Reluctant Aldermen Sign Off On $9.5M Settlement In Taser IncidentJose Lopez was rendered a mute quadriplegic after hitting his head on the pavement while being jolted by a police Taser.
Mayor's Budget, Tax Package Clear First City Council HurdleParts of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s $8.2 billion budget plan cleared a committee hurdle on Monday, with relatively little debate.
Aldermen Back $2M Settlement To Police WhistleblowersThe settlement with police partners Shannon Spalding and Daniel Echeverria was reached on the eve of their trial, averting the need for Mayor Rahm Emanuel to comply with a federal judge’s order to testify about the code of silence that the mayor acknowledged exists in the Police Department.
City To Pay Out $3.75 Million To Family Of Man Killed By PoliceThe seven-figure payout is the largest of three settlements — all in cases of alleged misconduct by Chicago Police officers — set for approval by the City Council’s Finance Committee on Tuesday.
City Council Committee Approves Settlements To Families Of David Koschman, Laquan McDonaldA Chicago City Committee has voted to approve two big settlements in connection with cases involving police, in one way or another, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.
Aldermen Back Plan To Expand Police Profiling RestrictionsThe 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.
Activists, Police Torture Victims Renew Call For ReparationsJustice 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.
Aldermen Vote To Name Water Tower Plaza After Jane ByrneAldermen 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.
Proposed E15 Mandate Runs Out Of Gas After Marathon HearingA 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.
Settlement Expected For Family Of High Schooler Shot By PoliceChicago 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.
Aldermen Seek To Require Gas Stations To Sell E15Finance 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.
City To Pay $560K For Former Supervisor's Racist, Sexist RantsThe City Council Finance Committee has recommend approving a $560,000 settlement for some city employees who complained about the racist and sexist rantings of their boss, the nephew of former Congressman Frank Annunzio.