hotels, or converting them to condos for six months.

07/24/2014

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City To Offer 9,000 People New Chance To Contest Red Light Camera Tickets

In the wake of a Chicago Tribune investigation that questioned several unexplained spikes in red light camera tickets since 2007, city officials said they’ll offer anyone who got a ticket during one of those spikes another shot at disputing the citation and getting a refund for the $100 fine.

07/23/2014

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

Former Chicago Mayor Jane Byrne (Credit: CBS)

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

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