Streets and Sanitation

City Council

City Council Committee Votes To End Free Garbage Exemptions For Large Multi-Unit Buildings

Free garbage pick-up for some 1,800 residential buildings is a step closer to ending in Chicago. Aldermen have taken a preliminary vote to end the deal, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.


Alex Cipolla shows the damage done to her car by a city tow truck. (CBS)

2 Investigators: City Tow Truck Damages Car, Leaves Scene

Alex Cipolla says she called 3-1-1, 9-1-1 and the Department of Streets and Sanitation, but no action was taken until CBS 2 got involved.


A stack of blue carts for the city of Chicago's curbside recycling program. (Credit: CBS)

Sanitation Crews Putting Orange Reminder Stickers On Recycling Carts With Wrong Material

White Styrofoam will get you a big orange sticker now if you put it in your blue cart, reports WBBM’s John Cody.


Parked cars in the Little Village neighborhood. (CBS)

Police Arrest City Tow Truck Driver, Accomplice Accused Of Shaking Motorist Down

Chicago police are investigating an alleged scam that may have involved a city employee who towed a woman’s car and then demanded money for its return.


The city says property owners were responsible for rat burrows on this public alley. (CBS)

Judge Tosses City Fines Against Elderly Landlords

An elderly landlord couple charged $500 for rat abatement on city property will not have to pay.


Dwight Washington. (Credit: Chicago Police Department)

Ex-Streets And San Worker Gets 9 Years For Plowing Into Crowd

A former Chicago Streets and Sanitation worker has been sentenced to nine years in prison for ramming his pickup into a crowd at a Gold Coast intersection in May of last year.

CBS Chicago–03/28/2012

City crews are undertaking a tree-trimming "blitz" in hopes of cutting down potential dangers. (CBS)

City Mapping Tree Trimming Requests To Speed Up Work

The city is taking a strategy used to combat potholes to cut down on the backlog of requests for tree trimming, dead tree removal and graffiti erasure.

WBBM Newsradio–02/05/2012

Chicago Streets and Sanitation Director Tom Byrne is in charge of snow removal -- a high-pressure job in the Windy City. (CBS)

Chicago’s Snow Czar: ‘It’s A Tough Game Here’

CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine talks with the city department administrator in charge of making sure Chicago’s streets stay drivable during snow events.


Rahm Emanuel. (CBS)

Emanuel Orders ‘Tighter Supervision’ After Gold Coast Incident

Mayor Rahm Emanuel said he has ordered Streets and Sanitation Commissioner Tom Byrne to tighten supervision to prevent a repeat of the Gold Coast accident.


Snow Plow (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

City Snow Command Boss Hit With Suspension

The $142,464-a-year deputy Streets and Sanitation commissioner who presides over Chicago’s Snow Command has been slapped with a 25-day suspension for allegedly using city employees to perform his personal errands on city time


Chicago Snow Plow

Chicago Wasting $18 Million Annually On Truck Drivers

Chicago taxpayers are wasting $18 million a year on 200 motor truck drivers who shuttle city crews to work sites.


Streets and Sanitation workers are junking "dibs" markers. (CBS)

City Begins Clearing ‘Dibs’ Markers

With most of the snow melted, city sanitation workers began junking the pieces of furniture people used to hold their curbside parking spaces.


Garbage Truck Accident

Driver Hurt When City Garbage Truck Flips

The driver of a city garbage truck lost control, causing the truck to flip onto its side early Friday in the West Town neighborhood.