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City Council To Consider Heliport Near Bridgeport

Chicago Helicopter Express wants the city’s OK for what would begin as a private heliport that would launch 20 takeoffs per day.


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

City Council Committee Approves Ban On Sale Of Animals From Puppy Mills

The Chicago City Council’s Licensing Committee has approved of a measure aimed at keeping pet stores from selling animals raised in inhumane conditions.


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)

City Council Debates Ride-Sharing Regulations At Hearing

A Chicago City Council hearing is pitting traditional taxi cab companies against unregulated shared ride services that passengers summon through smart-phone apps.


Mayor Rahm Emanuel and James Ade (left),  president of the police sergeant union,  announce pension agreement. (Credit: Craig Dellimore/WBBM Newsradio)

Emanuel Defends Move To Borrow $900 Million

In the blink of an eye, the Chicago City Council today authorized nearly a billion dollars in borrowing and more and Mayor Emanuel is defending the move.


Railroad Crossing

City Council To Petition Feds For More Rail Car Safety Regulations

A Chicago City Council committee is issuing a watered down response to recent incidents of deadly railroad tank car accidents.


A woman smoking an 'Blu' e-cigarette. (Credit: JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

Emanuel Bristles As Aldermen Stall E-Cigarette Ordinance

Mayor Emanuel is signaling that he’s ready for a fight with City Council critics who have stalled a measure he wants to limit the use of electronic cigarettes in Chicago.


Mayor Rahm Emanuel speaks at a naturalization ceremony for 67 immigrants who became U.S. Citizens on July 3, 2013. (Credit: CBS)

City Council Approves 2014 Chicago Budget

The City Council approved Mayor Emanuel’s 2014 city budget that includes a cigarette tax hike and counts on millions in revenue from tickets issued by speed and red light cameras.


Chicago City Council Chambers (CBS)

TIF, School Board Ordinances Spark Heated City Council Debate

An attempted end run around Mayor Emanuel’s opposition to two proposals led to some sparks on the City Council floor today.


Ald. Ed Burke (14th)

Alderman Wants Bells To Toll Across Chicago To Mark Anniversary Of Kennedy Assassination

The 22nd of November marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.


Ventra reader (CBS)

Aldermen Demand Answers From CTA Bosses On Ventra Problems

Many CTA riders are still experiencing big problems with their transition to the new Ventra card, and two aldermen want to hold City Council hearings to get answers from CTA officials.


Chicago City Council Chambers (CBS)

City Council Resolution Urges State To Impose Mandatory Sentencing On Gun Crimes

Alderman Jim Balcer, sponsor of the resolution, says State lawmakers should mandate three years in jail for most people caught with guns and without a Firearm Owners ID card.


Ald. Harry Osterman (48th)

Alderman Seeks Stiffer Fines For Bicyclists Who Ride On Sidewalks

North Side Alderman Harry Osterman says some seniors who live along a stretch of North Sheridan Road from Ardmore to West Sheridan Road have been injured by a bicyclist illegally hurtling down the sidewalks. He wants to hike the fine for that from $50 to $200.


Chicago City Council Chambers (CBS)

City Council Committee Approves Rewrite Of Gun Laws

The ordinance headed for a full City Council vote Wednesday brings City gun laws in line with the state’s law allowing carrying of concealed weapons.


Jon Burge

Council Committee OKs Another Burge Torture Settlement

The City Council Finance Committee cleared the way for the city to pay another $12 million to settle two cases involving torture victims of former Chicago Police Cmdr. Jon Burge.


Chicago City Council Chambers (CBS)

Alderman, NRA Activist Spar Over Measure To Ban Assault Weapons

Chicago Aldermen have given preliminary approval to proposals for a City assault weapons ban and other measures expected to win approval at tomorrow’s special City Council meetings, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.


Ald. Dick Mell is retiring after nearly 40 years in City Council. (CBS))

Ald. Mell Reflects On Decades In Politics

Retiring Chicago Alderman Dick Mell says his falling out with son-in-law Rod Blagojevich and the former Illinois governor’s imprisonment for corruption continue to weigh heavily on him.


Alderman Patrick O'Connor (40th) talks with reporters. (Credit: Craig Dellimore)

Leading Alderman Expresses Doubts On Plastic Bag Ban

A leading Chicago Alderman is expressing doubts that a proposed City ban on plastic shopping bags can win City Council approval at this point, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.


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Aldermen Approve Steeper Fines For Cyclists, Drivers

Aldermen on Wednesday approved a number of changes to the city’s bike ordinance, including steeper fines for cyclists who violate traffic laws, or anyone who opens a car door in the path of a cyclist.


David DeJesus runs the bases after hitting a home run against the Colorado Rockies during the first inning. (Credit: David Banks, Getty)

Chicago Gives Cubs More Night Games At Wrigley Field

Without debate, the City Council on Wednesday agreed to increase the number of night games at Wrigley Field, as part of the Cubs’ plan to renovate the landmark stadium.


Chicago Parking Meter (CBS)

Aldermen Still Expressing Doubts In 2nd Day Of Hearings On Parking Deal

Alderman are worried about an additional windfall for the company already raking in cash by running Chicago’s parking meters.