CHICAGO (CBS) — Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s top City Council ally and a five other aldermen have unveiled a scaled-down plan for first-ever garbage collection fees in Chicago.
Some aldermen have pushed back against the mayor’s plan to propose a $10 to $12 monthly garbage hauling fee for single family homes, and smaller apartment buildings with no more than four units. Larger residential buildings already are required to hire private trash haulers.READ MORE: Jury Deliberations In R. Kelly's New York Trial Expected To Start Friday
After meeting with Emanuel aides Friday morning, a group of six aldermen announced they would back a monthly trash hauling fee of no more than $11, with senior citizens paying half price.
There are still aldermen who say they oppose charging a separate garbage collection fee under any circumstances, but Ald. Michelle Harris (8th), a key Emanuel ally who chairs the powerful Rules Committee, said the idea has been debated for years, and should not come as a surprise to anyone on the council.