Department Of Streets And Sanitation

City Hall

Emanuel, Inspector General Spar Over Garbage Collection Audit

The feud between Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the aggressive inspector general he inherited escalated Monday with a new claim from Joe Ferguson: that City Hall stonewalled his attempt to audit Emanuel’s grid-based garbage collection system and verify the mayor’s $18 million-a-year savings claim.


A city worker sets rat bait in an alley in the Little Village neighborhood to help control rodent problems. (Credit: Steve Miller)

City Touts Increase In Rat Baiting Efforts

City officials said they’re winning the war on rodents by laying more rat traps to keep them in check.


An Emerald Ash Borer Beetle. (James Zablotny/USDA Photo)

City To Treat 35,000 Trees To Protect Against Emerald Ash Borer

The city’s war against the tree-killing Emerald Ash Borer was kicked up quite a few notches on Wednesday.

WBBM Newsradio–04/24/2013

Photos taken by a Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation worker show the stains on the floor of a garbage truck garage that was serving as a temporary clinic for wellness screenings. Workers said the floors and walls were covered in dirt, and the garage reeked of garbage. (Photo Courtesy Marty Zamora)

UPDATED: City Closes Temporary Clinic At Garbage Truck Garage

City officials have decided to shut down a temporary clinic that had been set up in a garbage truck garage to provide wellness screenings for Streets and Sanitation Department workers.

WBBM Newsradio–09/13/2012

City of Chicago garbage truck (Credit: CBS)

Grid-Based Garbage Collection Begins In North Side Wards

Trash in a number of Chicago neighborhoods will be collected differently starting Monday, but the city hopes no one notices a difference.

CBS Chicago–06/11/2012

City of Chicago garbage truck (Credit: CBS)

New Grid-Based Garbage Pickup System Rolls Out In 7 Wards

Some North Side residents might have a new garbage day starting Monday.

CBS Chicago–06/04/2012

A city plow clears a residential street. (Credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Report: Absenteeism Down In Streets And Sanitation Department

The Emanuel administration is expected to release a report later Wednesday, showing that absenteeism among employees in the Department of Streets and Sanitation is down.

CBS Chicago–05/23/2012

Chicago Snow Plow

Streets And San All Ready For Snow, Whenever It Comes

City officials want Chicagoans to know they are ready for snow, even if the snow isn’t yet ready to fall.

CBS Chicago–12/22/2011

Cars are buried in snow on Lake Shore Drive after the Blizzard of 2011. (Credit: "Rock"/User Photo)

City Says It’s Ready For Brutal Winter

The City of Chicago says it’s ready for the worst when it comes to winter weather.

CBS Chicago–12/01/2011

Ald. Tom Tunney (44th)

Tunney Seeks Crackdown On Failure To Shovel Snow

Failing to shovel your walkway this winter could be a costly mistake.

CBS Chicago–10/27/2011

City of Chicago garbage truck (Credit: CBS)

Budget Plan Calls For Major Change In Trash Pickup

As part of his budget plan for next year, Mayor Rahm Emanuel plans to change the way garbage is collected in Chicago. Next summer, the mayor plans to switch from a ward-by-ward collection system to a grid-based system.

CBS 2’s Dana Kozlov talked with Streets and Sanitation Commissioner Tom Byrne to get the answers.

CBS Chicago–10/12/2011

Chicago Snow Plow

Report: Streets And San Official Suspended, But Keeps Job

A deputy commissioner at the Department of Streets and Sanitation has been suspended for having his underlings run errands for him, but gets to keep his job, according to a report today.

WBBM Newsradio–05/10/2011

Cars are buried in snow on Lake Shore Drive after the Blizzard of 2011. (Credit: "Rock"/User Photo)

February Blizzard Cost City $37.3M

City officials estimated on Friday that last month’s blizzard cost the city more than $37 million in preparation and cleanup efforts.

CBS Chicago–03/04/2011

Parking Dibs After Blizzard

City: No More Dibs On Parking

If you’re still using an old folding chair or some empty crates to save the parking spot you dug out during last week’s blizzard, get rid of it soon, or the city will.


Chicago Snow Plow

Plows On The Streets Deal With New Snowfall

As the city gets blanketed with a fresh covering of snow Sunday morning, the city Department of Streets and Sanitation has dispatched 174 snow-fighting trucks onto the streets.


Miguel Del Valle

Del Valle: Emanuel Benefited From Patronage System

Miguel Del Valle says the prison sentence given for former Chicago Streets and Sanitation Commissioner Al Sanchez brings to mind rival Rahm Emanuel’s connections to Chicago’s old patronage system.

CBS Chicago–02/04/2011

Al Sanchez

Convicted Ex-Comm. Slams Lake Shore Drive Response

Convicted former Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation Commissioner Al Sanchez ripped the city’s response on Lake Shore Drive during the blizzard this week.

CBS Chicago–02/03/2011

Al Sanchez

2 1/2 Years For Former Streets And San Commissioner

Former Chicago Streets and Sanitation Commissioner Al Sanchez returns to federal court Thursday to be sentenced on his mail fraud conviction.

CBS Chicago–02/03/2011

Roscoe Street

City To Plow Side Streets After Main Roads Are Done

If you’re waiting for your block to be plowed so you can get your car out, you’ll likely have to be patient for a while.

CBS Chicago–02/02/2011

Mayor Richard M. Daley blizzard press conference

Daley: “Exercise Common Sense During The Storm”

City officials are urging Chicagoans to stay indoors if the trip isn’t “absolutely necessary,” as a blizzard that could reach historic proportions rolls in.

CBS Chicago–02/01/2011