City Council Panel OKs Food Cart OrdinanceAld. Roberto Maldonado (26th), the measure's chief sponsor, said he’s a regular customer of food carts in his neighborhood, even though they’ve been banned by the city for decades.
Cook County Commissioner John Fritchey Pushes Anti-Sweatshop OrdinanceModeled after an anti-sweatshop law in Chicago, the ordinance proposed by Commissioner John Fritchey (D-12th) would require companies that sell goods and clothing to the county to sign affidavits asserting they and their subcontractors are free of sweatshop labor.
Council's Progressive Caucus Wants More Transparency For Privatization DealsMembers of the Chicago City Council’s so-called “Progressive Caucus” were trying to pressure the Emanuel administration to help move an ordinance that would provide more information about efforts to privatize city assets or services.
City Council Delays Vote On E15 Gas Station OrdinanceAldermen have delayed action on a proposed ordinance that would require many gas stations to offer fuel that contains a higher blend of ethanol, in an issue that has Mayor Rahm Emanuel and powerful Ald. Ed Burke (14th) at odds.
City Council To Vote On Hiking Chicago's Minimum WageThe City Council Committee on Workforce Development on Monday backed the mayor’s plan to raise the minimum wage in Chicago to $13 an hour by 2019, and sent the measure to the full City Council for a vote on Tuesday.
Aldermen Back Mandate For 24-Hour Security For Medical Marijuana BusinessesThe City Council Zoning Committee easily approved a measure that would require all medical marijuana dispensaries and cultivation centers to hire around-the-clock security guards.
Mayor Proposes Rules To Preserve SRO HotelsAfter months of negotiations, the Emanuel administration and housing advocates have outlined a unified vision for an ordinance to preserve many single-room-occupancy hotels in Chicago.
Emanuel Wants To Require Videotaping Of All Gun Sales In ChicagoThe Emanuel administration has outlined a plan to impose strict regulations on gun shops that open within city limits, including a requirement to record every sale on video.
Retailers Warn Of Cost Of Banning Plastic BagsAldermen 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.
Aldermen Seek Mandatory Sick Time For All Chicago WorkersA 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 Sets Special City Council Session For New Gun OrdinancesMayor 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.
Firefighters Union Backs Ordinance To Allow Renters To Stay Put During ForeclosuresThe union that represents Chicago firefighters is getting behind a proposal that would prevent banks from kicking out renters during foreclosure proceedings.