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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

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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

Chicago City Council Chambers (CBS)

Chicago City Council Approves Emanuel’s $8.9 Billion Budget

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s $8.9 billion budget plan won overwhelming approval from aldermen on Wednesday, although there were some ripples of criticism along the way, particularly from mayoral challenger Ald. Bob Fioretti (2nd).

11/19/2014

A budtender handles marijuana at Perennial Holistic Wellness Center, a not-for-profit medical marijuana dispensary in operation since 2006, on September 7, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

Aldermen Back Mandate For 24-Hour Security For Medical Marijuana Businesses

The City Council Zoning Committee easily approved a measure that would require all medical marijuana dispensaries and cultivation centers to hire around-the-clock security guards.

11/14/2014

Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy. (File Photo by John Gress/Getty Images)

Aldermen Furious At McCarthy’s Lack Of Data On Police Staffing

At City Council budget hearings on Thursday, some aldermen were angered that Police Supt. Garry McCarthy could not immediately tell them exactly how many officers are currently on the force.

10/30/2014

A cockroach crawls on the wall of the City Council Chambers as the city department head responsible for pest control was testifying at a budget hearing on Thursday. (Credit: Craig Dellimore/WBBM)

Roach Scurries Around City Council Chamber As Pest Control Boss Testifies

A top Emanuel administration official was embarrassed Thursday when a rather large bug showed up while he was testifying at a Budget Committee hearing.

10/23/2014

Chicago City Council Legislative Inspector General Faisal Khan

Top Alderman Mocks Inspector General For Suing Council; ‘He’s Just Full Of Molasses’

Budget Committee Chairwoman Carrie Austin (34th) said she doesn’t understand how Khan can sue the city for more money in his budget, blaming him for running out of money to fund his investigations.

10/22/2014

Housing advocates call for more City Council oversight of the Chicago Housing Authority. (Credit: Craig Dellimore/CBS)

Aldermen Call For More Council Oversight Of Chicago Housing Authority

Some aldermen have said a hoard of money at the Chicago Housing Authority is evidence someone needs to keep a closer watch on the agency.

09/11/2014

Chicago City Council Legislative Inspector General Faisal Khan

City Council Watchdog Welcomes Shifting Duties To Chicago IG

The city official tasked with monitoring the City Council for corruption and waste said he’d be happy to be out of work, if aldermen give real investigative power to someone else.

09/05/2014

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Emanuel Applauds City Council Plan To Allow IG To Investigate Aldermen

The City Council might be poised to grant the Chicago Inspector General’s office the authority investigate aldermen and their employees.

09/04/2014

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)

Quinn Vetoes State Ride-Sharing Regulations

Taxicab companies and others seeking statewide regulation of the emerging ridesharing industry pushed for a legislative override Monday after Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn vetoed measures that would have imposed background checks and insurance requirements on some drivers.

08/25/2014

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Advocates Slam 2012 Mental Health Clinic Closures

A top Emanuel aide insisted Tuesday the administration has done a better job caring for the mentally ill over the past couple years, despite closing half the city’s clinics; but some advocates told aldermen that’s simply not the case.

08/20/2014

Mayor Rahm Emanuel discusses the shooting death of 11-year-old Shamiya Adams. (Credit: CBS)

Emanuel “City Of Big Hearts … Will Welcome” 1,000 Migrant Children

Six aldermen want the City Council to encourage non-profits in Chicago to house and support migrant children who have fled violence in Central America and crossed the border into the U.S.

07/31/2014

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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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