Judge Calls Same-Sex Marriage Bans "Savage Discrimination"Federal appeals judges bristled Tuesday at arguments defending gay marriage bans in Indiana and Wisconsin, with one Republican appointee comparing them to now-defunct laws that once outlawed weddings between blacks and whites.
Aldermen OK Ban On Plastic Bags, Delay Ride-Sharing RulesThe City Council voted 36-10 to ban large chain stores from providing plastic bags to customers, starting next summer.
Cook County Approves Puppy Mill BanCounty commissioners voted 15-0 to prohibit pet shops from selling dogs, cats, and rabbits from large commercial breeders. The ban would go into effect in suburban Cook County in October, seven months earlier than a similar ban in the city of Chicago.
FTC: Ban On Sunday Car Sales Is Bad For CompetitionThe Federal Trade Commission says the prohibition on Sunday automobile sales also makes it more difficult for drivers to shop around for the best deal.
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.
Horse-Drawn Carriage Owners 'Circling Our Wagons' To Fight Proposed BanHorse carriage companies in Chicago face possible extinction if an influential alderman has his way, but drivers have banded together and are trying to enlist public support to save their industry.
Mayor Won't Appeal 'Straitjacket' Ruling Against City's Gun Sales BanDespite calling a judge’s ruling against the city’s gun sales ban a “straitjacket” on efforts to keep illegal guns off the streets, Mayor Rahm Emanuel indicated he won’t appeal the decision to a higher court.
Police Union: NFL Ban On Guns Is 'An Insult' To Off-Duty CopsAs CBS 2's Mai Martinez reports, many officers are calling foul, and fan support for the policy is mixed.
City Council OKs Ban On Guns At Bars, Restaurants; End To City Gun RegistryThough aldermen acknowledged they expect the city will be sued for it, the City Council on Wednesday approved a measure to circumvent part of the state’s concealed carry law, and effectively ban guns at any business that serves liquor.
Skokie Rejects Beekeeping BanBackyard beekeepers may continue their hobby for now in the village of Skokie.
State Bans Boating On Much Of Fox RiverBecause of high and fast-running water caused by last week’s storms, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and its Conservation Police have banned boating along the Fox River between the dam at McHenry and the dam at Montgomery.
Mayor: Proposed Ban On Plastic Bags Needs 'A Lot Of Work'Mayor Rahm Emanuel said a proposed ordinance to ban plastic shopping bags in Chicago stores must be changed before a vote by the full City Council.
Aldermen Weigh Possible Plastic Bag BanAldermen heard from environmental groups and local retailers Tuesday, at a hearing Tuesday on a proposed ban on plastic shopping bags.
Senate Passes Ban On Handheld Cell Phones While DrivingThe proposal says drivers must use hands-free devices or speakerphone features.
Chicago Area Scouting Officials Endorse Inclusion Of Openly Gay YouthsGay rights activists are pleased with the decision by the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America to begin allowing openly-gay scouts, effect near year. Anti-gay activists are not pleased, even though the action maintains a ban on gay leaders.