Aldermen agree something must be done to limit the number of plastic retail store bags clogging landfills, but they still haven’t decided what, exactly, to do about the problem.
A proposed ordinance backed by most of the City Council would require employers in the city to provide paid sick leave for most of their workers.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel has called for a special session of the City Council next week, to vote on updates to the city’s assault weapons ban; and stiffer penalties for gun crimes near schools, on school buses, and along Safe Passage routes to and from school.
The union that represents Chicago firefighters is getting behind a proposal that would prevent banks from kicking out renters during foreclosure proceedings.
Dart said he’s worried about a stalemate in the General Assembly on a law to license people to carry concealed guns. If legislators don’t meet a June 9 court deadline to pass such a law, anyone with a state firearm owner’s identification card could legally walk anywhere in public with a concealed weapon.
Housing advocates have thrown their support behind an ordinance introduced to the Chicago City Council, saying it could help renters and keep neighborhoods safer.
Several aldermen have joined community activists in calling for passage of a measure designed to prevent more buildings from becoming vacant.
Ald. James Cappleman (46th) has introduced an ordinance that would significantly increase the penalties for feeding pigeons – making it a crime punishable by up to six months in jail and a fine of up to $1,000.
A City Council panel has signed off on a plan that would legalize food trucks that cook their food on board, over the complaints from both food truck owners and traditional restaurants.
The tan mom who had the world abuzz has tanning front and center again. A Chicago alderman has proposed a ban on tanning for anyone under 18 in the city.
Ald. Proco “Joe” Moreno (1st) plans to introduce an ordinance that would establish a commission on transgender issues in the Chicago Police Department.
A Chicago alderman wants to change the pricing for city vehicle stickers to force motorists with big, gas-guzzling vehicles to pay more and give those with more fuel efficient cars a break.