Finance Committee

Ald. Ed Burke (14th)

E15 Mandate Resurfaces A Month After $20,000 Contribution To Alderman

One month after receiving a $20,000 contribution from one of the world’s largest producers of ethanol, Chicago’s most powerful alderman on Wednesday breathed new life into his plan to require Chicago gas stations to offer motorists a higher ethanol blend of fuel known as E-15.


Jon Burge

Emanuel Agrees To $5.5 Million Police Torture Reparations Fund

Survivors of torture under former Chicago Police Cmdr. Jon Burge and victims’ supporters have long called for repayment for the suffering, pain, and often wrongful imprisonment they have suffered.


(Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

City Council Panel Backs $13M In Settlements

Aldermen have recommended settling three lawsuits against the city’s police and fire departments, for a combined $13 million.


City Hall

Aldermen, Chefs Call For Ban On Non-Therapeutic Use Of Antibiotics

Several top Chicago chefs and an influential alderman have joined the call for Congress to ban the routine use of antibiotics for livestock, saying the practice can hasten the spread of so-called “superbugs.”


Chicago City Council Chambers (CBS)

City Council Panel OKs $5M Settlement In Severed Leg Case

First Deputy Corporation Counsel Leslie Darling told the Finance Committee that 24-year-old Edwin Hill was severely injured while waiting for a bus on the South Side in November 2008.


Chicago Police Department logo

City To Pay $325K To Man Beaten By Cop, Falsely Charged With DUI

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.


This photo of Christina Eilman shows her about nine months before she came to Chicago in 2006. (Family Photo)

Finance Committee Backs Nearly $33M In Settlements Of Police Lawsuits

A Chicago City Council Committee has given preliminary approval to nearly $33 million dollars in settlements of two high-profile cases of alleged police misconduct.

CBS Chicago–01/15/2013

Chicago City Council Chambers (CBS)

Aldermen Back $950K Settlement For Police Torture Claim In 1951 Rape case

The City Council on Wednesday will likely approve a $950,000 settlement for a one-time bible student who claimed he confessed to a 1951 rape after he was tortured by police.

CBS Chicago–09/11/2012

City Council

Spat May Be Brewing Between U.S. Attorney’s Office, City Council Finance Committee

A legal battle may be brewing between the U.S. Attorney’s office and the Chicago City Council Finance Committee.

CBS Chicago–08/15/2012

Chicago City Council Chambers (CBS)

Committee Backs $3.6M Settlement For Wrongful Conviction

The City Council Finance Committee has given preliminary approval to $3.6 million settlement, in a case which put a man behind bars for nearly a decade for an attack he didn’t commit.

CBS Chicago–03/12/2012

Chicago City Council Chambers (CBS)

Council Panel OKs Nearly $4M In Settlements Over Police Lawsuits

The City Council’s Finance Committee has approved millions of dollars in settlements of lawsuits stemming from deaths of people who were being held in police lockups and other alleged police misconduct.

CBS Chicago–12/12/2011

Mayor Emanuel addresses reporters Friday in Chicago. (CBS)

Mayor Emanuel’s Budget Plan Advances

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s 2012 budget has cleared a significant hurdle on its way to an expected full City Council approval next week.

CBS Chicago–11/08/2011

Ald. Ed Burke (14th)

Burke Seeks Cab Fare Surcharge To Boost Revenues

Powerful City Council Finance Committee Chairman Edward Burke (14th) is again suggesting a cab fare surcharge to help boost city revenues.

CBS Chicago–10/25/2011

(Credit: CBS)

How To Know If Sidewalk Solicitors Are Legit

They seem to be everywhere you look downtown; people who want to stop you and get you to give to their cause. But how do you know which people collecting on the sidewalk are what the city calls legitimate? CBS 2’s Pamela Jones shows us.

CBS 2–07/13/2011

Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel (left); Ald. Ed Burke (CBS)

Emanuel, Burke Bury Hatchet Amid City Budget Deficit

Call off the Clash of the Titans. Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel and a potential enemy, powerful Ald. Ed Burke, had a private meeting and called a truce as the city budget continues to gush red ink.


Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel meets students at Olive Harvey College on Monday. (Credit: Craig Dellimore/Newsradio 780))

Emanuel Hints He’ll Leave Ald. Burke In Key Finance Post

Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel is hinting he won’t try to force Ald. Ed Burke out as City Council Finance Committee chairman.

CBS Chicago–04/25/2011

Chicago City Council Chambers (CBS)

City To Pay $3M Settlement In Fatal Police Shooting

The city of Chicago would pay $3 million to the family of a man shot by a Chicago cop eight years ago, under a settlement approved by the City Council Finance Committee on Friday.

WBBM Newsradio–03/04/2011