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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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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

A Lyft car sits at a stoplight. As ridesharing services like Lyft, Uber and SideCar become more popular, the taxi industry is pushing for tougher regulation of their new competition. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Rideshare Companies Seek To Defend Their Reputation

Ridesharing companies – and their drivers and customers – have urged aldermen to allow the services to continue in Chicago, without severe restrictions sought by the taxi industry.

03/27/2014

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Retailers Warn Of Cost Of Banning Plastic Bags

Aldermen agree something must be done to limit the number of plastic retail store bags clogging landfills, but they still haven’t decided what, exactly, to do about the problem.

03/25/2014

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City Council Inspector’s Political Work Draws Criticism

The City Council’s Inspector General has sparked controversy, after a top aide recently worked on a state lawmaker’s re-election campaign while taking time off the job.

03/11/2014

An editorial on the front page of The Chicago Dispatcher, a trade publication for the taxi industry, threatens to out five "secretly gay" aldermen if the city doesn't ban ride-sharing companies, which compete with the taxi industry. (Credit: chicagodispatcher.com)

Taxi Publication Threatens To Expose ‘Secretly Gay’ Aldermen If City Doesn’t Ban Ride-Sharing

A trade newspaper for the city’s taxi industry has threatened to out five aldermen who it claims are “secretly gay,” unless the City Council bans ride-sharing services like Uber, Lyft, and SideCar.

03/11/2014

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Prostitution Concerns Halt Effort To Allow Booze In Chicago Strip Clubs

An ordinance sponsored by Ald. Scott Waguespack (32nd) would have outlawed unauthorized strip clubs in residential neighborhoods, but allowed some nudity in clubs that serve booze.

03/06/2014

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Aldermen Seek Mandatory Sick Time For All Chicago Workers

A proposed ordinance backed by most of the City Council would require employers in the city to provide paid sick leave for most of their workers.

03/06/2014

A puppy mill. (File Photo Credit: Humane Society of the United States)

Aldermen OK Ban On Sale Of ‘Puppy Mill’ Animals At Pet Stores

The City Council gave final approval Wednesday to an ordinance banning pet shops from buying their animals from so-called “puppy mills” and similar places.

03/05/2014

An unidentified soldier mans a machine gun on a military vehicle outside a Ukrainian military base in Crimea on March 3, 2014 in Perevalne, Ukraine. Scores of heavily-armed soldiers not displaying any idenifying insignia have taken up positions outside the base and parked several dozen vehicles, mostly trucks and patrol cars, nearby. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Aldermen Urge Airlines, Cargo Carriers To Stop Flights To Russia

A group of Chicago aldermen on Wednesday urged airlines and air cargo lines operating out of O’Hare International Airport to halt all flights to Russia, until it withdraws its troops from Ukraine.

03/05/2014

Visitors line up for food tickets on the final day of the annual Taste of Chicago on July 15, 2012. (Credit: CBS)

Aldermen Back Higher Food Ticket Prices For Taste Of Chicago

The festivities at Taste of Chicago could get a bit more expensive this summer.

03/04/2014

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Horse-Drawn Carriage Owners ‘Circling Our Wagons’ To Fight Proposed Ban

Horse carriage companies in Chicago face possible extinction if an influential alderman has his way, but drivers have banded together and are trying to enlist public support to save their industry.

02/25/2014

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