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.
An attempted end run around Mayor Emanuel’s opposition to two proposals led to some sparks on the City Council floor today.
The 22nd of November marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Alderman are worried about an additional windfall for the company already raking in cash by running Chicago’s parking meters.
The Chicago City Council has approved Mayor Emanuel’s plan to reduce the water bills of some charitable groups, but negotiations are still continuing, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.
The Council’s Human Relations Committee wants to encourage athletes to be comfortable acknowledging their sexual orientation, as the NBA’s Jason Collins has.
Chicago taxpayers will spend $325,000 to compensate a hemophiliac falsely charged with DUI, then beaten by a Chicago Police officer while handcuffed to a metal bar in a holding room.
To be honest, 2nd Ward Alderman Robert Fioretti says he hasn’t seen the mayor’s ordinance yet and whether it exempts enough charities. But if it doesn’t, he says he and some colleagues have their own.
City Law Department Senior Counsel Rose Kelly says the proposed ordinance means for both tenants and landlords to act quickly if there is an infestation of bedbugs in an apartment.
The Chicago City Council has approved higher taxes for most people who park in downtown lots, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.