Chicago City Council

Alderman Wants To Open Chicago's Doors To Video Gambling, But Mayor Says NoAld. Raymond Lopez (15th) has introduced a measure that would open the doors for video gambling machines in Chicago, but would allow aldermen to ban the machines from specific areas, or entire wards.
City Council Panel OKs Drone RestrictionsThe Aviation Committee hearing at City Hall could include a drone flying over the heads of aldermen and staffers as they discuss possible restrictions on recreational and hobby drone users.
Aldermen Seek To Protect Military Personnel Under Hate Crime OrdinanceThe proposal approved in committee on Tuesday would add active and prior military personnel to those protected by the city’s hate crime ordinance.
Lucas Museum Gets City Council OKFilmmaker George Lucas’ lakefront museum plan won final approval on Wednesday, as aldermen signed off on zoning changes needed to build the 300,000-square-foot project.
City Council Approves Record $588 Million Property Tax HikeThe City Council has approved the largest property tax hike in modern Chicago history, with the vast majority of the new revenue going to shore up police and fire pension funds.
Aldermen Begin Limiting Where Newly Legal Food Carts Can OperateIt’s been barely a month since the City Council opened the door for food carts to operate legally in Chicago, and already aldermen have begun carving out some parts of the city where they won’t be welcome.
New Uber Ad Targets Long Taxi Lines At O'HareOn the eve of a City Council vote on opening Chicago’s airports to ride-sharing companies, Uber was looking to gain support with a new online ad campaign.
Advocates Want Salon Workers To Get Training In Spotting Domestic AbuseAt a City Council committee hearing Monday, prosecutors and domestic violence experts plan to campaign for hair stylists, cosmetologists, and nail technicians to go through mandatory training to spot signs of abuse, and help victims.
Final Vote On Lucas Museum Pushed Back Until Next WeekMayor Rahm Emanuel tried to shrug off the delay in the vote on the $400 million privately-funded Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, but sources told the Sun-Times negotiations with the Chicago Bears have stalled final approval.
McCarthy Faces Tough Questions From City Council, Gets Backing From EmanuelMayor Rahm Emanuel said he stands by Police Supt. Garry McCarthy, despite calls from members of the City Council Black Caucus that the superintendent be replaced; but the mayor said he understands the aldermen’s frustrations, and empathizes with them.
Emanuel To Aldermen: Raise Property Taxes, Or Lay Off Cops And FirefightersMayor Rahm Emanuel told aldermen Tuesday the city must raise property taxes by $543 million to shore up police and firefighter pension funds, or face laying off thousands of firefighters and police officers.
City Council Panel OKs Food Cart OrdinanceAld. Roberto Maldonado (26th), the measure's chief sponsor, said he’s a regular customer of food carts in his neighborhood, even though they’ve been banned by the city for decades.
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